It's getting to that time of year again and if there's one thing to signify it in the UK, it's the recent tradition of the annual John Lewis Christmas Advert. Head to the replies to watch this year's short movie, titled Man On The Moon with a cover of Oasis' "Half The World Away" by Norwegian artist Aurora as the official song. You can also check out previous years short stories which have featured the likes of Ellie Goulding (covering Elton John), Slow Moving Millie (covering The Smiths), Gabrielle Aplin (covering Frankie Goes To Hollywood), Lilly Allen (covering Keane) and Tom Odell (covering John Lennon).
Graham Isador, writing for Noisey, on friendship and jealousy when your pal finds success in the music industry.
"...I have watched my friend Frank Turner go from playing bars, to clubs, to arenas. He performed at the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies and has appeared on numerous late night talk shows...But Iíd be lying to you if I said I wasnít jealous of him. I know that being jealous of my friend kind of makes me an asshole, but itís true.
The Maccabees have officially got the number 1 album in the UK this week with Marks To Prove It! Huge congratulations to the band and if you're still intrigued check out my review here and listen to it here.
In the wake of a challenge from the music industry, the UK's High Court has overturned regulation that allowed format shifting (such as ripping CDs and DVDs) for the sake of personal use. Supposedly, the government was in the wrong when it didn't implement compensation for copyright holders when you dumped those albums and movies on to your hard drive. Officials could reintroduce exceptions, but they'd have to take a different tack if they want these measures to survive.
The UK's venerable rock magazine NME announced that it will be offering its magazine as a free weekly edition starting in September. NME has seen its readership decline year after year, so this should at the very least grab some old fans back into the magazine fray.
The new free magazine launches on September 18 in the UK. As I type this, some of the NME team are locked away in a dark basement in NME Towers working on even more ideas to make sure itís not only a brilliant magazine, but that it gives you everything you asked us for. Iím confident that it will.
This year's Glastonbury line up is now revealed in full alongside stage and set times. There's a whole lot of big clashes going on this year. New additions includeFlorence + The Machine, Run The Jewels, Jamie xx, Jon Hopkins, Jessie Ware, FKA Twigs and Ryan Adams. Check out the full poster in the replies.
Glastonbury Festival has announced 69 more acts for this year's festival. Kanye Westand Foo Fightershad already been confirmed as two of the headliners and you can now see the poster with all new announcements included in the replies.
Zane Lowe just revealed a huge chunk of this year's Reading and Leeds festivals on the BBC Radio 1 including the third headliner in the form of The Libertines. Other acts announced include Kendrick Lamar, American Football, The Cribs, New Found Glory, Rae Sremmurd, Bring Me The Horizon and of course, The Maccabees. Hit the replies to see the poster with the line up so far.
Ian Curtis' (Joy Division) home in Macclesfield is currently up for sale but an IndieGoGo page has been set up to purchase the house from the market and restore it to its original interior to be turned into a museum.
Fury Fest in Liverpool, UK has announced its lineup for the festival on May 2nd/3rd 2015. Headlining is Motion City Soundtrack who are playing Commit This to Memory in full. Playing alongside are Man Overboard, Trash Talk, Moose Blood, Roam and many more.
Industry sources, however, told the Guardian that there is a sense of anxiety within the UK record industry that it should not follow the US model, which is believed to be flawed. The fear is that replicating the US model could mean one massive single has the potential to skew the chart performance of the parent album, driving it up the charts even if the rest of the album is clogged with tumbleweed.
A brand new festival which takes place in East London's Victoria Park titled "Citadel" will debut this year on July 19th. The festival will be headlined and co-curated by Ben Howard with Bombay Bicycle Club co-headlining. Full line up announced soon. See you there.
After some hard behind-the-scenes work by some very good people, Iím SO happy to announce that Rob Lynch and I will still be touring the UK together as originally planned!! Unfortunately, our former tour mate Jake McElfresh (Front Porch Step) has dropped off the dates due to a very sensitive personal situation. Though this news almost derailed the whole tour, Rob and I have just learned that the two of us will still be able to play the originally scheduled shows*.
Despite the upsetting nature of recent events, Rob and I feel that these shows will be even more special than before. Weíve chosen to...
Ch Insp Dave Parker said: "There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare. "Officers are patrolling the site to support on-site security and if anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers to discuss these." Police said there have been 21 crimes at the festival site since Wednesday, including five alleged drugs offences and 13 suspected thefts.
Matt Healy of The 1975 talks with The Guardian about how he has survived the last two years on the road.
Gigs in Britain are pretty much the only time I see or talk to my family. Sometimes, I feel guilty when I get a call from someone saying: "I haven't heard from you in a month." I think: "Wow, that's not right." You have to make an effort. That kind of thing keeps you grounded and sane. I feel that my family are more understanding than my friends, though. They get it.
The UK will be rolling out a new policy in 2015 that will warn repeat copyright infringers and educate them on where they can find legal content. However, according to reports, there will no longer be penalties for ignoring the warnings:
Business Secretary Vince Cable said this week: "The creative industries in the UK are one of our brilliant global success stories. We have unrivalled creativity - from record breaking musicians to box office films - that excite and inspire people all over the world. Yet too often that content is open to abuse by some who don't play by the rules. That is why we are working with industry to ensure that intellectual property rights are understood and...
"A day before the charges went public, we heard he'd been arrested and immediately we knew the band was over," Richardson says. "The next morning, we started reading tweets about what he tried to do. And we couldn't believe it." Every member except Watkins has children Ė Richardson's young daughter knew the singer as Uncle Ian Ė which, they say, made the betrayal worse. Both he and Gaze say they'll never listen to the music again. "I can't," Gaze says. "It's tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics."
The Times of London are reporting that members of Arctic Monkeys have been named as among more than 1,600 people who tried to shelter £1.2 billion through one of Britain's most aggressive tax avoidance schemes. Billboard has a good rundown of the story, as the original is behind a paywall.
However, under new Treasury rules due to be brought in this month, Liberty members may have to pay back hundreds of millions of pounds in disputed tax before any hearing takes takes place. The Times states that Gary Barlow, who reportedly invested over £4 million ($6.8 million) in the Liberty scheme, is among those who can expect to receive a large tax bill in the coming weeks.
For all the films and programmes about women's role in punk, their recognition has been a problem since the 1970s and it looks like very little has changed. Women were a part of punk from the beginning as musicians, promoters, venue heads, artists, provocateurs, community organisers, documenting their local scenes in zines, films, books and photographs. As LA punk veteran Alice Bag has pointed out, punk started out as an inclusive and diverse movement, but was quickly annexed by white dudes. Women have had to fight for space and recognition in punk ever since.
With their seriously cute rocker looks, it's no surprise that the boys admitted they've "got, like, briefcases full of bras" from fans. But in case you've sent a special gift to the guys, you'll be happy to know that they keep them all! "We keep everything. We keep absolutely everything. But we canít fit everything in our [apartment] anymore. Itís too much stuff!" said Matthew. The coolest thing they've ever gotten? "[Puzzles] of our own faces. That was pretty cool."
"I wish I was dead already," Lana Del Rey says, catching me off guard. She has been talking about the heroes she and her boyfriend share Ė Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain among them Ė when I point out that what links them is death and ask if she sees an early death as glamorous. "I don't know. Ummm, yeah." And then the death wish.
Don't say that, I say instinctively.
"But I do."
"I do! I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."
In this week's edition of The Sunday Times, ex-Lostprophets guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis have broken their silence over the Ian Watkins scandal. If you're not registered for The Sunday Times, some excerpts can be found on The PRP.
"Obviously what's gone on with these children far supersedes what's happened to us," concludes Gaze. "We're strong enough to get back on our feet and carry on doing whatever we want to do, but there are children who are going to grow up without parents and that makes us incredibly sad."
NME is reporting that The Libertines will play London's Hyde Park on July 5thas part of the upcoming Barclaycard British Summer Time concert series.
"Not long ago I listened to The Libertines songs on YouTube and had a burst of nostalgia so I said what the heck, and then they told me how much they will pay us and I cannot lie to you I couldnít say no, at least not in my state right now. I was recently called to family law court after a young girl I knew had told me I was the father of her baby. I have a year and a half old girl and I need to pay a lot of alimony, Iím in debt. Itís very complicated for me to say no right now, I have financial problems."