The Last Shadow Puppets / Alex Turner, Miles Kane Britain (UK)

Alex Turner and Miles Kane of  The Last Shadow Puppets

Alex Turner and Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets

THE BAND

The “Puppets” are essentially two core guys; Alex Turner (also of The Arctic Monkeys) on guitar and lead and harmony vocals, and Miles Kane (of the Rascals) playing guitar, lead and harmony vocals. James Ford is their producer who also does some arranging, and plays drums.

In August 2007 NME magazine reported that the “Puppets” would be recording an album with Simian Mobile Disco member and former Simian drummer James Ford producing and playing drums.

Turner and Kane had become friends when Kane’s previous band The Little Flames played support for Arctic Monkeys on their 2005 UK tour. The Little Flames also supported Arctic Monkeys on their April 2007 UK tour, when Turner and Kane wrote songs together for a collaborative project. Their collaboration extended into Arctic Monkeys material, with Kane playing guitar on “505”, the closing track of second Arctic Monkeys album Favorite Worst Nightmare and on “Fluorescent Adolescent” B-sides “The Bakery” and “Plastic Tramp.” Kane also guested on “505” and “Plastic Tramp” at several Arctic Monkeys gigs in 2007, including the summer mini-festivals at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Arctic Monkeys’ 2007 appearance at Glastonbury.

The “Puppets” played their first ever show in Brooklyn, New York at Sound Fix Records on 4 March 2008, playing a second gig at the Lower East Side’s Cake Shop the following night.

The band played a secret set at Glastonbury on 28 June 2008 with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders playing drums on “The Age of the Understatement” and Jack White of The Raconteurs and The White Stripes playing a guitar solo on “Wondrous Place.”

On 3 February 2012, Miles Kane supported Arctic Monkeys at their Paris Olympia show. At the conclusion of the support slot, Alex Turner joined Miles Kane and his band to perform Standing Next to Me.

For more info about the “Puppets”, check  Wikipedia

The Age of the Understatement is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets. It was released on 21 April 2008 in the UK, following the release of their eponymous single in the previous week. It entered the UK Album Chart at #1 on 27 April 2008. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.

Personnel

Studio albums
  • The Age of the Understatement
EPs
Singles

For Limited Time Only: Watch Ra Ra Riot, Live From Brooklyn — FULL SHOW IN HD

Published on Jan 23, 2013

For a limited time only, watch Ra Ra Riot’s entire gig, as live-streamed by The Bowery Presents Live on Jan. 22.

Setlist:
1. Too Too Too Fast
2. Shadowcasting
3. Binary Mind
4. Oh, La
5. Beta Love
6. Angel Please
7. Too Dramatic
8. St. Peter’s Day Festival
9. Is It Too Much
10. Dance With Me
11. Can You Tell
12. When I Dream
13. For Once
14. Two Hearts Beat As One
15. Run My Mouth
16. Ghost Under Rocks
17. Boy

(Encore)
18. Dying Is Fine
19. I Shut Off

Who are the Ra Ra Riot?

Ra Ra Riot is an American indie rock band from Syracuse, New York, consisting of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, drummer Kenny Bernard and violinist Rebecca Zeller.

Ra Ra Riot formed in January 2006, playing at houses and venues around the Syracuse University campus. They recorded a demo in February 2006. The band started to attract attention due to their energetic live shows, enough to gain an appearance at the CMJ Music Marathon, fewer than six months after their formation. Following this appearance, their live show received the first of several favorable reviews from SPIN.com, who called them “one of the best young bands we’ve heard in a really long time”. They went on to open for Art Brut and Bow Wow Wow in New York City, toured the UK twice on their own, then returned, opening for the Editors; they also toured North America supporting Tokyo Police Club. Their first solo headlining tour of the U.S. was completed in 2007, and in early 2008, they embarked on a second. The band was also invited to play the Iceland Airwaves Festival, in Reykjavík, Iceland. They have recorded three sessions on the national online radio station WOXY and three for the acclaimed Daytrotter sessions at Futureappletree studio 1 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Read more about the band @ Wikipedia

Ra Ra Riot band members

Ra Ra Riot band members

Review: Jake Bugg’s Self-Titled Debut Album

Watch the video for “Two Fingers”

Published on Sep 23, 2012
Debut album, out now on iTunes
Music video by Jake Bugg performing Two Fingers. (C) 2012 Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Nottingham, England, learned basic guitar chords from his uncle at 12, started writing his own songs at 14 and got signed to Mercury at 16. He won high praise from Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, who recently took Bugg out as his opening act on a U.S. tour with Snow Patrol. “The audience seemed really responsive,” says Bugg, whose self-titled debut – which is already available in the States – debuted at Number One in the U.K.

Bugg takes his cues from old school musicians, and not just his fellow Brits; distinctly American songwriters like Dylan and Don McLean are among his influences, too. “Jimi Hendrix is probably my favorite guitarist,” Bugg says. “When I’m listening to him, it’s inspiring but also disheartening, because obviously, no one will ever be able to play like Jimi Hendrix,” he told the Rolling Stone.

While many talented teens try their hand at reality singing competitions for an easy go at fame, Bugg wasn’t feeling it, despite urging from his schoolmates that he’d excel on Britain’s Got Talent. “A lot of these people who go on these shows never have long careers,” Bugg says. “It’s more about their 15 minutes of fame.”

You’ve possibly heard one of Jake’s songs before in Lightning Bolt. The song is an acoustic heavy song with lyrical and vocal comparison’s that you’ll instantly make to a Bob Dylan if he could actually carry notes. You may disagree with me on that, but I’m just not a fan in the slightest. I’m aware of his affect on others, and even influence here, but I like Jake’s voice fare more.

The gauntlet of “Lightning Bolt”, “Two fingers”, “Taste it”, “Seen it all” and “Simple as This” is really the highlight of this album release. You could stop there and have reason enough alone to buy it. However after those songs the album goes a bit sideways. Only the redeeming Hank Williams driven song of “Troubled Town” or Ballad of Mr Jones brings it back to life. The latter song reminding you of what Ashcroft could have outputted had he decided to not go “woo woo woo”. That’s a hell of a comparison and compliment to make and I make it confidently.

Watch Jake Bugg play Two Fingers at Conan O’Brien show jan 17, 2013

The trouble I find with this album is its amount of songs, not as compelling 2nd side (songs 6-14), and length but it’s being enormously harsh almost needlessly. For his age Jake Bugg shows tremendous potential if he keeps his heads on his shoulders correctly. I imagine the influence upon him is enormous right now. Will he go down the tepid Starsailor route or will he move on with what makes him essential to music today and that’s a return to quality, lively, and catchy songwriting focusing on core elements. Were I to pass down advice it’s this.

1. Don’t get married – DONT HAVE KIDS YET
2. Don’t fall deeply in love and start writing open love notes to her in songs.
3. Break up with said partner before you go sideways and crank out a “Cold Roses” album like Ryan Adams.
4. Don’t get into drugs.

You’ll do well Jake Bugg – We LOVE what you’re doing. So stay the course, keep your eye on the goal, crank out the craft, and just add about 20-30 seconds more to each song. You’ll really kick some bottom.

Jake Bugg – Ballad of Mr Jones