Jake Bugg: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

British Singer/songwriter Jake Bugg

British Singer/songwriter Jake Bugg

 

 

There was a haze over Jake Bugg when he arrived at the Tiny Desk. He was expressionless and quiet. That all changed when he strummed fast and fierce on his acoustic guitar and began a flow of words reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the ’60s, not modern Clifton in England’s East Midlands, where he grew up.

Bugg is a prolific talent already working on his third record in as many years. His second album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded in California. His recognition in the U.S. is still small, but that’ll change — maybe even before we get that third record.

 

Set List

“Slumville Sunrise”
“Me And You”
“Storm Passes Away”
“Lightning Bolt”

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Editor: Olivia Merrion; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Olivia Merrion

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Bugg to play London’s Alexandra Palace

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

 
Jake Bugg is to play five UK dates in October, including a major show at London’s Alexandra Palace – O2 Priority Tickets for that concert will be available from 9am on Wednesday May 14.

The shows are some of the largest Bugg has ever played. Following the UK run, the singer-songwriter will be supporting The Black Keys on their October/November tour of arenas in Canada and the USA.

A former US tourmate of Bugg’s, Albert Hammond Jr, recently predicted that Bugg will be a festival headliner one day. “What people see in him is just that he’s a talented guy with a great voice and as he figures himself out, I think that he’ll be able to headline,” said Hammond Jr. “He’s doing great and I don’t even need to say anything.”

Bugg is set to release a new four-track EP titled ‘Messed Up Kids’ on May 12.

Jake Bugg will play:

Cardiff Arena (October 5)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (October 7)
Liverpool Echo 2 (October 18)
Bridlington Spa (October 20)
London Alexandra Palace (October 21)

Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It, Live In Seattle

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

 

JAKE BUGG’s DIZZYINGLY quick rise to the top has been due in no small part to the fervour he inspires from the stage, a feeling captured on Live At Silver Platters – a new four-track EP recorded in Seattle in January and set for release on Record Store Day (April 19).

The stripped bare version of There’s A Beast And We All Feed It — the skiffly opener of Bugg’s second album, Shangri La — can be heard below.

The full Silver Platters EP tracklisting looks like this:

There’s A Beast And We All Feed It
Trouble Town
Lightning Bolt
Storm Passes Away

 

Watch Johnny Marr and Jake Bugg duet at London Royal Albert Hall gig

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg and Johnny Marr duetted at London’s Royal Albert Hall last week (February 21) – click below to watch.

Bugg invited the former Smiths guitarist to perform with him during his gig, with the pair performing a take on the Nottingham singer-songwriter’s track ‘Kingpin’ from his second album ‘Shangri La’. Bugg has recently been giving songwriting tips to teenagers at the Albert Hall in a series of seminars, which saw him teach 16 to 18 year old students how to play his song ‘Broken’.

The singer is nominated for Best Solo Artist at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas which happens this week on Wednesday (February 26). The ceremony, which will be streamed live for the first time in its history, is taking place at O2 Academy, Brixton and fans will be able to watch all of the action, including performances from Metronomy, Drenge and Godlike Genius recipients Blondie.

The NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter and NME columnist Huw Stephens. Paul McCartney will attend to collect the special, one-off honour of NME’s Songwriter’s Songwriter, while Damon Albarn will collect the brand new NME Award For Innovation.

Blondie have been named this year’s Godlike Genius, and the band will collect the award in person and perform at the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian will receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and will also perform live.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with eight in total, while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. Voting has now closed.

Jake Bugg’s sophomore album Shangri La is a remarkable album

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Jake Bugg: Shangri La album – Island Records

Jake Bugg’s second album takes its title from the studio in which it was made with  the most famous producer in the world, Rick Rubin. This along with his success and global travels felt so far removed from his past and threatened to detach him from the basic essence that successfully connected with the British public.

But our 19 year-old troubadour’s down-to-earth authenticity has ensured the survival of his pragmatism, and while ‘Shangri La’ is worlds away from the Clifton estate of his childhood (literally – it’s named after producer Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio in which it was recorded), it’s an impressive and suitably exciting reflection of his current lifestyle. And here he’s with his sophomore album already and, on the back of the acclaim he achieved on his first album, the speedy release of ‘Shangri-La’ is a promising sign that Bugg is bursting with ideas and has no plans of sitting back on top of his one Mercury nomination.

Shangri La is an album that connects emotionally. These are slices of real life beyond the hometown borders. It’s the next logical step in the Jake Bugg journey: seeing the world and singing about his experiences.

That folk-rockabilly approach noticed in his first album sure got Bugg noticed on his self-titled debut. This one, recorded under the guidance of  Rubin, is a big step forward even better than his debut album.  One can notice elements of folk, rock ‘n’ roll, country, and punk. All the songs include his creative lyrical phrasing, with more confidence. He’s an artist who knows what he wants out of his music.

Rick Rubin oversees an expanding sonic palette and a tougher sound; the punk-fired “What Doesn’t Kill You” and grungy country rock of “All Your Reasons” push up against MacDougal Street serenades like “Pine Trees,” an alienated epistle that could’ve been cut in a winter cabin.

There’s A Beast And We All Feed It’ immediately kicks things into gear. A scathing rant at “finger pointers” and Twitter rumor mongers, it’s backed by a frantic rockabilly rhythm that continues breathlessly across ‘Slumville Sunrise’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’.

It’s in the more sensitive moments, however, that Bugg’s expressive qualities truly shine. The sweet, star-crossed ‘Me And You’ is lovely, while the haunting sustained note held in the chorus of ‘A Song About Love’ is the album’s first goosebumps moment.

The acoustic ‘Pine Trees’ and pastoral closer ‘Storm Passes Away’ are testimony to Jake’s writing sessions in Nashville, and his slight country vocal twangs are genuinely affective.

Rubin knows all about emotional intensity and, just as with Johnny Cash’s seminal ‘American Recordings’, on ‘Shangri La’ he has captured everything cleanly and sparsely to really let Jake’s storytelling shine. The resulting exposure makes for a mature and remarkable album, and the continued development of Jake Bugg something especially worth watching.

‘Shangri La’ out now:
iTunes – http://po.st/ShangriLaYT
Official Store – http://po.st/JakeBuggStore
Google Play – http://po.st/GoogleSL
Amazon – http://po.st/ShangriAmazon

Tour Dates

Jake Bugg — The Making of the Album ‘Shangri La’ + Album Sampler

Jake Bugg’s new album Shangri La, produced by Rick Rubin, was released November 19 in the United States. Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes at the recordings and find out how the Nottingham prodigy went about making the album.

 

Jake Bugg ‘Shangri La’ – Album Sampler

Everybody here is waiting for deep snow to ski –and I’m just waiting for Shangri La…

Jake Bugg - Shangri La

Jake Bugg – Shangri La

Shangri La is the upcoming second studio album by Jake Bugg, due to be released on 18 November 2013. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and named after his studio in Malibu, California, where recording took place in the summer of 2013.

The album was originally scheduled for release in the United States on 14 January 2014, by Island Records, with a five song EP released on 18 November 2013. However, following a “sold-out” tour in the United States, the release date was pushed up to 19 November 2013, a day following the UK release.

I first saw Jake Bugg live at a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. When I heard him sing, my jaw dropped– my heart was telling me a star was born. I saw him live again at The Living Room also in NYC. Although space was limited, I managed to get in. It was an awesome acoustic performance by a young artist (18 years of age!) and since then, Jake Bugg hasn’t stopped amazing me.

As we wait for the release of Shangri La in the U.S., we want to share with you some music videos from the album, including two singles. The first single “What Doesn’t Kill You” was announced and released from Shangri La on 23 September 2013. On 17 October 2013, “Slumville Sunrise” was revealed as the album’s second single, including a video promoting the song and album. Watch them below.

Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You [first single]

Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise [second single]

Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It – at the BIC, Bournemouth on 19/10/2013

Studio album by Jake Bugg
Released 18 November 2013
Recorded 2013, Shangri La, Malibu, CA
Genre Indie rock
Label Mercury Records (UK)
Island Records (U.S.)
Producer Rick Rubin

Shangri La track listing

No. Title Length
1. “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It” 1:41
2. “Slumville Sunrise” 2:58
3. “What Doesn’t Kill You” 2:04
4. “Me and You” 2:58
5. “Messed Up Kids” 2:58
6. “A Song About Love” 3:59
7. “All Your Reasons” 5:08
8. “Kingpin” 2:27
9. “Kitchen Table” 4:55
10. “Pine Trees” 2:50
11. “Simple Pleasures” 5:02
12. “Storm Passes Away” 2:54

Personnel

  • Jake Bugg – lead vocals, lead guitar, piano
  • Jason Lader – bass guitar
  • Matt Sweeney – rhythm guitar
  • Pete Thomas – drums