Arctic Monkeys play triumphant at Finsbury Park

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Arctic Monkeys closed their two-night run at Finsbury Park with another career-spanning set yesterday (May 24).

Following performances from support acts Royal Blood, Miles Kane and Tame Impala, the Sheffield band kicked off their own performance at 9pm with three songs from their most recent album ‘AM’: ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, ‘Snap Out Of It’ and ‘Arabella’. The latter track was interpolated with riffs from Black Sabbath’s 1970 classic ‘War Pigs’.

As with their show on the previous night, the first older track the band played was ‘Brianstorm’, the opening song from their second album, 2007’s ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’. During the evening the band revisited tracks from each of their five records but heavily favoured songs from ‘AM’, which made up almost half the setlist.

They changed the order of a few tracks from their opening night, but the only major difference was the replacement of frontman Alex Turner’s acoustic version of ‘A Certain Romance’ with Last Shadow Puppets track ‘Standing Next To Me’. The band were joined onstage for the performance by Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets collaborator Miles Kane.

The band then closed the show with another trio of ‘AM’ tracks: ‘One For The Road’, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ and ‘R U Mine?’ Despite storms in London earlier in the day, the weather stayed dry for the band’s hour-and-a-half-long set.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Snap Out of It’
‘Arabella’
‘Brianstorm’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Library Pictures’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘No. 1 Party Anthem’
‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
‘Fireside’
‘Cornerstone’
‘Knee Socks’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘505’
‘Standing Next To Me’
‘One For The Road’
‘I Wanna Be Yours’
‘R U Mine?’

Tame Impala to release live EP for Record Store Day, stream version of “Be Above It”

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Tame Impala are set to release a Live EP on Record Store Day (April 19th) via Modular. Simply titled Live Versions, the eight-track effort features records from their 2013 concert in Chicago

According to a press release (via Pitchfork), Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker selected the songs “based on how different the live versions are from the album versions. His goal was to give fans something they won’t already have; something they’ve only previously experienced at a Tame Impala show.”

As a preview, the band has shared an extended, jam-heavy live version of Lonerism opener “Be Above It”. Clocking in at a whopping seven and a half minutes, the song expands and tweaks the original’s arrangement by adding in spacey blasts of synth and swirling psychedelic flourishes towards the end. Listen in below and check out the tracklist.

Live Versions Tracklist:
01. Endors Toi
02. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind
03. Sestri Levante
04. Mind Mischief
05. Desire Be Desire Go
06. Half Full Glass
07. Be Above It
08. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Listen: Tame Impala cover Michael Jackson + Tour Dates

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Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala

 
Tame Impala have recorded a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger In Moscow’. See below to listen now.

The new version of Jackson’s 1996 single was posted to frontman Kevin Parker’s Soundcloud earlier today. It follows the recent news that Parker has started a disco-inspired side-project AAA Aardvark Getdown Services alongside Pond members Jay Watson and Cam Avery and former The Chemist singer Ben Witt.

Tame Impala recently announced details of three UK headline shows to take place in July. The band will be in the UK for appearances at T In The Park and Latitude festivals, as well as support slots on Arctic Monkeys huge outdoor gigs in Finsbury Park, London in May.

Speaking in December last year, Parker revealed that he is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs every day, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

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Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays gig with disco side-project.

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Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala – Photo: David Edward

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has begun work on a disco side-project – click below to see fan footage of the group, who are called AAA Aardvark Getdown Services, playing live.

The outfit includes Parker plus Tame Impala and Pond members Jay Watson and Cam Avery and former The Chemist singer Ben Witt. Speaking to The West Australian about the group, who performed at Australia’s Festival Gardens over the weekend (February 22), Watson said: “Kevin’s been writing all these disco, Michael Jackson mega-hits that he wouldn’t use for Tame because he’d be too sheepish about it but i’m trying to convince him to because they’re all next-level ‘Thriller’-pop.”

He added: “It’s pretty much Kevin’s home recordings, kind of electronic but with Ben Witt who plays guitar and maybe another guy and Cam playing with Kev.” According to Perth Now, meanwhile, their set was filled with songs which were influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Chic and Blondie.

Speaking in December last year, Parker revealed that he is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs everyday, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

Tame Impala are set to play this summer’s Latitude festival. They will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn on the bill, with Agnes Obel, Jungle, Damien Jurado, Julia Holter, Valerie June, Koreless, East India Youth, Kwabs, Eagulls and Fat White Family also included on the line-up.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2013

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Well, it’s that time of the year again to select those bands that make your jaw drop because the music they make, the quality of their sound, their songwriting, the vocals, and total dedication…  Pearl Jam, Alter Bridge, Primal Scream, The Strypes, MGMT, MBV, Alice in Chains, Dawes, The Naked and Famous, Shadowboxer… are only a few in our list of Best Albums of 2013, what we consider the best and brightest. There are some bands and solo artists we had the pleasure to follow for several years, and continue to do so, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, Lamb of God, Muse… and many, many others. Some have gone on to greatness, and others have slipped away into obscurity, but they’ve all deserved a few minutes of your attention.  Either we understand the music they create and appreciate and admire their creativity, musicianship, the quality of their sound, the brilliant songwriting, the vocals…  or we don’t. This year we made the decision to make our list in alphabetical order (band/solo artist name), not ranked, and with links to the artists’ official website. It’s been a year in music we have fully enjoyed thanks to these artists.  No hype, no bullshit – just good music!  It’s been a lot of work but now that we’ve finished the list,  we wish you enjoy discovering and arguing about all the artists we’ve selected for this year’s list.

The Best Albums of 2013

Alice in Chains – ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs There’ / Capitol

Alter Bridge – ‘Fortress’ / Roadrunner

A Perfect Circle – ‘A Perfect Circle Live’: Featuring Stone and Echo [A Perfect Circle Entertainment]

Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ / Merge Records

Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’ / Domino

Bryce Dessner and The Kronos – ‘Aheym’

Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Pain Is Beauty’ / Sargent House

Chvrches – ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ / Glassnotes Records

Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’ / Columbia Records

Dawes – ‘Stories Don’t End’ / Relativity Records, HUB Records

Dinosaur Pile-Up – ‘Nature Nurture’ / SO Recordings

Flaming Lips – ‘The Terror’ / Warner Bros (U.S.); Bella Union (U.K.)

God Is An Astronaut – ‘Origins’ / Rocket Girl (RGIRL98) / Playlist

Grizzly Bear – ‘Shields'(B-sides) / Warp Records

Kid Cudi – ‘IndiCud’ / Wicked Awesome, Republic (current)

Jake Bugg – ‘Jake Bugg’ / Mercury (UK), Island (US)

Janelle Monae – ‘he Electric Lady’ / Bad Boy Records

Kurt Vile – ‘It’s a big world out there’ [EP] [Matador]

Lamb of God – ‘As the Palaces Burn’ / Prosthetic, Epic, Black Market Activities

MBV – ‘m b v’ / Self-released

MGMT – ‘MGMT’ / Columbia

Nine Inch Nails – ‘Hesitation Marks’ / Polydor Records

of Montreal – ‘Lousy with Sylvianbriar’ / Polyvinyl Record Co.

Palma Violets – ‘180’ / Rough Trade Records

Pearl Jam – ‘Lightning Bolt’ / Monkeywrench Republic Records

Primal Scream – ‘2013’ New Album ‘More Light’ Full Length Official / Ignition Records

Savages – ‘Silence Yourself’ / Matador Records

Shadowboxer – ‘Deaf Dumb Blind and Mute’ / Avalve Rec

Stone Temple Pilots – ‘High Rise’  / Rhino

The Killing Floor – ‘High Output’ EP /

The Naked and Famous – ‘In Rolling Waves’ / Somewhat Damaged

The National – ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ / 4AD

The Strokes – ‘Comedown Madhine’ / RCA Records

The Strypes – ‘Snapshot’ / Virgin EMI Records

Vampire Weekend – ‘Modern Vampires of The City’

Tame Impala pick up three prizes at Australia’s ARIA Awards

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Flume, Nick Cave and One Direction also take home prizes at Sydney ceremony

Congratulations Kevin!

Tame Impala took home three awards from the Australian ceremony, including Best Album for their 2012 LP ‘Lonerism’. The band also won the award for Best Rock Album and Best Band at the event, which took place at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, Billboard reports.Meanwhile, electronic producer Flume also picked up three awards in the categories of Producer Of The Year, Breakthrough Artist and Best Male Artist. Speaking from the stage about his win in the latter category, the producer (real name Harley Streten) said: “I actually did a bit of research and found out that never in the history of the ARIAs has someone who doesn’t sing won this award. I’m not a frontman. I prefer to spend my time sitting in a dark room, in front of a laptop. So hopefully it opens the floodgates for producers around Oz and people with bad voices in general.”Other winners on the night included Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, who won Best Independent Release and Best Adult Contemporary plus Best International Artist winners One Direction.Earlier this year Tame Impala teamed up with The Flaming Lips to release a joint EP. The Flaming Lips have covered ‘Runway, Houses, City, Clouds’ as well as ‘Elephant’ for the special vinyl release, while Tame Impala have contributed live recordings of The Flaming Lips’ ‘Are You A Hypnotist?’ and ‘Silver Trembling Hands’ to the EP.

Tame Impala have put together a new band for a one-off gig in order to raise money for a pregnant friend who recently had her car stolen.The Australian psych-rockers put together an instrumental band they’re calling Cam, cam and kevin’s groovy groovy funtime disco funk elevator explosion, aka kevin spacey, in an elevator earlier today (July 22) and are playing the fundraising show tonight at The Bird in Perth, Australia.They band announced the last minute gig on Facebook, writing: “Hey perthian fiends, our good friend the lovely and evidently pregnant felicity groom had her car stolen on saturday morning, so we’re all going to THE BIRD tonight to raise money for a new one! playing is Maurice Flavel, Electric Toad and our new band we made at about 4 o’clock this afternoon cam, cam and kevin’s groovy groovy funtime disco funk elevator explosion, aka kevin spacey, in an elevator. that’s the band name, all of that. in fact this whole post is the band name. including this. oh yeah and we didn’t have time to find a vocalist so it’s instrumental, the best kind of ental. get down there yo’s!”Yesterday Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill said Tame Impala were currently his favorite band.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker recently admitted the idea of recording a follow-up to 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ doesn’t excite him. Speaking in Uncut, the brains behind the Australian band discussed his lack of plans for a new record as well as his thoughts on the album format and the unlimited possibilities of technology.Asked what the next album will sound like, Parker responded: “Right now, doing another album doesn’t excite me. There’s something narrow-minded about thinking an album is the only way you can put out music, especially in the world we’re in at the moment. Anything is possible. There’s so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it.”

Tame Impala and Flaming Lips are set to record an EP together.The band will cover two of each others’ tracks for a four-track vinyl EP, which will be sold at the shows the bands are joint headlining in October and November in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Columbia.“…doing a Tame Impala does Flaming Lips songs and Flaming Lips do Tame Impala songs 4 song vinyl!!,” Wayne Coyne wrote on Instagram under a photo of lyrics to Tame Impala’s track “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”.Pitchfork report that for the EP, Flaming Lips have covered Australian psych rockers’ ‘Runway, Houses, City, Clouds’ and Tame Impala appear to be doing The Flaming Lips’ ‘Are You a Hypnotist?’ and ‘Silver Trembling Hands’ – covers they have recently been testing out in a live setting.Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker recently admitted the idea of recording a follow-up to 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ doesn’t excite him. Asked what the next album will sound like, Parker responded: “Right now, doing another album doesn’t excite me. There’s something narrow-minded about thinking an album is the only way you can put out music, especially in the world we’re in at the moment. Anything is possible. There’s so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it.”

Flaming Lips meanwhile, are working on an “extended play 6 song thang..” to go with the track they’ve written for the upcoming film adaptation of military science fiction novel [i]Enders game[/a], Coyne recently tweeted.

Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, The National, Wavves, Charlie XCX, And Other Musicians Customize Converse For Charity Auction.

In a new charitable auction called In Their Shoes, a whole mess of musicians have custom-decorated pairs of Converse Chuck Taylors, selling those shoes off on eBay and raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and other charities. Bon Iver (pictured), the National, Tame Impala, Santigold, Tegan And Sara, Wavves, the Black Keys, Charlie XCX, New Order, Foals, Moby, Frightened Rabbit, JEFF The Brotherhood, and a ton of others all have shoes up for auction. The auction runs until 10/29, and you can find all the info here

Bon Iver:

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The Black Keys:

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Tame Impala:

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The National:

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WaVVes:

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Charlie XCX:

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Foals:

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