On the red carpet media run before the Mercury Prize ceremony kicked off, I asked all the nominees why their album deserved to claim victory. Most of the bands and artists shuffled awkwardly, mumbling that they didn’t think they should win but were just delighted to be nominated. Apart from Young Fathers. “We’ve made something new and original,” said Alloysious Massaquoi. “No one else is doing what we do.” The Scottish trio said they didn’t care for awards and that the only thing that mattered was performing later that night.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a loner drawn to the dark side of television journalism in new movie 'Nightcrawler'. Armed with a police scanner and video camera Lou Bloom joins the race to be the first on the scene to capture the carnage of violent crimes and accidents on the tough streets of Los Angeles.
A couple of nights ago, Alex Turner donned a white dinner jacket to join Mini Mansions onstage in Phoenix, performing the fittingly sleazy ‘Vertigo’, which features on the band’s forthcoming new album ‘The Great Pretenders’. Mini Mansions are Michael Shuman from Queens of the Stone Age’s other band and they’re currently supporting Arctic Monkeys in the US, so it’s no surprise to hear that Turner – who is based in Los Angeles – has been hanging out and recording with his old chum.
In 2011, legendary San Fernando Valley studio Sound City – the sketchy rooms where everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Barry Manilow had recorded, and the place ’Nevermind’ was laid down – closed its doors for the final time. In order to preserve a piece of it, Dave Grohl bought the studio’s giant, history-infused analogue mixing desk. Not content with purchasing one permanent relic, he wanted to create another.
When Noel Gallagher announced his new album 'Chasing Yesterday' a couple of weeks ago, among the most exciting prospects was that his old mate Johnny Marr was going to make an appearance. To record his part on 'The Ballad Of Mighty I', the track they've worked on together, Marr went to a studio in west London armed with his guitar and little else, choosing not to find out or hearing anything about the track beforehand. The resulting track, Marr assures NME, is much like the rest of Gallagher's forthcoming album in that's "pretty rocking". We can't wait to hear it, but it has got us thin