From the stars of 'Almost Famous' and 'Velvet Goldmine' to 'High Fidelity' and 'Spinal Tap', cinema is full of brilliant fictional bands. The Prems are the next fictitious group to follow in these cinematic footsteps - they feature in 'Svengali', the forthcoming film written, produced by and starring Jonny Owen. He plays Paul 'Dixie' Dean, a postman-turned-band manager and full-time dreamer from the Welsh valleys.
Coming soon to a wedding or Bar Mitzvah near you! Over the last few months, Arcade Fire have began to transform themselves into the world's greatest functions band, sneaking covers of some of their favourite artists into sets while on the road. From Stevie Wonder classic 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' to snippets of Aerosmith, and New Order to Prince's 'Controversy', they're cover crazy at the moment. In fact, you can now assemble an entire double album of tracks the Montreal band have put their own spin on - so we did just that.
Skrillex dropped his debut album 'Recess' yesterday with little notice. It was written and recorded in Los Angeles, Seattle, Seoul, London, Stockholm, San Francisco & Brooklyn and features guests including Ragga Twins, Chance The Rapper, Diplo, Passion Pit vocalist Michael Angelakos, OWSLA stars Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk and Milo & Otis. NME spoke to him last night to get the skinny on his first proper record.
Ke$ha last week announced she’d dropped the dollar sign from her name, becoming just plain old ‘Kesha’. Presumably because when your name already sounds like Sean Connery sneezing you don't need a dollar sign to further jazz things up, right? Sometimes a name change can invigorate a career and become an important part of an artist's mythology while they reinvent their sound (Prince, Bowie, we're looking at you). Other times it's because of an impending lawsuit or because it transpires another band got to that title first, a la Longview and Brother.
Humdrum Tuesdays the world over have been shattered by Skrillex's album drop today. On March 7, Skrillex announced an app featuring a countdown clock and a retro alien game. Last night tracks were released every 30 minutes until the full-length album spawned forth. Amazingly, it's his first proper album since stepping out as a solo artist from post-hardcore band From First To Last in 2008.