New footage of Arctic Monkeys rehearsing their third album in a London studio have appeared on YouTube. The four-minute video – which you can watch on NME.COM now – shows the band joking around in the studio and covering Lady GaGa’s ‘Poker Face’. Midway through the video, the band (augmented by a keyboard player) are seen playing a previously unreleased track. Drummer Matt Helders narrates the video, which also features footage of a protest outside the Royal Bank Of Scotland that he and bassist Nick O’Malley stumbled into on a walk through central London.
The tracklisting of Graham Coxon’s forthcoming solo album, ‘The Spinning Top’, has been revealed. The Stephen Street-produced LP will be released on May 11, and is a primarily acoustic effort, follows a narrative â
The Stone Roses’ John Squire has denied claims that the band are planning to reform. The guitarist was responding to reports yesterday (March 17) that the Manchester band were set to play a series of summer shows, and possibly next month’s Coachella Festival. Speaking to NME.COM, a spokesperson for Squire said he was not involved in reunion of The Stone Roses, describing the reports as "unfounded from John Squire’s perspective".
Justin Timberlake is launching his own custom brand Tequila. Called 901, the spirit will be available in shops in the US in May. The tequila will be sold exclusively in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and St Louis. A spokesperson for Timberlake explained to People Magazine at drink was so named because "901 is that time of night when your evening is ending, but your night is just beginning".
Nirvana’s back catalogue is raking in far less licensing money than predicted, it has emerged. Three years ago, Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love sold a 50% stake in Nirvana’s music publishing rights for a reported $50 millon. But according to Conde Nast Portfolio, the buyer Primary Wave has so far earned a relatively modest figure of just over $2.3 million on licenses. The report claims that Guitar Hero paid $50,000 for just one Nirvana song, ‘Breed’. By comparison, they wanted 24 songs by Aerosmith, paying $5million.
Jarvis Cocker performed an acoustic version of a Pulp hit and praised the song-writing techniques of David Bowie and Leonard Cohen during his lecture on the role of lyrics in song writing at the South by Southwest Festival this week (March 18). Armed with a Powerpoint presentation and a pointer, the former Pulp frontman began his discussion, titled ‘Saying The Unsayable’, by telling fans in the crowded conference room that he believes lyrics aren’t necessarily important when creating a popular song. He illustrated his point with ‘Louie Louie’ – the famous 1960s hit that has nearly indecipherable lyrics.
Gallows played a typically raucous show this week (March 18) at the South By Southwest festival, with frontman Frank Carter spending most of his band’s 8pm (CMT) set at Emo’s either in the crowd or goading them. Later in the show he demanded that the audience form a circle pit, deriding their efforts as "pathetic" before joining in himself in an attempt to whip up some energy. Keep checking NME.COM’s South By Southwest index page for all the latest SXSW action including news reports, photo galleries and behind-the-scenes blogs.
The singer, who repeatedly hit himself on the head with his microphone causing minor bleeding, spent the first part of the set in the midst of the audience, creating a circle space for himself by shoving punters to the side.
Former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley has announced she will play with Bat For Lashes’ band throughout this year. Writing on Charlottehatherley.com, the guitarist revealed her plans for the year, which include playing UK dates and festivals with Bat For Lashes. "I have been moonlighting with the delectable Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes," she wrote.
Liam Gallagher has posted a new video online explaining why he’s started his Pretty Green clothing label. In the video, which can be viewed at Prettygreen.com, the Oasis man says his disappointment in the current men’s clothing market was one of the factors that lead him to start Pretty Green. "I’m just doing it (launching the clothing range) because there’s a lack ofâ
Fans have accused bouncers at Pete Doherty’s Southampton gig last weekend (March 15) of been overly physical and aggressive towards them.
According to those at the show, a disturbance erupted after the crowd began to take exception to the treatment of audience members by the security guards at the town’s Guildhall. Speaking to NME.COM, crowd member Ian Easton claimed that "the way the security were acting was disgusting. They were so over the top".
The Heavenly Planet Festival has been cancelled. The free event, which was due to take place this July, has been called off due to "the current economic climate". "It is with regret that we make this announcement to cancel our new festival Heavenly Planet which was due to take place in Reading in July," said Melvin Benn of organisers Festival Republic. "The worsening economic crisis and circumstances beyond our control have been major factors in the final decision."
The Horrors made their comeback single, ‘Sea Within A Sea’, available to download for free this week (March 17). The track is the first single to be taken from their second album, ‘Primary Colours’, which is released on May 4.
Spiritualized are to perform their 1997 classic and former NME writers’ Album Of The Year, ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’, at London’s Royal Festival Hall on October 12. To check the availability of Spiritualized tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now.