Animal Collective announce new album plans, Blur set for warm-up gigs, Arctic Monkeys dress-up as Oasis, Black Keys: The Movie, Plan B turns teacher... Daily Hot List
Monday, 14 May
Animal Collective have announced they will release their tenth studio Centipede Hz on 3 September. Tracks set for the follow-up to 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion, include Father Time, New Town Burnout and Monkey Riches.
Blur have announced a series of warm-up gigs ahead of their Olympic show at London's Hyde Park on 12 August. Damon Albarn and co will play dates at Margate Winter Gardens (1 August), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (5, 6) and Plymouth Pavillions (7). "Every one of these shows will be very special and we can't wait to get cracking," declared Alex James of the dates. Tickets go on general sale this Friday at 9am (BST).
Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and Matt Helders have admitted to pretending to be Oasis in a school concert. "When we left primary school, all the kids would form groups and do a performance - like the girls would do a dance to the Spice Girls, or whatever," Turner explained. "So me and Matt and some of our friends put on Morning Glory - we played some tennis rackets and pretended to be Oasis. Matt was Liam Gallagher - he had the bucket hat on. I was the bass player. We were just standing there, doing what Oasis did on stage, which was not a great deal."
A new documentary about The Black Keys is in production. The film is set to explore the pair's unique "bromance" according to director Noah Abrams. "A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people cool," he explained. "I'm fortunate enough to know these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny."
Jay-Z is to curate his own festival, the inaugraul Budweiser Made In America Weekender in Philadelphia on 1 and 2 September. The rapper will headline the bill, topping a varied line-up of "rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance musicians".
Watch the video to Thom Yorke's collaboration with Modeselektor, This, (via Stereogum.com).
Whitney Houston's family are set to feature in a reality TV. Focusing on how they are coming to terms with the singer's death, The Houston Family Chronicles, will hit screens later this year. "In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow," explained Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at Lifetime.
Plan B has promised to be "honest and real" in dealing with teenagers from Radio 1's Hackney Academy, a three-week project helping young people in the area in the run-up to the station's Hackney Weekender festival in June. "When talking about sex or drugs or crime, I'll speak like I'm speaking to an adult, those things can't be dressed up or watered down," he explained. "Yeah, I will go in there and swear. I'm not their teacher, I'm not going to get fired over it."
Booker T And The MGs' bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn has died in his sleep while on tour in Japan, aged 70.
Regina Spektor says her new album is her most varied to date. "There are lots of different places I like to go to explore. I've written a straight-up jazz standard type song, and I've written a country song, if produced in a colour-by-numbers sort of way," she said. "I'm not really interested in having a specific genre, though. I don't believe people have to commit to anything artistically."
Why are Guillemots are releasing a quartet of albums in 2012? Fyfe Dangerfield explains all.
Listen to the debut single by tennis star Serena Williams. What a racket, eh? (Sorry) (via Billboard.com).
Mick Jagger is set to play and host Saturday Night Live on Saturday - with Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters as his backing band.
Listen to the song, Dauðalogn, Sigur Ros premiered during the series finale of US TV drama Vampire Diaries last week (via Vulture.com).
Find out why baggy and the early 90s are now vintage in this Q Festival Blog guest post by fashion designer and Vintage Festival organiser Wayne Hemingway.
Here's Azealia Banks' new single, the Hudson Mohawke-produced Jumanji (via Pitchfork.com).
Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA has given his backing to the upcoming Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic, Dirty White Boy, set for release next year. "There's also been talk about a Wu-Tang Clan movie... In my opinion, I'd rather see an ODB pic than a Wu-Tang Clan pic, because Wu-Tang is still alive, and may be active for a few more years. But an ODB pic, just to really describe his life, would be good," he explained, adding he hopes it "builds more awareness about his life."
Rita Ora has claimed her second Number 1 of the year with Tinie Tempah-assisted single R.I.P. Meanwhile, in the Official Albums Chart, Keane have scored the top spot for the fifth time in their career with new LP Strangeland.
Today's Track Of The Day is Ladyhawke with Sunday Drive
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 14/05/2012
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