Blur play London's 100 Club, Lily Allen recording new album, Muse delay LP, Elbow working on "experimental" new album... Daily Hot List
Friday, 3 August
Following their first gig in three years at Margate's Winter Garden on Wednesday, Blur played London's 100 Club last night. Joining the venue's current series of Converse Represent gigs, a packed crowd, that included QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, Editors' Tom Smith, Huw Stephens and We Are Scientists' Andy Burrows, watched Albarn and co played a curfew-busting set that leaned on favourite album tracks. Including the likes of Bugman, Oily Water, Colin Zeal and Jubilee, Blur ended with a Westway-themed double bill of For Tomorrow and Under The Westway, both of which name check the London's A40. Get Q314, out now, for an exclusive interview with Blur.
Lily Allen has confirmed she is working on a new album in the studio. "It's great to work at my own pace, with no commitments other than to make music," explained the singer, who has also announced she will now be known professionally by her married name Lily Rose Cooper. "I'm excited to be heading back into the studio."
Muse have delayed the release of new album The 2nd Law until 1 October. It will be proceeded by single Madness on 20 August.
Katherine Jackson has been reinstated as co-guardian of Michael Jackson's children. TJ Jackson who took over the role when their grandmother was alleged to have spent time apart from the children while she was at a spar in Arizona will remain a co-guardian. The change in the children's arrangement followed a reported family feud over the late singer' will.
Underworld's Rick Smith says he almost missed the climax of the Olympic opening ceremony he helped score. "I thought I'd nip out for a quick cigarette," he explained. "As I was wandering outside, I heard over the Tannoy Zimbabwe and I thought, Z ... Z ... oh shit that's the last country before Team GB! I sprinted back in, arriving just as Heroes came on to see the place just explode. I ran halfway round the stadium to get to the control room. When I fell inside, we just started screaming our heads off like kids, singing along so badly. It was a moment of total and utter joy."
Meanwhile fellow games soundtrackers, Elbow have confirmed they're working on a new album. "It feels very experimental and we've been going very leftfield with things," explained Pete Turner. "Spiritualized get referenced quite a lot and we're trying out new things. We're referencing My Bloody Valentine, Ride and bands like that and the songs are taking nice little turns. We were working on this new tune the other day and Guy said This is like a little Jewish folk song, and we listened back to it and thought, That's brilliant, we have to keep that vibe. It's got this great feel of one of those Eastern European stop-animation films. I love it!"
Pink Floyd have denied they are taking part in the closing ceremony for the London games. It had been suggested they would join Ed Sheeran who is due to cover their Wish You Were Here.
Lil Wayne says his rap career is taking a backseat so he can focus on skateboarding. "I picked up the skateboard and I thought it'd be a hobby and what happened is it's a lifestyle," he explained. "In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. With these young kids now, you have to be about that life. It's kind of putting rap on the back burner. Rap is taking a backseat to skating."
Katy Perry and John Mayer are dating according to reports.
Listen to a new track from Grizzly Bear's forthcoming Shields album, Yet Again, plus read Q's interview with the band.
Mumford & Sons kicked off US dates by playing to 15,000 people at Hoboken's Pier A Park. "We kind of picked somewhere that hasn't been used before as a gig venue," Ben Lovett told the crowd. "We hope it's working well for you. It's working well for us."
Bjork and David Attenborough are collaborating on a documentary about music and technology called The Nature Of Music, which is expected to be broadcast worldwide in November.
Listen to Mariah Carey's new song Triumphant featuring Rick Ross.
Kanye West has revealed the artwork for forthcoming album Cruel Summer. It's both classic looking yet a bit school boy.
Everything But The Girls Tracey Thorn is to cover The White Stripes, Dolly Parton, Sufjan Stevens and more for a Christmas album.
Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker and Neil Tennant signed an open letter calling for the release of Russian punk band Pussy Riot who are currently on trial in Russia for making a protest against President Putin in the country's main cathedral in March. "We are especially concerned about recent reports that food is being withheld from them and that they have appeared in court in a cage," they wrote.
Conor Oberst's Desaparecido have released a new song attacking Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio who is know for his tough stance on immigration. "For years he has been a beacon of bigotry and intolerance for all the world to see," explained Oberst. "The list of human and civil rights abuses he's committed in Maricopa County is long and well-documented. His many crime suppression sweeps are some of the most egregious affronts to American values and human dignity perpetrated in this century."
Read an extract from Twin Shadow's novel, The Night Of The Silver Sun.
Surfer Blood were visited by Timbaland in the studio while recording their next album. "He literally freaked out and said some really flattering things," explained singer JP Pitts after they played him song Weird Shapes. "The first thing he said after he heard it was That's gotta be the single. It's good to know that we might be on the right track after all. As a songwriter, you kind of second-guess yourself. An affirmation like that goes a long way."
Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry has covered Talk Talk's I Believe In You for a tribute compilation, Spirit Of Talk Talk (out September). Gradaddy's Jason Lytle, White Lies, Joan As Police Woman and more have also contributed to the record.
Rihanna's Sky Living reality TV show, Styled To Rock, will feature guest appearance from Katy Perry, Cheryl Cole, Katy B, Little Boots and more.
Keane have announced a UK and Ireland arena tour which kicks off at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on 19 November. Tickets go on sale next Friday.
Calvin Harris has joined the line-up for September's iTunes festival. He plays The Roundhouse on 15 September, grab our new issue for an interview with the DJ.
Fans have cracked Yeasayer's online video scavenger hunt, meaning their forthcoming album Fragrant World can be streamed in full for just 24 hours.
Today's Track Of The Day is Deee-Lite with Groove Is In The Heart as we preview Q314
That's it for this week. More Hot List on Monday at noon.
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