Arcade Fire play new songs at secret gig, Talulah Gosh singer wins Turner Prize, Jarvis Cocker turns producer, Jay-Z joins Great Gatsby, Mumfords & Rihanna for T In The Park... Daily Hot List
Tuesday, 4 December
Arcade Fire debuted a host of new songs in Montreal over the weekend. Playing under the name Les Identiks at the city's Breakglass Studios, they were joined by extra percussionist for the "fun, dancey and groovy" new tracks, while the show was opened with a eight minute long track that apparently had a "punk vibe". The groups' new record is not expected to be released until the second half of next year, and wisely Arcade Fire insisted on a "no phone, video or photo" policy for the 100 strong audience.
Big Boi will release new album Vicious Lies And Dangers Rumours on 17 December.
Mumford & Sons and Rihanna have been announced as the headliners for next year's T In The Park. The Script, Alt-J, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith and Of Monsters And Men will also play the festival which takes place 12-14 July. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Former Talulah Gosh member, video artist Elizabeth Prize, won the Turner Prize last night.
Fleetwood Mac have announced they will kick off a world tour in April next year. Though having only announced North American shows so far, Stevie Nicks explained: "If everything goes will we'll be in Europe doing festivals this summer."
Frank Ocean's song written especially for Quentin Tarantino's new Django Unchained film was not included because the director claims he could not fit it in. "Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn't a scene for it," Tarantino explained. "I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realise it then."
Jarvis Cocker has turned his hand to producing, working on The Moths Are Real for singer-songwriter Serafina Steer. "I never thought I would produce a record. I thought it would be one of my definitions of hell: having to listen to somebody else's music over and over again!" joked the singer. Not only has be produced the record, but the Pulp man has directed the video for Night Swim, the first single from the album out in January.
2012 has been the most difficult year for the live music industry in the UK, Live Nation have claimed. Not only did weather and the economy hamper things but gig goers are getting more demanding. "We've had people getting in touch to complain that it rained at an outdoor event," explained the John Probyn, CEO of the promoter's UK arm. "One group of girls got in touch because they were unhappy about standing on grass because they were wearing high heels that sunk into the ground. But, you know, this is a customer-driven industry and the customer is always right."
Devendra Banhart will release new album Mala in the spring.
Sonisphere, which was cancelled this summer, will return to Knebworth Park next year organisers have confirmed.
Here's the video for The Killers new Christmas single, I Feel It In My Bones.
Read a chat with Saint Etienne on pop music's magic ingredients.
Burial will release anew single this month. The double side, simply named One and Two, will be out on 17 December.
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has been indicted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic. The singer has always said he will return to the country to defend himself should he charged following an incident at a 2010 gig when he pushed a stage invader.
Move other Jarvis and Guy Garvey, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is the latest rock star to turn DJ. He will host a show in SiriusXM radio that begins this week.
Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor has released a "surprise" solo EP this week. Nayim From The Halfway Line (referencing Arsenal's defeat in the 1995 European Cup Winner's Cup) is out now on vinyl and will be available digitally on 17 December. Here's an intro to the EP.
Read an extract from Alan Light's new book, The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard, Cohen, Jeff Buckley And The Unlikely Ascent Of Hallelujah, on the creation of Cohen's classic.
Jay-Z has been brought on board to over see the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Johnny Marr has announced his first solo tour, kicking off at Oxford's O2 Academy on 10 March. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
A$AP Rocky will release his long awaited album LONGLIVEA$AP on 15 January, the rapper has announced.
Today's Track Of The Day is Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds with We No Who U R
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 04/12/2012
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