Alabama Shakes are one of the most anticipated bands of 2012. A proper rock ‘n’ roll band with added flavours of gospel, soul and blues, their debut album Boys & Girls is released in March through Rough Trade Records and is sure to win them the amount of fans a band this good deserves.
Named as one of the best bands of CMJ last year, 2012 looks to be an exciting one for this Alabama-based four piece, with lead vocalist Brittany Howard having a delicate and powerful voice in equal measure, occasionally cracking much like Caleb Followill’s and at other times blowing your socks off.
Here’s Hold On. Take a listen, you’ll find it pretty fucking hard not to nod your head along to it.
So Si Co’s new idea is for a tv show to find the world’s greatest DJ’s.
But I can see a few problems here:
1. The sort of people that watch X Factor – families, mums, kids – aren’t interested in DJ’s. They won’t watch it.
2. We’ve already seen video games such as DJ Hero have been relatively unsuccessful compared to other music games such as Guitar Hero and Rock band – why will people suddenly care?
3. Having DJ’s perform on a stage in front of judges won’t be that exciting to watch. There’s already a DJ competition – the DMC World Championships – where the DJ’s are extravagant, interesting to watch and generally amazing, and are we really going to find new DJ’s that are better than the ones that enter that?
4. No DJ that is any good/has had any success will want to go on a talent show – it’s not cool.
5. DJ’s aren’t ‘the new rockstars’ – the coolest DJ’s are the ones that do their thing on stage, and then stay out the limelight off it – makes them more mysterious, innit?
6. Most of the DJ’s won’t be real DJ’s (as in they won’t use vinyl) so it’ll just be someone on stage with a laptop in front of some judges. He could be a doing a fucking excel spreadsheet for all we know…
Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the show develops, how successful it is and whether or not the winner has any sort of career after the show.
Jack is back!
And like the Maccabees, it seems like he’s grown up and gone all serious. Don’t let that put you off though, his new song No One Lied is actually really quite good. It’s like he has calmed down and matured alongside The Maccabees but has forgotten his band. It’s just him and a guitar. And it’s beautiful. The video is directed by Dani Castro and was filmed in 1 take.