Posts Tagged ‘Nottingham’

Last month we highlighted a giant 9-disc R.E.M. boxed set filled with BBC Recordings, and while it’s still not officially announced though it seems we’re close to that happening  It appears the full details and a complete tracklist for the package.

REM grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for REM fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.

Due out October. 19th, R.E.M. at the BBC is now fully listed on, along with a 2LP vinyl set called The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC that’s listed for release that same day. The set now has been officially announced, and we can add that The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC will not only be released as a 2LP vinyl set, but a 2CD edition as well.

So what’s in this thing?, here’s a quick rundown of the set, which includes live material recorded both in concert and in the studio for the BBC between 1984 and 2008.

Disc 1: A round-up of BBC in-studio sessions, including six songs recorded in 1991, plus a 1998 session with the legendary John Peel and more songs recorded in 2003 and 2008.

Disc 2: A 12-song performance recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London in 1998.

Disc 3: Perhaps the most exciting to longtime fans, this is a 16-song set recorded at Rock City in Nottingham, England, in 1984 during the Reckoning tour.

Discs 4 and 5: A complete 25-song Monster tour set recorded at Milton Keynes in 1995.

Discs 6 and 7: The band’s Glastonbury festival appearance in 1999 following the release of Up.

Disc 8: An 11-song, invite-only performance at St. James’s Church in London in 2004.

Disc 9: A DVD featuring the “Accelerating Backwards” film plus a “Later… with Jools Holland” appearance filmed in 1998, and a few other assorted performances.

As for the 2LP and 2CD “best of” editions, they’re described as offering “a selection of in-studio performance and live broadcast highlights” from the boxed set.

It should be noted, though, that the two contain slightly different tracklists, and the 2CD edition does include audio of two “Later… with Jools Holland” performances only included on the DVD of the larger set.


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The band recently linked with Alcopop! Records to launch their new album, with ‘Strange Entertainment’ set to be unleashed on October 26th. With a huge UK tour planned, Kagoule aren’t holding back – confident in themselves, and their new material, they want to pursue every opportunity, every chance placed in front of them.

New single ‘It’s Not My Day’ is online now, and it actually owes a debt to the heavy period of touring that surrounded their debut album ‘Urth’.

A biting return, it pits the seismic force of the Nottingham trio’s live attack against incisive lyricism that engages at every turn. With ‘Strange Entertainment’ incoming we decided to link with Kagoule, to find out more about their single, the new album, and their upcoming tour.

So ‘It’s Not My Day’ was the beginning of ‘Strange Entertainment’. It’s hard to remember the exact moments that inspired a song but I think this song is about keeping it together in front of people or situations that intimidate you. There was lots of changes happening at that time and I needed to remind myself to face up to them.

Check out ‘It’s Not My Day’ below,


It’s Not My Day – taken from the forthcoming album, Strange Entertainment, on Alcopop! Records

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Nottingham trio Kagoule announce their signing to Alcopop! Records with the lead single from their forthcoming album unveiled today.
‘Bad Saliva’ will feature on the MJ (Hookworms) produced, Tarek Musa (Spring King) mixed ‘Strange Entertainment’ full-length, out later this year.

Currently on tour with Drenge, the band say of the track that it is “a track about turning off the path you find yourself on; the temptation to make a change and the anxieties of then making it.”


First cut from the new album ‘Strange Entertainment’

Helmed by members of The Cult of Dom Keller, Monumentals are an instrumental soundtrack duo from Nottingham creating ethereal cinematic soundtracks that range from sci-fi westerns to krautrock-infused art rock to electronic space symphonies inspired by the likes of Morricone, Eno, & Vangelis with the shadows of Crowley & Lynch haunting their otherworldly cinematic soundscapes.


Monumentals are Ryan DelGaudio & Neil Marsden. All tracks written, performed & produced by Monumentals.

Soft Girls & Boys Club are a 5-piece out of Nottingham who makes some delicious psych-rock with some groovy hooks that don’t take long to show themselves on their 2017 single “22:22.” Good vocals, some nice guitar work and a funky sensibility that shows these guys as plenty worthy and confident of their talents.

The band is really only just getting started, but “22:22” feels and sounds like a band that’s ready for bigger and better things in 2018. Keep an eye on these lads.




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EYRE LLEW – ” Lunar “

Posted: February 2, 2018 in MUSIC
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Hailing from Nottingham are Eyre Llew, another three-piece of whom big things are expected in the coming months. Having formed in September of last year after playing in other bands, their delicately poised sound is reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Her Name Is Calla and Sigur Ros. Their fourth single ‘Lunar’ came out earlier this year and is arguably the most evocative piece of music to grace the stereo in months.


With their dials firmly set to the epic and transcendent, Nottingham’s When The Sun Hits bring us their latest, a six track EP of big wide open guitar-scapes, big vocals and even bigger choruses. The Last Light comes on like early Verve with extra washed out guitars and a glowering rhythm section. Lie To Me feels breezier until another big chorus lands, with plaintive and wrenched vocals wrestling their way across a melodic wall of sound. Twilight takes us into different territory altogether as stunning synth-like vapour guitars interlock into relaxed ethereality that bridge from the shoegaze to Warp’s Seefeel and Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works.

Stereopium, with dreamy lyrics and soft strings is a perfect lullaby. Cooper’s Secret closes the EP with more guitar washed out ambient instrumental goodness, a perfect end to a perfectly realised EP, and one that leaves them well placed to add to Nottingham’s fine music heritage.


The Last Light
Lie To Me
Lovedead Town
Cooper’s Secret

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NEW/ The Big Moon, The Slow Readers Club,Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation and many more have joined the likes of Sundara Karma, Amber Run andThe GROWLERS for this year’s Dot To Dot Festival!



With any songwriter, or artist in general, there’s a question about how much of yourself to give away to your audience in your songs. Some songwriters are naturally open, capable of taking on the most painful and honest emotions and sharing them without a hint of concealment. Many more artists are more guarded, wrapping up their truth in a web of poetry and disguise, giving the listener only snapshots of their truth. Sometimes this can be more rewarding, there’s a joy to discovering a songwriter’s story that you’ll never get with a heart on their sleeve, confessional songwriter spelling out their pain in giant letter for the whole world to see. A little deceit and pretence can make a songwriter’s sincerity all the sweeter.

the superbly talented singer songwriter Gallery 47, is a vessel for the songwriting talents of Jack Peachey and a revolving cast of largely Nottingham based backing musicians. Jack has released his third album, tiltled “Clean”, the follow up to 2014’s All Will Be Well, an album that’s success saw Jack tour Europe in support of the somewhat unlikely figure of Paul Weller.


Jack has so far shared a pair of tracks from Clean in the shape of recent singles, Some Of You Don’t Get It and Mother’s Plan. These tracks suggest a gentle re-imagination of his previous folkish output.