Saturday, July 23, 2011

Quick News

Just hours after the shocking news of Amy Winehouse's sudden passing, her former friend and collaborator, Mark Ronson has issued a statement to BBC. Ronson says Amy was "like a sister to me. She was my musical soulmate, this is one of the saddest days of my life." Ronson produced Winehouse's most famous record, Back to Black. Also, it apparently will be days before an autopsy result will be announced to indentify the singers cause of death.

UK's Mercury Prize nominees are in! The awards, which Amy Winehouse was nominated for in 2004 but lost to Franz Ferdinand, will be given out September 6 in the UK and the nominees are:
Adele: 21
Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi
Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything: Man Alive
Ghostpoet: Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock: Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake: James Blake
Katy B: On a Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: Diamond Mine
Metronomy: The English Riviera
PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy

Speaking to NME at Latitude Festival last weekend, Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke hinted that brand new Bloc Party material will be on the way soon. He says "There are some plans for new stuff. I'm not sure what I can say... I'd be surprised if there wasn't some new stuff before the end of the summer." Bloc Party went on hiatus in 2008 and reformed earlier this year.

France's M83 have announced the track listening to their forthcoming double album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Take a look at the track listing below:

Disc 1:
01 Intro [ft. Zola Jesus]
02 Midnight City
03 Reunion
04 Where the Boats Go
05 Wait
06 Raconte-Moi Histoire
07 Train to Pluton
08 Claudia Lewis
09 This Bright Flash
10 When Will You Come Home?
11 Soon, My Friend

Disc 2
01 My Tears Are Becoming a Sea
02 New Map
03 OK Pal
04 Another Wave From You
05 Splendor
06 Year One, One UFO
07 Fountains
08 Steve McQueen
09 Echoes of Mine
10 Klaus I Love You
11 Outro