Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quick News

Al Gore and Pharrell announced that Live Earth will return this summer after an eight year hiatus. The concert, which will raise awareness about climate change, will take place in six cities Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sydney and Cape Town, on July 18. No line-up has been announced yet.

The Specials will reissue their first three studio albums with each getting a remastered touch and a bonus disc of material featuring demos, live cuts, and b-sides. They will arrive in March.

The Vaccines have confirmed that their new album will be called English Graffiti and while we await a release date, singer Justin Young spoke to NME about their upcoming third LP. He said, "I started to feel that being timeless isn't a good thing. I wanted to make a record that was important in 2015 and sound like 2015, sonically and emotionally," Young says. "People just aren't ambitious in rock music. If you take hip-hop or pop, they're a lot more adventurous, they break a lot more rules. If you listen to some of the stuff on the radio right now, it's fucking far out. We wanted to make something that sounds amazing next year and then terrible in 10 years! If you listen to anything from the 1990s now, it sounds fucking awful, but that's part of its identity."

Speaking to Rolling Stone about their upcoming album, New Order's Bernard Sumner said the band has shifted in styles and what they do in the studio as they have gotten older and since Peter Hook is not in the band anymore. Sumner said, "The lines have gotten a bit blurrier than they used to be. We've become songwriters instead of instrumentalists."

Damon Albarn is no stranger to the stage and now he is reinterpreting Alice in Wonderland for the adventurous new musical Wonder.Land which will open the Manchester International Festival in July. Albarn co-wrote the music. Take a look at the event poster below:

The Mountain Goats will release their new album, Beat the Champ in April. The record is a concept album all about pro-wrestling -- awesome. Take a look at the cover, below: