This is a bit easier on the eyes compared to red headed children being murdered, isn’t it? As part of AV Club’s “Undercover” series, the British band the Clientele gently covered M.I.A.‘s breakthrough hit “Paper Planes”, somehow transforming her violent prose into something a little more affable. The promotion still has 17 weeks left, with covers of the Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” waiting in the wings. Check here for all episodes of this video series.
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Indie/shoegaze fanatics who’d wept salty tears of absolute joy at the news last year of Chapterhouse’s decision to reunite for a world tour have had those happy tears take a decidedly unhappy turn as the band was forced to postpone this week’s North American dates because guitarist/vocalist Stephen Patman was stuck in Japan following a handful of triumphant shows. In an official statement, the band made it clear that while Mother Nature and American red tape may have won this round, the wall of guitars would eventually emerge victorious.
Due to the recent volcanic activity in Iceland Chapterhouse have been forced to reschedule their upcoming tour of North America. The disruption to international flights caused by the ash cloud left Stephen stranded in Japan. Although the earliest flight earmarked for his return to the UK was May 3rd, he managed to get a standby ticket and returned on monday evening. However, this caused him to miss his interviews at the American Embassy, so there is no hope him obtaining a US artist visa in time for the shows.
We are all extremely disappointed that this is our only course of action, but wish to stress that the tour is being postponed, not cancelled. We are currently working hard with the promoters in order to find the best time to reschedule the shows, keeping them at the same venues with the same line ups. Any fans with tickets will be able to use them for the replacement shows. Due to Ashley’s commitments with his other band ‘Tunng’, the new shows are likely to be in the second half of September. We will confirm these dates as soon as possible.
The band are very upset about this turn of events and would like to convey their sympathy and apologies to everyone that will be affected, but on a more positive note, we intend to add a couple of dates to the rescheduled tour. Please bear with us. We look forward to playing the US in a few months time.
Rather than slipping into a deep funk over the news, let’s remind ourselves why the tour was such an exciting proposition in the first place with a few YouTube videos, both from the band’s initial flurry of shimmering brilliance, and from a recent live show which proves definitively why it’s worth staying excited all summer long for the rescheduled dates.
It’s not quite the same thing as being part of a legendary post-punk band 30 years past its prime, but you can help out in the making of Gang of Four’s latest project, Content. By chipping in anywhere from £10 for a CD of the finished product to £950 for the absurd privilege of riding on a helicopter with the band on its way to Glastonbury, you can bankroll the content on Content. So if you’re going to buy the new album when it’s due this summer anyway, you might as well go to Gang of Four’s Pledge Music page and help to make sure it becomes a reality by pitching in. In addition to an explanation of what Gang of Four is up to by legendary guitarist Andy Gill, there’s a snippet of a new track at the site titled “Do as I Do”, which at least sounds like the band is trying to revisit its late 1970s glory days.
It’s always nice to see Clooney a little more toned-down in his roles and not simply playing another charming variation of George Clooney. In The American, Clooney stars as Jack, a hit man who wants out of the game, after a job goes terribly wrong. Will he find vindication in picturesque small town Italy? The trailer, with its great long camera shots and dramatic score, has a decidedly slow pace, but still shows promise.
Contrary to any images conjured up by the name, Adam Kesher is not a solo act. Rather, they are a French five piece, whose infectiously catchy debut Challenging Nature is set for release on the May 25th. Picking up stylistic cues from the likes of Phoenix, Adam Kesher have carved out a fine line in Gallic infused electro/pop and seem set to make 2010 their own. It’s little wonder when you consider they are supported by big names like Dave One (Chromeo) at the helm for production duties, while Philippe Zdar (Cassius) and A Trak were also both on hand to provide additional mixes.
As a taster for their forthcoming long player, the band have put out a free to download of high energy single “Hour of the Wolf”, (mixed by Philippe Zdar) which is waiting here, for your aural pleasure.