The nominations for the UK’s coveted Mercury Prize have been announced and include a couple PopMatters favorites like the xx, Foals, I Am Kloot, and Paul Weller. Below is the full list along with our ratings, reviews and videos for each release. We’re betting that London’s the xx is going to nab the ultimate honor, but UK bookmakers William Hill are declaring even odds between the xx and Dizzee Rascal. It just doesn’t feel like Dizzee Rascal’s year, as all the momentum has been with the xx and they’ve got far more critical acclaim behind their self-titled debut than Dizzee’s recent effort.
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Surfing the Void
Releasing: 23 August (UK)
British psych rockers offer up their latest album this August in the UK while the US release date remains up in the air. There are already two videos to sample the new music though. Videos and stream after the jump.
Appalachian Voices, a folk group comprised of singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore, cellist/vocalist Ben Sollee, and, most famously, singer/songwriter/guitarist Yim Yames (The Artist Formerly Known as Jim James) of My Morning Jacket, is about to embark on a nine-date tour of the US, starting on July 22nd at the Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky.
Solle and Moore released an album, Dear Companion earlier this year (produced by James), but this month marks the first live performances of this trio formation.
However, there’s more than just pretty music here—there’s a message, too. The venture is hoped to raise public awareness about the controversial practice of Mountaintop Removal coal mining, which takes place throughout Appalachia.
According to James’ website, “a portion of the proceeds from the tour will benefit Appalachian Voices, for which the tour was named, an organization devoted to ending mountaintop removal coal mining together with diverse environmental problems impacting the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.”
Be sure to catch them for one of these unique and intimate performances.
07/22/10 Lexington, KY The Opera House US
07/23/10 Knoxville, TN The Bijou Theater US
07/25/10 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage US
07/26/10 Marlinton, WV Pocahontas Opera House US
07/27/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater US
07/29/10 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater US
07/30/10 New York, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg US
With Special Guest The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
07/31/10 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival US (Yim Yames Solo)
8/01/10 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival US (Ben and Daniel)
Paste Magazine presents Live at Moog with Rogue Wave. These live performances were recorded at the Moog Music sound studio in Asheville, NC and include three songs (“Good Morning”, “Sleepwalker”, and “Stars and Stripes”) from the band’s most recent album, Permalight. The studio is located in the actual Moog factory and offers the band the opportunity to play around with a variety of Moog instruments and gear. Live at Moog is currently in its second season, so be sure to check out the links to past performances by bands such as Yo La Tengo, Amanda Palmer, Joseph Arthur, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, among others.