The Karaoke Climate

That bastion of Antipodean journalism, The Age, is carrying an interesting article about the dreaded Pop Idol scourge.

TV music boss defends Idol worship

In answer to Mr Jones’s question: individual cults of personality are a lot easier to manage than corralling five gak heads into some semblence of band brand, and the main interest Pop Idol has generated in the UK charts is people asking: ‘where did all this ephemeral, shallow crap come from?’

White Light Motorcade

Press Release

White Light Motorcade follow their appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals with a return to the UK in November.

The band were due to play UK dates in the company of The Donnas in October following their tour together in mainland Europe until these were cancelled. Now, the UK gets another chance to see White Light Motorcade as they support Therapy on their UK tour.

Dates are as follows:


Friday 21st – Reading, Fez

Saturday 22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill

Monday 24th – Norwich, Waterfront

Tuesday 25th – London, The Astoria

Wednesday 26th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Friday 28th – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms

Saturday 29th – Nottingham, Rock City

Monday 1st – Preston, The Mill

Tuesday 2nd – Leeds, The Cockpit

Wednesday 3rd – Newport, TJ?s

White Light Motorcade first came to the UK in March of this year when select shows saw them prove they were the ‘real rock’n’roll deal’ (NME). Their debut EP release garnered praise from all corners with Kerrang hailing ‘an unholy cross between the pumped-up punk of The Stooges and the atmospheric, chemical anthems of Primal Scream’. A deal with BMG and the release of debut LP, ‘Thank You, Goodnight’ followed. With it’s mix of rock grit and pop melody, X Ray rightly noted that the band have ‘clearly set their sights beyond Manhattan’ whilst The Fly praised ‘a definitive example of their art’.

Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

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The irrepressible, inspirational, illustrious TORI AMOS is releasing her very first collection ever, and we Amp people are down on our knees Wayne’s World stylee at the thought of working with her. Holla!

TALES OF A LIBRARIAN: A TORI AMOS COLLECTION (released November 17th), is a selection of 20 songs handpicked by the goddess herself, and spans over a decade of Tori’s incredible career. As well as the old favourites
like ‘Precious Things’, ‘Playboy Mommy’, ‘Spark’, ‘God’, ‘Cornflake Girl’, ‘Winter’, ‘Tear In Your Hand’, ‘Professional Widow’, ‘Crucify’ and ‘Silent All These Years’, there’s two BRAND NEW tracks – ‘Angels’ and ‘Snow Cherries From France’, plus two rare b-sides, ‘Mary’ and ‘Sweet Dreams’, re-recorded especially for this collection.

MOGUL – debut single, live dates

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They move effortlessly from melody rich ballads to furious guitar rock – commanding an irresistible and distinct style that they can definitely call their very own.

Mogul have been refining their craft since they were back in high school – fifteen years old and causing a ruckus in the garage. Both drummer Keith Wickham and keyboardist Alex Ayres have gone on to become music graduates – almost over-qualified to be in a South London rock band! Credibility is reinstated however by frantic guitarist Jamie Fisher, clearly a rock star-in-waiting

The line up is completed by the deep and dark bass grooves of Croatian ex-pat Michael Skorjanec and singer Jamie Gordon with his captivating presence, distinctively raw and emotive voice and catchy lyrical hooks – Jamie certainly is a born front man.

Gary Crowley (BBC Radio) is among a number of radio DJ’s who’ve hailed the promo of the single: even Jools Holland wrote to the band to say how impressed he was with it! Front Magazine recently cited it as ‘Flippin ace’, while ‘What’s on in London’ tagged it ‘fresh, probably because there’s a damn good tune going on in there’. Simmy Richman at the Independent on Sunday meanwhile commended it as ‘excellent – as soon as I popped my headphones on I recognised it as one of those infuriatingly catchy songs.’

A striking video of ‘Play Away’ has also been shot on 16mm by talented new director Mark Wong. It has been previewed on London Live and UK MTV, with presenter Dave Berry citing Mogul as ‘future superstars to watch’.

MOGUL release their debut single, PLAY AWAY, on WRETCHED RECORDINGS on December 1st, distributed by 3MV.

Thursday, October 30th KINGS CROSS Water Rats @ 8.45pm
Friday, October 31st HAMMERSMITH Palais @ 8.45pm
Sunday, November 9th KENSINGTON West One Four

Friday, November 14th HAMMERSMITH Palais
Thursday, November 20th GREENWICH Trafalgar Tavern
Saturday, November 29th CAMDEN Barfly

THE BLUESKINS – UK TOUR DATES, November and December

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The Blueskins, currently in the wilds of Snowdonia recording their debut LP with producer Richard Formby, break off from developing their studio tans to play further dates throughout November and December.

The band, whose ‘Magic Road’ EP is just hitting the shops, have played two very special shows recently. The first, as part of Radio One’s week by the seaside in Brighton, saw the boys play a frenetic half hour set, recently broadcast on Lamacq Live on Radio One. The second, at York Fibbers saw the band’s ever growing Northern fanbase pack out the venue as they delivered one of the most talked about sets of the MTV2 tour under the watchful eye of the host, Zane Lowe. Dates for the tour are as follows:


Tues 18th – Birmingham, Academy Bar

Thur 20th – Sheffield, Fuzz Club

Sun 23rd – Liverpool, University

Mon 24th – London, Metro

Thur 11th – Leeds, Wardrobe

Fri 12th – Sheffield, Fez Club

Sat 13th – Coventry, Colliseum

Mon 15th – Bristol, Louisiana

Tue 16th – Colchester, Soundhaus

Wed 17th – Southend, Chinnerys

Thur 18th – London, Electrowerkz

The Blueskins will issue a new single, the first fruits of the LP recording sessions early next year. In a definite statement on how to treat your fans, the LP will not include any of the tracks from debut single ‘User Friendly’ or the current ‘Magic Road’ EP.

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The ‘Magic Road’ EP is released on Domino on November 10th.