“Apparently David Cameron and the Tories used a xx song during their party conference. The xx/Young Turks weren’t invited to any party, didn’t approve the use of their music at the party and certainly don’t approve of said party.”
Business Bulletin No. 133/2010: Friday 17 September 2010
*S3M-7000 Pauline McNeill: Congratulations to the xx—That the Parliament congratulates the xx on winning the Mercury Prize; notes that its album was described as a record of its time by head judge Simon Firth; recognises the band’s success since its creation in 2005; wishes the band continued success in the future, and notes the importance of the Mercury Prize to the music industry and in promoting new artists.
1/ The xx - xx 2/ Vampire Weekend - Contra 3/ Example - Won’t Go Quietly 4/ Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N Cheek 5/ Union - The Union 6/ Jedward - Planet Jedward 7/ Mogwai - Special Moves 8/ The Temper Trap - Conditions 9/ Faithless - The Dance 10/ Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
UK Indie Singles Chart:
1/ Katy B - Katy On a Mission 2/ Example - Kickstarts 3/ DJ Fresh - Gold Dust 4/ The Count & Sinden - After Dark 5/ The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition 6/ Adele - Make You Feel My Love 7/ The xx - Islands 8/ Caspa - Love Never Dies (Back For The First) 9/ Kano - Upside 10/ Vampire Weekend - White Sky
In an interview with Zane Lowe, 2007 Mercury Prize winners The Klaxons finally said what everyone is thinking, stating that The XX are the obvious favorites to win the Prize this year. “Effortlessly cool” is how Jamie Reynolds describes everyone favorite gothic rockabillys. It’s hard to disagree.
“XX” (Young Turks/XL) by London indie band the XX made its first top 10 appearance, climbing 13-10 almost exactly one year after the debut set was released. The album is one of the favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize next month.
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This week the Pope visits Lisbon. But next week, all hell breaks loose as Lisbon’s “City of Rock” (Parque da Bela Vista) plays host to one of the world’s largest rock & roll festivals – Rock in Rio.
Dates are 21, 22, 27, 29 & 30 May 2010.
Such top acts as Shakira, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis and Motorhead will participate. As well, many world-renowned Portuguese artists will also be on hand, such as Mariza, Trovante and Xutos & Pontapés.
2010 marks the seventh edition of this world rock festival. The first event was organized by Brazilian entrepreneur Roberto Medina in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro. Since that time, the rock music festival has been held three times in Brazil and three times in Portugal. This year´s event in Lisbon will be repeated a week later in Madrid.
The event at Lisbon’s Parque da Bela Vista will comprise three stages positioned n the vast public park land. And , this year venue includes a roller, coaster, free fall, spinning wheel and other attractions.
The xx’s self-titled debut was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2009
Throughout the general election Jeremy Paxman has been presenting a series of special Newsnight programmes on Saturdays, and tonight at 6.30pm we have our final edition.
We will get the latest news on how the Conservative-Liberal Democrat negotiations are progressing from our Political editor Michael Crick, and will be talking to senior politicians from the three main parties.
And we will be putting this hung parliament into context with a look back at previous hung parliaments in Britain.
Jeremy will be discussing the outcome of this extraordinary election with historians Simon Schama and David Kynaston, and British Vogue magazine editor Alexandra Shulman.
For a wry look at the drama of the last few days he will be joined by the comedians Steve Punt, Rebecca Front and Richard Herring.
And we will be hearing what our studio audience makes of the result, and finding out what they think should happen now.
We also have the final election animation made specifically for Newsnight by Apple Daily - the Taiwanese TV team whose past political films have become an online sensation.
What will they make of a hung parliament?
And ending the show with a bang, we have a live performance from the band behind 2009’s most critically acclaimed album, the xx.
The special programme will be broadcast on Saturday 8 May 2010 at 6.30pm on BBC Two, then will be available afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.
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The xx are three 20-year-olds from South London who make predominantly slow, furtive dreampop music, mostly about loss. They are also one of the stranger recipients of UK hype in recent memory.
What’s So Great?
Jamie Smiths‘ technically work is like listening to early Jay-Jay Johanson without all the self-loathing. Moody and engaging – perfect for the whispery vocals. Oliver Sim‘s remind me of the first I heard Morrissey’s voice in “How Soon is Now” at age 14. Seductive and more mature than his youthful appearances let on. Romy Madley Croft‘s sexual ambiguity hides a voice reminscent of the Blow’s Khaela Maricich and Stevie Nicks - melodically pure.
The music the trio produced is like heartache and shyness. They are the grandchildren of The Smiths and the second cousins of Interpol – music which projects uncomfortable feel on the listener. While The Smiths were influence by black girl groups of the 60′s, The xx are strongly influenced by modern R&B. Which is not entirely heard in Jamie Smiths’ drum machine (though you can hear a little Timbaland), it can be heard in the lyrics.
If you enjoy any of the musicians I’ve mentioned in this post, watch this music video “Island” below. While most people only see the repetitiveness of the choreography, this video reinforces the sense of love-lost of the song.
The xx’s only other announced dates at the moment are the tour they’re doing fromSasquatch to Bonnaroo. All dates below…
The xx - 2010 Tour Dates Sun 05/30/10 Sasquatch Festival Quincy WA Tue 06/01/10 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA Wed 06/02/10 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA Thu 06/03/10 Henry Miller Memorial Library Big Sur CA * Sat 06/05/10 Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles CA * Sun 06/06/10 Wiltern Los Angeles CA * Tue 06/08/10 House of Blues San Diego San Diego CA Thu 06/10/10 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester TN Sun 08/08/10 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY + * w/ Phantogram + w/ Chairlift, Jack Penate (7 pm, free)
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” holds its long-standing spot as the most popular track among users of Last.fm, the internet radio station that lets users in more than 200 countries listen to music in the site’s library. MGMT’s “Kids” has climbed into second place for the week ending April 25, while Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” moves from second to third.
“Islands” by London-based group The xx has climbed seven spots to ninth place, with more than 22,000 unique listeners throughout the week. Originally released on the band’s 2009 debut albumxx, the track was re-released on a compilation, Life is Music 2010-1, out April 23. On April 20, a video clip for the track premiered, helping to boost the single into the top ten.
“Baptism,” by Toronto electronic act Crystal Castles, tops Last.fm’s list of most-hyped tracks, its popularity growing several thousand percentage points to claim more than 17,000 listeners. The track comes from the band’s second album, which was released digitally on April 23, more than a month before its physical release.
Last.fm’s top tracks from April 18 to 25:
1. Lady Gaga - “Bad Romance” (38,841 listeners) 2. MGMT - “Kids” (27,262 listeners) (+1) 3. Lady Gaga - “Poker Face” (27,053 listeners(-1) 4. Ke$ha - “TiK ToK” (26,642 listeners) 5. The xx - “Crystalised” (25,129 listeners) (+1) 6. Owl City - “Fireflies” (24,589 listeners) (-1) 7. Lady Gaga - “Paparazzi” (24,202 listeners) (+1) 8. MGMT - “Time to Pretend” (22,627 listeners) (+2) 9. The xx - “Islands” (22,385 listeners) (+7) 10. Muse - “Uprising” (22,265 listeners) (+2)
Last.fm claims more than 40 million active users based in more than 200 countries. Available in 12 languages, the site’s radio service is free for users in the UK, the US, and Germany; elsewhere, a subscription costs €3.00 per month. Last.fm’s charts measure everything its users listen to through the Last.fm website as well as hundreds of other music sites and services, including iTunes, Spotify, and The Hype Machine.