RADIOHEAD’S STUDENT UNION!30 Nov 2006

TomFollowing on from singer Thom Yorke’s involvement with the Friends Of The Earth ‘Big Ask’ campaign, Radiohead are now set to support a further worthy cause in the shape of the D&AD Global Student Awards 2007. The Oxford-based outfit will sponsor the newly created video category in a bid to support up-and-coming creative talent.

This year, the competition invites students from around the world to create a video for Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s song The Clock.

D&AD, which stands for design and art direction, is an educational charity geared towards international design and advertising. The Student Awards,  now in their twenty ninth year, call upon college and university students to tackle live creative briefs set by some of the world’s leading advertisers, designers, and business professionals. Quite how this squares with the resolutely anti-corporate Yorke remains to be seen, especially as other sponsors include such international behemoths as  Puma, Ford and Eurostar.

The latter pair of sponsors are made even more incongruous by the fact that The Clock, originally from Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, deals with the subject of environmental apathy.

In other related Yorke news, the Radiohead singer will appear on Later With Jools Holland on BBC1 on December  1. The show airs at 11.35pm.

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CHARLIE LOUVIN’S All-STAR RETURN29 Nov 2006

ChalieCountry music legend Charlie Louvin returns with his first new studio album in over ten years with guest performances by some of the biggest names in alt-country, including Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham, members of Bright Eyes and Lambchop as well as Elvis Costello, George Jones and Bobby Bare.  The self-titled disc includes reworkings of several Louvin Brothers’ classics and covers of country favorites.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Louvin Brothers - the country duo that featured Charlie and his brother Ira - have had an incalculable influence on country music and it’s sub-genres.  They have inspired covers from such wide-ranging artists as Johnny Cash, The Byrds, and the Raconteurs.

The album will feature a new version of the Louvin Brother’s classic 1962 hit, Must You Throw Dirt on My Face, with George Jones, as well as a tribute to his late brother Ira who died tragically in a car accident in 1965.

The album is produced by Mark Nevers (whose previous work includes Lamchop, Calexico and Candi Staton) and its full tracklisting runs as follows:

1 Must You Throw Dirt In My Face (with George Jones)
2 Great Atomic Power (with Jeff Tweedy)
3 Blues Stay Away From Me (with Bobby Bare Sr. and Tom T. Hall)
4 The Christian Life (with Eef Barzalay of Clem Snide)
5 When I Stop Dreaming (with Elvis Costello)
6 Waiting For A Train (with George Jones)
7 Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (with Alex McManus of Bright Eyes)
8 Worried Man Blues (with Kurt Wagner of Lambchop)
9 Grave On The Green Hillside (with Tift Merritt and Joy Lynn White)
10 Knoxville Girl (with Will Oldham)
11 Ira
12 My Long Journey Home (with Paul Burch)

The album is released on February 20 on the Tompkins Square label.

In the meantime MOJO readers may seek to re-discover select Louvin Brother recordings, three worthy collections of which are presented here for your listening pleasure.

Satan THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
Satan Is Real

The kitsch sleeve masks a righteous 1959 recording which sees the Louvins delivering a hugely influential gospel set. Included here is one of the timeless The Christian Life, later covered by Gram Parsons.

When_i_stop_dreaming THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
When I Stop Dreaming

The duo’s collection of country hits includes I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby (as covered by Alison Krauss), Cash On The Barrelhead (another Gram Parsons cover) and the title track covered by Emmylou Harris.

Lovin2_1 THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
Songs That Tell A Story

The sound of the brothers during their formative period, this collection is taken from a series of 1952 broadcasts. A primitive but illuminating set.

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AMY WINEHOUSE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR

Amywfwefe She has spent the last couple of years transforming herself from a nu-jazz starlet into  a latter day tattooed soul sister thanks to her triumphant album Back To Black, and now Amy Winehouse is set to embark of a full UK tour in support of the latter.

Ms Winehouse will play the following shows in 2007:

February 17 Cambridge Corn Exchange
February 18 Southampton Guildhall
February 19 Cardiff University
February 21 Birmingham Academy
February 23 Liverpool Academy
February 25 Manchester Academy
February 26 Northumbria University
February 27 Glasgow Academy
March 3 Sheffield Octagon
March 5 Nottingham Rock City
March 6 London Shepherds Bush Empire
March 7 London Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets are on sale an available here.

Amy Winhouse also appears in the new issue of MOJO magazine which is on sale on December 6.

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WILLY MASON LIMBERS UP FOR NEW LP ON-LINE28 Nov 2006

WillymasonWilly Mason, the hotly tipped American troubadour, has completed work on his second full-length release, If the Ocean Gets Rough. The album will feature eleven new tracks  and while it’s not due out until March 2007, Mason has been keeping his fans happy with a steady string of exclusive on-line tracks and videos.

One such treat is a video for a new song The Burbs which the Martha’s Vineyard songwriter has added to You Tube.  The video features Mason with an acoustic guitar playing the work in progress in front of a computer webcam.

“I wrote this last night after watching Weeds and My Life in Pink,” Willy explains on the site, and through the miracle of technology, he “was able to put its first performance out in the open.”  The song is only available on-line and will not be on the forthcoming album.

Mason has also been busy on Myspace, uploading rare live tracks, demos, and alternate takes from his highly acclaimed 2005 debut, Where the Humans Eat.

Although ‘The Burbs’ originated on You Tube, both the video and the exclusive songs can be found on Willy’s Myspace here. 

Willy Masons’ new album is being hailed as even more developed and ambitious than his 2005 debut, and sees him juxtaposing personal tales with cultural observations. The full track listing for If the Ocean Gets Rough is as follows:

1 The World That I Wanted
2 We Can Be Strong
3 Save Myself
4 I Can't Sleep
5 Riptide
6 When The River Moves On
7 If The Ocean Gets Rough
8 Simple Town
9 The End Of The Race
10 When The Leaves Have Fallen

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FAREWELL FLUFF

Fluff_1“Al l right, music lovers?’ The phrase acted as a familiar introduction to a world of radio-phonic delight hosted by a man that many listeners viewed as the voice of rock. MOJO is sad to report that that warm and welcoming voice was silenced yesterday, November 27, when legendary DJ Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman passed away, aged 79.

Receiving his nickname due to a well-worn jumper he’d mother had given him and which he insisted on wearing, as a broadcaster Fluff’s enthusiasm was exemplified by his effervescent catchphrases – “Nor arf!”, “Stay Bright!” and his democratic take on his audience that saw him refer to them as “pop pickers”, an expression he coined in 1961 when he joined Radio 1.

Australian-born Freeman, who moved to the UK in 1957, enjoyed close to 50 years as a broadcaster, fronting programmes for Radio Luxembourg, the BBC, Capital, Virgin and receiving an MBE in 1998 in recognition of his services to music. Such was his versatility as a broadcaster that Freeman was able to move from light entertainment programmes through to chart run downs and on to his endless championing of heavy metal as well as opera. Fluff spent the last six years at Brinsworth House Nursing Home, Twickenham, making his last broadcast in 2001.

Paying tribute to his friend, Fluff’s manager Tim Blackmore issued the following statement:
"Alan was a naturally warm man who never quite understood the nature of his appeal. He cared passionately for music of all kinds, for his family and for his friends. Yet through all his professional success, he still retained a total bewilderment that so much success and affection should have come his way.

"His was the creation of the chart countdown, his was the stunning combination of rock music and classical music, and his was the creation of minimalism in the art of the DJ. We will not see his like again, and our debt in response to his contribution is without equal."

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JOHN CALE: LIVE RETURN!27 Nov 2006

CaleLegendary ex-Velvet Underground multi-instrumentalist John Cale is set to release a career spanning double live CD next year that will be preceded by a series of UK dates.

The 23-track CD, entitled Circus Live, will hit the streets on February 5 via EMI and begins with a performance of VU’s classic viola drone-fest Venus In Furs before moving on to tracks spanning most aspects of the man’s 40 years as a recording artist, including the likes of Hanky Panky Nohow (originally on 1973’s Paris 1919) as well as Gun (from 1974’s Fear) right up to Hush (from 2005’s Black: Acetate).

John Cale and his band will play the following shows:
January 18 Wrexham Central Station
January 19 Dublin The Village
January 21 Manchester Academy 3
January 22 Glasgow ABC
January 23 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
January 25 Sheffield Leadmill
January 26 Stoke On Trent Underground
January 27 Northampton Roadmender
January 28 Cambridge The Junction
January 29 Oxford The Zodiac

Click on the ‘Tickets’ part of the site to purchase tickets for Dublin, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stoke and Oxford shows.

As well as his live plans, Cale will also add to his long list of productions credits (which include The Stooges, The Happy Mondays et al) when he helms the second album by New York art rock squad Ambulance Ltd next year.

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THE PROCLAIMERS: THE MUSICAL!

ProclaimersThey were always the unlikeliest of pop stars and now their career has taken yet another unlikely turn. Following in the footsteps of Queen, ABBA and Bob Dylan, The Proclaimers have inspired their own musical which is set to open next year.

Titled Sunshine In Leith – after brothers Craig and Charlie Reid’s 1988 album of the same name – the musical has been conceived by Dr Who script writer Stephen Greenhorn and James Brining, the artistic director of the Dundee Rep Theatre. The show is expected to weave in close to 20 of The Proclaimers’ key tracks including Let’s Get Married, Letter From America and Transatlantic hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) into a plot that deals with real life issues and matters of identity.

The show will open on April 21 at the Dundee Rep and run until May 12 at which point it is also expected to open in Edinburgh and beyond. For more information on the initial Dundee shows, log on to http://www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk/w_sunshine.htm

In related news, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) is also set to become this year’s Comic Relief single with Proclaimers super-fan Matt Lucas fronting the track along with Phoenix Nights star Peter Kay. The Reid brothers will provide the backing for the charity single which will be issued on Red Nose Day on March 16, 2007.

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UNFAB! THE BEATLES & OASIS LOSE POP BATTLE!

NoelIn terms of record sales, the last seven days have marked one of the most competitive periods of the year with the likes of The Beatles Love, Oasis’s ‘Best Of…’ Stop The Clocks and U2’s 18 Singles battling it out for the top slot in the UK albums chart. All three, however, have failed to stop pop act Westlife from triumphing, the Irish boy band out-selling all three legendary rock acts and securing the Number One slot.

Westlife’s collection of covers, The Love Album, sold 219,000 copies, with Oasis reported to have shifted 215,000 units. The Beatles’s controversial remix Love outing sold 173,000 copies while U2’s low key singles collection sold approximately 102,000 copies.

MOJO speculates that this week is likely to see a slightly less intense battle grace the album charts as Arab Strap’s Ten Years Of Tears collection toughs it out against Katie Price and Peter André’s A Whole New World album, Barry Manilow’s The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties and Boney M’s The Magic Of Boney M. Then again…

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GENESIS SELL OUT!24 Nov 2006

Genesis_fHaving announced their reformation and their European tour dates on November 7, Genesis put their first shows in 15 years on sale today and found their popularity had not dimmed with the passage of time. In fact, the band's two shows at Old Trafford and Twickenham sold out in 90 minutes, meaning that the three-piece of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks managed to sell 100,000 tickets in near-record time.
"This tour will be good fun," says Rutherford, speaking exclusively to MOJO.


"We're still excited about playing again," adds Tony Banks. ""I haven't been onstage since about 1999 because I've only ever played live with Genesis so this is where I kind of do this kind of thing and that's why it's exciting. I think we'll try and remind people that we can still do it."

"And the whole tour isn't a year long. It's more of a series of shows," smiles Phil Collins. "So we'll get to enjoy it too."

The band have not discounted the idea of adding UK shows to their European tour. Additional dates will be posted and available for purchase on this site.

Read more on the Genesis reformation in the next issue of MOJO magazine, on sale December 6.

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THE WHO! LIVE! ON THE BEEB!

PeteCurrent MOJO magazine cover stars The Who have their performance at the London Roundhouse screened on BBC 2 this weekend. The band returned to the legendary North London venue on October 29 of this year as part of the BBC’s Electric Proms and their set featured a rare airing of their new Wire And Glass mini opera.

Also included in the BBC’s 50 minute programme are performances of My Generation, Baba O’Riley, Pinball Wizard and Who Are You. The show will air Sunday November 26 at 22.55 on BBC 1 as part of the BBC One Sessions.

Elsewhere Pete Townshend and his partner Rachel Fuller’s In the Attic jam sessions have continued as The Who’s current US tour and featured collaborations with The Flaming Lips, Martha Wainwright and Rose Hill Drive. Log on to www.intheattic.tv for more information on this tight-but-loose fun.

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