WIN TICKETS TO SEE MARVA WHITNEY!30 Apr 2007

Marva_2She possesses one of the rawest, brassiest, most powerful voices of all-time. Indeed, during her time with the James Brown Revue, the explosive Marva Whitney was known as ‘Soul Sister Number One’. As she returns to play the inaugural Women’s Arts International Festival, we have a clutch of tickets to give away...

The MOJO-sponsored WAI festival takes place in the intimate surroundings of the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria, and runs through May. ‘The First Lady Of Funk’ (to use another of her many stage accolades) joins legendary performers like Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull and Peggy Seeger as well as a host of new talent on what is part of a packed line-up.

Alongside Lyn Collins and Vicki Anderson, Whitney was one of James Brown’s most talented protégés. Singing with Mr Brown’s Revue from 1967 to 1970, in ’69 she recorded and released her legendary solo album, It’s My Thing featuring the hit single of the same name. Whitney’s songs have been sampled many times, none more than Unwind Yourself, while tunes like  I Made a Mistake Because It's Only You, Pt. 1 and What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You have become anthems for the burgeoning post-rare groove, funk club scene. Her new album I Am What I Am (Freestyle Records) meanwhile proves that her vocal fire-power remains undimmed.

Marva Whitney plays the WAI festival on May 5, while the full line-up reads as follows (all shows art at the Brewery Arts Centre unless indicated):
Friday 4: MARIANNE FAITHFULL
Saturday 5: MARVA WHITNEY
Sunday 6: BAT FOR LASHES
Tuesday 8: MARISSA NADLER AND EMMY THE GREAT
Wednesday 9: KAREN MATHESON
Thursday 10: PATTI SMITH - ACOUSTIC POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD
Thursday 10: BETTYE LAVETTE (at Coronation Hall)
Friday 11: PATTI SMITH & BAND (at Coronation Hall)
Saturday 12: PEGGY SEEGER
Sunday 13: KAREN DALTON TRIBUTE WITH PETRA JEAN PHILIPSON
Wednesday 16: ALICE RUSSELL
Thursday 17: RACHELLE VAN ZANTEN AND ANGIE PALMER
Friday 18: LURA
Saturday 19: THEA GILMORE AND KATHRYN WILLIAMS
Tuesday 22: HANNE HUKKELBERG AND SUSANNA & THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA
Wednesday 23: MOJO PRESENTS IN CONVERSATION WITH... SANDIE SHAW
Wednesday  23 : WINE, WOMEN& SONG: GRETCHEN PETERS, SUZY BOGUS & MATRACA BERG
Thursday 24: JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN

Tickets for all the above nights are available via www.tickets.com

For more information please visit www.womensartsinternational.co.uk

To stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets for Marva’s rare UK show at the WAI festival all you have to do is answer the following question correctly:
Which act recorded the original version of It’s Your Thing (titled It’s My Thing)?
Was it:
A/The Isley Brothers?
B/ James Brown?
C/ The Impressions?

Then simply e-mail us your name, address, a daytime phone number and your answer to mojo@emap.com placing Marva Whitney/WAI Competition in the subject box. The closing date is May 2, and winners will be contacted the following day. Transport and accomodation are not included.

Stay tuned for more WAI giveaways via mojo4music this week.

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TRACK OF THE DAY: BIG STAR – FEMME FATALE

Big_star_web_crop Succeeding in making the Velvet Underground & Nico track even more frangible, delicious and drug-fugged than the original, Alex Chilton poured every ounce of his career stasis and psychic discombobulation into this 1974 recording (featuring his then-girlfriend Lisa Aldredge on backing vox, fact fans). From MOJO’s latest covermount compilation CD, Music Is Love – click the MORE button below to enjoy it here as an audio amuse-bouche

Big Star – Femme Fatale

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FRANZ FERDINAND NEW ALBUM EXCLUSIVE!

Ff_online_crop On May 21st Franz Ferdinand fans will be able to hear the first new material from the Glasgow post-punk foursome since their July 2006 single, Eleanor Put Your Boots On. Bizarrely, it will come in the form of a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends, recorded with Trash DJ Erol Alkan, which will form part of the next LCD single (along with an alternate cover of All My Friends by John Cale!). Keen to hear just what the band plan for their cover, and whether it points the way for the new Franz sound, MOJO’s Andrew Male got Alex Kapranos on the blower and put him on the spot.


How did the LCD Soundsystem cover come about?

Alex Kapranos: Well, I got an email from James Murphy, asking if we were be up for it and I thought, Of course, what a great idea! There are so many bands who ask fellers like James to do remixes of their music so why not the other way around? A remix is just a cover version anyway. Just because you create that reinterpretation electronically doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is any different from a band reinterpreting a song. We did it with [Trash DJ/remixer] Erol Alkan, then just took a few parts of the song and jammed them in a room together. Remixes should be ruthless and disrespectful. With our covers, whether the Fire Engines or the Beatles, we’ll completely change the song, almost to the point that it’s unrecognisable. The original LCD track is extremely linear, built around a kind of Steve Reich piano line, and this long, stream of consciousness lyric. I just thought; ‘Great, I’m gonna tear that apart’, being truly respectful and disrespectful at the same time. That’s what appealed to us about the approach. A lot of our songs tend to be built around these hooks or lines or riffs. Pretty straight to the point. I like a strong melody line, and we wanted to bring something like that to the song. Pretty blunt.

What are Franz up to at the moment?

AK: Well we’re just meeting up and writing songs and having a great time with it as well. I remember when we first got the band together you would run to get down and meet the others because it was the best thing you could possibly be doing with your time and that’s what it feels like again.

Did you lose a little bit of that with the last album?

AK: I hate to say it, but you kind of do sometimes. The worst thing for music is when it feels like a chore. If it’s a chore for you to play it then it’s almost certainly going to be a chore to listen to it.

Any obvious changes in the Franz sound for the next album?

AK: Well I’m obviously the worst person to ask about this but I remember when we did the second record, I guess we’d been touring for a year and we’d been playing big stages for the first times in our lives, with amplifiers on full and playing to these big rooms, and somehow we’d adjusted our sound to this rock sound and I think you can hear that on the second record. I suppose what we’re writing about at the moment is a reaction to that. We’ve always been contrary buggers as a band and suppose we’ve always wanted to go against the flow of what going on about us - indie rock bands singing about standing around in the chip shop queue. I cannot be arsed with that, I just think it’s so fucking boring. The best music for me has always been the strange combination of evil melancholia and something intensely uplifting and euphoric. I feel that I have absolutely nothing to prove by conforming to what people expect and absolutely nothing to gain from that either. For us I can reduce it to the most simple test for the music and that is if I see the other guys grinning then I know its good.

Have you got any set release dates?

AK: Totally not! We worked towards targets on the second album and I’m not very good at doing that sort of thing. When we wrote the first album, there were no grand schemes or themes behind it. It was not premeditated. We’re at the initial stage which is laying out this sprawling, tangled mess of ideas, and random streams of consciousness and thoughts: untangling the huge knot.

So the first new thing we’ll hear from you will be the LCD Soundsystem single. Do you think that will hint at where the new Franz stuff is going?

AK: Ummm… Yes, I think there are a couple of songs that we are doing that definitely have that hypnotic, mesmerising feel which has a slower build, which draws you in. I suppose up until now we’ve been writing songs for people with short attention spans. I can’t think of the word to describe it, I can give examples… I Wanna Be Your Dog by the Stooges has it, Fela Kuti has it, that quality which draws you in and it’s almost pharmaceutical. That’s something we’ve been experimenting with, with the guitar playing some great harmonics and the bass was playing a great riff…

That sounds great. So, shall I go away and write “Franz’s new sound is Fela Kuti meets The Stooges”?

AK: Thank you very much. I know I can trust you not to. I don’t need to watch my mouth too much with MOJO. You haven’t asked whether we’re gonna have some punch-up with Kasabian or whatever, and for that I thank you.

LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends, featuring covers by Franz Ferdinand and John Cale will be released on May 21st on DFA/EMI Records

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EXCLUSIVE! PATTI SMITH: IN SEARCH OF WORDSWORTH27 Apr 2007

Images2 Often described as the poet laureate of punk, Patti Smith has never hidden her literary influences. While Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake have always spurred her on, Smith is set to use her forthcoming appearance at the MOJO-sponsored Women’s Arts International Festival in the Lake District to get closer to another of her heroes: British Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

“If I get the opportunity I’d definitely like to visit his home and see where he used to write,” says Patti. “I’m fascinated by the whole process of creativity and the different tools and environments writers and artists use to create their work. I haven’t been to the Lake District before either so I’m really excited.”

Having recently released Twelve, her new album of cover versions, Smith’s appearance at the inaugural WAI festival is one of the highlights of what is a packed calendar of events that runs throughout the month of May.

The festival itself takes place at the intimate Brewery Arts Theatre in Kendal, Cumbria, and celebrates the achievements of women in song, art, theatre, literature, visual arts, film, dance and comedy.

“I think Women's Arts International Festival is going to be an interesting festival,” affirms Smith, “I’m looking forward to meeting new people, seeing what’s on their minds and working out what their plans are for bettering for the world.”

The full list of musical performances at the Women’s Arts International Festival reads as follows:
Friday 4: MARIANNE FAITHFULL
Saturday 5: MARVA WHITNEY
Sunday 6: BAT FOR LASHES
Tuesday 8: MARISSA NADLER AND EMMY THE GREAT
Wednesday 9: KAREN MATHESON
Thursday 10: PATTI SMITH - ACOUSTIC POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD
Thursday 10: BETTYE LAVETTE (at Coronation Hall)
Friday 11: PATTI SMITH & BAND (at Coronation Hall)
Saturday 12: PEGGY SEEGER
Sunday 13: KAREN DALTON TRIBUTE WITH PETRA JEAN PHILIPSON
Wednesday 16: ALICE RUSSELL
Thursday 17: RACHELLE VAN ZANTEN AND ANGIE PALMER
Friday 18: LURA
Saturday 19: THEA GILMORE AND KATHRYN WILLIAMS
Tuesday 22: HANNE HUKKELBERG AND SUSANNA & THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA
Wednesday 23: MOJO PRESENTS IN CONVERSATION WITH... SANDIE SHAW
Wednesday  23 : WINE, WOMEN& SONG: GRETCHEN PETERS, SUZY BOGUS & MATRACA BERG
Thursday 24: JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN

Tickets for all the above nights are available via www.tickets.com

For more information please visit www.womensartsinternational.co.uk

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Robyn Hitchcock Documentary Rocks Intimately23 Apr 2007

   

Tune in to BBC4 this Friday (27th April) at 9pm – or 12.20am if you’re a night owl – to enjoy a rare insight into the methods and madness of one of our most idiosyncratic songwriters – namely, Mr Robyn Hitchcock. Fans of the former Soft Boy’s cracked world view will have much to chew on as he opens the doors on a sequestered songworld that consists mainly of “food, sex, death... and insects”. Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings appear, making music in a variety of intimate environments, including (burglars take note) Hitchcock’s front room. The on-tour footage – with the Lear Jet-softened Buck obliged to rough it in a fun-sized bus as Hitchcock peels off the bon mots – is especially priceless. Highly recommended.

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Love in a Very Cold Climate16 Apr 2007

Iceland Think conditions at Glastonbury are tough?  Try –17 degree temperatures, driving snow and the risk that your accommodation could be submerged in an avalanche.  Music festivals on the Arctic Circle are only for the tough, or the Icelandic.  Over Easter weekend MOJO travelled to Isafjordur in NorthWest Iceland to witness the Aldrei For Eg Subur (“We never travelled South”) festival organised by local singer-songwriter and hip dude-about-the-fjord Mugison and his father, the local harbourmaster.  The location is straight out of Immigrant Song, with whales swimming in the local waters and unspoiled views to Greenland in the distance.  The event is launched in dramatic fashion by Mugison tossing dozens of orange smoke canisters into the bay.

‘Eclectic’ doesn’t come near to describing the bill.  French metallers Nosfell share the stage (a converted fish warehouse) with the town brass band, Bjork’s son’s punk band Slugs follows Christian songsmith Petur Ben whilst ravers FM Belfast make way for US alt.rock heroes Blonde Redhead. The audience ranges from toddlers to great-grandparents, the atmosphere both boisterous and welcoming to those artists who, in travelling to the town, almost doubled its population.

“I was drinking with my father in a pub in London on the hottest day of the year and we thought the idea up,”  says Mugison, “We imagined that we would do a festival were local workers would sing, DJ and entertain as they were the main attraction and we would get the biggest name in Icelandic music seen to support them. When we woke up the idea was still there so we called up some friends and to our surprise everybody was up for it.  I invited about 36 bands to play, not expecting many of them to turn up.  They all did.”

It all adds up to an explosive mix which ultimately blows with headliners HAM.  Despite modest commercial success in their original 1988-1994 years, the punk metallers have  been elevated to legendary status in the country and are cited by The Sugarcubes and Rammstein as a major influence.  Tonight’s 20-minute set is a terrifying, intense and sweaty mash of rage, joy and downright weirdness.  The Aurora Borealis dancing for hours above the town as the crowds disperse only add to the other-worldliness of the night.

If the V Festival is your idea of a good weekend, the Aldrei event isn’t for you.  If, however, you don’t mind some folk with your punk, some electronica spliced into your jazz sets and you have a very, very warm hat, you might want to consider Isafjordur as an alternative to Easter bank holiday television next year.

Thanks to Icelandic Music Export, www.icelandicmusic.is and www.icelandair.co.uk



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CLAPTON TO PUBLISH HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY13 Apr 2007

Clapo_2 He is one of the most enigmatic musicians of his generation, a reluctant superstar that has tended to shun the limelight. Now, however, Eric Clapton is set to bare his soul as he prepares to publish his autobiography.

The book is described by its publishers Century as being “the memoirs of a survivor”, adding that Clapton  - whose life was troubled from childhood – “hides nothing and writes with a directness and a searing honesty that will make this book compelling”. Clapton has written the book in collaboration with Christopher Simon Sykes, a friend of the guitarist’s since 1967 who has also previously worked with the Rolling Stones, most notably as their photographer in 1975 during the band’s Tour Of The Americas.

Prior to the book’s publication on October 4, Clapton will also face up o his past in an altogether more musical manner when he reconvenes the Crossroads Guitar festival on July 28 at Toyota Park, Chicago, where one of his guests will include his former Blind Faith band mate Stevie Winwood. While supergroup Blind Faith are unlikely to reform, Clapton has talked of “unfinished business” with the band suggesting that a partial reformation may be on the cards.

Other artists performing at the Crossroad fesrtival include Jeff Beck, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, BB King, Sheryl Crow, Joh Mayer and more.

Clapton
’s first Crossroads Guitar festival took place in 2004 and has been documented on a 2-disc DVD which has since gone eight times platinum in the US alone. The DVD is available to buy here

 

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JARVIS GOES FOR DEVO!

Devo Venerable reality-warping new wavers Devo are set to tour Europe and the UK this summer for the first time since 1990, and their British shows look set to include an appearance at London’s Meltdown Festival which will be curated by Jarvis Cocker.

While no official confirmation of the band’s appearance at the festival has been forthcoming at this stage, the Ohio outfit have announced a show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on June 19  on there website. The date  coincides with the Cocker-approved shindig which is slated to from June 16 and 24, full details of which are expected shortly.

Devo will also play a series of headline shows of their own, including dates in Spain, England, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. The European shows runs as follows:

June 16
Barcelona Sonar Festival, Spain
June 18 Brighton Dome, England
June 19 London Royal Festival Hall, England
June 21 Dublin Vicar Street, Ireland
June 22 Birmingham Symphony Hall, England
June 23 Manchester Apollo, England
June 24 Glasgow Barrowland, Scotland
June 26 London Shepherd’s Bush, England
June 29 Bergamo Lazzaretto, Italy
June 30 Azzano Decima Fierra Della Musica, Italy

Tickets for all shows – expect the Royal Festival Hall – are on sale now, with UK shows priced at £35.00. Selected shows are on sale here

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NO FLOYD FOR LIVE EARTH?10 Apr 2007

Rogerwaters Despite being the undoubted heavyweight champions of Live8, Pink Floyd seem unlikely to reform for the latest global charity concert, Live Earth. At least that’s according to ex-founder member Roger Waters who has signed up to play the pan-global show.

While speculation suggested that Floyd would reform once again to play the show on July 7, Waters has been at pains to point out that guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboard player Rick Wright “have not agreed to play it”. The former bassist however will appear on the New York Live Earth bill alongside The Police, Smashing Pumpkins and Kanye West.

The concerts themselves – of which their will be seven around the world – are designed to raise awareness of global warming issues.

“We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump start a massive public education effort,” states former US Vice President and the project’s instigator Al Gore. “Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that’s needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis.”

Tickets for the event are set to go on sale on April 16 via a complex ticketing system.

The bills for the London and New York shows will run as follows with all artists listed here in alphabetical order.

London, Wembley Stadium
BEASTIE BOYS
BLACK EYED PEAS
BLOC PARTY
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
DAMIEN RICE
DAVID GRAY
DURAN DURAN
FOO FIGHTERS
GENESIS
JAMES BLUNT
JOHN LEGEND
KEANE
MADONNA
PAOLO NUTINI
RAZORLIGHT
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
SNOW PATROL

New York, Giants Satdium
AFI
AKON
ALICIA KEYS
BON JOVI
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
FALL OUT BOY
JOHN MAYER
KANYE WEST
KELLY CLARKSON
KT TUNSTALL
LUDACRIS
MELISSA ETHERIDGE
RIHANNA
ROGER WATERS
SMASHING PUMPKINS
THE POLICE

Further acts are expected to be announced shortly, as are five more concerts – one on each remaining continent. More information is available via www.liveearth.org

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HOW TO BUY... GOTH!4 Apr 2007

Specimen “Bela Lugosi’s dead, undead, undead…” intoned Peter Murphy on the single that released a new genre - not to mention a fair scattering of bats - into the world in 1979. Like the vampiric film star Bauhaus eulogised, Goth has never gone quietly into the ground, finding virgin blood to drink wherever the pale, alienated and over-imaginative young flock together. But what are the necessary, inspirational albums of the form? What discs by the Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission or Alien Sex Fiend does the Goth neophyte need? And do Red Lorry Yellow Lorry get a look in? Comment with your recommendations and your eldritch (and, indeed, Eldritch) pronouncements could be printed in a future issue of the magazine.

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