Marc sent me a link to a review of the new Shining album over at Pop Matters. It pretty much sums up what I think of it. There are really good parts, and really average parts. Overall I think it's okay, but it could be way better.
"Shadow was on the stage with his decks, cd mixers and samplers, creating and mixing all of his tunes from scratch with their samples. I can't remember which tunes they were exactly (you could probably confirm it with someone else on the influx list) but Shadow started mixing in a two tunes from [his latest album,] The Private Press, and all of a sudden Richard Ashcroft appeared on the side of the stage, unnanounced, and started singing 'Lonely Soul' accapella over Shadow's mixing. As soon as it was over he disappeared and Shadow kept on mixing. It was very random, but 'Lonely Soul' live was absolutly brilliant. Shadow realised he hadnt announced Ashcroft a couple of mixes later and got evryone to clap an cheer, hoping he hadn't left back stage. Shadow said it hadn't been properly rehearse either (although it sounded good enough to have been)."
Richard's UK tourdates are now online. His album, "Human Conditions", will be released on October 21st, 2002, and the first single, "Check the Meaning", will be out on October 7th.
|3||Find A Reason||3:43||Baxter/Tong|
|4||Crest of an Ocean||5:09||Tong|
|5||Show You The Way||5:27||Baxter/Heaney/Jones/Macbean/Tong|
|6||I Wonder How||4:25||Tong|
|7||I Am The One||4:02||Baxter|
|9||Find Your Way Home||5:07||Jones|
|10||What You See||4:38||Baxter/Tong|
|11||Until The End||9:46||Baxter/Heaney/Jones/Macbean/Tong|
|12||Quicksilver - Outro||1:50||Baxter/Heaney/Jones/Macbean/Tong|
Produced by Youth and The Shining. Mixed by Tom Rothrock. Engineered by Ben Georgiades. Assistant Engineer: Ricky Graham. Assistant: Dean James. Recorded @ Sphere Studios, London 2001/2002. This is also on Zuma Recodings: ZUMACDP001
I'm going to hold off on judgement until I give it a good listen. These little PC speakers that I have are pretty crappy, but I did make some great MP3's so I can listen on my car stereo.
Also, Jason Tournet emailed me the link to NME with the latest details on Richard Ashcroft's new album. It will be called "Human Conditions" and will be released around October.
I've got a couple of different versions of 'I Wonder How':
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Full UK Video
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|'I Wonder How'
Live in London 2002
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Live audio from London
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I was browsing through the official glastonbury site to wet my appetite for when i go later this month. On one of the pages I found the Shining down as a strong rumour to play on the second day at the 'other stage'! As the Glastonbury line up is yet to be entirely released, it could be possible they're already confirmed. Their the sixth one down under the first 'other stage' sub-heading. Go here:
Back to the Nick thing: I recently downloaded 'lost broadcast' from audiogalaxy. It lasts for 3min 39sec. I then went to the faultline site: www.faultline.co.uk If you follow it through, i went for the "lo-fi" option (no flashy stuff on this pc), then clicked "Music", then "< 10 Lost Broadcast". Then theres an amazing bit of info about nick and his involvement on the record. The actual text sounds fairly autobiographical, straight from David Korsten.
The highlight for me is where he says:
"It was great seeing Nick do his stuff, he's into these ancient tape echoes and loops of sound which crash around and filter away as new layers get added."
Also, this is great:
"With Nick we spent most of the day recording different sounds and atmospheres - there's loads of stuff I hope will surface later this year or next, some beautiful textures he made."
Anyway, they were all really really cool guys and I really like their band, Hellen Stellar. So go to their site http://www.helenstellar.com and download some MP3's. I really like their track, 'Weightless', and they have a cover of Spiritualized's 'Shine A Light' which is very nice. And finally, you can listen to their performance at KCRW here.
July 9, 2002 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
July 10, 2002 - Toronto, ONT - Horseshoe
July 11, 2002 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
I'm very excited and will be at the LA show. I'm actually kinda surprised that they are hitting the states so soon. They will only have two singles out by the time they get here.
Swaggering Northern Stars
Being in a band is "the best job in the world", Duncan Baxter declares excitedly. "It's better than being an astronaut or a racing driver because soon you're going to be able to pay 70 grand and go into space anyway and you'll be able to buy your own Formula 1 car."
If the 22-year-old Blackpool zest machine and rock Adonis sounds confident about the bankability of The Shining, it's understandable. Two of his fellow Shiners - bassist Simon Jones and guitarist Simon Tong - were in The Verve. In addition, Duncan has a voice like Ian Brown fed through a Robert Plant harmoniser, a mic technique acquired with former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire.
The Shining's amalgam of the well-heeled and mad-for-it formed from the overspill of Squire's post-Seahorses sessions. Si Jones met and "got twatted with" Squire at the last Verve gig. Eight subsequent months of jamming with Jones, Squire and Duncan on vocals failed to catch fire, and it looked like all was wasted.
"Dunc's enthusiasm for it spurred me on because I was ready to pack it all in," admits Jones. Taking the plunge again, Simon brought in ex-Verver Simon Tong, plus Wigan guitarist Dan MacBean and drummer Mark Heany. They reconvened in an east London railway arch, where that elusive chemistry was cornered. "I wanted to be in a fuckin' heavy guitar band - Stooges, some Can, Jane's Addiction, weighty music," says Jones. "And it was there."
Eighteen months of rehearsals before bringing in Youth as producer have given rise to an album and debut single, 'Quicksilver', which make a powerful case for The Shining as the UK's next great northwestern rock'n'roII band. Swagger, granite anthem tunesmithery and heavy northern soul beam from every crag. Richard Ashcroft may be forced to listen up.
So are The Shining better than The Verve?
Duncan: "That's an unfair question. That's fighting talk!"
Simon: "What I can say is that The Verve were going off in a direction of strings and ballads, and that's not where I was coming from at all. Loud guitars is it for me, and that's where I've got back to."
Given that one prospective album title is 'Rock your socks off" the symphony orchestras are well sacked. As Jack Nicholson might have it, prepare to be axed.
here is the video for The Shining's first single. the "Simon's" from the Verve are in the band. my best
friend just happened to have been picked to be in the vid!
Here's the video for your viewing pleasure:
About 200 people waited with anticipation for "The Shining" to take the stage with the majority of the young crowd excpecting the new verve. They never got that, what they got was an out and out rock band, booming riffs and heavy bass lines, Jones swayed with his bass while Tong "shoegazed" for the whole gig. Shouts of "C'mon" echoed throughout the crowd until Jones "fist held high" gave us the shout we all wanted.
The singer looked nervous early on, but he soon got going with "the mad scottish crowd" in his own words. One song stood out in my mind I'd guess its called "store away" its was very intense and Jones's bass line reminded me of the good old days.
To be honest I thought they were amazing, Very rocky, a mention for the drummer for his outro on the last song was breathtaking, also the singer does have a great voice, hard to compare it with anybodys but if i'd had to its somewhere between Jagger and that bloke from Reef
Nothing as mind blowing as the verve but alot of great things could come of this if they can lose the ex verve members band tag
To a soundtrack of late period pink floyd (probably the soundmans choice) the shining ambled on stage at around 9.20 pm and immediately kicked into 'quicksilver', the bassline rumbled and the guitars rocked in that familiar way that all us verve fans would love.Simon Jones stood, as always, stage left, Simon Tong, as always, barely looked up from the floor all night, just concentrating on supplying the riffs. The main difference between the shining and verve is in their frontmens demeanour.
I'm assuming that we can attribute it to nerves, the way that Duncan Baxter stood stock still with one hand in pocket, playing with his ear piece, looking unsatisfied for 50% of the performance, he became a little more relaxed later on when he realised that they were actually being well received.
But with only about 80 people there it must have been a very nerve-wracking first gig and he obviously knew he would be compared to the obvious! That said the boys got a great rock voice (think Ian Astbury on the piss with Robert Plant!) and i think he'll become more of a star with every gig and hopefully someone will actually say something, ANYTHING, between songs.
Talking of songs....first impressions, a rocky take on indie, less trippy than verve, more balls out rock and roll without becoming 'meat n' potatoes' as we say in the uk. The only other song title i can remember is 'crest of an ocean' which in the words of Duncan Baxter "doesn't really make sense". Overall then, great band (special mention to drummer Mark Heaney) just need to make more effort on stage but as i said, it was the first gig and expectations were high, I'm sure as the tour picks up momentum so will Baxter's bravado and ego (in a good way).
REM's Michael Stipe is the latest star to lend guest vocals to the new album
by highly regarded avant-garde electronica outfit Faultline, aka David
Kosten, NME can reveal. The Verve's Nick McCabe will also play guitar on
As previously reported by NME, Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne also sing on the record, which is called 'Your Love Means Everything Part 2' and released through Blanco Y Negro in mid-May.
Stipe sings on a track called 'Greenfields', while Martin sings on two tracks, 'Where Is My Boy' and 'Your Love Means Everything Part 2'. Coyne performs 'The Colossal Gray Sunshine' and McCabe, a longtime fan of Kosten's work, plays on a track called 'Lost Broadcast'...
go to http://www.zumarecordings.com/intranet3689_97zu.html, then log in with a username (zuma88) and a password (fch58357). After you log in, click on the "read message..." link, then you'll have two options of viewing the "broadband movie" or the "56K/ISDN movie".
You can clearly Simon Jones in there playing.