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Mercury Prize 2014: The nominees

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2014 by dk

2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize
An award-winning poet and playwright has joined the Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist for Album of the Year, this year’s nominations have revealed.

The shortlist was announced at The Hospital Club in London. The overall winner will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse on Wednesday 29 October.

The 2014 Albums of the Year are:
Anna Calvi One Breath

Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow

Damon Albarn Everyday Robots

East India Youth Total Strife Forever

FKA twigs LP1

GoGo Penguin v2.0

Jungle Jungle

Kate Tempest Everybody Down

Nick Mulvey First Mind

Polar Bear In Each and Every One

Royal Blood Royal Blood

Young Fathers Dead
(via telegraph)


alt-J Announce New Album “This Is All Yours” out Sept 22

Posted in News with tags , , , on June 9, 2014 by dk

alt-J Announce New Album This Is All Yours out Sept 22alt-J today announce the release of their second album, This Is All Yours, the follow-up to their million-selling Mercury Prize-winning debut record, An Awesome Wave.

This Is All Yours is available to pre-order immediately; the album will be released on September 22 via Canvasback / Infectious Music in CD, digital and double-vinyl editions.


alt-J – This Is All Yours
Arrival In Nara
Every Other Freckle
Left Hand Free
❦Garden of England
Choice Kingdom
Hunger Of The Pine
Warm Foothills
The Gospel Of John Hurt
Bloodflood pt.II
Leaving Nara

Starting today, fans who pre-order This Is All Yours via will receive a code to buy tickets for the U.S. and European tours ahead of anyone else. U.S. tour pre-sale will start 10am local time on Wednesday, June 11 and end 10pm on Thursday, June 12. General on-sale follows 10am local time on Friday, June 13. See below for the full list of European and North American shows.

This Is All Yours
2014 Tour

see for ticket information

alt-J European tour – September 2014
September 18 – Glasgow – Academy
September 19 – Manchester – Apollo
September 22 – Wolverhampton – Civic Hall
September 23 – Brighton – Centre
September 24 – London – Alexandra Palace
September 27 – Dublin – The O2 Arena
September 29 – Paris – Casino de Paris

alt-J North American tour – October & November 2014
October 14 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theater
October 15 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
October 16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
October 21 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
October 24 – San Diego, CA – Soma
October 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 28 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 31 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
November 02 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
November 04 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
November 05 – Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
November 06 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
November 07-09 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 10 – Detroit, MI – The Filllmore
November 11 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
November 12 – Montreal, QB – Metropolis
November 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
November 16 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater
November 18 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
November 19 – Washington, DC – Echostage

James Blake Wins the 2013 Mercury Prize /…Accidentally introduced as ‘James Blunt’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by dk

james-blake-James Blake won Great Britain’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize tonight for his album Overgrown in a ceremony that was held at the Roundhouse in London, England. The prize includes a check for £20,000 (a little over $32,000) and a trophy. Blake performed “Retrograde” at the ceremony earlier in the evening, and it was widely reported that he had been introduced accidentally as James Blunt.

The Mercury Prize honors the best British album over the past year, as chosen by a panel of music critics and industry insiders. The prize committee announced its shortlist of Albums of the Year in September.
Last year, the Mercury Prize went to Alt-J for their album, An Awesome Wave. Previous winners have included PJ Harvey for two LPs (Let England Shake and Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea), the xx for xx, Arctic Monkeys for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Franz Ferdinand for their self-titled album.
The eligible Albums of the Year for 2013 were:

Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
James Blake, Overgrown
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
Disclosure, Settle
Foals, Holy Fire
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Rudimental, Home
Savages, Silence Yourself
Villagers, Awayland

(Via RollingStone)

Alt-J Wins 2012 Mercury Prize

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by dk

Alt-J has won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. The annual music prize is awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Past winners include PJ Harvey, Portishead, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, and The xx. This year’s nominees included albums from Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, Jessie Ware, and The Maccabees.


An Awesome Wave was recently released on September 18th in the United States. The album was previously released in the UK to much acclaim, with BBC Music calling it “strong, addictive and enthralling, the perfect accompaniment to any mood, any moment, anywhere,” The Guardiancalling them, “the most successful new British band of the year,” and The New York Times said the band’s music “is a handsome alloy of dry acoustic timbre and reverberant effect, suggesting a very British convergence of texture-minded electronic music and psychedelic folk.”


The band are also preparing for a short west coast tour this December, including dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle. For the full itinerary, please see below.


TUE 12/11 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Bottom of The Hill (SOLD OUT)

WED 12/12 – LOS ANGELES, CA @ Fonda Theater

THU 12/13 – SAN DIEGO, CA @ Casbah

SAT 12/15 – PORTLAND, OR @ Star Theater

SUN 12/16 – KANSAS CITY, KS @ Midland Theater w/ Passion Pit

MON 12/17 – SEATTLE, WA @ The Crocodile (SOLD OUT)


Purchase An Awesome Wave on iTunesAmazon, or Insound.  

Mercury Music Prize Nominees 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by dk

The shortlist of nominees for the The 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year has been announced.

And the nominees are:
Alt-J ‘An Awesome Wave’
Ben Howard ‘Every Kingdom’
Django Django ‘Django Django’
Field Music ‘Plumb’
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’

The xx Win Mercury Prize For Debut Album +The xx talk to the press straight after winning

Posted in News with tags , on September 8, 2010 by dk

The south London trio fought off competition from 11 other shortlisted acts including bookies’ favourite Paul Weller, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Dizzee Rascal and Foals.

Their victory means they follow in the footsteps of groups such as Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and Elbow.

The xx’s intimate and sensual sound has impressed critics for the past year.

The award – called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize – is designed to reward the best album of the past 12 months and is worth £20,000.

It will also mean a huge boost in sales.

The xx had attended the same London school, the Elliott School, as previous Mercury nominees Hot Chip and Burial.

Frontman Oliver Sim was stunned by the music prize: “I don’t know what we were expecting but we weren’t expecting this.”

Sim added: “We’ve had the most incredible year and it’s just felt like every day we’ve woken up to something incredible we weren’t expecting.”

Asked what he would spend the prize money on, he said: “Haven’t a clue.”

But bandmate Romy Croft suggested a new studio could be on the cards.

She said: “We made this album in a converted garage the size of a bathroom.”

The judges said: “Hypnotic beats and hushed voices combine in a brilliant evocation of space and time.”

Head of judges Simon Frith said it was “a record of its time”.

He said: “It’s a very urban record, it is part of that urban soundscape when no-one has any idea what is going to happen next.”(Sky Report)