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Björk Gu?mundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, music producer, and occasional actress, whose work includes seven English solo albums and two film soundtracks. She is known for including elements of rock, jazz, electronic, classical, industrial, folk and trip-hop music in her work. Her voice has also been acclaimed for its distinctive qualities. She is also known for her eccentric costumes and music videos. Her singles "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army of Me" and "Hyperballad" all charted in the UK Top 10. Her record label, One Little Indian, reported in 2003 that she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards (including one for acting). For her performance in Dancer in the Dark, Björk won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. She was ranked #36 on VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll" and #8 on MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music". Björk was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her musical career began when she was eleven with her study of classical piano in elementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Björk singing Tina Charles' song I Love to Love to RÚV, then the only radio station in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on national radio - after hearing it, a representative of the Fálkinn label contacted Gu?mundsdóttir, to offer a record contract, and Björk was recorded and released in 1977. In November 1979, her eponymous first album was released; the record contained covers of several pop songs, including the The Fool on the Hill and boasted artwork from her mother and guitar work from her stepfather. Björk became a hit within Iceland and was not released in any other country. Björk's musical tastes were changed by the punk revolution of the late '70s; in 1979, she formed a post-punk group called Exodus and, in the following year, she sang in Jam 80. In her teens, Björk was influenced by punk; at 14 she formed the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot, shortly followed by the jazz fusion group, Exodus in 1979. In 1980 she graduated from music school. In 1981 she and bassist Jakob Magnússon formed another band called Jam-80, which later became Tappi Tíkarrass (which means "Cork the Bitch’s Ass" in Icelandic), and released an extended single, "Bíti? Fast í Víti? in the same year. Their next album, Miranda, was released in 1983. Afterward, Björk collaborated with Einar Örn Benediktsson and Einar Melax from Purrkur Pillnikk, and Gu?laugur Óttarsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson, and Birgir Mogensen from ?eyr. After writing songs and rehearsing for two weeks, the new band, KUKL ("sorcery" in Icelandic), developed a sound described as gothic rock. Björk began to show indications of her trademark singing style, which was punctuated by howls and shrieks. KUKL toured Iceland with anarchist UK punk band, Crass, and later visited the UK in a series of performances with Flux of Pink Indians. They produced two albums as a result of these collaborations: The Eye in 1984, and Holidays In Europe in 1986, both on Crass Records. The band was eventually dissolved, in part due to the closure of their label, Gramm. In mid-1986, several members of KUKL and the surrealist group, Medusa, got together to create the arts collective Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). They created a musical division, a band again called KUKL, but soon changed the name to The Sugarcubes. Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant-pop Icelandic sextet the The Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group's 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band's popularity. Instead of following in the Sugarcubes' arty guitar rock styles, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, including Nellee Hooper, Underworld, and Tricky. Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only smash released when she was just 11 years old), not only established her new artistic direction, but it became an international hit, making her one of the '90s most unlikely stars. The Sugarcubes became one of the rare Icelandic bands to break out of their native country when their debut album, Life's Too Good, became a British and American hit in 1988. For the next four years, the group maintained a successful cult following in the U.K. and the U.S. while they were stars within Iceland. During 1990, Björk recorded a set of jazz standards and originals with an Icelandic bebop group called Trio Gudmundar Ingolfssonar. The album, Trio Gudmundar IngolfssonarGling-Gló, was released only in Iceland. By 1992, tensions between Björk and Einar had grown substantially, which resulted in the band splitting apart. Following the breakup of the group, Björk moved to London, where she began pursuing a dance-oriented solo career. The previous year, she had sung on Ooops, which sparked her interest in club and house music. She struck up a working relationship with Nellee Hooper, a producer who had formerly worked with Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. The first result of their partnership was Human Behaviour which was released in June of 1993. "Human Behaviour" became a Top 40 hit in the U.K., setting the stage for the surprising number three debut of the full-length album, Debut. Throughout 1993, Björk had hit U.K. singles -- including Venus As A Boy, Big Time Sensuality, and the non-LP Play Dead, a collaboration with David Arnold taken from the film Young Americans -- as well as modern rock radio hits in the U.S. She earned rave reviews in both countries. At the end of the year, NME magazine named Debut the album of the year. Additionally, she won BRIT Awards for both International Female Solo Artist and Newcomer. Debut went gold in the U.S. and platinum in the U.K. During 1994, Björk was relatively quiet as she recorded her second album with Nellee Hooper, Tricky, 808 State's Graham Massey, and Howie B of Mo' Wax Records. She also released a remix EP, co-wrote the title track for Bedtime Stories, and performed on MTV Unplugged that same year. Army Of Me, the first single from Björk's forthcoming album, Post, was released as a teaser single in the spring of 1995. It debuted at number ten in the U.K. and became a moderate alternative rock hit in the U.S. Post, her second full-length solo album, was released in June of 1995 and garnered positive reviews. It peaked at number two in the U.K. and number 32 in the U.S. Post matched its predecessor in terms of sales and praise, going gold in the U.S. and helping her earn her second BRIT Award for Best International Female Artist. It yielded the British hit singles Isobel (#23), It's Oh So Quiet (#4) and Hyperballad (#8). Despite her commercial success in the UK, her singles failed to make much headway on American radio or MTV. In late 1996, she released Telegram, an album of radically different remixes of the entire Post album, in the U.K. Its American release followed in January 1997. Homogenic was released on 23 September 1997 and spawned many remix releases in the next few years to follow. In the spring of 2000, she was named Best Actress by jurors at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in Lars von Trier's Palme d'Or-winning Dancer in the Dark. Selmasongs, her score for the film, reunited Björk with her Homogenic collaborator, Mark Bell, and arrived in Fall of 2000, just in time for Dancer in the Dark's U.S. release. The full-length follow-up, Vespertine, was released one year later. Verspertine featured collaborations with electronic duo Matmos, who handled intricate micro-beats while Björk layered her voice in melodic, lyrical passages. She released a Greatest Hits collection and the Family Tree box set late in 2002. After performing a few dates in 2003, Björk worked on her all-vocals and vocal samples-based album, Medúlla, and a performance of its first single, Oceania, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The soundtrack to Drawing Restraint 9, a film by multimedia artist Matthew Barney, arrived in 2005 and also featured contributions from Will Oldham. Bjork also starred in the film, which would never see a DVD release and is only viewable in select art museums. Her next album, Volta, was released on 8 May 2007. Volta features collaborations with Timbaland, Mark Bell, and Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons. The album's first single, Earth Intruders, was released digitally on 9 April 2007. Her most recent album, Biophilia, was released on the 5th of October, 2011, with Björk and 16bit producing.
The Gaslight Anthem is a punk rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since forming in 2005, they have released three full-length albums and an EP. They were described by Kerrang! magazine as “the best new band you’ll hear in 2008.” The lineup consists of Brian Fallon (vocals and guitar), Alex Levine (bass), Benny Horowitz (drums), and Alex Rosamilia (guitar). The Gaslight Anthem’s music embraces many elements of blues, classic rock, and punk rock. The band has described their sound as “Bruce Springsteen singing for a Cure cover band, with a tinge more aggression.” The group’s fondness for Springsteen, a significant influence on their music, is celebrated by fans and critics alike. Representative of such views, one critic wrote, “The Gaslight Anthem are like something out of speculative fiction: this is what pop music would be if Springsteen hadn’t listened to his producer, let the Ramones record ‘Hungry Heart,’ and launched the C.B.G.B.’ers into megastardom.” The band released its first LP, Sink or Swim, in 2007 through XOXO Records, and toured with many reputable bands, including Against Me!, The Draft, Dead to Me, and Fake Problems. The Gaslight Anthem’s second release, a 4-song EP entitled Señor and the Queen, was released on January 29th, 2008 by Sabot Productions. Their second full-length, The ‘59 Sound, was released on August 19, 2008 on Side One Dummy Records. The album debuted at #70 on the Billboard top 200. It was produced by Ted Hutt, who has produced albums for The Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly, and MxPx. On August 6, 2008 they became the first band to ever appear on the cover of Kerrang! magazine without the publication having previously written a single word about them. In Fall 2008, the band toured with Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and Thrice. On December 9, 2008, the Gaslight Anthem made their television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, performing the song the “The ‘59 Sound.” On January 30, 2009, they appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, again playing “The ‘59 Sound.” Their third full-length, American Slang, was released on June 15, 2010, on Side One Dummy Records. The Bring It On Songfacts reports that it finds the band moving away from the fictional lyrics and '50s-inspired sound of their previous records. In 2010 they appeared on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK along with Arcade Fire, The Libertines and Modest Mouse.
Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington) is an American rock musician and songwriter. Lanegan began his music career in the 1980s. In 1985, he became the vocalist for grunge group Screaming Trees; the group broke up in 2000. Lanegan would start a low-key solo career, but in 2004 Lanegan released his big breakthrough album Bubblegum. In addition to leading the The Gutter Twins, Lanegan has also been involved in other musical projects, including hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age, longterm collaborations with Isobel Campbell; and undertaken some surprisingly eclectic collaborations, such as co-writing and providing vocals for "Black River" by the electronic outfit, Bomb The Bass. He also lent his vocal talent to the highly regarded album, "Above", by supergroup Mad Season. Best known for his years spent as the lead singer for the Screaming Trees, Lanegan also collaborated with the Queens of the Stone Age on several of their albums and Soulsavers on their records "It's Not How Far You Fall, It's How You Land" and "Broken". His latest projects include a collaboration with the honey-voiced Isobel Campbell, as well as a long anticipated collaboration with Greg Dulli called The Gutter Twins. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan form a unique combination of gruff vocals and dulcet voices. They have released three albums so far: Ballad of the Broken Seas, which received a nomination in the 2006 Mercury Awards, Sunday At Devil Dirt, which was released in May 2008. The album received US release in Fall 2008. And finally their third album Hawk was released in August 2010. In November 2011, Lanegan released Blues Funeral on 4AD. It was recorded in Hollywood, California by Alain Johannes at his 11ad studio. The music was played by Johannes andJack Irons with appearances from Greg Dulli, Josh Homme et al. Albums: [solo] The Winding Sheet (1990) Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (1994) Scraps At Midnight (1998) I'll Take Care Of You (1999) Field Songs (2001) Here Comes That Weird Chill (2003) Bubblegum (2004) Ballad of the Broken Seas (with Isobel Campbell) (2006) It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land (Soulsavers) (2007) Saturnalia (The Gutter Twins) (2008) Sunday at Devil Dirt (with Isobel Campbell (2008) Hawk (with Isobel Campbell (2010) Blues Funeral (2011)
Wie The Stone Roses zegt, zegt Manchester en wie Manchester zegt, zegt muziekgeschiedenis. Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Smiths, Oasis, Elbow; allemaal exportproducten van de Britse textielstad. Pal midden in dit chronologische rijtje horen The Stone Roses, een band die eind jaren tachtig begon als schuw shoegazegroepje, maar dankzij enkele fantastische singles (‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘Fools Gold’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’) en een titelloos debuut dat insloeg als een bom, uitgroeide tot het boegbeeld van de Madchester-scene. Met hun bezwerende, bijna hypnotische combinatie van dansmuziek en psychedelische gitaarrock, werden The Stone Roses één van de meest gehypte bands en vulden ze eind jaren tachtig de leemte die The Smiths hadden achtergelaten. Een combinatie van drugs en aanslepende rechtszaken maakten nogal snel een einde aan de euforie en zorgden ervoor dat The Stone Roses sneller dan verwacht (en gehoopt) van het voorplan verdwenen. Zanger Ian Brown stond enkele jaren geleden solo al eens op Pukkelpop, maar nu de reünie van zijn oergroep een feit is, mogen we vuurwerk verwachten. Onze baggy trousers liggen klaar.
Band of Skulls is an alternative rock band that formed in 2008 in Southampton, England. It consists of Russel Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums), who formed a band after they all met in college. Initially, they played at night clubs in the greater London area and recorded some demos under the name of Fleeing New York before changing their name to Band of Skulls in November 2008. Their debut album Baby Darling Dollface Honey, distributed by Shangri-La Music, was released exclusively on the iTunes Store on 6 March 2009, followed by a general release on 20 March. The track I Know What I Am was chosen as iTunes' free Single of the Week to coincide with the digital release.
Beauty comes with age. Dat bewees de Amerikaanse soulsenior Charles Bradley toen hij op 62-jarige leeftijd zijn eerste hit scoorde en op 64-jarige leeftijd zijn debuutplaat uitgaf. Het album, ‘No Time for Dreaming’, verscheen in 2011 bij Daptone Records en is een verzameling onversneden zielenroerselen. Bradley is een soulman pur sang en daarbij is z’n leeftijd zijn grootste troef: zijn gezicht is de spiegel van zijn ziel en z’n doorleefde stem het klankbord van zijn wel en wee. Zelfs James Brown himself was fan: “The man’s got Soul. With a capital S!”
Toen The Black Keys in 2003 voor het eerst op Pukkelpop aantraden stonden ze nog aan het begin van hun carrière. Het bluesrock-duo uit Akron (Ohio) had net hun tweede album ‘Thickfreakness ‘ uit en maakte toen, naast bands als The White Stripes, The Hives en The Strokes, deel uit van een internationale garage rock revival. Intussen zijn Dan Auerbach (gitaar, zang) and Patrick Carney (drums) ook doorgebroken in de mainstream --hitsingle ‘Lonely Boy’ krijgen we met geen stokken uit ons hoofd!-- en lijkt hun populariteit bij zowel jong als oud vooralsnog onstuitbaar. Anno 2012 wordt het duo live aangevuld met bassist Gus Seyffert en keyboardspeler/gitarist John Wooden. Hun overrompelend concert in de Lotto Arena bewees het al: The Black Keys zijn ook in België klaar voor het grotere werk!
Jerry Lee Lewis. Little Richard. The Stooges. MC5. Motörhead. De refenties bij het omschrijven van The Jim Jones Revue klinken als een klok. De band genoemd naar frontman Jim Jones verscheen voor het eerst op het toneel in 2008 met zijn debuutalbum ‘Not The Same Old Blues Crap’. Het vijftal bestaat uit muzikanten die hun stiel leerden bij Londense underground garage bands als Thee Hypnotics en Black Moses. Verwacht je aan een stomend potje onversneden rock-'n-roll. Tempo! Tempo!
De naam Jeff Tweedy is onlosmakelijk met de groep Wilco verbonden. Tweedy verwierf al enige faam met het ter ziele gegane Uncle Tupelo, wiens geest nog blijft rondwaren op de eerste Wilco-platen. Maar vanaf ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ en ‘A Ghost Is Born’ wordt hun alternatieve country aan allerlei experimenten onderworpen en wordt Wilco pas echt “larger than life”. De bezetting van de band veranderde doorheen de jaren voortdurend waarbij alleen bassist John Stirratt en Tweedy zelf uit de beginjaren zijn overgebleven. Maar Tweedy omringt zich steeds met fraaie muzikanten en samen leverden ze niets dan meesterwerken. Dat geldt ook voor hun achtste telg, ‘The Whole Love’, die eind vorig jaar verscheen. Voeg daar een vlekkeloze live-reputatie aan toe en je begrijpt meteen waarom Wilco één van de spannendste rockacts wordt genoemd.
The Hives are a garage rock band from Fagersta, Sweden that emerged in the US and the UK in the early 2000s, but existed for nearly a decade before that, playing punk rock. The Hives are: "Howlin" Pelle Almqvist (vocals) Nicholaus "Arson" Almqvist (guitar) Mikael "Vigilante Carlstroem" Karlsson (guitar) Mattias "Dr. Matt Destruction" Bernvall (bass) Christian "Chris Dangerous" Grahn (drums) The band claims that their songs are written by an honorary "sixth Hive", Randy Fitzsimmons. Since Nicholaus Almqvist can be found listed under the pseudonym Randy Fitzsimmons in the archives of STIM (the Swedish equivalent of the Performing Right Society) many believe Fitzsimmons is 'fictional'. (Nicholaus Almqvist vehemently denies this.) The band are also known for their energetic live performances, with Howlin' Pelle running around stage and saying outrageous things, and with everyone strictly dressed in black and white. The Hives formed in 1993 (originally they wanted to call themselves 'The HIVs', but decided to change it slightly resulting in their current name) and released their debut recording, the EP Oh Lord! When? How? in 1996, followed by 1997's Barely Legal LP, and 1998's a.k.a. I.D.I.O.T. EP on the Swedish skate punk oriented record label Burning Heart Records. Soon after, they began touring in the US and finally released their 2000 US breakthrough album, Veni Vidi Vicious; the album included the hit singles "Main Offender" and "Hate to Say I Told You So". Their UK breakthrough, Your New Favourite Band, a greatest-hits compilation, was released on the Poptones label in 2001. This was followed by extensive touring, as well as the re-release of previous recordings in the US. Their next album, entitled Tyrannosaurus Hives and released on July 20 2004, was a slight departure from earlier releases. It has been described as a sound similar to what it might sound like if the band taught robots how to play their music, and then re-learned it from the robots to record, because of its rigid/rapid-fire arrangement, yet the band kept their distinctive blend of garage and punk influences. The album includes the hit singles Walk Idiot Walk, Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones, and A Little More For Little You. The Hives latest record, titled The Black and White album, was released on October 15, 2007 (November 13 in the U.S.). The band said they've recorded 20 to 30 songs (including seven recorded with producer Pharrell Williams) for this album and are currently choosing the best. Other tracks have been produced by Jacknife Lee and Dennis Herring. Sessions were held with Timbaland, with whom the band produced the song Throw It On Me, but took place too late for any of the resultant tracks to make the record. They hope to use these songs as b-sides, although Throw It On Me was released as a single on Timbaland's album Shock Value. The Hives are recording a new album in March 2009, but the release date is still to be determined.