Adele, The Pigeon Detectives and more added to T4 On The Beach bill

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I’m sure these seaside roadshow affairs never used to have the quality of bill they do nowadays. The weekend just gone saw Madonna, Nelly, Usher, The Kooks and loads more line up for Radio 1′s One Big Weekend, and now comes news of some frankly spiffing new acts for T4 On The Beach.
Joining Robyn, Sc*uting F*r G*rls, The Feeling, Lightspeed Champion and The H**siers on the bill are…

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Robyn, Chris Brown and The Courteeners to appear on T4's Nokia Green Room this Sunday

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Nokia_Green_Room.jpgI miss Popworld. It was great hangover telly – music, silly humour, attractive popstars. All it needed was the ability to serve me a strawberry milkshake and it would have been perfect. Since it was axed Sunday mornings (or early afternoons) have been a bit lightweight on the old music front, apart from the odd live concert from Timberlake and the like. And don’t get me started on Hollyoaks.
Well, music fans might be in for something of a treateroo from this weekend, because that’s when Nokia Green Room hits our screens. It’s on T4 at a pleasingly post-morning time-slot – 2.20pm, to be precise. Find out what it’s all about after the jump.

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A non-cut-out-and-keep guide to the "Best New Band as supported by BBC1" category at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008

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donnytourette.gifCatchy post title, eh? God bless corporate sponsorship. I remember the days when it would have been “Best New Band At The Brats”, you know. Anyway.
2008′s Shockwaves NME Awards take place tomorrow night, providing a notional alternative to The Brits’ cosy choices of who’s moving and shaking this music world of ours. And while people are always going to whine about NME’s take on things, and the narrow outlook of its readership, it does at least allow the next generation of, well, Brits winners a chance to justify the hype that’s been spewed out on their behalf over the last year or so.
Clearly Arctic Monkeys are going to drunkenly stumble off with most of the gongs, so I’m going to look at the nominees for Best New Band supported by BBC Radio 1, previous winners of which have included such established sorts as the aforementioned Monkeys and superstar dullards Coldplay. And don’t worry, the terrifyingly dangerous young man above isn’t nominated for anything.
Click through for literally everything you need to know about the nominees…

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Watch MTV from back when it was new and big-haired

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How’s this for a mash-up of past and present? Some soul has uploaded three whole hours of gen-u-ine MTV from 1983 for your enjoyment / amusement / boredom onto Google Video. This is from the days when MTV had actual presenters (or “VJs”), and showed actual music videos rather than The Hills 24/7. Kansas! Huey Lewis! Awkward links! Lousy commercials! It’s all right here.
Anyway, if you have an hour and a half to spare – and who doesn’t? – check out the first half below. You can see the second half here, if the novelty hasn’t worn off after ninety minutes.

[via Torr]

It's Good To Talkshow face-off: Kate Nash v. MGMT

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nash.gifThere seem to be a lot of quality musical performances coming from the talkshows across the pond these days. A by-product of the writers’ strike, perhaps?
Well anyway, I couldn’t choose between these two, so I’m posting them both. Nash’s “Foundations” seems a lot warmer when she performs it live, as you can see on The Late Late Show over the page – the sass is softened by the heart when she’s sat there at her keyboard, I think. Her album has just gone Top 40 Stateside, which is no mean feat for an artist so heavy on Brit-slang.
Meanwhile NYC band MGMT made their debut on Letterman last week in a fetching collection of capes. But don’t let that put you off – “Time To Pretend” is a laidback but uplifting psychedelic pop-rock number not a million miles from The Flaming Lips.
Watch both performances after the jump.

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Walk Hard trailer – just as silly as you'd hope

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I’m a fan of the whole Judd Apatow axis of humour, and John C.Reilly is usually good value, so I’ve got high hopes for Walk Hard. I’ve read decidedly mixed reviews since it came out Stateside though, so I wonder if people are getting bored of frat pack-style japes – or is it just that music-based comedies have been done to death?
Walk Hard seems to be some kind of spoof of Walk The Line, but I’m guessing most folk aren’t going to be overly bothered about the plot of this particular piece… You can see the film nationwide from Friday. Check out the trailer below.

It's Good To Talkshow special: Conan O'Brien becomes his own musical guest

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conan.jpgI’m sure you’ll be very aware of the TV writers’ strike across the pond. I certainly am. It’s the reason I haven’t been able to “acquire” new episodes of The US Office since mid-frickin’ November. I MISS IT. Anyway, as TV Scoop have noted recently, the various late-night talk shows have been among the worst hit, depending as they do on funny writer folk to come up with, well, pretty much everything.
The result is that, returning to work in part to safeguard the non-writing jobs of their other staff, the presenters are needing to come up with a lot more of their own material than they’ve probably needed to since they last did stand-up.

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BBC Four goes music mad… and shows Beat Girl film!

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BBC Four’s latest themed season, Pop Britannia, has been going great guns so far, with a mixture of decent docs and cheesy Britsploitation movies (like Espresso Bongo). Well, this week is going to be even better with a couple of ace documentaries of the mechanics of the pop song (see here) and the showing of the super rare and once controversial Beat Girl movie (complete with ace John Barry soundtrack). The (B) movie is on at 7:40pm on Friday 11th January on BBC4. [video: absolutnut] [Via ElectricRoulette]

As more Beatles songs are licensed for advertising, which UK ad campaigns could they soundtrack?

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So it looks like Sony/ATV, who hold the copyrights to the majority of Lennon & McCartney songs, are gradually allowing more and more “interpolations” of Beatles songs in other artists’ recordings and – gasp – advertising. This very thorough Reuters article cites Wu Tang Clan’s recent use of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Luvs Diapers’ current ad campaign which declares (steel yourself), “All You Need Is Luvs”.
Unsurprisingly, Sony/ATV head Martin Bandier, who decides where the Beatles’ back catalogue can / can’t be used, isn’t averse to licensing (i.e. “cashing in on”) Beatles tracks to artists and ad agencies. Most of the useage so far has been in the States where, one would imagine, the bucks are much bigger than here in the Beatles’ homeland.
But, as they say, what happens over there happens over here eventually – plus, with record sales falling record companies are bound to look at an increasing number of alternative sources of revenue. Which means you can probably expect Beatles songs to feature more prominently in the Corrie ad break over the next few years
OK, so let’s think – what UK ad campaigns could benefit from a little Beatles boost?
“Strawberry Fields Forever” - I’m seeing Nesquik, I’m seeing fields, I’m seeing fields made of Nesquik. Forever.
“Twist and Shout” – I’d say the fact this song may be available begs someone to come up with “Extreme Twister”.
“Come Together” – Would go nicely in a spot for those Durex vibrating rings and things, I reckon.
“When I’m 64″ – Viagra, obviously.
“Help!”The Samaritans, obviously.
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Kaiser Chiefs collaborate with Irish Guards on Jools Holland's Hootenanny

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Of course, since you’re such a hip young thing, you were out and about on New Year’s Eve drinking and partying and trying to fight off the creeping sense of anti-climax.
Which means you’ll have missed Jools Holland’s Hootenanny thing (because you can’t work the video / dvd / hard disc recorder either, remember?), where everyone gathers and pretends it’s NYE even though it’s recorded in July or something.
Anyway, here are the Kaiser Chiefs with some bushy-headed Irish Guards doing “The Angry Mob”. To be honest it’s not that amazing, and therefore fits in with the NYE vibe perfectly. Hurrah!

[via The Music Slut]
[video: HarryStottle]