Archives for January 2010
The relationship had "run its course", the newspaper reported her spokesperson as saying.
The singer has been much criticised in recent months for her advert for Coca Cola, which was lambasted this week by Blur's manager.
She is currently recording the follow-up to her amazingly successful debut, Rockferry.
Leucine are a band formed from friendships based around a nightclub in Rhyl called Frames, where young rock, punk and hardcore bands had a chance to jump about and shout their lungs raw till it closed down recently.
Speaking on their official website, they said, "It is our pleasure to announce that on Friday May 21st we will be playing a headline show at Cardiff University's Solus venue. It's always a joy to play a show in Cardiff, but playing in the same venue (albeit on a far bigger stage) as our first ever gig, nearly exactly four years on, makes it all the more special."
The band's new album, Romance Is Boring, is released on 1 February.
Manic Street Preachers are going back to their early history with an intimate gig at Glasgow's famous King Tut Tut's Wah Wah Hut on February 18.
The return to the 300-capacity venue is part of the venue's 20th birthday celebrations.
Speaking in 2001, the band said of the venue, "King Tut's was the first venue to treat us properly and give us hot food on tour."
Although it had been thought that Lostprophets' gig at the Port Talbot Afan Lido would go ahead despite last year's fire at the venue, it has now been confirmed that it has been necessary to move and reschedule the concert.
Instead of Port Talbot on 1 March, the gig has been moved to the Cardiff International Arena on 1 May.
Lostprophets' guitarist Mike Lewis told Cardiff's Buzz magazine, "We had to cancel the Port Talbot gig after the fire there a few weeks back. At first we thought it wouldn't effect us and it would go ahead as planned but unfortunately not. It's a bummer as we were playing Wales on St David's Day which would have been great, and the the last time we played Port Talbot it was awesome. Instead we're gonna kick off the summer at the CIA on may 1st. Get involved."
More information: https://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8479823.stm
That up there is the link to this week's show on the BBC's iPlayer. You can listen to the grab bag of Welsh music detailed below any time between now and the start of next week's show (Sunday 31 July 10pm).
Back at the fag end of 2009, I had my mind blown wide open and my brain flambéed in a most thrlling fashion whilst in a most inauspicious venue. It was as unexpected as stumbling through the feruka-killing footwash at the municipal pool to discover Brian Eno doing an impromptu set of ambient non-tomfoolery amongst water-winged screaming toddlers in the yellower end.
Well, BBC Radio Cymru have kicked off their year with a brazen new project and an exciting challenge for producers and musicians alike. Under the watchful eye of host Huw Evans, each Tuesday night a collaboration of musicians are invited into the studio to write and record four songs.
This week's show was brought to you by the distilled rock 'n' roll spirit of Blaenau Gwent's The Guns.
Valleys rock has become Wales' most valuable musical export, but whereas the likes of Funeral For A Friend and Lostprophets are skilled at melding the stylisations of modern metal to great pop hooks, The Guns revel in something more akin to the original fires of rock 'n' roll, the flames that ignited Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis all those years ago. It's a breathtaking, wind in your hair, playing Chevy chicken on the Old Point Road kind of session.
Despite reports last week that Lostprophets' Afan Lido gig on 1 March in Port Talbot will be going ahead, Neath Port Talbot council have today told BBC Wales that the concert is in doubt after anaysis of fire damage concluded that the majority of the facility will have to be demolished.
Steve Phillips, chief executive of Neath Port Talbot, said: "A structural assessment has been carried out on the Afan Lido complex by independent structural engineers.
"This has confirmed very severe damage has resulted from the fire to the building fabric and primary structure of the pool hall."
The council say that estate managers have recommended the band find an alternative venue.
Welsh singer Duffy, the most successful British artist of 2008, is reported by the Reuters news agency to be working with Roots drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and songwriter Albert Hammond Sr, the father of Strokes' guitarist Almond Hammond Jr.
Session for the as-yet-untitled second album, her follow-up to Rockferry, have apparently started in New York with the duo contributing production and songwriting skills.
This week's show was rather weather-ravaged, which meant that a couple of guests weren't able to come in and spoil us with their sonic schnizzle. However, that gave us more room for music. Please pay particular attention for the entirety of Under Alien Skies' new EP - especially the bit where our man in continuity faded some emergency music up under a very long radio silence.
Hugo McNeice was assaulted at a Shakin' Stevens concert in Ballymena.
Stevens was fined £300 for assault and criminal damage and was ordere to pay a further £479 to McNeice in compensatin for a broken camera lens.
Stevens is intending to appeal, according to his solicitor.
A low-budget comedy farce about an attempt to sell a senstive part of Sir Tom Jones will be shown on Leicester Square in London's West End this month.
After success in Welsh cinemas, A Bit Of Tom Jones (made for just £100,000) will be shown in the capital's most prestigious cinematic location on 25 January.
The News Of The World this morning reported that Louise Davies, the Welsh Oasis fan who runs the band's fansite stopcryingyourheartout was going to be the new bassist of Liam Gallagher's as-yet-unnamed band, who are about to start recording their debut album.
But not so, says Davies, who wrote on her site, "A story has appeared today in the News Of The World falsely claiming that I'm joining Liam Gallagher's new band, and to start recording later this month at Abbey Road studios. Where they get their information from is beyond me."
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February will see them appear with over 60 of the most hotly-tipped acts in the UK music scene in venues across the city.
Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi formed in Cardiff in 1996 and split up in 2002. In between they released just one album, Vague Us, and a handful of singles and EPs on various labels including Richard Branson's V2, but never really bothered the charts. They did wear sun visors and sounded a bit like The Delgados though.
So what makes Hail! The Planes so special? The first thing you'll notice is the spiralling sound of a violin over the crashing post-folk.
Watch the video here:
BBC Radio Wales is in the initial stages of planning Welsh Music Day - a massive celebration of Welsh music in as many of its multifarious forms as we can accommodate this coming St David's Day.
Time for another trawl through the latest demos / self releases coming out of North Wales.
The Cwmaman band have announced details of the follow-up to their single Innocent. Could You Be The One, the second single from Keep Calm And Carry On, will be released on Monday 15 February.
"I knew there was something in the melody," said singer Kelly Jones. "I was trying to keep it beautiful rather than piling in for a big chorus."
The single precedes a UK arena tour in March.
This year looks set to be a bumper one for Welsh album releases with over 30 due by our count.
After separating from their drummer Mark Richardson at the end of last year, Feeder are set to release the first offering with their new line-up featuring Karl Brazil and on their new label.
The title track is available from www.feederweb.com from today (6 January).
It's time to delete some emails, open late Xmas cards, rip through the post with shiny new albums, and catch up on some quality broadcasting, and get ready for a week of late night music radio. Here are three new things for the year ahead.