Congratulations to our own David Woodcock - with 52% of the vote - winner of this week's BBC Radio 6 Music Rebel Playlist with his next single 'Relatively Single Man' from his self-titled debut album - thanks to everyone who voted!
Alfa 9 dropped into BBC Radio Stoke again last Saturday for the weekly 'Introducing' show for a chat with Rob Adock. During their session they performed a stripped down acoustic version of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'...
We headed up to Liverpool on Friday to see our very own Baltic Fleet named the winner of the 'Scouse Mercury Prize' aka Liverpool's GIT Music Award 2013. Baltic Fleet's Paul Fleming received his award from the Liverpool Echo's Peter Guy, The Quietus' John Doran and Q Magazine's Andrew Harrison. Here's what they said....
"The judges believe that Towers captured the sprawling vitality of contemporary music and married this to a sonic landscape which is indicative of its birth; Northern working class cities which thrive on industry and making things happen. Flawless electronic melodies, breezeblock beats and an effortless futuristic edge"
Baltic Fleet said "Can't explain how much this means. An amazing night for Merseyside culture. Respect to everyone involved who made it happen. Best City in The World"
Merseyside's premier music prize, The GIT Award plays host to 12 shortlisted artists who compete for the £1000 prize and the chance to play Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre. The shortlist was then decided by a 12-strong judging panel comprising respected music industry figures including BBC 6 Music presenter and son of John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, the editor of rock and pop music bible Q Magazine, Liverpool-born Andrew Harrison, Matt Wilkinson, NME's new music editor, leading UK music website,The Quietus' editor, John Doran plus the cornerstones of Liverpool's music and arts scene. The twelve nominees were: Baltic Fleet, Barberos, By The Sea, Nadine Carina, Clinic, Conan, Dan Croll, John Heckle, Jetta, Tyler Mensah, Stealing Sheep, Wave Machines
The Justice Collective won the Inspiration Award for their Christmas No. 1 and tireless work in supporting the fight for JFT96. Tyler Mensah won the People's Choice Award.
Silvery are recording a session for Mark Riley on BBC 6music to be broadcast live tonight from 7pm. Expect to hear previews of tracks from their forthcoming 2nd album Railway Architecture which will be released on August 9th, and is preceded by the single The Naked & The Dead on July 26th which was recently up for 6music's Rebel Playlist. If you're not in the UK or don't have digital radio you can listen online here. Here's what they've said so far about Railway Architecture:
"One of the most distinctive sounds you're currently likely to hear. Irrepressible and exhilarating" NUDE
Look out for Artrocker's Summer Special issue out now - the covermount CD features the Silvery track 'Identity' taken from the new album.
Check out the video for The Naked & The Dead, directed by Alastair Brotherton and Jock Mooney, and produced by Rich Barnett/Trunk, the same team behind Silvery's video for 'Horrors', which was awarded Best Music Video at the London Short Film Festival in 2009;
Action Force / The Nod is Steve Lamaqc's *BBC 6 Music Single of The Week* (27/10/08) The single has just been chosen by Steve Lamacq as his Single Of The Week on BBC 6 Music, which means it'll be spun every day
Silvery's next single 'ACTION FORCE' has been described by Steve Lamacq as 'my favourite rapid-fire, jerky pop song of the year' and by the NME as 'Tumble-dried Blur melting Sparks into liquid pop' and it will be getting a spin on Radio 2 tonight on Chris Evans Drive Time Jukebox Jury between 5pm and 7pm. You can vote for the track by email or text.