The Arctic Monkeys Cover Lou Reed

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Following the news that Velvet Underground frontman and rock icon, Lou Reed had passed away this past weekend, the music world was deeply shocked and sad.

Since the word spread, musicians had come together to pay tribute to the icon including the Arctic Monkeys who played Reed’s 1972 song, “Walk on the Wild Side” during their show last night in Liverpool where they are as part of their tour for their fifth studio album, AM. The video of the band performing the song can be seen below.

The Arctic Monkeys join a long list of performers covering Reed’s songs including  My Morning Jacket, Phish and Pearl Jam while John Cale, David Bowie, Morrissey and Henry Rollins all spoke out about what the singer meant to them and how he influenced their musical careers. Yesterday, David Byrne, Patti Smith and Metric’s Emily Haines all wrote exclusive remembrances about Reed for Rolling Stone.

Reed, sadly passed away this past Sunday at his home in Southampton, New York. His cause of death was not immediately reported, but the Associated Press had reported that it was due to a “liver-related ailment.” One of the doctors that had treated Reed during his liver transplant earlier this year in Ohio had said that the singer had reached the point that there was nothing else that could be done for him. Instead of staying in Ohio, he requested to go back home where he sadly passed away.

Barclays Mercury Award Nominees Announced

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Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to the short list of this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Awards and some of the best of the best from across the pond were honored today when the list was revealed at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London.

The awards which are supposedly chosen by a panel of music critics and industry experts, revealed the 12 albums made the final cut of this year’s list.

David Bowie and his new album The Next Day, made the list as well as the Arctic Monkeys’ newest effort AM. Other nominees also include Jake Bugg with his self-titled, debut album and Foal’s with Holy Fire.

The original list for the awards included about 250 albums which dwindled down thanks to the help of those unnamed critics and experts.

The winner of the award will be announced on October 30 at the Mercury Prize Award Show due to take place at the Roundhouse.

Check out all the artists with their albums below as well as what the judges had to say about them and what it was about them that led to the decision.

BARCLAYCARD MERCURY AWARDS NOMINEES:

Arctic Monkeys – AM

“AM is a bold new chapter in the Arctic Monkeys’ story – sonically gripping, lyrically involving and brilliantly performed.”

David Bowie – The Next Day

“David Bowie celebrates his legendary songwriting ability with panache and a remarkable sense of urgency.”

Disclosure – Settle

“A joyous pop record for clubbers; an infectious dance record for pop fans.”

Foals – Holy Fire

“A wonderfully dynamic album – ambitious, intelligent and rhythmically compelling.”

Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

“Fluent, restless, acutely observed songs of teenage life in contemporary Britain.”

James Blake – Overgrown

“Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.”

Jon Hopkins – Immunity

“An electronic world of wonder – delicate, eventful and utterly absorbing.”

Laura Marling – Once I Was

Last year, Alt-J took home the prize for their album, An Awesome Wave. With that being said, who do you think will take the award home this year?

Arctic Monkeys Release New Video

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Just a few weeks back, The Arctic Monkeys shared a new track titled, “Do I Wanna Know” and then revealed that it was nothing more than a B-side that would not be featured on their upcoming new album. This weekend, they released the official video for what will be their second single off the new album titled, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

The video features frontman, Alex Turner going through a series of some serious paranoid hallucinations throughout the song.

Check out the video below:

“Why’s You Only call Me When You’re High?” will be featured on the band’s upcoming album, AM which is due out on September 9 through Domino Records. Starting in late August, the band will be heading out on a full tour through Europe and the US; full tour dates can be seen below.

ARCTIC MONKEYS TOUR DATES:

08-30 Zurich, Switzerland – Zurich Openair
09-01 Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival
09-07 Istanbul, Turkey – Rock n Coke Festival
09-09 London, England – iTunes Festival
09-15 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
09-18 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
09-21 Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown Festival
09-23 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
09-26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
09-27 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
09-29 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
09-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10-01 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10-04 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-05 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
10-07 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
10-08 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10-09 Birmingham, AL – Iron City Birmingham
10-11 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-13 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10-22 Newcastle, England – Metro Radio Arena
10-23 Manchester, England – Arena
10-25 London, England – Earls Court
10-26 London, England – Earls Court
10-28 Liverpool, England – Echo Arena
10-29 Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena
10-31 Birmingham, England – LG Arena
11-01 Glasgow, Scotland – Hydro
11-02 Sheffield, England – Motorpoint Arena
11-04 Offenbach, Germany – Stadhalle
11-05 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
11-07 Paris, France – Zenith
11-09 Brussels, Belgium – The Forest National
11-11 Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
11-12 Munich, Germany – Zenith
11-13 Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
11-15 Madrid, Spain – Palacio de Deportes
11-16 Barcelona, Spain – Palau Olimpic

Arctic Monkeys Release B-Side

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A few weeks back, we got the Arctic Monkeys’ video for “Do I Wanna Know?” and up to then, speculation started to surround whether or not the band would be releasing a new album sometime soon.

Sure enough, the band announced that they would be releasing a brand new album titled AM on September 10 through Domino Records. Today, the band have released the B-side to “Do I Wanna Know?,”  “2013.” The song, will not appear on the new release which means that it’s time to take advantage and listen to the song on repeat.

Tell us what you think of the song? Should it have been included on AM?

Arctic Monkeys Release New Album Information

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Just a week ago, the Arctic Monkeys released the music video for their first single, “Do I Wanna Know?” which left fans wondering when the announcement that a new album was coming would make its presence.

Well, those asking lots of question finally go their answer and probably a lot more than they had hoped. The English rockers revealed that their new album will be titled AM and will be released on September 10 through Domino. This album which will be the band’s fifth album will serve as a follow-up to 2010’s Suck and See It.

The album will also feature several guest-star including Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, veteran Elvis Costello drummer, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones from the band, The Coral. The last track, “I Wanna Be Yours,” will feature spoken words from “punk poet” John Cooper Clarke.

When it comes to the production of the album, the band didn’t stray far from their usual collaborators which include  longtime producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco once again oversees this album, with co-production by another previous collaborator, Ross Orton. The full track list for the album can be seen below as well as the music video for “Do I Wanna Know?”

 TRACKLIST:

1. “Do I Wanna Know?”
2. “R U Mine?”
3. “One for the Road”
4. “Arabella”
5. “I Want It All”
6. “No. 1 Party Anthem”
7. “Mad Sounds”
8. “Fireside”
9. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
10. “Snap Out Of It”
11. “Knee Socks”
12. “I Wanna Be Yours”

The Arctic Monkey’s Premiere New Video

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The Arctic Monkey have released the music video for their song, “Do I Wanna Know?” like all the cool kids do now, on Facebook. The video features some lo-fi animation and babes on bikes; you know the typical 70s stuff.

Check out the full video for their new single below:

The band’s last album was 2011’s Suck It and See. So far, there has been no talk about a possible new album let alone a projected release date for it.