It's only been about 12 years since Jamie Woon picked up a guitar and started writing songs, but he's progressed from his days of being a fan of Brit-pop, and his current work has been classified as sobstep, dubpop, and lovestep, or simply "the new pop music."
"At the heart of what I do is R&B, it's groove-based vocal-led music, and I try to sing about things that are close to my heart and that matter to me," says Woon
. His sound
has garnered a lot of praise, including placing 4th
in The Sound of 2011
, the annual British music industry poll. More of Woon's background and music inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 17, 2012 -
The Stone Roses
are set to reform. It's almost 20 years since they released their extremely fine album creatively titled The Stone Roses
. The band
that was a big part of the Madchester
movement have been bumping into each other at Manchester United games and no doubt seeing the money that the footballers are making decided it was time to regroup. The rumours are not certain, but some say it is 75 percent
likely and media reports everywhere
indicates it is probably happening. [more inside]
posted by sien
on Dec 15, 2008 -
, ex-lead singer of UK art rockers Earl Brutus
, has passed away. Earl Brutus were one of the most overlooked bands of the Britpop era, Sanderson himself being a swaggering hybrid of Jarvis Cocker and Mark E Smith. If you've not heard any of their music, just listen to (and watch) Come Taste my Mind
(YT), and have a taste of the Brutus.
posted by hnnrs
on Jun 18, 2008 -
Well, young folk, there was a time, y'know, when bands would put their band name on the kick drum head, so the audience could see the name of the band, y'see? Why, best as I can recall, the The Yardbirds
did it, and The Zombies
, too. And The Hollies
. Oh, and did I mention The Yardbirds
? Well, my memory's not what it used to be... oh, and there was those boys from Liverpool, used to sing about Kansas Cty
so well, why, you'd think they'd actually been
there! Now, there was this one band called themselves the Spencer Davis Group
, but I never could figure out why, cause it was that little Winwood fella just outta knee pants who was the star of that
show! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 17, 2008 -
AppreciationFilter: Edwyn Collins
--Scottish Britpop Master--from Nu-Sonic as a teen in the 70s, Orange Juice ("Rip It Up") in the early 80s, to "A Girl Like You" and "Magic Piper," and still going strong decades later.
He even created a British sitcom, West Heath Yard, and now supports up and coming bands. Even if you've never heard of him, you've heard at least one of his songs, whether in Austin Powers or elsewhere. More history here, from his old site. (and you can hear 18 streaming songs of his on the main link, above.)
Edwyn is now in the hospital after suffering a serious brain hemorrhage.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 26, 2005 -
blur are back.
My favourite band since seeing them play in a pub in Leicester, blur
release their 7th album
They "invented" Britpop, then reinvented themselves when the backlash began, and it's lovely to still have them around. Something I've grown with and recognise as I stare at another edition of Top of the Pops, understanding nothing of the karaoke-cover-pap in the charts today.
If you're going to see them in London next month, I'll be the one at the back with a pint in my hand and a contented smile on my face (too old for this jumping around at the front lark)...
posted by jontyjago
on Apr 25, 2003 -