And now for the tracks…So many have crossed our path this year, and with the introduction of our hugely popular New Tunes Guide, we’ve been able to highlight hundreds of brilliant tracks, singles and EPs during the course of 2012. Plenty more besides have been included with track reviews, Presents features and Soundbites articles, meaning pulling just 25 out for a special end of year mention has been one tough task. As always, when you’ve been through our list of recommendations, make sure you let us know which tracks and singles have been soundtracking your life during 2012.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series so far is available in full at the end of this article. Next week, it’s the Albums.
Coventry rockers Pint Shot Riot with front man Rocket perform to a packed home crowd at Kasbah as part of this year’s Godiva Festival which had to be moved indoors due to heavy rain damaging the festival grounds.
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In today’s Soundbites - our look back at the past week’s news, reviews, and tabloid gossip – Johnny Depp turns The Black Keys into a trio, Hamburg is bored of The Beatles, Morrissey reaches for the pipe and slippers, dubious football clip shows can finally end, and this week’s most popular video is revealed.
Up and down the land, pubs are being decorated with stories-high crosses of St. George, each trying to outdo the other with enticing special offers in a bid to convince the locals to choose their own establishment for England’s latest underwhelming 1-1 draw against the group minnows.
On the balconies of council estates, this month’s washing is being moved from its perilous perch to make way for yet more – but slightly smaller – red and white banners. Soon, the nation’s cars will be adorned with bite-sized versions, each seemingly mere seconds away from ending its days in an evidence bag after causing a major road accident. Yes it can all mean only one thing: it’s Christmas in Corfu for the chief executive of Britain’s leading flag making company.
Oh, and a major football tournament is about to kick off somewhere in Europe.
Pint Shot Riot have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Starting To Fly‘.
Described as ‘the tale of how someone falls from glory, respect and normality into the depths of addiction’, the track will be released on March 26th, and has been mixed by the Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian cohort Barny Barnicott. The single will also feature remixes from Coventry musician and DJ Paul Morrell.
Pint Shot Riot’s new single is expected to draw a line under the promotional duties for debut album ‘Spell It Out‘, with the recording of their as-yet-untitled second LP already underway. Back in October last year, the Live4ever Ezine played host to the band at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, when tracks set to feature on the new album were aired.
The Coventry band are now due to return to the States for a visit to the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas next month.
Well, it’s that time of year again when we here at the Live4ever Ezine begin to trail back through 12 months worth of musical delights in a vain attempt to group our favourites of 2011 into some sort of coherent list we like to call Live4ever’s Essential Listening.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be presenting our most cherished gigs, tracks and albums of the year, in the hope that our highlights from 52 weeks worth of sonic adventure will inspire you to investigate our essential picks of 2011, as well as sharing your own favourites with us.
Check back next week for Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2011 – The Tracks, and when you’ve been through our stand-out gigs of the year, don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell the world of your memorable gig-going experiences of 2011.
On October 18th, Live4ever’s Official 2011 CMJ Showcase played host to a raucous celebration of rock n roll at the world-famous Brooklyn Bowl in New York.
From the US, Fifth Nation, 1,2,3, Le Blorr and The Dirty Grand displayed emphatically to the packed crowd what the very best of new American rock sounds like, while hometown boys FIGO‘s (pics one & two) electro-tinged rock was launched by a UK and Irish one-two of Pint Shot Riot and The Minutes.
Bill-toppers DAMNDOGS and The Duke Spirit had the unenviable task of closing the night in style, but the pair rose to both the occasion and challenge with ease as DJ sets from LA Riots, VHS Or Beta and Boyhollow guided the event through the early hours.
Relive the night by taking a look through our exclusive photo gallery, and we’ll see you at SXSW!
Antone’s. Austin, Texas. Tuesday, March 17th, 5.30pm. The Jim Jones Revue are tearing through closer ‘The Princess & The Frog‘, bringing not only their own set to an end, but a day of unashamedly anthemic British rock n roll as well. Previous storming, crowd pleasing sets by Doll & The Kicks, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Mighty Stef, Twin Atlantic, Pint Shot Riot and The Boxer Rebellion had shook the famous old venue to its foundations, and in doing so turned Live4ever’s Two Fingered Salute showcase into one of the undoubted highlights of the 2011 South By Southwest Festival.
And now, after the runaway success of SXSW, the Live4ever roadshow is rolling into New York for the city’s annual CMJ Music Marathon, with a net this time cast further ashore from the white cliffs and craggy highlands of the British coast. Allow us to introduce the Live4ever Media Official CMJ 2011 Showcase, taking place at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 18th.
The video is for Twisted Soul from the album ‘Spell it Out’ which is featured on the FIFA 12 video game.
Stripped back and unplugged, Pint Shot Riot take their single ‘Somebody Save Me‘ down to its bare bones for this exclusive acoustic performance, filmed at Live4ever HQ during this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and made possible thanks to some generosity from fellow SXSW artist Nikki Kummerow.
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