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Oh my. This is amazing.

When Q magazine announced that they would be releasing a covers album of U2’s infamous album Achtung Baby I was rather excited. Even more so when I heard The Killers, Snow Patrol and Jack White would each be having a go at a cover.

Jack White managed to do the usual and give the song the JW twist and the result is this :

Nothing else needs to be said really….

The magazine is out at the end of this month and features an in depth interview with U2. Tracklisting for the album is:

1. Nine Inch Nails, “Zoo Station”
2. U2, “Even Better Than The Real Thing (Jacques Lu Cont Mix)”
3. Damien Rice, “One”
4. Patti Smith, “Until The End Of The World”
5. Garbage, “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
6. Depeche Mode, “So Cruel”
7. Snow Patrol, “Mysterious Ways”
8. The Fray, “Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World”
9. Gavin Friday, “The Fly”
10. The Killers, “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”
11. Glasvegas, “Acrobat”
12. Jack White, “Love Is Blindness”

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SXSW festival is well under way with performances from Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. But the most talked about event will surely be the unannounced appearance of Jack White.

The former White Stripes front man and founder of Third Man Records brought his pop up shop to the festival in Austin, Texas. Not only did he bring his retail goods, he also did a two song performance before the store opened. He performed a cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade away’ before playing an old White Stripes song, ‘Dead leaves and the dirty ground’. Not going to lie. Kind of makes me miss the White Stripes rather a lot.

He was later followed by Seasick Steve who has just signed a one record deal with Third Man.

All I can say is that those attendees of the show were extremely lucky indeed!

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That’s right. The Kills NOT the Killers. Don’t mix those two up!

The Kills are made up of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince. They formed after Alison heard him playing guitar from her hotel room below Jamie’s. They jammed for a while and decided that they liked the stuff they played. The only trouble was, Jamie lived in England and Alison lived in the US. For months they sent demo tapes to each other with ideas for songs until eventually Alison had enough and was ready to make the move to the UK.

The best Kills album has to be Midnight Boom. At the time it was a breath of fresh air and really established The Kills as a duo not to be reckoned with. Highlights on the album are Last day of Magic, Sour Cherry and Cheap and Cheerful. The Kills are very simplistic, a drum track, guitars and Alison’s voice. There’s something about its minor imperfections that make the album slightly addictive. After the first play you’ll want to play it all over again.

Now you’ve probably heard of them before and are wondering why I’m talking about them as if they’re new. Well they haven’t released anything since 2007 as they both went off to do other things. One of those other things was Alison’s involvement in The Dead Weather with White Stripes (RIP) cool dude Jack White.  They were pretty awesome and managed to make and release two albums in the space of a year.

But now the Kills are ready to come back with their fourth studio album entitled Blood Pressures. The album is released worldwide on April 4th and in the United States April 5th. They’ve just put out their video for their new single Satellites on Youtube. The video was directed by Sophie Muller and follows Alison and Jamie on a road trip along the English coast in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Take a look here:

Again the Kills really don’t disappoint. And luckily you can see them on tour. Take a look at their website to see if they’re visiting you on their tour. Also you should check out their website because their photos are beautiful.

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First of all I haven’t posted in a while as I have just moved to Hong Kong. A couple of days ago my computer died on me and then when I eventually managed to get online I discover The White Stripes have split up.

Some people aren’t so surprised probably because the band was always in jeopardy because of Meg’s anxiety issues and Jack’s need to keep playing music with all of his other side projects along with running his own record company.

But even though it wasn’t so surprising it was extremely sad. Why? Because actually The White Stripes meant a lot to me and definately played a part in defining my music choices and what I really like to listen to now.

So what did the White Stripes mean to me?

I remember going to visit my auntie’s house and my uncle was playing some weird music. The longer I spent there listening to it the more I wondered who it was and how they made all of those crazy guitar riffs. When I found out that it was just two people I was amazed that they could make their individual sound with just the two of them. I was about 13 years old and had the sad habit of listening to Justin Timberlake and the occasional Busted album. To me The White Stripes was a way of escaping from what every teenager was listening to. Something fresh, something new. Then Elephant came along and I was hooked. I bought the CDs, I wanted to go the gigs and never did until my mum managed to get us tickets to see them at the newly opened O2 arena. Sadly that didn’t work out. The band had to cancel their tour due to Meg’s anxiety issues and the world wondered if we’d ever see them again. Then along came the Raconteurs and eventually The Dead Weather and although they aren’t the same as The White Stripes they’ve still got that breath of fresh air that Jack manages to bring to music.

Looking back now I think The White Stripes have affected everyone who listens to guitar music in some way whether it be kids trying to learn seven nation army or people watching Jack play with The Dead Weather. I think the last comment of the statement is true. The White Stripes have been handed over to the fans for them to think and do what they like with it.

So thanks Meg and Jack. I’m off to listen to some Hotel Yorba and plan my trip to Nashville. Third Man Records here I come.

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As 2010 comes to an end, you’ve stuffed your face with endless amounts of turkey and chocolate it’s time to look forward to 2011. Electric is here to remind you why 2011 is going to be so great.

After a bit of a mini break from touring, Editors are coming back with a new album which is being produced by Flood which let’s face it is going to be awesome. The Birmingham band really excelled with last album: In This Light and On This Evening so it’s going to be interesting to see what direction they go in next. In a past interview Electric did with Editors, they said they’d like to take a more havier direction. Who knows what it will sound like!

Glastonbury festival is set to witness some of the biggest rock and roll shows it has ever seen. U2 are set to headline one night after having to pull out of last year’s festival after Bono injured his back. It will be interesting to see how they go back to the basics with their stage set and blast out those popular anthems we all know and love. Bon Jovi are also rumoured to be headlining on the sunday which Electric thinks will be freaking epic. Imagine 170,000 people singing Livin on a Prayer. Yes. Exactly.

There’s a new Lady Gaga wlbum to look froward to. The pop princess has been recording and hopefully 2011 will see her releasing the album ‘Born This Way’ and also going on tour again. That lady just doesn’t stop. But she does love her job and her fans morethan anything in the world.

After making a triumphant return at the Isle of Wight festival earlier this year, The Strokes are meant to be releasing a new album in 2011. Julian confirmed on twitter that the album had been finished. Apparently though, they’ve had some trouble with it, re-doing some songs several times. But Albert said in an interview that they are really happy with the ten songs they have. To be fair to them it must be very stressful trying to make the album that everyone wants.

Pulp are back! yes we will get to see Jarvis Cocker and co grace the stage at Wireless festival in Hyde Park and Isle of Wight festival. it was a bit of a surprise this year but definately something to look forward to. Hopefull they’ll add a couple more dates including maybe a set at Glastonbury festival. Let’s hope Jarvis keeps his cool and wows the crowd with old favourites such as Babies and Common People.

Will 2011 be the year that The White Stripes fiinally reform? All of Jack’s mates from The Dead Weather and Raconteurs have gone back to their main bands, so is it time for Jack and Meg to reform The White Stripes and show us what we’ve all been missing? In an interview on Spin.com White said that he thought Meg (Sister or wife – who knows) was ready to start playing again after cancelling shows due to extreme anxiety. This is the closest we’ve come to the idea of them reforming so we just have to hold out hope that it actually happens. Let’s just say a headline spot at Bonnaroo festival would be perfect for them.

And so on that bombshell that’s enough things to look froward to. As to the White Stripes, we can only hope that a new album is in the cards. The world needs Jack White. 2011 looks like it’s going to be a packed year with many other bands releasing albums and announcing tours. Bring it on.

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Having never been to Glastonbury before, I was a little dubious about what it was going to be like. But there really was no need. The best festival I have ever been to even beating Pukkelpop! It took us ages to find a space in the camping areas – an hour later and we were pitching our tent in wicket groud and getting ready to have a look around the site.

Thursday:  Had a look around the site again. It’s so huge it was hard to see everything. The Park is a great place to sit, enjoy the sun and eat some toasties from tea and toast – highly recommended. Went to see Boy George in the Dance Village however he was more than 90 minutes late so couldn’t be bothered to wait and eneded up seeing The Cheek‘s set in which they covered La Roux which was brilliant.

Friday:  Went and saw Rolf Harris open the Pyramid stage. He was fantastic really getting the crowd going playing old favourites such as Two Little Boys and of course Waltzing Matilda which made it feel as if it was Australia day or something. The crowd loved him, whopping and cheering, chanting “there’s only one Rolf Harris” as he left the stage. Walked around for ages, caught Florence and The Machine which was brilliant. Flo is very humble and couldn’t believe that she was standing on the stage declaring her appearance as the “best moment in her life”. We then wandered over to The Park to see who the special guests were hearing that it was either Coldplay or The Strokes. It was neither!  Thom Yorke played some of his solo material before bringing on Jonny Greenwood to play some of Radiohead’s famous songs such as Karma Police. Not really my cup of tea but it’s something to say you’ve seen. It was quite funny watching people running up to the park as soon as Karma Police started playing. We ignored Gorillaz and caught a bit of The Flaming Lips set which looked incredible – Wayne in a giant zorbing ball going across the crowd, giant glow up balloons and multicoloured confetti. And the final band of the night was the Bootleg Beatles who got everyone singing the famous beatles songs such as Yellow Submarine and Sargeant Peppers. etc. It was really pleasant!

Saturday:  went to The Park for a while. Then wandered over to the John Peel stage to see Cymbals Eat Guitars who i’d seen support We Are Scientists before. They were ok, the lead singer needs to re think his shouting bits though. It was nice to be in a tent and out of the sun. We then headed to the Pyramid stage to catch some of Seasick Steve’s set. I really enjoyed it and he got a load of cheers and whoops. He also had the best American accent i’ve ever heard. Fact. Then it was time for The Dead Weather who I was really looking forward to after enjoying seeing them play last year. Jack White was the most talkative i’ve ever seen him!  Alison Mosshart or Baby Ruthless as Jack calls her has a great stage presence, the way she interacts with the audience and the way she moves onstage is incredible. It almost makes me want to be her. Everyone around us really enjoyed them especially when Jack got up from behind his drumkit and took hold of his familiar copper guitar. After that we headed over to the Other Stage to try and get as close as we could for Editors. We made the barrier – not sure how. Editors were fantastic as always and we were treated to an hours worth of brilliant songs. Ended up being on the big TV screens jumping up and down. Embarrassing. They finished with a bricks and mortar combo with Papillion and then of course they had pryo. Yes actual flames during papillion. Amazing. After that we wandered over to the back of the field to grab a space for Muse. They are such a great live band and I love them to bits. They started with the familiar Uprising and continued playing Supermassive Black Hole, Plug in Baby, amoung many others. Then of course there was the encore to end all encores. There had been rumours all day who Muse’s special guests were but as the familiar riff to Where The Streets Have no Name. It was obvious the Edge had  come to join Muse. Yes the actual Edge. WOW. Matt Bellamy did really well singing. Possibly the best collaboration I have ever seen. It made me want to actually cry. The whole crowd was up for it singing along – it made me wonder what it would have been like to see U2 headline on the Friday night. I think we all know it would have been mind blowing.

Sunday: Sunday’s line up wasn’t as great as the other days so just had a bit of a slow day. Went and saw the end of The Temper Trap where they played that one familiar song – Sweet Disposition. The whole crowd went mad for that. It must be annoying though working on a whole load of songs and all the crowd want to hear is that one song channel 4 used last summer. Ended up on the barrier at the other stage. Caught Grizzly Bear highly unimpressed to be honest. Although they were better than the football results. The it was time for We Are Scientists. Keith knew we were coming and he smiled at us  loads. They had Andy Burrows drumming which was nice to see. They did quite a lot of old stuff – crowd pleasers really, mixed in with some new tracks off of Barbara – Pittsburgh, Rules, Jack and Ginger, Ambition. People were staring at us we knew all of the words. Apparently I was on TV loads during WAS. Embarrassing again. Lots of banter as always – as one friend said to me – you’ve gotta love Keith. We moved back for MGMT beause having seen them before I can say they’re better on CD then they are live. I felt a bit sorry for them as the sound cut out a bit during Kids – I was pretty shocked they played it and Eletric Feel actually especially after their comments in NME. Went for a walk around the site and then headed to the back of the field to get a good place for Stevie Wonder. I was quite excited about seeing him play and he didn’t disappoint playing all of his well known songs although the highlight had to be when he brought out Micheal Eavis to finish off the set with Happy Birthday – the guy couldn’t sing but he is a farmer after all! It was so Cute and lovely! And then Glastonbury was over. What a magial place. It’s hard to understand unless you’ve been, but once you have you’ll be coming back every year.

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Ok I personally love anything Jack White touches, he manages to turn it into gold. The Dead weather are pure rock and roll at it’s best. Their new album was written and recorded in about a week. This is what’s so great about them – they’re such a fresh injection into this manufactured situation we are in at the moment.

I think having Jack on drums is a good idea, for once the attention is taken away from him and given to Alison Mosshart who is such an energetic and fascinating frontwoman so much so that you can’t stop watching her when you perform live.

They’ve just announced a gig at the roundhouse and they’re also playing at Glastonbury which i’m very excited about. So enjoy!

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