What You Missed In Music: Ed Sheeran Built A Pub, Charli XCX Releases A Crazy New Single & More
Also, Jamiroquai return, Boardmasters releases their line-up, Dirty Projectors announce a new record & MORE.
Ed Sheeran built a pub in his basement, because he does whatever he bloody wants
Ed Sheeran is doing a lot of building these days, it seems. (Has he been inspired by Frank Ocean?) First, he erected a studio in a boat in the Philippines. And now, as he continues to grow in confidence as a DIY craftsman, Ed’s built a pub in his basement.
Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Sheeran said of his new local: “I’ve built a pub. Like, I had a bar before, a bar where you could pour beers but now this has like a selection of beers, which is cool.”
How could Ed make his pub better than other pubs? By constructing an underground passage, obviously. “So, basically, there’s an underground tunnel to get there that you can close off. So if I have a party, everyone goes in the pub and no one can get in the house so you get no one raiding the cupboards or smashing anything. You have to go underground to get to the pub.”
Sheeran continued: “Peter Jackson’s house [has] got like loads of secret passageways and underground tunnels. I went there and was like I want all of this on a smaller scale.”
“I think it’s great, but the problem with my house at the moment is when I have a house party it’s all in the house and if I have kids I still wanna have mates around and have beers and stuff like that so it’s good to have something that’s separate. Me and my wife will take turns getting pissed.”
Charli XCX releases a crazy new single
Any guesses for how Charli XCX’s new song, ‘Crazy Crazy’, sounds?
Yes, you madam, at the back!
“Real nice like.”
No. How about you, sir?
“Real nice like.”
Sorry, but that’s not the answer I was looking for. Crazy. That’s the answer. Charli XCX’s new song, ‘Crazy Crazy’, sounds crazy.
With its electronic clicks and love for synths, this relentless track wouldn’t sound out of place as the menu music for a game on an old SNES console. J-pop megastar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and producer Yasutaka Nakata feature, which goes someway to explaining the sound.
Listen to ‘Crazy Crazy’ below.
Jamiroquai return and they’re headlining Boardmasters 2017
Ready to head to the beach? We are. Boardmasters 2017 is back and it’s boasting a genuinely exciting new line-up.
First off: the big news. Jamiroquai, the Jay Kay-led funk group, who recently returned, are headlining.
Second: Alt-J are headlining. This is big. Apart from Gus testing his brain on University Challenge, Alt-J have been fairly quiet lately. This new headline show isn’t just exciting because we can go see Alt-J again – it means that new music from the trio is likely. Get ready.
Two Door Cinema Club are the third headliner. Joining them on the bill will be Andy C, Slaves, Jake Bugg, Wild Beasts, Patrick Topping, Roger Sanchez, Solardo, Becky Hill, TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D), Theo Kottis, Tom Grennan, Cadenza And Youngr.
Boardmasters Festival 2017 is taking place Weds 9 – Sunday 13 August. Find out more here.
Dirty Projectors Announce New Record
Musical oddball David Longstreth is back with a new Dirty Projectors album called… Dirty Projectors.
Make no mistake; this is going to be a special record. Dirty Projectors returned in late 2016 with an atomic bomb of a break-up track, the scathing, glitchy ‘Keep Your Name’, and later released ‘Little Bubble’, a lamenting song with gorgeous instrumentation. Those tracks were released on the pretence that they were ‘special one-off’ songs, but, obviously, nobody believed that.
Please, if you’re interested in trying out new music that’s inventive, surprising and heartfelt, give Dirty Projectors a stream when it drops on February 24.
Meanwhile, Dirty Projectors released a new track, ‘Up In Hudson’, to bide us over before the new album – their eighth – hits. Listen below.
Evanescence are back too!
American rock band Evanescence are back, and will be playing their first UK shows in over four years.
The band will play London’s Eventim Apollo on June 14 – three days after Download Festival 2017 draws to a close. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (January 20) at 9am.
Posting on Twitter, Evanescence said: “UK... we are extremely excited to announce we are going to be performing @EventimApollo London on Wed 14 June. Tickets on sale FRIDAY 10am!”
— Evanescence (@evanescence) January 17, 2017
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