Their album Come Of Age was just released today in the US, so what better way to celebrate than announce a US tour? The Vaccines are finally doing a proper headline tour of the US next year. This will be their first proper headlining tour since their first was cancelled due to Justin’s vocal issues. The tour will kick off in Boston on January 29th.
Spector have never claimed to make groundbreaking music. In fact they describe themselves as middle of the road indie. But there is nothing average about this album. Spector have made a great indie pop record that will have you dancing in to the morning. There is nothing really deep about the lyrics. The usual suspects of girls (Celestine) , break ups (Twenty Nothing) and late nights (Friday Night, Dont Let It End) are all talked about on this record. It’s one of those albums where you can mindlessly listen to, which is a good thing. I honestly can’t put it down. It’s nothing fancy or groundbreaking but it does the job. It’s lightyears ahead of any of the indie pop out there right now.We all need a good mindless pop record in our life to dance , laugh, celebrate or cry too.
Although the rest of Kings Of Leon might be on a little bit of a hiatus, bassist Jared Followill is busy with his new side project Smoke and Jackal. The new project also includes Nick Brown from Mona. They released their first track as Smoke and Jackal through their soundcloud today. The song is called No Tell and will be released with 5 more songs on their debut EP coming out on October 15th. The song sounds a little bit like KOL but with a little bit more of a country twang to it. It is an incredible song considering this was done on the first night they started recording. If they can turn this out in one night, I can’t wait to hear what else they did together during their week of recording.
Beady Eye made an appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Although Liam has said that he wouldn’t perform any Oasis songs, he made an exception for last night. He played one of Oasis’s biggest hits, Wonderwall in front of the jubilant London crowd. It really does suck that brother Noel couldn’t join him. I think it would have made the night even more special. Noel was in the crowd last night and watched as his brother played on the world’s biggest stage.
The Vaccines released a new live EP this week. The EP is called Live In Brighton and you guessed it, was recorded live in Brighton during their past seaside tour. The EP includes live versions on Wrecking Bar, Tiger Blood and an excellent cover of R Stevie Moore’s Why Should I Love You. You can download the EP for free right here. The Vaccines also were on BBC Radio 1 this morning talking about whats next for the band and a little bit of football chat.
Check out the interview here. It starts around the 1:12:00 mark.
Here is my review and ranking of the albums of 2011. My methodology consisted of listening to the all of the songs and ranking them on a five star system. The main criteria was how easy the album was to listen to.
5 Stars – The perfect song! (almost impossible to obtain)
4 Stars – In extremely heavy rotation on my iPod
3 Stars – Definitely on my iPod
2 Stars – I could listen to it again
1 Star – It didn’t hurt my ears
0 Stars – I really didn’t want to listen to the whole thing
All of the stars for an album are added together and divided by the total number of songs to get the rating.
Caveats – Many of the songs I only listened to once and the rating could have been affected by my mood on the day I listened to it. In future, I plan to listen to all songs at least 3 times to eliminate this potential bias.