Win a new Brit Box compilation, and listen to the re-formed Verve in Blackpool
New contest! This one tails nicely on the heels of my anglophile's paradise post last month about the Britpop movement. If you find yourself with some UK-centric leanings in your musical selections, here's a new box set you might wanna throw down for.
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millenium is out this week on Rhino Records, collecting 78 songs out of Britain from 1984 to present that celebrate "the essence of cool."
I have one box set to give away! In rad packaging, you'll get:
-DISC ONE: 1984-1990. Early modern British influencers like Stones Roses, Happy Mondays, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Smiths, Primal Scream
-DISC TWO: 1990-1993. The hazy shimmer of the shoegaze movement is traced through acts like Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and The Telescopes
-DISC THREE: 1994-1995. Britpop explodes in a crushing supernova. Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Elastica etc.
-DISC FOUR: 1995-present. Where we're going - Ash, The Verve, Super Furry Animals, Mansun, Placebo and more
The 80-page liner note booklet comes with with interviews, memories and essays from Creation Records founder Alan McGee, seminal producers Stephen Street and Alan Moulder and an assortment of artists. Full tracklist here.
To celebrate the release of this box set, vLES (a "virtual Lower East Side" web community set up by MTV) has some special programming this week. Brett Anderson of Suede will be on MTV's Subterranean tonight to talk about the Brit Box, and on Monday vLES will have an online "Britpop Round Table" streaming from the Bowery Ballroom with Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone (who wrote this excellent 'lil book), Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel (who I tragically omitted from my last Britpop post) and John Hagelston from Rhino Records. Check here for a full list of the other Brit-centric programming this week.
So, they offered me one box set to either keep, or for contesting. Do not ever say I don't love you: leave me a comment to win my promo copy of the Brit Box set!
And to wrap up the last contest before we move it along: Aikin from Licorice Pizza was picked as the random winner of the NYC DVD set. Thanks for all the wonderful stories.
Speaking of awesome music wafting from across the Atlantic, how 'bout that re-formed Verve? They've now hit the road, back together in the original lineup, and just completed six shows earlier this month in the UK.
Since the odds of them coming through the U.S. seem to be about the same odds I get on a Stereophonics tour, I have to satisfy myself with reading what folks said about the experience, and trolling YouTube for hazy cellphone video clips. From the moment they first took the stage on Night One in Glasgow, they've been playing some seriously rad sets. This vantage point makes me tingle (from the second night in Glasgow):
And listening to this boot from a few nights later at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool does nothing short of give me little frissons of excitement up and down my spine - hear the crowd sing along with Sonnet, or the wild roar that greets Bittersweet Symphony.
LIVE AT THE EMPRESS BALLROOM
BLACKPOOL NOV 6, 2007
[Thanks to taper: Pete Bullock]
This Is Music
Space and Time
Life's An Ocean
Sit And Wonder (new song)
Let The Damage Begin (b-side)
On Your Own
The Rolling People
The Drugs Don't Work
A Man Called Sun
ZIP: VERVE BLACKPOOL SHOW
And a bit of scene-setting from someone lucky enough to be there:
I was at [the Blackpool show] - arrived just in time to hear 'Mad Richard' announce 'This Is Music'... It was great to finally see the band in their original conception- no extra guitarist, no string section.
What was even more impressive was the fact that so much 1st & 2nd album stuff was on the set...even ON YOUR OWN & MAN CALLED SUN (personal faves). One could argue that a mediocre, crowd satisfying 'last album' set would have been enough. But could you really have seen Nick McCabe agreeing to re-form for that kinda live package???!!
Must say [the Empress is] the best venue for this type of gig. Ok the acoustics are not entirely set out for rock bands but the surroundings always make gigs at the Empress very unique. There's also that 'outta town' mentality where a band has purposely avoided the more suitable venues within the vicinity (Manchester Apollo/Uni, Liverpool Uni) and gone with the face of Seasides past 'Blackpool'-not to mention the sprung floor!...magical!
Overall a grand night had by all...now lets see how the bigger gigs go next year!