Posts tagged "Keane"

Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” Gets A Belated Video: Watch

If You Have A Minute...
Lily Allen‘s sparse cover of Keane‘s “Somewhere Only We Know” rocketed to number one in the UK after being featured in an animated commercial for John Lewis department stores. Today (December 16) the song finally gets an official video and it’s as understated as you would expect.

In fact, it basically pastes together the commercial with some behind-the-scenes action. You get to see the different stages of the animation process and gain some appreciation for the sheer amount of effort involved. Does the video mean the song will now be rolled out internationally? Time will tell. In the meantime watch up top. More »

Lily Allen Covers Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” For Commercial: Watch It

She Knows All About It
For your first new music in four years, why not record a cover of a bleary adult-contemporary pop/rock hit to be used in a TV commercial about an animated bear for a department store? Yes, that seems to be the strategy at play for Lily Allen, who unveiled a new recording for the first time since going into semi-retirement after her 2009 LP It’s Not Me, It’s You. 

Today, she unveiled a cover of Keane‘s “Somewhere Only We Know” by way of a TV advert for the British department store John Lewis, who set it against a two-minute animated narrative about a bear and a hare, which is actually pretty sweet — so has motherhood softened the feisty singer-songwriter? Maybe. Probably.  More »

Kanye West’s Featured Tour Guest Is Jesus: Morning Mix

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:: Kanye West may have referenced The Shawshank Redemption to promote his Yeezus tour, but to kick it off on October 19, a mock Jesus Christ took to the stage to say that he was with West all along. Yeezus, take the wheel. [MTV]

:: Keane plan to take a break so that each member can pursue their own solo projects. The British quartet formed in 1997 and broke out in 2004 with “Somewhere Only We Know.” [NME]

:: Lana Del Rey covers the latest issue of Nylon. The tagline — “pop’s biggest enigma” — may allude to her actual “Summertime Sadness,” even as Cedric Gervais‘s remix stormed the charts. [Popdust]

:: Ma$e has announced that he’s releasing a new album, his first new music since 2004′s Welcome Back. Again: Ma$e (!) is releasing a new album. [Rap Radar]

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Keane’s “Sovereign Light Cafe” Video Is Full Of Tricks

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Life Is A Beach For Keane
It’s your lucky day, Keane fans! In addition to us premiering the UK band’s acoustic video for “Disconnected” today, they also unveiled their official clip for third Strangeland single “Sovereign Light Cafe”. And, gee — what hard work it is being rock stars, what with spending an entire shoot on the beach. Of course, it’s an overcast beach in England, with acrobats, bikers, dancers and horseback riders looking kind of cheerless. Still, it is the beach.

Watch Keane walk among the colorful folks of the world in their new video above.

Keane’s Acoustic “Disconnected” Video: Idolator Premiere

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Watch Keane Strip Things Down In The Studio
Earlier this month, Keane‘s LP Strangeland became their fourth Top 20 entry on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart (including the band’s 2010 EP Night Train). Today we bring you the premiere of an acoustic video the quartet shot for “Disconnected”, the album’s second single. While the studio version is a lush piano-driven number spruced up with frontman Tom Chaplin’s reverb-heavy vocals, the acoustic vid showcases the UK band in a much more organic state as they play their instruments live in their own Sea Fog studio, in East Sussex, England. Watch above. More »

Keane’s “Silenced By The Night”: Hear A Short Clip

If yesterday’s Daft Punk/Adele mashup wasn’t chill enough for you, perhaps “Silenced By The Night”, the first official US single off Keane’s upcoming fourth LP Strangeland (out May 8), will mellow you out? (The album’s lead single in the UK will be “Disconnected”.) “If I am a river, you are the ocean / got the radio on, got the wheels in motion,” Tom Chaplin croons here in his soaring tenor. The full single hits iTunes next Tuesday (March 13). Get an early listen via a short clip below.
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Hear Darren Criss & ‘Glee’ Warblers Cover Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know”

With the release of Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers just around the corner (it’s out April 19, to be exact), there are still a few tracks on the album we’ve yet to hear. But if you’ve been scratching your noggin wondering whether or not Darren Criss and his backing troupe of a cappella crooners would be doing Keane’s 2004 mid-tempo ballad “Somewhere Only We Know” any justice, wonder no longer—and head below!
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The Idolator Interview: Keane’s Tom Chaplin

Last week Keane’s Night Train EP became their fourth release to top the UK album chart and the third in a row to land in the Top 40 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums. The set, which was recorded in various studios across the globe while the British trio toured for previous album Perfect Symmetry, found the group collaborating with BET Awards-nominated rapper K’Naan and Japanese MC Tigarah. It also features songwriter/keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley taking over vocal duties from Tom Chaplin on one of the tracks.

We spoke with Chaplin last week about the process of putting the EP together, as well as their upcoming U.S. tour and getting started on their next album. (P.S. If any of you happen to know the whereabouts of the photo that was taken of Tom and Paul McCartney, he’d kindly like to see it.) Read on!

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Keane Board The ‘Night Train’ With K’Naan On New EP, Video “Stop For A Minute”

When Keane first rode onto the scene in 2004 on a wave of piano-driven pop-rock, adding a rapper to their tunes seemed like the last thing the British trio would ever do. But here we are six years later as the band is about to unleash its fourth release, the Night Train EP (out May 10), which contains two songs featuring Somali-Canadian rapper/musician K’Naan. Catch the video for Night Train‘s first single, “Stop For A Minute,” after the jump.
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The British Music Magazines Have Gone UKrazy

It’s still a little strange to see top 10 lists now, but if it’s not too early for the onslaught of Christmas music to invade every public space I seem to go to, I suppose it’s OK to start trying to wrap 2008 in a cute bow. Which brings us to what’s apparently British music mag list day, with the once-entertaining Q and the real-rock bible Mojo battling it out to see, once and for all, which publication has better taste in American music.

THE GOOD: Both lists feature titles I assumed would have been on more lists already (Coldplay, Hercules & Love Affair, Drive-By Truckers, Portishead), so it’s nice to be validated a bit. Personally, I was happy to seerecent Pitchfork discovery The Gaslight Anthem on the Q list (No. 20), although the violent involuntary headshaking that ensued upon seeing Razorlight a spot below erased that brief moment of joy. Also, the Mojo list has a good number of British acts I’ve never heard of that I can proceed to champion for a few weeks to my unsuspecting friends on the basis of their American obscurity alone.
THE BAD: I suppose this is going to be a trend, but seeing the Fleet Foxes disc ranked near the top on both lists (Q, No. 2; Mojo, No. 1) makes me think that at some point in the near future I’m going to refer to 2008 as “The Year of the Bland.” I don’t mind the Fleet Foxes as much as some around here, but it’s hard for me to swallow the idea that this is the shining example of what’s great, exciting, and/or wonderful about music in 2008. When Rough Trade (the store) called the band “Seattle’s answer to CSNY,” they hit on an appropriate and damning description. (Even if the store’s list had Fleet Foxes at No. 2 as well.) I’m not someone who expects every bit of music I listen to be challenging aesthetically, but at very least, I expect it to be sorta moving. (See also Bon Iver: Mojo, No. 4; Q, No. 34.)
THE WHAAAA?:I say this as someone who actually enjoyed both of their previous releases to differing degrees, but having Keane’s Perfect Symmetry place as high as No. 12 seems like Q is trying to ham-fistedly apologize to British musicians for the deluge of American acts surrounding them. Speaking of Q and American musicians: John Mellencamp (No. 41)? Huh.

1. Fleet Foxes
2. The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age Of The Understatement
3. Paul Weller, 22 Dreams
4. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
6. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
7. Glasvegas
8. The Week That Was, The Week That Was
9. The Bug, London Zoo
10. Neil Diamond, Home Before Dark
11. Portishead, Third
12. Don Cavalli, Cryland
13. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
14. British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music?
15. Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves, Roll With You
16. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
17. Sigur Rós, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
18. Pete Molinari, A Virtual Landslide
19. Beck, Modern Guilt
20. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
21. Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali
22. Mercury Rev, Snowflake Midnight
23. Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid
24. Fucked Up, The Chemistry of Common Life
25. Randy Newman, Harps and Angels
26. Peter Broderick, Home
27. M83, Saturdays=Youth
28. Neon Neon, Stainless Style
29. Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals
30. The Night Marchers, See You in Magic
31. Duffy, Rockferry
32. Seasick Steve, I Started Out With Nothin’ and I Still Got Most of It Left
33. Kasai Allstars, In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic
34. Fuck Buttons, Street Horrrsing
35. Our Broken Garden, When Your Blackening Shows
36. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
37. Gavin Bryars & Philip Jeck & Alter Ego, The Sinking of the Titanic
38. Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
39. Abe Vigoda, Skeleton
40. The Black Keys, Attack & Release
41. The Fall, Imperial Wax Solvent
42. Juana Molina, Un Día
43. Aimee Mann, @#%&*! Smilers
44. Goldmund, The Malady Of Elegance
45. Metallica, Death Magnetic
46. James Hunter, The Hard Way
47. Flying Lotus, Los Angeles
48. AC/DC, Black Ice
49. The Neil Cowley Trio, Loud… Louder… Stop
50. Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul

1. Kings of Leon, Only the Night
2. Fleet Foxes
3. Coldplay, Viva La Vida…
4. Vampire Weekend
5. Glasvegas
6. Duffy, Rockferry
7. TV On The Radio, Dear Science
8. Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid
9. The Raconteurs, Consolers of The Lonely
10. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
11. Sigur Ros, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
12. Keane, Perfect Symmetry
13. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
14. Kaiser Chiefs, Off With Their Heads
15. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
16. Hot Chip, Made In The Dark
17. Adele, 19
18. British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music?
19. Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
20. The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
21. Razorlight, Slipaway Fires
22. The Killers, Day and Age
23. Beck, Modern Guilt
24. The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age of The Understatement
25. Metallica, Death Magnetic
26. Conor Oberst
27. Neil Diamond, Before Home
28. Paul Weller, 22 Dreams
29. AC/DC, Black Ice
30. Portishead, Third
31. Black Mountain, In The Future
32. Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul
33. Hercules & Love Affair
34. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
35. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
36. R.E.M., Accelerate
37. Lykke Li, Youth Novels
38. John Mellencamp, Life Death Love And Freedom
39. Santogold
40. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
41. Lindsey Buckingham, Gift of Screws
42. Liam Finn, I’ll Be Lightning
43. Joan As Police Woman, To Survive
44. Black Kids, Partie Traumatic
45. Jack Johnson, Sleep Through Static
46. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue
47. The Verve, Forth
48. Randy Newman, Harps and Angels
49. Emmylou Harris, All I Indented To Be
50. Dido, Safe Trip Home

50 Best Albums of the Year [Q]
Best of 50, Mojo [In New Music We Trust]