Monday Music News Feb06

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This year’s NME Awards have announced the nominations for their 2012 edition, with Sheffield UK indie-rockers Arctic Monkeys leading the pack with seven nods in all, including one for the coveted Best British Band award alongside Kasabian, Muse, The Horrors, and Bombay Bicycle Club. Nominated for four awards is the esteemed Mr. Noel Gallagher, who’s up for Best Album (for High Flying Birds) and Best Solo Artist, and competing for three awards each are the aforementioned Muse and Kasabian plus Florence and the Machine.  Florence and Noel will be joined by Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Miles Kane, and Adele in the Best Solo Artist category, and among the Best New Band contenders are Foster the People, Tribes, and The Vaccines. Find out who wins when the rilly big shew happens on February 29 at the O2 Academy Brixton UK…

Owl City has just released his brand new live DVD, Live from Los Angeles (2.7, Eagle Rock), which showcases singer-songwriter Adam Young live at L.A.’s Club Nokia during part of his tour last year. The very first DVD from Owl City, it includes tracks from his latest album, All Things Bright and Beautiful and previous songs including his breakthrough hit, “Fireflies.” 90 minutes of footage is included, the live show (of course) plus interviews and several peeks backstage; the trailer for the DVD can be viewed at

OK Go’s latest video, for the track “Needing/Getting,” is already destined to join the ranks of the rest of the creative band’s viral videos. Shot in the desert outside of Los Angeles, the band outfitted a car with pneumatic arms set up to ‘play’ a long line of pre-setup instruments fastened into the desert sands, while singer Damian Kulash – who took stunt driving lessons in order to properly take on the challenge – drove by with the rest of the band and ‘played’ the gear. Yeah, we know – it makes no sense on paper, but once you see it, you’ll likely be as impressed as we were.

PYXIS POINTS | Glasgow, Scotland has been named the UK city which has inspired the most song titles – 119 namechecks in all – closely followed by Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester | The Low Anthem, Andrew Bird, and Richard Hawley have been snagged as the headliners for the new No Direction Home Festival, which will take place in Nottinghamshire, UK from June 8-10 | Ex-White Stripe Jack White has announced his first two live dates in support of his upcoming solo disc Blunderbuss, which will hit stores April 24th – he’ll perform in Gulf Shores, AL on 5.18, and at the Sasquatch Festival in Quincy, WA on 5.26 | The Shins have announced that “September” will be the B-side to “Simple Song,” the first single (out 2.14) from their new album Port of Morrow | Bon Iver will be embarking on a series of U.S., New Zealand, and Australian tour dates later this month, including stops in Wellington NZ (2.27 and 2.28), Melbourne AU (3.8), Sydney AU (3.10-3.13), Indio, California (4.14 for the Coachella Festival), Tucson, Arizona (4.23), and New Orleans (4.27) | Beady Eye’s Liam Gallagher recently told NME that while he loves Beady Eye, he’d still prefer to be in Oasis, because “that was my thing, Oasis was my life…” – Kristi Kates