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Jools Holland thinks music is ''timeless'' and he insists there are always up and coming performers in the making.
Jools Holland thinks music is ''timeless''.
The 59-year-old singer and composer believes people consider the ''golden age'' of music to be in the past, but the Squeeze band member insists there are ''great'' musicians nowadays as well.
Speaking to NME Online, he said: ''People always say there was a 'golden age' for music. It was always in the past and it was always something fantastic. Then the great philosophers say 'Paradise is now' . You turn on the radio and there are those great people around, you know what I mean, you just need to find them. There is so much good stuff around, there has always has been. It's not like the sort of 'golden age'.
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Posted on 05 February 2014
A Week In Music – Everything Everything Avoid Second Album Syndrome With 'Arc,' Paul Weller's 'Dragonfly' Is A "Victory Lap," Jools Holland Teams Up With The Stars
Albums of Note... Deftly side-stepping the pitfalls of ‘second album syndrome,’ Everything Everything have stepped things up a notch with second album Arc, which looks set to raise their profile even further. They’ve retained their quirky dance geek sound, but this time around, the songs have a darker, more emotional sound. Where their debut was playful, a newfound intensity can be found on this follow-up. “Arc offers more drama and intensity than the playful-ness we heard on Man Alive, Everything Everything's 2010-released debut… each track stands in its own right; nothing is filler and Arc maintains interest throughout; it's a much more mature offering than Everything Everything's previous, particularly with the likes of the gentle, piano-backed 'The Peaks, which sensitively showcases their trademark falsetto vocals in an atmospheric setting.”
Paul Weller’s latest release, the ‘Dragonfly EP’ is described by our reviewer as a “victory lap.” The EP contains a number of unreleased tracks from the Modfather’s trilogy of experimental albums released in 2012. Described as “by no means essential for the casual fan,” the tracks contained herein are a step away from the sonic experimentation of the albums and are closer to his early solo days.“The Dragonfly EP is therefore well worth your time if you have any interest in Weller's more recent output. However, for the more casual listener, it may seem like it's business as usual for the Modfather. The 5 additional songs certainly deserve to be heard, and it's a welcome move that they haven't just ended up on the cutting room floor.”
2012 was another brilliant year when it came to Christmas on the box. As well as some seminal family movies, both old and new, December's festive comedy, sci-fi and drama TV brought us much cheer throughout the holiday season making the couch our favourite place in the world in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Here are our highlights still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Channel 5 online.
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
By Alister Roberts in Music Reviews on 02 January 2013
Ahead of his annual New Year's Hootenanny, ivory tinkling bandleader and TV presenter Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return with a star studded cast of guests on The Golden Age Of Song, their latest album release and another sterling effort. Sounding takes from TV sessions (Hootenanny) alongside studio recordings and jazz standards alongside soul classics, performed with a variety of musical acts from various genres; it's a well-balanced affair.
Tracklisting the likes of an eastern European folk tune ('Bei Mir Bist Du Schon'), alongside pop ballads ('Get Here') and jazz standards ('I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)'), the album's variety is, like its predecessors, its biggest strength. Also superb is the willingness for featured artists to step out of their comfort zones; Jessie J showcases the range and power of her superb singing voice on 'Get Here', though we're perhaps more used to her disguising it in a half sung, half rapped kind of style, and Paul Weller steps away from his familiar indie vibe during his duet with the late Amy Winehouse, again from the 2009 Hootenanny, despite the full Rhythm & Blues Orchestra arrangement being familiar ground for Winehouse. The latter, 'Don't Go To Strangers', sounds Winehouse's powerful vocal contrasting Weller's surprisingly smooth and gentle vocal. Later, another jazz standard, 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' also sounds Florence Welch stepping out of her comfort zone and bringing her distinctive flavour to one of Nina Simone's signature tunes. A dangerous inclusion, perhaps, as it's probably a piece that's been recorded to death, but it's actually refreshing to hear Welch's voice amongst a blend so different to her own and to hear her tame her tendency to wail.
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Posted on 19 November 2012
Amy Winehouse's family and friends have been left devastated after thieves raided the late singer's Camden home, taking off with £130,000 worth of dresses, including the gown she wore on her wedding day in 2006. Several of the pieces were set to be auctioned in New York later this year to raise money for the family's charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation.
According to the London Evening Standard, a newsprint cocktail dress that she famously wore on the Jools Holland show in 2006 was also taken from the house, where she died last year. The wedding dress had a predicted value of $100,000, while the 'Jools' dress would have raised around £30,000. Amy's father Mitch said he was "baffled" as to why the thieves had not gone for the more valuable designer dresses, saying, "Her wedding dress was only a little cotton thing, a hundred quid at best in the shops. Whoever nicked it realised its significance and knew it had an extra value." In theory he's right, though the designer dresses would no doubt have been easier to sell-on. The dress she wore on the Jools Holland show is pretty recognisable and - like famous works of art - has a decent chance of showing up eventually. Mitch added, "It's sickening that someone would steal something in the knowledge of its sentimental value."
The Grammy award winning singer was found dead on July 23, last year. Traces of the alcohol withdrawal drug Librium were found in her body, though there were no signs of illegal drugs.
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Posted on 25 October 2012
By Rich Cline
This third part in Temple's trilogy about British music in the 1970s (after The Filth & the Fury and The Future Is Unwritten) inventively documents both a town and a group of musicians. And like the other docs, this one is mainly for fans.
Canvey Island in the Thames estuary is known as Oil City for the refinery that dominates the horizon. It's also a scruffy beach community and home to the members of Dr Feelgood. Lee, Wilko, Figure (Martin) and Sparko (Sparkes) started playing music out of camaraderie and boredom, then realised it might be a way off the island when their distinctive style caught on in 1973. Without trying to build a slick image as a band, they made it onto the cover of NME before they even had a recording contract.
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