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Mercury Prize 2011 Nominees

This year's shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year was announced in London this morning. A group of industry experts will select the winner, who will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland 9/6. Winner also gets £20k. (Last year's winner was the xx.) Here are your nominees:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2011

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Friday Recap

The beautiful thing about a festival like Pitchfork is the genre-spanning curating: The principal principle is a commitment to independent-minded music, and from that viewpoint Pitchfork succeeds in booking the year's best lineup for those whose RSS feeds are dominated by MP3 blogs and Google searches most frequently include the term ".rar". The difficulty come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 16, 2011

Watch James Blake Play Fallon

Last night James Blake made his American television debut with a performance of "The Wilhelm Scream" on Jimmy Fallon. Blake pulls a Pecknold when it's time to shake Fallon's hand. More »

By: brandon / July 15, 2011

Optimus Alive! 2011 In Photos

Optimus Alive! went down in Passeio Marítimo de Alges in Portugal over the weekend. Headliners included Coldplay and Jane's Addiction. The riverside fest had a nice mix of nostalgia (Stooges, Blondie) and fresh electronic sounds (James Blake, Duck Sauce) too, but while Primal Scream got to play Screamadelica front to back, the Pretty Reckless didn't… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 11, 2011

James Blake – “Order”/”Pan”

Listen to "Order" b/w "Pan" the forthcoming instrumental dub-stepped 12" by the peoples' favorite James Blake. Both are dark, slo-mo, and mysterious. "Pan"'s vaguely industrial innards are enjoyable. More »

By: brandon / July 1, 2011

James Blake @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles 5/24/11

Before his show at Hollywood Forever last night, James Blake rolled around the Cemetery grounds while shadowed by photographer Graeme Flegenheimer. They spent some time near the tombstone of Johnny Ramone, a day after Joni Mitchell saw him do "A Case Of You" at the Troubadour, making for a fairly interesting inter-generational weekend i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 25, 2011

The 7 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we've got new clips from Depeche Mode, James Blake, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Princeton, and Alcoholic Faith Mission. The Depeche Mode clip is directed by Patrick Daughters. He's one of my favorite directors, but it looks like he's been focusing on commercials more and more. The Alcoholic Faith Mission video has been out for… More »

By: jessica / May 20, 2011

James Blake – “Lindisfarne” Video

This uncomfortable video combines parts 1 & 2 of James Blake's "Lindisfarne" suite to tell a story about friends making some sort of ritual or pact with each other. (Lindisfarne is a tiny English island with a population of under 200 residents.) Director Martin de Thurah also helmed Blake's video for "The Limit ToMore »

By: jessica / May 17, 2011

James Blake Debuts “Heartbreak” In D.C.

It's a muffled recording, but a new song from post-dubstep poster boy James Blake got its premiere last night at Washington D.C.'s Rock and Roll Hotel. The song's got Blake's voice out front, singing sensitively at his keyboard with torch held high ala his Joni cover, and the crowd greeting its fragile sentiment with some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 9, 2011

SXSW Friday: Featuring James Blake, Odd Future, Esben & The Witch, Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie

Click on for some thoughts and sights from a very busy Friday in Austin. Tonight's the last night here, so if you need some guidance please refer to our list of must-see bands, or our favorite moments from Wednesday and Thursday. And if you're looking for a way to close out your… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 19, 2011

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What's the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011

James Blake – “What Was It You Said About Luck”

James Blake's "What Was It You Said About Luck," the b-side to the forthcoming 12" single-release of his self-titled debut LP's "The Wilhelm Scream," follows the formula of heatfelt and emotive piano confession adulterated and adorned by tricksy, late-breaking production. It's out via Atlas in the UK and is due via Universal Republic here. For… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 7, 2011

James Blake – “Love What Happened Here”

Here's a non-James Blake James Blake track that premiered on the Benji B show in the UK (via Abeano), focusing on all manner of keyboard sounds and rim clicks, choppily manipulated vocals and still plenty of space between it all. More of a production-number than the songwriter fare his debut pulled together, which make… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 17, 2011

James Blake – “A Case Of You” (Joni Mitchell Cover)

Dubstep is having its closeup thanks to the name and face and LP titled James Blake. Genre genealogists are debating dubstep's lineage and where this young man fits, while Blake is signing to Universal Republic in the States and slowly continues to clarify his intentions for the spacious, bent brand of beat pop he'… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 10, 2011

Stream James Blake’s LP, Read Its Tweets

James Blake's debut self-titled LP comes out tomorrow, but you can stream it early at Dutch broadcaster VPRO's website. While enjoying the new album you can click over to writer and Mr. Dream drummer Nick Sylvester's Twitter (@rifftrafft), where he wrote a stream of Tweets as the James Blake album. Here'… More »

By: jessica / February 7, 2011

James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream” Video

James Blake performed "The Wilhelm Scream" for BBC Radio 1 a couple weeks back. This album/video version feels far more intimate, probably because the swell in the second half feels like you've got your hands cupped over your ears here, instead of the static-and-paranoia crunch of the BBC version. The video is just Blake… More »

By: jessica / February 1, 2011

Watch James Blake Live At The BBC

Dubstep's journey from off-kilter production houses to the media-trend-piece radar is best captured by the name James Blake. Literally. Think back a few years to Burial's willful obfuscation -- oblique project moniker, zero press photos -- and here's dubstep's poster child mk. 2011: not just a proper name but also a face, blurred atMore »

By: Amrit Singh / January 14, 2011

Hear Gold Panda’s Live Session for BBC1, Download A Passion Pit Remix

It was a breakout year for British beatmaker Gold Panda, whose remixes and singles rippled around 2009 and whose debut full-length Lucky Shiner was one of this year's finest. When live, he summons his samples and constructs his beats from the floor up, which makes this two-song Maida Vale session for Ro… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 13, 2010

The 11 Best Videos Of The Week

Just like last week, here are this week's attention-worthy videos. New ones from Serena-Maneesh, Antony and the Johnsons, Gatekeeper, Gordon Voidwell, James Blake, Kid Cudi, Mark Ronson, Torche, and Warpaint, along with a cute/creepy kid video from Foals and a cute, not-creepy cat filled video from Holy Fuck. Enjoy:… More »

By: jessica / October 15, 2010

James Blake – “The Limit To Your Love” (Feist Cover) Video

James's spellbinding cover of Feist's "The Limit To Your Love" gives a clean look at the experimental UK producer remarkable voice, a remarkable pristine and powerful thing for someone spending so much time rearranging the spatial configurations of beats, bass, and vocals in his own first rate songs and triptych of 2010 EPs. It… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 12, 2010