Keane (England)

This week featuring England


Keane are an English alternative rock band formed in Battle, East Sussex in 1997.  The band achieved mainstream success with the release of their debut album “Hopes and Fears” in 2004.  The album won multiple awards and was the second best selling British album of the year.  Their second album “under the Iron Sea” continued the bands success.  Keane released their third album “perfect Symmetry” in 2008.  This album also won awards and had chart success.  The band is currently recording their new album for a 2012 release.  Lead singer Tom Chaplin said that the sound of the new album is geared more towards pop, following the success of their third album.  The single “Somewhere only we know”  from 2004 is one of my favourite songs.


Edublog Awards

I have a nomination for the Edublog Awards:

Best Student Blog: kylesdailybulletin

Kyle Watson is a 15 year old who loves to follow the news.  He posts the most important news story each day, which he writes and edits himself.  The blog tag line is news-simplified.

If you enjoy his blog please nominate.

The Last Shadow Puppets (England)

This week featuring England


The Last Shadow Puppets consist of Alex Turner of the Artic Monkeys, Miles Kane formely of The Rascals and composer/producer James Ford.  The band formed in 2007 and released their first album “The Age of the Understatement” in 2008 – the album went straight to #1 on the UK charts.  The band won Best New Act at the Q Awards.  The members have expressed interest in recording a new album but have not yet set a date.  Turner is still with Artic Monkeys and Kane is pursuing a solo career.  Together I think they are outstanding and I hope they record a second album soon.

The Kooks (England)

This week featuring England


The Kooks are an English indie rock band formed in Brighton in 2001.  Their debut album “Inside In/Inside Out” was released in 2006.  The album was successful especially in the UK, Australia and Ireland.  The bands second album “Konk” was released in 2008 debuting #1 on the UK charts.  Their latest album “Junk of Heart” was released Sept, 2011 and has done well on charts across the world.  The Kooks music is primarily influenced by the 1960’s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium.  This song is one of my most listened to on my ipod , so I thought I would share it with everyone! The Kooks are on tour right now and can seen in the US, UK, Australia and Japan.

British Sea Power (England)

The week featuring England


British Sea Power are an indie rock band based in Brighton.  The bands first album “The Decline of British Sea Power” was released in 2003 to critical acclaim.  Their second album “Open Season” released in 2004 also enjoyed wide critical praise with success on the charts.  “Do you like Rock Music” was released in 2008 and the band went on a vast tour of six countries.  In 2009 the band recorded a soundtrack to the documentary “Man of Aran”  The album “Valhalla Dancehall” was released 2011.  British Sea Power has a style of music that ranges from the sweeping, often epic, guitar pop to eccentric indie rock.

Alternative Music from England

England has had an impact on music disproportionate to its size, due to its linguistic and cultural links with many countries and its capacity for invention, innovation and fusion.  Many forms of popular music have flourished here.  This little nation has a large music industry and a huge number of musicians are coming to the fore right now.  England is exporting more music than they have done in many years.  I am going to feature some of the great bands of England today, but there are so many that I would need to revisit this nation.

Freshly Ground (South Africa)

This week featuring South Africa


This seven piece band formed in Cape Town in 2002, has members from all across South Africa including one from Mozambique.  They have created a signature sound overtly rooted in Afro-Pop.  The band released their debut album in 2003 to commercial success.  In 2004 they released their very successful album “Nomvula” and “Ma’Cheri” was released in 2007.  Their latest album “Radio Africa” was released in 2010.  A song by Pop star “Shakira” and Freshly Ground was the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  The song was titled “Waka Waka”.  The band is currently on a “South African Tour 2011”.

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