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Tuesday, 31 March 2009
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Today, Keane are in Marseille, France to play a special show for Virgin Radio. The station will be broadcasting three of their songs live, with the band due on stage at around 9.50pm French time.
The three songs - intimate renditions of Somewhere Only We Know, Perfect Symmetry and The Lovers Are Losing - will be released on CD exclusively via Borders stores and across all US digital retailers. Previous Cherrytree Sessions have been recorded by Lady Gaga, Feist and Robyn.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
That particular joke may be drying up, too, though, since even Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol has told Keane that he thought they were brave to release Spiralling. The band were initially unsure about it. Rice-Oxley, who writes all the songs for Chaplin to sing, says: “I played the demo to the others and they said ‘Ye-ah, sounds like it could be good’, which is Keanespeak for ‘it doesn’t sound very good at all’. It felt a bit scary I suppose. But I love all that stuff: that big snare sound is from Man in the Mirror [Michael Jackson], and the song was inspired by When Doves Cry [Prince] and that song, Magic Dance, from Labyrinth, which I love. It took a while to convince everyone that it wasn’t just a bad joke.”
Thursday, 26 March 2009
As you know, on the evening of April 2nd Keane are making history with the world’s first ever live webcast in 3D. Special Keane 3D glasses have been given away with 7-inch copies of Better Than This. But if you'd like to make your own, then we've knocked together this template for you (to print it, right-click the instructions, then select "view image" or "show picture", then print).
Email us a picture of how you get on to firstname.lastname@example.org...
And if you really can't find any coloured cellophane, then one alternative is to use felt tip/fibre pens to colour a red and a blue patch on a clear plastic CD case, then look through that - not perfect, but it should work!
Friday, 20 March 2009
Well, here's a Friday treat for you. It's Mr Tim Rice-Oxley performing a song for your delectation. Here's what Tim has to say about it:
We had a couple of days off in Rio at the end of our wonderful Latin American tour. In between swimming in the sea and drinking coconut water on the beach I thought it would be nice to record a cover version to keep my musical brain ticking over. It's pretty rough and ready but I really loved doing it and I hope you enjoy it.
what can I say? OMG! He's amazing and these days I seem to think more about him and being SOOO in love with him :D
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
If you've already got hold of a pair of Keane 3D glasses with the 7-inch of Better Than This, then you can test them out on the picture above, which should come bursting out at you in full 3D glory.
If you don't yet have a pair, you can get them with the 7-inch from the Keane shop here or from HMV.com here. We'll also be giving you instructions on how to craft some home-made 3D glasses, in the next few days.
(Big thanks to Inition for 3D-ifying the photo.)
Gotta do mine...lol
Keane - Better Than This
Keane at Taratata - Again and Again plus interview
Everyday People live duet with tom chaplin and Raphael Saadiq@ Taratata 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
These are just two from a cool bunch of beautiful pics from Mr. Hughes. I you wanna see all click here. Enjoy them!
Monday, 16 March 2009
Click the links below if you'd like to buy it (and, remember, the 7-inch comes with 3D glasses for the 3D webcast on April 2nd).
Saturday, 14 March 2009
5 years have passed since their debut with SOWK on the European charts. But very quickly, Tom, Tim and Richard have been critisized by the press. The journalists were saying that Keane was copying what did Coldplay. Then journalists found also that their music was too much characterless because they use piano instead of big rock guitar. But yet, they have sold 5 million of their first album H&F, which contains other huge singles like Everybody's changing. 2 years later, in 2006, their second album UTIS has been, as it came out, instantly placed on the top of the British charts, helped by the clip Is it any wonder ? with its nice melody and its fantastic clip with the cameras that turn on all directions. And in 2006 also, Keane is invited for the first time by Taratata and come telling what they are reading in their Cristal ball (bad joke from the presenter ! lol). In any case, says the presenter, what I can read in my cristal ball, even if our 3 guys are still some kids () is that they had influences very 80s, like Depeche mode from where they made the cover of Enjoy the silence. Amonsgt the other sources of inspiration for Keane, we can find Ultravox. And then, the presenter continues, on their last album, there is one song that makes immediately thinks of Ashes to ashes, from David Bowie. Another possible influence is Tears for fears, even if the guys were very young at that time. In any case, one thing for sure, is that they like very much the band The Cult, from whom they made the cover of She sells sanctuary, a song that dating from 1985. At the end of 2007, in the great tradition of the 80s Festivals for Charity, like Live Aid, Keane has supported a gig for WarChild, an organisation that helps kids victims of the wars. They made a very nice action for charity, and also a very nice cover of Under pressure. All this matters brings us to their 3rd album, Perfect symmetry, proced by another great 80s fan, Stuart Price, who worked a lot with Madonna. In UK, the album has been announced by a "robotic" clip. Until now, Keane has been not very much appreciated by American audience (), and the fact that The lovers are losing is an excellent song but with a very bad clip has not helped. Regarding the story of the clip, we could think that we are in the 80s. But we can forgiven because the song is really great. And... btw guys, with your huge passion for 80s, you surely have the impression the be born 20 years too late, no ?
And here is the link to Again and again : http://www.sendspace.com/file/otp0fe
The interview : http://www.sendspace.com/file/nk56qf
And finally, the duet of Tom with Raphael Saadiq "Everyday people" : http://www.sendspace.com/file/kk15ga
All of you can watch the video of "Everyday People" here and the lyrics here.
Friday, 13 March 2009
Till now I just found cool vids :D Hope you like them.
Isn't Tim so cute and a gentleman?
Thursday, 12 March 2009
RH: alex. artist; photographer; long-term keane collaborator. where are you right now?
AL: I'm in Brazil. I am in Tim's hotel room with you, Jesse and a [possibly slightly] drunken journalist. As. You. Do.
RH: cool. why do we have the pleasure of your company?
AL: Cos I am here to take lovely photos of your time in brazil, and if you have your way with me, as you have tonight, make me drink irresponsible amounts of alcohol on a school night.
RH: sorry about that. it's tim's fault, as usual. So what kind of glamorous evening have you had? presumably something pretty amazing?
AL: Yes of course. Y'know, the usual faces. What can I say about those that you and they haven't heard before? Oh, how we laughed... No, for me the highlight was 24 hours of travel to wind up in a Brazilian strip mall riding on Tim's back trying to joust someone off Jesse's shoulders after a wee dram or two. Erm, or something like that. Did I mention I love these guys? Oh dear. Oh dear me very much. I should be working or sleeping but I don't know where I am.
RH: on that note, i'm gonna post a couple of pics that i took on the way back, and say g'night. see you tomorrow, folks!
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
If you missed the gig you can downlod the audio here:
with the Peruvian cajón...
3D glasses are available from the brand new keanemusic.com shop with the 7-inch of the new single Better Than This, which is out on 16th March. (We're also hoping to show you how to make your own 3D glasses.)
still feel rubbish, but have had the lensbaby out (it's a weird lens that throws the focus into a strange pattern, as you will see).
also took a few pics of the skyline last night, in this crazy, busy, massive city.
oh, and thanks for the cakes - as promised, here are a couple of the pics.
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is collaborating with Island founder Chris Blackwell to arrange the Island 50 festival, which will kick off in May 2009 with ‘ISLAND LIFE’ – a week of live shows by Island artists past and present taking place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. One of those shows will be headlined by Keane on 30th May. Also playing that night will be The Tom Tom Club and Ladyhawke.
Tickets go on general sale from Island50.com and other agents from 9am on Friday 13th March. But we have managed to bag a special allocation of tickets for you folks, which will be sold via a km.com pre-sale, tomorrow (Wed) at 9am. Click here from 9am to access it.
If you miss out on that, sign up to the mailing list at Island50.com to be part of a further exclusive ticket pre-sale from 9am on Thursday 12th March.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
This is a NEWFLASH!!!
You can listen at today's Keane gig en Argentina here:
Just clik on "radio en vivo".
Friday, 6 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
TWO MORE FESTIVAL SHOWS
Yes, we've two more summer 2009 festival Keane shows to announce. They are as follows:
31st May - Pinkpop, Landgraaf, Netherlands Click for info
20th June - TW Classic, Werchter, Belgium Click for info
NEW SINGLE'S ARTWORK REVEALED - PRE-ORDER THE 7-INCH
Here is the artwork for Keane's new single, Better Than This, which is out on 16th March. If you'd like to see it bigger, right-click it and select "view image" or "show picture". And if you'd like to pre-order the 7-inch single from HMV.com, then click here.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
The terrific rock music and pop culture website The Quietus (http://www.thequietus.com/) has just posted a really nice interview with Tim in which he discusses the band's trips on the night train to Berlin, as part of the site's Things I've Learned feature. Click here to check it out.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Bogotá / tuesday / 1108
this is a lovely city. we went for a wander round the old town, then up the teleferico. it was a good day!
A few pics from various places in Mexico...