Spotify new releases playlist: Nine Inch Nails, The Naked and Famous, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & more

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night and we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

Today’s albums available to stream from the review section:

Nine Inch Nail’s eighth studio album Hesitation Marks – “an excellent addition to the Reznor canon.”

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ self-titled third album – “All too often, the band’s best efforts sound like thinly disguised pastiche.”

The Naked and Famous’ second album In Rolling Waves – “The New Zealand quintet… are likely to see their fan base swell with this assured, polished second album.”

Rizzle Kicks’ second effort Roaring 20s – “the pair have plenty to say about the trials and tribulations of modern life”

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The most awkward band interviews of all-time

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There’s a recent iHeartRadio video interview with Major Lazer passing around the internet at the moment, that’s being called IThe Worst Band Interview Of All-Time.

As can happen frequently, the band were tired and disinterested in the interview, and Kennedy, the interviewer, attempts to rile them up through sarcasm but fails spectacularly. When she asks “who’s the most annoying person you’ve worked with in the last two years?,” you know the inevitable is coming. “Probably you,” Diplo retorts.

Though the interview is full of cringe, it’s not the most awkward music interview of all-time. For that title, there are a few obvious contenders.

Sigur Ros on NPR

5 minutes and 48 seconds of full-on cringe. When the host of The Bryant Park Project attempts to engage with the Icelandic band on air in 2007, they refuse to play ball leading to lots of awkward silence and monosyllabic answers.
Best bit: Interviewer: “How do you create a song?” Jonsi: “We just sit down and create a song.”

The Bee Gees on Clive Anderson

It’s awkward but it’s also one of the funniest around. Anderson spends the entire interview trying to upset the band by using their falsettos as the butt of his jokes.
Best bit: Barry Gibb: “Before we were the Bee Gees we were Les Tosseurs.” Anderson: ‘You’ll always be Les Tosseurs to me.”

Billy Bob Thornton on QTV

When Billy Bob appears on a Montreal radio station with his band The Boxmasters, he banned any question about his acting career. While the interviewer Jian Ghomeshi tries to engage Thornton about the band’s music after briefly mentioning his acting success, he answers with a deliberate confusion while his band soldier on.
Best bit: Interviewer: “Billy Bob, the band formed in the last couple of years right?” Billy Bob: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know what you mean by that.”

Rivers Cuomo on Recovery

Jet lag and TV interviews do not mix. Weezer’s lead singer can hardly look at the Australian interviewer Dylan Lewis, never mind answer his dumb questions.
Best bit: Q: “Is it just a blokey thing you are doing, forming a band?” Rivers: Incoherent mumbles.

Madonna On Letterman

In 1994, Madonna was introduced on Late Night as a singer who has “slept with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry”. Madonna calls him a “sick f**k” pretty quickly after that the interview degenerates into an uncomfortable watch.
Best bit: That opening salvo which sets up the whole thing.

James Brown drunk

A drunk or high (or possibly both) James Brown appears on a news broadcast to defend himself against accusations of criminal charges. He proceeds to sing and babble incoherently.
Best bit: Brown: (SINGS) “Living in Amerrrrriicaaaaa” to the opening question.

Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy

At a time when obscenities were not uttered on national TV, the Sex Pistols are interviewed by Bill Grundy and let the expletives fly.

Best bit:
Steve Jones : “You dirty sod. You dirty old man.”
Grundy: “Go on you’ve got another five seconds, say something else outrageous.”
Jones: “You dirty bastard. You dirty f**ker. What a f**king rotter.”

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Win tickets to Electric Picnic 2013

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To celebrate Day & Night Magazine’s ‘‘Electric Picnic’’ Special Edition, which came out Friday 23rd August, we have teamed up with BACARDÍ to offer a pair of camping tickets to the festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, from August 30th – September 1st . Tickets include exclusive access to the Casa BACARDÍ VIP area where you can enjoy some great tasting complimentary BACARDÍ cocktails.

Included in this year’s CASA BACARDÍ line up is Nicky Siano, Hercules & Love Affair, A-Skillz, Krystal Klear, Friendly Fires, Aeroplane and many more.

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Spotify new releases playlist: Tired Pony, Julia Holter, Laura Veirs & Elvis At Stax

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night and we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

Today’s albums available to stream from the review section are REM’s former guitarist Peter Buck’s teams up with Gary Lightbody again on Tired Pony which is perhaps a fitting name (“one can’t help but feel that all participants are staying well within their comfort zones.”), the third album Loud City Song from Julia Holter (” a rare talent as well as a hugely creative one”), Laura Veirs’ ninth album Warp and Weft (” her writing makes that of many of her contemporaries look terribly pedestrian”) and an Elvis Presley album, Elvis at Stax (“culled from sessions he recorded on his home turf at the venerable Stax Studio in Memphis in 1973″).

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In this week’s Day & Night, we meet the stars of KICK ASS 2…

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In this week’s Day & Night, we meet the stars of KICK ASS 2, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Chloe Moretz. How does the superhero sequel measure up to the hit status of its predecessor?

PLUS
Matt Damon talks Elysium, a dystopian future and bulking up to play the world’s only hope for survival.

Franz Ferdinand are back with a new album and a slot at Electric Picnic. Eamon Sweeney meets them.

AND James frontman Tim Booth on the drugs that nearly ravaged the band.

All that in Friday’s Day & Night, your entertainment guide.

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