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Despite Noel Gallagher’s determined declaration last year that Oasis would never give away an album à la Radiohead, the band are about to embrace the growing free music culture by allowing fans to listen to their new album on MySpace.
Stopping short of giving away Dig Out Your Soul, Oasis have announced they will post their much-anticipated seventh studio album on social networking website MySpace ahead of its release date next Monday.
The album will be posted in its entirety at midday tomorrow and will remain on the site, allowing fans to listen for free, for the rest of the week.
Frontman Gallagher had previously balked at the decline of music sales and rise of reputable bands, including Coldplay, giving away tracks online. Related Links
After Radiohead’s history-making decision to make the album In Rainbows available via an ‘honesty box system’ last year, Gallagher publicly declared: "I didn't spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America and the most expensive graphic designer in London, to then give it away. F*** that."
But he conceded that it might have been a clever thinking by Radiohead. “To be honest, to me it looked like marketing – a great way of getting a load of marketing for free really. But good for them. That's what they do, they're rebels and outsiders.”
Oasis, themselves often considered rebels, need little publicity, having rarely strayed from the news over the past month since Gallagher was attacked on stage during a performance in Canada.
Touring to promote Dig Out Your Soul, the 41-year-old was attacked on September 8 while performing at the V Festival in Toronto. A man rushed the stage and shoved Gallagher into his monitor speakers, leaving the singer in need of hospital treatment.
The band has since cancelled a series of gigs but become a constant media presence after a man was charged with assault and Gallagher was diagnosed with broken and dislodged ribs.
Dig Out Your Soul is expected to top the music charts after the band’s previous six albums all made it to No. 1.
Paul Weller is to release a four-CD set of rare and live tracks spanning the length of his solo career.
Noel Gallagher, Bobby Gillespie and Tim Burgess have contributed to the set
The 74 songs on 'Weller At The BBC' were recorded by the former Jam man during exclusive sessions and live shows for the corporation between 1990 and 2008.
The release features covers of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and Rose Royce's 'Wishing On A Star'.
Oasis' Noel Gallagher appears on a live version of Weller's adaptation of Dr John's 'I Walk On Gilded Splinters', as he does on the 1995 recorded version.
Other highlights include a previously-unreleased cover of Ronnie Lane's 'The Poacher', recorded for BBC Radio 1's Evening Session in 1997, and recordings from Weller's 1995 headline appearance at the Phoenix Festival.
Musicians including Gallagher, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and The Charlatans' Tim Burgess have been interviewed for a 64-page booklet that will accompanying the album.
The full tracklisting for 'Weller At The BBC' can be seen HERE
With a new album looming, Oasis's battling brothers show a rare moment of compassion after onstage attack.
Noel Gallagher had been looking forward to Toronto all week.
That's what the fellow managing his affairs -- and his security -- told me backstage at the Pengrowth Saddledome as we sat in a drab, dimly lit room waiting to interview the leader of the British band Oasis.
Gallagher, 41, seemed relaxed, in good spirits and as cocky as ever Aug. 30 at the 'Dome. He had just run through a satisfactory soundcheck hours before the band's impressive show that evening and he was keen to talk up the group's latest disc Dig Out Your Soul, set to hit stores on Oct. 6.
But, according to his burly and quite jovial handler, the guitarist was most excited about playing Toronto's Virgin Festival on Sept. 7. Also on the bill that day was Welsh group Stereophonics and singer-songwriter Paul Weller, one of Noel's best friends, and it was indicated that when Oasis reunited with their mates they planned to "go a bit mad," as we might expect from the royal bad lads of British rock.
Those plans changed on the day of the gig when a fan tackled Noel onstage during Oasis's set, slamming him into a monitor speaker and breaking three of his ribs. Subsequently, the band wound up cancelling several weeks worth of shows through the end of September.
If there was a plus side to the incident, perhaps it was in forcing Noel and his younger sibling Liam, the thuggish 36-year-old singer in Oasis, to actually show each other a scrap of brotherly affection.
"I thought (Noel) had been stabbed," admitted Liam in an interview with MTV2. "It was f--king dark . . . but it could have been a lot worse. That's the way I look at it."
Liam, who had to be restrained from attacking Noel's assailant, added he vowed to protect his brother in the future. "It won't be happening again, I can assure you of that."
It was a different story in Calgary -- or, rather, the same old story between the eternally embattled brothers -- when Noel was interviewed backstage.
When it was noted, for example, that Liam's songwriting seemed to be improving with each record -- the singer wrote three of the 11 tracks on Dig Out Your Soul -- Noel was dismissive. "It's about time he got his thing down," he said. "I've been writing songs for this band since Day 1. He's been writing for three years. (Actually, it's more like eight. Liam's first song on an Oasis record was on 2000's Standing On The Shoulder of Giants)."
"He wants a pat on the back for that," Noel added with a smirk.
But when Oasis was formed in rough, working-class Manchester back in 1991, didn't Noel join his little brother's band on the condition that he would be the leader and the sole songwriter?
That's a myth, insists Noel. "In the beginning, we were all writing songs," he says. "It's just that I was writing more and mine were better than anybody else's, so everybody kind of took a back seat, which suited me. . . . It just so happens I've got this outrageous cross to bear. I'm extremely talented."
It isn't only Liam who's now contributing songs to Oasis albums either. On recent releases, including the new disc, guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell have also notched up a few songwriting credits. It's been suggested that this has been to the detriment of the band -- that Noel is, and has always been, the brains and the driving force behind Oasis creatively -- and as such he should keep hold of the reins.
As far as being the dominant talent in the band, Noel couldn't agree more. "That's just a fact," were his exact words. But he's emphatic that he never wanted the responsibility of being the band's one guiding light.
"Everybody's got to make a contribution or I may as well go solo," Noel says. "I never wanted that. I always wanted to be in a real band. . . . (I was) f--kin' sick and tired of driving this car. I needed to live a little. From 1991 to 1999 . . . everybody else was getting drug habits and shagging supermodels and what was I doing? Writing f--king lyrics. . . . It was just too much."
Still, Noel continues to be the band's chief songwriter, writing more than half of Dig Out Your Soul, which takes Oasis in a heavier, more groove-laden direction than on their more recent efforts. As well, Noel's songs are almost always given a higher profile than those of his bandmates, being chosen as singles and dominating the Oasis live show.
Does Liam in particular, ever at odds with his brother, occasionally bristle at this? Should we expect him to one day break out on his own and release a solo record?
"He should do it, because he's got enough songs and they're good enough," Noel says. "But I don't think he ever will."
And why is that?
Noel's reply was delivered with a sneer. "Because he's a coward. You've got to have the balls and put 'em on the line . . . I think he likes the shield of Oasis."
If the Gallagher brothers' antagonistic attitude toward one another is an act, they deserve an Oscar. They truly do seem to dislike one another, with Liam giving as good as he gets. In recent interviews Liam has been quoted slagging his brother's singing voice (Noel takes lead vocals occasionally) and he bitterly told one journalist: "(Noel) wants to be me. I don't want to be him."
When I asked Noel if he'd ever consider writing a song with his brother, he scoffed: "We barely speak to each other let alone write f--king songs together."
It makes one wonder how they possibly function as a band, or otherwise. But then, their relationship has always been such, Noel says, going back to -- well, to Liam's birth apparently.
"I had my own room before he came along," says Noel, with a trace of sarcasm. "I had to share my room with him . . . and I've always resented him for that."
If there's one area where the Gallagher brothers have showed somewhat of a united front it's in their shared derision for the sort of art-school indie rock acts that are so embraced by critics -- the same critics who have frequently written Oasis off as a Beatles-obsessed retro band whose tunes are filled with vague, nonsensical lyrics.
"I don't consider myself to be a great lyricist," Noel admits. "But I often find the great lyricists are s--t songwriters. Pete Doherty is a great lyricist. Hum me one of his tunes right now. . . . There's (great songwriters who were also great lyricists) like John Lennon and Bob Dylan, but they're few and far between."
According to Noel, the press has never been overly fond of Oasis, even in the mid-'90s when they were hyped as the band that saved rock and roll (a claim the Gallaghers themselves made frequently, and with much amusing arrogance). "We were the best band in the world," Noel maintains. "You couldn't touch us between '94 and '96. No one could."
But Noel is quick to add that a huge part of the massive success Oasis enjoyed was timing, with the band coming along at the tail end of the grunge heyday, an era that largely took the fun out of rock, the guitarist believes. "It was just that nihilistic attitude towards life," Noel says with a look of distaste. "(Nirvana's) Kurt Cobain blowing his head off, for instance. Just divorce the b---h, man, don't kill yourself. . . . But we came along with a great album and our attitude was completely the opposite of where popular culture was at that time. . . . Things ebb and flow and it all goes in circles.
"Now, for instance, all that optimism of what the press then termed as 'Britpop' has been replaced with cynicism and all this art-school nothingness. But that was a reaction to what was going on in the '90s and it will change again."
While it was clear that Noel's ego remained mighty the week leading up to his injury in Toronto, he also seemed more grounded than when the band first stormed through North America in their younger days. "I know my limitations as a musician and a songwriter," he said, uncharacteristically humble. "(Oasis), we're not the best band in the world and we're not the worst. But regular people get us. . . . I assume it's because they can relate to us in some way, which still amazes me.
"More people get us in England than any other group, and the press -- because it's inhabited by middle-class art students -- finds that offensive in a way. Which I kind of like."
The Oasis guitarist and all-round rock legend will be chatting with Xfm London's Dave Berry live on Wednesday October 1. Find out how those ribs are...
With the new Oasis album due next week, Xfm are definitely mad fer it. And, to mark the occasion, Noel Gallagher will be dropping by Xfm London to sit in on Dave Berry's Drivetime Show from 4pm for a good old bit of banter. Expect some revelations about 'Dig Out Your Soul', those cancelled shows, and possibly a few digs at the rest of the musical universe.
And if you're not in London, or miss out, don't forget you can Listen Again to every Xfm show here.
What's more, Steve Harris will be playing some of those brand new Oasis tracks from 7pm throughout his Evening Show.
And while we're in the midst of total Oasis hysteria, get your Gallagher bros hat on and play our 'Beat The Intro' game right here.
Turning 48 yesterday, I realised the only Creation band that I still get excited about is Oasis. And who wouldn't? The band contains two world-class songwriters, and two great ones, and their new release Dig Out Your Soul is truly tremendous. It's as if they have re-imagined their discography and made their true follow-up to What's the Story Morning Glory, completing the elusive and perfect rock'n'roll trilogy that began with Definitely Maybe.
The music world needs Oasis at this moment, a band with more personality and more amusing quips than any British band for at least 10 years. Throughout their history Oasis have captured the pop zeitgeist (and my personal zeitgeist) as a band that combine the best elements of the Beatles and Sex Pistols to emerge as this generation's Rolling Stones.
"Better than Morning Glory", has become many a critic's meme when reviewing post-Morning Glory Oasis albums, thrown into reviews in a random fashion as a desperate bid to return the band to the halcyon days of old. You know what? Dig Out Your Soul is the best Oasis album since What's the Story Morning Glory. Easy.
The signs were good when I met up with the Gallagher brothers last year in Los Angeles. We discussed music and, curiously, Noel told me how much he liked Glasvegas. I was surprised that he had heard of them at that point. The evening fell into typical Oasis debauchery: hanging out with Brody Dalle and Biffy Clyro and ending up in a dub club in east LA with Oasis participating in a stage invasion. The surreal nature of being Noel Gallagher must be bizarre. Noel, at his best, writes songs about pure escapism, northern ambition and transcending class culture, all in rock'n'roll Technicolor. The question is: "What do you do when you've achieved all your dreams?" You return to your youth and get back to who you were.
Dig Out Your Soul works because Noel has returned to the original inspiration of his youth for his songwriting. Definitely Maybe was about their dreams of rock'n'roll stardom, Morning Glory was about achieving the dream, Be Here Now was the coked-up aftermath, now Dig Out Your Soul is a glance to a psychedelic yesterday, again. For me, the past five post-Morning Glory albums never captured the magic of the first two. Songs from the past five albums had moments of pop reverberations and incredible songwriting, but were never complete statements. With Dig Out Your Soul, the notorious Oasis brothers have found their mojo. It's back, without a doubt.
Musically, it's a return to the grander ambitions and excess of before, with Noel stating: "But I kind of like fancy! I'd like to make an absolutely fucking colossal album. You know? Like literally two orchestras, stuff like that." Dig Out Your Soul is Oasis at their most baroque and Noel's pure pop ambition sits easily with his experimental side. The album oozes with confidence, and great songs.
Maybe it is their the lucky seventh album? The Beatles and the Stones released Revolver and Beggar's Banquet respectively, both were album number seven, and Dig Out Your Soul is on a par of with both in terms of classic songwriting. Or maybe it was his musical peer Paul Weller who inspired Noel to turn his back on Britpop and take a more eclectic direction after Weller's own opus of 22 Dreams? Noel Gallagher has said that Shock of the Lightning was the only song that had "Oasis single status" as the rest is far removed from the sound of Oasis.
I love the decision not to make the album freely available to download, as the Charlatans and Radiohead have. Noel's decision to release the sheet music and lyrics is very Noel; not encouraging free music, but encouraging kids to pick up guitars, learn songs and YouTube them. Or forming a personal army of New York City buskers to perform Dig Out Your Soul - and why not?
These songs are fantastic. From the opening Bag It Up, with the "freaks coming out through the floor", capturing the sound of drug psychosis; the Buffalo Springfield raga glam-stomp of Get Off Your High Horse Lady; the street-fighting vibe of Waiting for the Rapture, the Left Bank psychedelic baroqueness of To Be Where There's Life; the Dear Prudence lift on The Turning - Dig Out Your Soul is the sound of one of Britain's greatest bands at play.
Liam's soulful vocals are utter gems, no longer the one-take hooligan of before, he plays it like a psychedelic Elvis, underpinning the tracks with a commanding presence. Noel's vocal turn on Falling Down is one of the best tracks he has ever sang on. It is subtle, haunting, and full of pure Noel Gallagher magic.
I understand that openly admitting to liking Oasis is inviting confrontation, but you know what? Being an Oasis fan is never having to say I'm sorry. And I'm not. Leave saying sorry to the Coldplay imitators as their era of bedwetter music is over. It's only Glasvegas and Oasis for competition in this country. If you are in a band and are not artistically competing with the creative rock'n'roll genius of Oasis or Glasvegas, it's time to just stop and get off the treadmill. This is how rock'n'roll should be done in the United Kingdom today.
Oasis Announce US Tour Dates In Support Of Their New Album Dig Out Your Soul
Set To Play Madison Square Garden, December 17th
New York, NY – Oasis announce today the American leg of their Dig Out Your Soul world tour. The tour, the band’s first US tour in 3 years, kicks off on December 3 in Oakland, CA and includes the band’s triumphant return to NYC’s Madison Sq. Garden on December 17th. This US tour follows Oasis' biggest ever UK arena tour which sold over 180,000 tickets within an hour of going on sale. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals will be Special Guests on all dates.
Tickets for the Madison Square Garden show goes on sale Friday, October 3 at 10am. Tickets will be available at www.livenation.com. To charge by phone dial 212.307.7171. Tickets will be available at the Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall box offices beginning Saturday, October 4th.
Tickets are priced at $79.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50
Oasis is set to release their seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul on October 7th. The album and the Noel Gallagher penned first single, “The Shock of the Lightning,” mark the first Oasis music to be released on their own Big Brother label. Dig Out Your Soul sees Dave Sardy return to the producer’s chair following his work on their 2005 album, “Don’t Believe The Truth.” Recorded at Abbey Road and mixed in Los Angeles, all four members once again contribute tracks.
For a limited time, every Oasis ticket order made through Ticketmaster, comes with the option to upgrade to a special package containing your concert ticket, the brand new "Dig Out Your Soul" cd, and an exclusive Oasis t-shirt available ONLY in this promotion. www.Ticketmaster.com
Dec. 3: Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Oracle Arena Box Office and charge by phone at (510) 625 8497
Dec. 4: Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, select Macy's stores, WhereHouse Music, Beverley Center, Ritmo Latino, Staples Center Box Office and charge by phone at (213) 480 3232 and (714) 740 2000
Dec. 6: Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, The Pearl Box Office, and charge by phone at (702) 474 4000
Dec. 8: Denver, CO - Broomfield Events Ctr. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, select Macy's stores, select FYE stores, Cherry Creek Shopping Center Guest Services Desk, Official Visitors Center (1600 California St.), Twist & Shout, and charge by phone at (303) 830 8497 & (719) 520 9090.
Dec. 10: Minneapolis, MN - Target Center. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Target Center Box Office and charge by phone at (651) 989 5151
Dec. 12: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, Allstate Arena Box Office and charge by phone at (248) 655 6666
Dec. 13: Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Palace of Auburn Hills Box Office and charge by phone (248) 377 0125
Dec. 15: London, ON - John LaBatt Centre (rescheduled 9/9 date). Tickets available from John Labatt Centre, Fanshawe College BizBooth, The Bookstore at Western, Book Plus & (519) 667 5700
Dec. 17: New York, NY - Madison Sq. Garden. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Madison Square Garden Box Office and charge by phone (212) 465 6000
Dec. 19: Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Center. Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Susquehanna Bank Center Box Office and charge by phone (856) 338 2000, (215) 336 2000, (302) 984 2000 &
Dec. 20: Washington, DC - GMU Patriot Center. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, GMU Patriot Center, 9:30 Club Box Office, Merriweather Post Pavilion Box Office and charge by phone at (703) 993 3000, (800) 551 7328 or (202) 397 7328
Dig Out Your Soul Tops All Downloads on Russian MP3 Site
Popular Russian MP3 Site MusicMp3 added the new Oasis album to their download store last week over a full week ahead of the official release date.
This apparently has not stopped Dig Out Your Soul to climb to number one on the download chart ahead of Kings of Leon and T.I.
Although MusicMp3 is criticised for selling their music catalogue at discount prices (approx 15 cents/song) they have been able to evade legal pressure by the courts in Europe and the US for years and are the last of the big Russian download sites still available on line. The company claims to pay license fees for all the materials subject to the Law of the Russian Federation "On Copyright and Related Rights".
Don't forget to pick up a copy of DOYS at your local Store on Oct. 6th!
Noel Gallagher Has Praise For Blur - Confirms Liverpool Gig
OASIS rocker NOEL GALLAGHER has buried his feud with arch rivals BLUR after 13 years - and confesses he is a fan of their music. The Wonderwall hitmaker had a public falling out with the Parklife stars in 1995, when their records were released on the same day and went head-to-head in the British singles charts.
The two bands have remained enemies ever since, with frontmen Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn often hurling insults at each other in public.Now guitarist Noel Gallagher appears to have forgiven the band - by praising one of their songs.
Talking on British comedian Russell Brand's BBC radio show on Sunday (28Sep08), he described Blur's chart-topping single Beetlebum as "a great tune". Gallagher also confirmed that Oasis' world tour - which was put on hold after he was injured in an onstage attack at the V Festival in Toronto, Canada earlier this month (Sep08) - is back on.
He added: "(My ribs) are on the mend. The next gig is in 10 days in Liverpool (England). I'm not gonna be right for that, it takes another five weeks to heal up, but we've got to start that tour because it'll be two years' work out the window!"
Oasis' tour starts at Liverpool Echo Arena on Oct 7
Oasis will be headlining and closing this year's BBC Electric Proms. The band will play at The Roundhouse in London on Sunday 26th October.
The gig is set to be a special one with Oasis being accompanied by the Crouch End Festival Chorus.
Noel had this to say about the gig, “We are doing the Electric Proms, and we're doing it with the Crouch End Choir as well... there's 50 odd of them...because some of the songs on the album have got a 50 piece choir on them. So we're gonna do a night at the Proms with that lot, it should be good actually… Ennio Morricone uses them for his spaghetti western stuff in England, so I’m already looking forward to that because I’ve never played the Roundhouse and I’ve never done the Proms.”
The Oasis performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 from 9pm on 26th October, and on BBC2 at 22:45pm on the same day. Fans outside the UK can watch the performance for a week after the festival along with photos and interviews at www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms
Tickets will go on sale at 8.15am on Tuesday September 30th. For more info, go to www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms for details.
These are intriguing times for Britain's most totemic rock band, even for those immune to their powers. After years of entrenched positions, Oasis's Gallagher brothers have swapped public roles. Once the pied piper of lairiness, Liam now jogs every morning, cooks salmon and retires early.
For so long the elder statesman, Noel continues to enjoy getting messy out on the town. Even though the debauchery of his Supernova Heights days is avowedly behind him, he's written a song about the high jinks of getting high, with the album opener, 'Bag It Up'.
As their new record's title suggests, Oasis are supplementing the safe rockers - like the singularly unshocking single 'The Shock of the Lightning' - with feints towards what you might call supernova depths. Or rather, an easily assimilable facsimile of depth that doesn't stray too far from the Beatles.
Their seventh album is persuasively psychedelic in parts, however, with more attention than usual to grooves, drones and Fab Four orientalism. This is good news. Dubbed 'krautpop' by Noel, 'Falling Down' actually replays the Chemical Brothers's 'Setting Sun' (on which Noel sang) only with fewer beats, and more haze.
Another track even sceptics might respect is 'Get Off Your High Horse Lady', a bluesy spaghetti Western dirge. Unfortunately, the psychedelics turn into a bad trip on Archer's'To Be Where There's Life', a guitar-free, sitar-sodden Eastern pastiche. From there, you make your own fun, bingo-spotting the references to the Beatles' era - revolutions in heads, butterflies on wheels and the like.
There are more giggles, thanks to Liam, who seemingly can't write a song without the word 'song' in it: it recurs in 'I'm Outta Time', his most vulnerable ballad yet, 'Ain't Got Nothing', and album closer 'Soldier On'. Most priceless of all is the conviction with which Liam voices Andy Bell's song, 'The Nature Of Reality': 'The nature of reality/Is pure subjective fantasy', sneers the singer as he once might have hymned cigarettes and alcohol. Intriguing times, indeed.
Oasis will top the first weekly live-music chart, which will be launched next week, 55 years after the conventional chart, based on record sales, appeared in the UK.
It will measure the popularity of leading artists using data provided by online exchanges, including eBay, Seatwave and Viagogo, which have become the most popular way of buying tickets to gigs. Price comparison site Tixdaq.com is behind the new chart, which will be published in industry bible Music Week
Over the past seven days, more fans have bought tickets to see Oasis, who begin an 18-date UK tour in Liverpool next month, than any other act. US rock band The Kings of Leon are number two in the new chart. Tixdaq.com founder Will Muirhead said: 'Live music has traditionally played second fiddle to records. The Tixdaq.com chart reflects the importance of live music as the fastest-growing sector of the music market.'
Figures from music rights collection society MCPS-PRS last week suggested the live music industry was worth £1.08bn in 2007, not far behind the £1.39bn recorded music market.
The Making Of Dig Out Your Soul - Documentary Video
The preview takes a look behind the scenes of the recording of the new album, 'Dig Out Your Soul'.
The preview is taken from the 'Gold & Silver & Sunshine' documentary, the full-version of which is available on DVD with the Limited Edition album, Box-Set or via digital download from Oasisinet or iTunes.
After the cancellation disappointment for NYC Oasis fans, the All England Club brings you good news. Join us for the official Oasis pre-release listening party next week!
Come down to The Professor's Loft on October 2nd and get mad fer it. We'll play Dig Out Your Soul before its Oct. 7th release date, play a full night of Oasis tunes and we'll have plenty of Oasis giveaways as well. From 9-10pm there will be complimentary Boddington's, and from 12-1am we'll have complimentary Bulldog Gin and Yellowglen Champagne cocktails to keep the festive mood going, and we'll even provide proper English tea sandwiches!
The All England Club presents the Official Oasis Listening Party October 2, 2008 9pm @ The Professor's Loft (219 2nd Ave. @ 14th Street, NYC) Admission: FREE Listening party for Dig Out Your Soul from 9-10pm Oasis giveaways all night- All Oasis tunes all night DJs Cockfosters and Sacha of the morning after girls Complimentary drinks provided by Boddington's Pub Ale, Bulldog Gin, and Yellowglen Champagne Complimentary tea sandwiches provided by Papa Lima Sandwiches RSVP: allenglandclub (at) gmail.com
Our partner site SCYHO had a chance to send their friend Tom to a Big Brother DOYS listening party. Here is Tom's report !
We got to the location in London at 6:15 Wednesday and we were among 15 lucky fans to listen to the new Oasis album twice.
Steve from Big Brother checked the names of the people who else had won a chance to listen to the album, we then walked round the corner to the venue.
They supplied us with free beer and snacks, we then went upstairs to listen to the album. We all sat around some weird oval table it was very business like.
We listened to album twice and then he Steve said he had a surprise for us and got a courier to deliver a CD over with Boy With The Blues, he said we were amongst a handful of people who had listened to it.
Boy With The Blues is better then Ain't Got Nothing and Soldier On, that I had heard earlier in the evening.
It has a choir on it, The song is about 4 minutes 40 long.
"You got nothing to lose, you're the boy with the blues" and "Come together for you" repeated load of times by Liam and his backing singers.
It would make a good album closer and is definitely better than Soldier On,, that I heard twice earlier.
They also played us 'I Believe In All', it's a tune in the vein of Pass Me Down The Wine.
They had one of the deluxe box sets there and it was passed around, I had a look at the lyrics books and the vinyls etc. If you've ordered one you'll be very happy. It's huge.
I also asked Steve from Big Brother about a few things, after the listening.
He said "To Be Where There's Life" version on the bonus disc is them live in the studio.
He also said there is no definite next single lined up....asked him about Wiz being the Director and he just said "how do you know that"
The footage from the rehearsal gig that the band did for fans in London last month is still being edited and there are currently no plans for release.
I also asked how Noel was, he said he has seen him around the Big Brother office and is still in a lot of pain following the attack in Canada..
How I rated the Album, track by track...
Bag It Up - 09/10 The Turning - 10/10 Waiting For The Rapture - 10/10 The Shock Of The Lightning - 09/10 I'm Outta Time - 10/10 (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady - 08/10 Falling Down - 10/10 To Be Where There's Life - 09/10 Ain't Got Nothin' - 07/10 The Nature of Reality - 07/10 Soldier On - 08/10
It's a great album, up there with the best.
We also got given 'The Shock Of The Lightning' on Vinyl, 'Falling Down' CD Promo, Oasis badge, Oasis darts and the NME Promo CD.
Also special thanks to the kind folks at Big Brother!
What's been rumored on various fan forums for quite a long time now is expected to finally become official on Oct 3rd. Pencil in December 17th for the return of Oasis to the 'world's most famous arena' Madison Square Garden.
Our sources tell us that the concert's promoters Live Nation will add a second night (18th) if the gig sells out fast. Stay tuned.
This info has yet to be confirmed by Oasis' management
Oasis can now announce that their special performance at the Gloria Theatre in Cologne has been rescheduled to Friday the 7th November.
The concert, originally set for September 29, was postponed after Noel Gallagher received three broken ribs when he was attacked while performing on stage at a festival in Toronto, Canada.
Oasis' show at the Gloria Theatre is being broadcast live on Eins Live and their radio partners Bremen Vier, Das Ding, MDR Jump, N-Joy, Radio Eins, Unser Ding, and You FM, together with radio stations in twelve other European countries making this the biggest ever live radio broadcast by a single artist in Germany.
Tickets purchased for the show on Sep 29th will remain valid for the new date. Customers who can't attend the show on this day can get a ticket refund - information is available by phoning Tickets Per Post +49 - (069) - 9443660 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will receive preferred treatment if they are filed before Nov 4, 0.00 h
Our track-by-track guide to the band's seventh album...
Oasis are finally back, and Gigwise has the essential track by track guide ahead of the release of their eagerly awaited seventh studio album ‘Dig Out Your Soul’.
We can lay any uncomfortable anxieties to bed straight away because this album goes beyond the realms of what we expected.
The elegantly flowing order creates a feeling of one continuous piece of music and gives a swift slap across the download a song here and there generation. So now for the tracks…
1. Bag It Up - A striking start to the album and a quick insight into the psychedelia that lies within. Faultless changes including the gritty serene pre chorus: “Someone tell me I’m dreaming/The freaks are rising up through the floor,” delivers in a way only Liam could. Then the onslaught of the sleazy charismatic chorus: “Lay your love on the fire when you come on in/ I got my hee-bee-jee-bees in a hidden bag,” adds the final flavour to a filling starter.
2. The Turning - A slightly reticent comedown from the raucous power of the previous five minutes - and an effortlessly flowing transition from it also. A simple patiently building rock ‘n’ roll belter that moves from calmly stroked chords into a cacophony chorus where Liam lets rip.
3. Waiting for the Rapture - John Desmore and Robby Krieger seem to meet the band for Noel Gallagher’s first vocal outing. It’s the glam and the sleaze that add sinister beauty to a crush of charm. Noel’s high vocal moments are forceful and bounce well with the sharp guitar that pops in and out.
4. The Shock Of The Lightning - The first single to be lifted and one all should be familiar with already. It’s the quick pace and the Keith Moon drum style solo that elevates this track from any monotony that may trouble the cynics. A powerful, driving song intertwined with drips of imposing organ.
5. I’m Outta Time - One of the most talked about tracks at the moment. Liam’s ode to Mr. Lennon does not disappoint. The opening “La La La La” put you off the scent for a moment before the handsome ballad comes alive with Liam’s heart felt vocal. His affection is apparent and it will add a tear to the more emotionally sensitive. “If I’m to fall would you be there to applaud/ Or would you hide behind them all,” rings the chorus and showcases Liam for the great songwriter he has finally become. The speech sample from Lennon that ends: “Are you going to be there when I get back,” is eerie and adds the final poignant stroke.
6. (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady - This song is all about the drums, clapping and the single cowbell note that brings them flourishing further down the line. Noel’s effect laid vocal is uncompromisingly dastardly genius. The song typifies the fantastic effort that has gone into the production on the album. An expertly chosen follow up from the beauty of the previous effort before the beach walking sounds move into the oncoming brilliance.
7. Falling Down - This is one of ‘those songs’. The orchestra promotes a yearning for big things and delivers sophisticatedly. The drums again play the key role in the song. The jumping quick beat juxtaposed with a dark yet soft Noel vocal washes a sense of awe over the whole thing. There is something even more emotionally attaching then Liam’s ballad, and is certainly one of Noel’s best in years both vocally and structurally.
8. To Be Where There’s Life - The Eastern musical influences are apparent throughout but what elevates this Gem track is the powerful Liam vocal that dances coherently rather then a sneeze of confusion. The bass line typifies a Gallagher strut and marches on authoritatively. The plunge back into the verse and the scream of “Dig Out Your Soul” is the intelligent equivalent of an hour listening to Stephen Fry.
9. Ain’t Got Nothin’ - This is Liam standing right in your face scowling with frightening intent. It’s The Who all over with the Oasis magic sprinkled on. A short number but grand nonetheless.
10. The Nature Of Reality - Maracas shake and then in comes the Beatles ‘Revolution’/’Heltter Skelter’ style single note ringing before dropping into an 80s stadium rock beat that oozes the classic British feel. Imagine John Bonham meeting Pete Willis for a jam ensuring there’s enough reverb making headway to keep Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tuffnell happy.
11. Soldier On - A plodding groovy beat under an echoy Liam vocal climaxes the album with the same feel as a soundtrack behind credits. The ‘Baba O’Reily’-esque synthesiser stepping in along with the melodica end the album with a sense of the close of a dream. It’s trippy, it’s haunting, and it’s brilliant once again.
To summarise, this is an album that truly takes hold of all expectations and desires and delivers a punch that will not only shake your bones – but any one who manages to stand in a near radius of you. Get pre-ordering now.
NYC band The GoStation gives 'See The Sun' the cover treatment
With a new Oasis album just weeks from release, New York rock band The GoStation have paid tribute to the legendary Britpop powerhouse by offering up their own take on one of the Manchester outfit's earliest songs.
Included among the first batch of Oasis demos from 1992, "See The Sun" was never given a proper studio outing, and has remained available only through bootleged versions of what have become know as the band's "Lost Tapes."
The GoStation incorporated the track into their live sets early on, eventually recording their updated version with the intent of giving the "lost" track the airing they felt it always deserved.
"Oasis have released so many world-shattering tunes throughout their career, but this one got left behind," says GoStation frontman Doug Levy. "We've always thought it's a really great song, though, and that it provides a good picture of where the band were coming from when they first started out. Seeing their progression from back then to where they are now is really inspiring."
Often receiving their own comparisons to Oasis, as well as kindred spirits The Verve and The Stone Roses, The GoStation have become known for straddling the divide between US and UK sensibilities, bringing a decidedly British tone to their New York City rock epics. The band released their debut album, Passion Before Function, in 2007. Produced by Bill Racine (Flaming Lips, Rogue Wave), the album spawned the singles "All Together Now" and "Not Enough" and saw the band embraced across the US.
The Brooklyn-based five-piece are currently at work on their follow-up album, due for release in 2009. The first result of the new sessions is "Berlin Rose," produced by Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, John Lennon), which is currently available for both streaming and free download on the band's website and MySpace page.
The unmastered cover of "See The Sun" is also available in both locations. "It's just something we wanted to put out there for the fans, both of our band and Oasis," says guitarist Matt Friedlander. "Without Oasis, we probably wouldn't be doing what we're doing right now, so we're happy to give something back. We just hope they appreciate the gesture!"
Oasis rockers Noel and Liam Gallagher have shared their secrets behind new album Dig Out Your Soul.
Returning to Abbey Road studios, this time they have absolutely nailed it.
Here I can bring you the first full track-by-track rundown — with the band talking you through their big return.
And in the words of Noel: “Bring on the ****ing tuba.”
Since Be Here Now the band have scaled down their sound. The original plan this time was to strip it back even further.
But once in the incredible surroundings of the legendary London studios used by The Beatles that didn’t last long.
Noel revealed: “That went out the window at about lunch on the first day. It was, like, ‘Let’s put another guitar on it, bring on the ****ing tuba’. Next thing there’s a 50-piece choir on the phone.
“Last time we went to Abbey Road we got kicked out. We were doing Be Here Now and were all a bit mad then. It’s nice to finally do a whole album there.”
Opener Bag It Up is a storming statement of intent for the album’s blow-the-roof-off philosophy. Heartfelt second track The Turning is one of the album’s best.
Noel then takes over vocals for Waiting For The Rapture, a heavy, stonking, three-minute belter.
First single The Shock Of The Lightning was written by Noel in the studio.
Frontman Liam said: “That’s what making records is all about. We’re punk rock when we get cracking on it. Some days we spend a lot of time on the melody when we should be leathering the **** out of it.”
Fifth up is I’m Outta Time, a real highlight and Liam’s finest songwriting moment yet.
The tender John Lennon-inspired tune is a definite single.
Liam said: “I didn’t go out to write a song like that, it just happened. I find it hard with words. If I found it easier with words I’d be huge. Bigger than WH Smith.”
(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady shows off the band’s more mature sound, with a stripped-down opening that reminds me of Beatles White Album track Rocky Raccoon.
Track seven, Falling Down — the album’s second single — is another big, orchestral number with Noel on vocals.
Next up is To Be Where There’s Life, where guitarist Gem Archer takes over songwriting duties.
And Gem revealed: “There are no guitars on it — they weren’t allowed.”
Track nine is a Liam-penned and snarl-filled number, Ain’t Got Nothin’.
The Nature Of Reality next up couples philosophical lyrics with stomping guitars.
Then album closer Soldier On is a great, trippy, echo-filled end to a cracking record.
I’ll let Noel sum it all up.
He said: “What do I want people to take from it? Don’t know.
“As long as they buy it, possibly tell one of their friends to buy it, then come to see us live and buy a T-shirt. That’ll do.”
There is also a EPK here, with the band discussing the songs.
Liam Gallagher has exclusively revealed to MTV Two that he thought his brother Noel had been stabbed after a fan attacked in Canada recently.
Noel was seriously injured- suffering three broken ribs- when an audience member jumped on stage and pushed the guitarist into him amps on September 8.
Now Oasis have spoken for the first time about the incident to Gonzo’s own Zane Lowe.
Liam revealed: “It was f*cking dark….but it could’ve been a lot worse that’s the way I look at it. The guy’s gonna get dealt with. I thought he (Noel) had been stabbed.”
Showing brotherly concern he added: “It won’t be happening again I can assure you of that.”
Older sibling Noel also spoke about the incident and admitted he also thought he had been stabbed:
He said: “At first…cos it had been raining and there were puddles around…I thought I’d been stabbed… for a split second I shit it.” Gallagher was also concerned that the attacker would become famous for his actions: “Loads of Oasis fans put his name on the website and did wanted posters…which just adds to the infamy.”
The man- Daniel Sullivan- was arrested by Canadian authorities after the incident.
You can watch the full Oasis interview with Zane Lowe when Oasis Week kick's off, Monday Oct 6th at 21.00 on MTV TWO
Live4ever's Newsroom reported the leak to you minutes after it occurred last week but the mainstream press did not report it until now.....
Oasis album leaks on internet
Oasis release their new album Dig Out Your Soul on 6 October
The new Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul, has leaked online.
Tracks from the record have been posted on a number of messageboards and fan forums ahead of its official release on 6 October.
The leak comes just six weeks after album track Falling Down, was also posted online.
Despite the full LP appearing online, Newsbeat understands that the band will not be bringing its release date forward.
Oasis have had similar problems with albums appearing online ahead of schedule in the past.
Their last record Don't Believe The Truth found its way onto the internet a month ahead of its official release date. A verison of their 2002 album Heathen Chemistry also leaked three months in advance.
Oasis are being forced to postpone three further shows as a result of the injuries Noel sustained when he was attacked on stage in Toronto.
A CT scan has now revealed that Noel suffered three broken and dislodged ribs in the attack and he has been advised by his doctor that he will not be able to perform for at least another week.
The three affected shows are the Eden Project, Cornwall on the 27th September, the Gloria Theatre, Cologne on the 29th September and Bataclan, Paris on September 30. All three shows will be rescheduled and fans are advised to retain their tickets pending further announcements.
The Oasis UK Arena Tour, beginning Oct 7, is going ahead as planned.
Singer says 'Dig Out Your Soul' is a revelation like 'Kid A'
Ryan Adams has compared the feel of Oasis' new album to Radiohead's most experimental work.
The singer, who supported Oasis when they kicked off their world tour in the US in August, says that 'Dig Out Your Soul' hit him the same way that the Oxford band's 2000 album 'Kid A' did.
"The first time I heard 'Kid A' I went 'OK, I have no fucking idea what kind of music this is but it's moving me. It sounds like a revelation.' That's what the new Oasis stuff sounds like it sounds like," Adams told The Quietus.com. "They have entered into some strange uncanny spiritual crazy door and have just lost themselves completely to it and it is marvellous."
Adams went on to praise frontman Liam Gallagher's songwriting on the new album – due out on October 6 – particularly after the criticism he received for his initial efforts on the 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' album back in 2000.
"He is so abstract I can't believe how far he's come..." declared Adams. "[I said to him] 'Oh you know you could have stopped at 'Little James' for me and I would have been forever ruined in a perfect way . . . because the idea that like you just sort of went like 'I'm going to try this [songwriting] and your brother was so inspired by that', it's so beautiful you know."
He may not be Oasis' frontman -- that'd be his little brother Liam -- but Noel Gallagher has never been afraid to shoot off his mouth. "Ten years ago we told everyone with a mic we were the greatest thing ever," he says. "Now we just quietly believe it." By Michael Odell
Photographed for SPIN by Alan Clarke
A beaming Noel Gallagher strolls across the floor of a North London photo studio enthusing about a new and exciting phase of his life, looking lean and reasonably healthy in everybloke casualwear: blue checked shirt, jeans, and desert boots. It's not just that he has a seventh Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul, ready for release or that he has spent a morning playing with his oneyearold son, Donovan, whom he describes as "an absolute diamond." It's the fact that he has started sleepwalking.
"Last night I got into bed with me missus and woke up on the middle floor of the house on the couch," he says. "Amazing! I'm 41 and I'm starting this whole new nocturnal adventure." He and his girlfriend, Sara Macdonald, were out drinking beer and tequila with British comedian Russell Brand until the early hours -- Gallagher doesn't remember anything after climbing into a rickshaw in London's Soho district and being cheered through the streets. "Maybe that counts as a drunken stupor," he muses. "Is that the same as sleepwalking?"
Dig Out Your Soul sounds like you ordered in the ingredients, and all the labels on the jars read ROCK or MORE ROCK.
I'm glad you said that. Yes, we wanted a rock'n'roll album...with grooves. Making records should be fun. I remember seeing Radiohead on the cover of a magazine in the U.K. when In Rainbows came out, and it said, RADIOHEAD: THE PAIN. And I thought, "Won't you fucking give it a rest, you bunch of moaning children?" The pain? Of making an album? I don't buy it. If you're not having a laugh, then don't do it.
Surely the whole process wasn't all fun.
Well, no, there was a problem on day one. I had seven songs I was putting forward. They weren't pop songs; they were bluesy. We had a meeting and I said, "Let's concentrate more on bass and guitars and have more keyboards and get some remixes done." Liam immediately had a tantrum in the studio and was dancing round saying, "No one told me we were making a fucking dance album! I'm not having this shit. We're a rock band." One day he saw some crew unloading keyboards into the studio and went mad: "What are those fucking keyboards doing in here? That's too many keyboards for a rock'n'roll band." How long has Liam been doing this? He has an irrational fear of keyboards. But this is the man who thought we had gone too dance when I wrote "Wonderwall" because the drums didn't go boom-boom bap, boom-boom-bap. Liam is very institutionalized by being in Oasis. He's been doing it for so long. Me, [guitarist] Gem [Archer], and [bassist] Andy [Bell] were helping him arrange his song "I'm Outta Time" and tried to ease him away from the clichés. But in the end, he can't resist them.
Liam told me he hates "Wonderwall." It's the one song he literally hates singing.
That's interesting, because he would never say that to me. Well, I hate him singing it, too. Liam doesn't sound like he did ten years ago. Your voice and your body change. We've never got it right. It's too slow or too fast. I think Ryan Adams is the only person who ever got that song right. I'd love to do the Ryan Adams version, but in front of 60,000 Oasis fans that wouldn't be possible.
Liam is finally pulling his weight in the songwriting department, isn't he? He wrote three for the new album.
Yeah, he's a good songwriter. I think he regrets not starting earlier. For years I've said, "If you're so convinced you're John Lennon, then prove it."
Why don't you ever write together?
We don't see each other very often. And I like writing on my own. Me and Paul Weller first said, "Let's write a song together," in 1993, but it took 15 years for it to happen. [Gallagher and Weller cowrote "Echoes Round the Sun" for Weller's latest album, 22 Dreams.] A few times [Weller and I] made an appointment to meet at so-and-so studio at 11, and it's painful. We sit there looking blankly at each other. And then we go down to the pub. With Liam, I wouldn't know where to start.
You quit drugs in the late '90s. "Bag It Up" sounds quite psychedelic. Are you back on mood-altering substances?
No, "Bag It Up" is my little artistic statement. Not in the Coldplay sense. In fact, it's an anti-artistic statement. I spend a lot of time with Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian getting fucking pissed, and he sent me a CD of stuff he was listening to. There was a track by the Pretty Things called "Baron Saturday." I became obsessed by that pounding rhythm, and I decided to write about acid trips I used to have. Running around being a mad cunt on magic mushrooms was my inspiration for them lyrics. I don't want people to think it's art, though.
What do you mean?
Well, Coldplay and Radiohead -- they're artists, aren't they? Damon Albarn, he's an artist. They make art. That's what I keep getting told, anyway. I do like those bands, but they're all posh boys who went to art school. [Oasis] come off a council estate [public housing]. It comes out of here. [Thumps his heart with a clenched fist] "Bag It Up" is anti-that. It's a mongrel.
Your old rival Albarn has done Blur, an album in Mali, the virtual band Gorillaz, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, and now a Chinese opera. Does a part of you think, "I wish I'd taken more risks"?
The only thing I've got left to try to do is a solo album with a narrative running through it. Something like Greendale, by Neil Young. That would be as near art as I get. But even if I wanted to, how would I go about writing an opera?
Well, you already have the passionate central relationship, the tragic fallings-out
I don't think two blokes having the same fucking argument for 16 years over and over is the stuff of opera. Oasis: The Opera would be very short. The fat lady would refuse to sing it. But I say this with no irony: It must be very nice to be able to turn your hand to anything. I'm not that driven. To go from Britpop and write a Chinese opera about a monkey, hats off to the guy. I couldn't do it. And it got good reviews, although how you assess whether a Chinese opera about a monkey is any good is beyond me. But in my own defense, Damon isn't actually in Blur, Gorillaz, or the Good, the Bad & the Queen, is he? He's got time on his hands. That's when an opera comes to you.
You said you wanted the new Oasis album to have grooves. And yet you came out and said Jay-Z headlining Glastonbury was "wrong."
Well, I never said those words. You need verbatim quotes here. I've been doing interviews with American magazines, and the way it's played itself out is that I said Jay-Z had no right to play Glastonbury, which is a crock of horseshit. I got off a plane and someone asked me about the fact that Glastonbury hadn't sold out for the first time in years, and if it was because of Jay-Z. I innocently mused that that was probably right. From there it grew into this crap that I was standing on an orange crate at Speakers' Corner saying, "Gather round, brothers and sisters. Have you heard what's happening at Glastonbury this year?"
But still, you sounded reactionary and old-fashioned
I have a certain turn of phrase. So if I say, "Chicken sandwiches in McDonald's are just plain fucking wrong," it doesn't mean I'm attacking all chickens or all sandwiches. I've hung out with Jay-Z in Tokyo. I've seen his show. It's not my bag, but it's all right. We have a mutual friend in Chris Martin. So I am a guy who doesn't like hip-hop -- shock, horror. I don't dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the '80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it's all about status and bling now, and it doesn't say anything to me.
Do you think hip-hop fans could get anything out of Oasis?
Yeah. In England the white working class are feared, and our music is working-class expression. We have a lot in common with hip-hop. Apart from people pumping shotgun pellets into each other.
Liam Gallagher shares a tender moment with wife Nicole Appleton
He's known for his confrontational style and certainly wouldn't be afraid to challenge someone to have a go 'if they think they're hard enough'.
But while celebrating his 36th birthday in Italy this weekend, Liam Gallagher looked a picture of calm as he shared an intimate meal with friends and wife Nicole Appleton.
And there was not a can of lager in sight as the Oasis legend sipped on champagne and dined on truffle risotto.
The love-struck couple and two other friends enjoyed a meal alfresco at Italy's most exclusive restaurant Il Gatto Nero.
In the last year alone the eatery, owned by Fausto Fontana for the past 30 years, has played host to a plethora of celebrities including George Clooney, Kylie Minogue, Robert De Niro and Avril Lavigne.
The party arrived at 7.30pm on Saturday, the eve of Liam's birthday, and settled into the homely atmosphere at the waterside venue which was frequented by around 50 other diners.
After the main course, Liam was presented with a cake with the message 'aguri', which means 'congratulations' in Italian.
With a child-like grin on his face, the Oasis lead singer blew out the single candle on his cake as Nicole, who he married on Valentine's Day, watched on with a matching smile.
The star's presents included Elvis Presley's Country album and the first edition of Diana Ross' cover of John Lennon's Imagine on vinyl.
Liam was in Italy enjoying a three-day breather from Oasis' world tour and promotional work of the up-coming album Dig Out Your Soul, due out next month.
Earlier this month the frontman had to be held back by security after a mad fan stage dived on top of his brother Noel during a gig in Toronto, Canada.
But the Birthday boy was on his best behaviour during the meal, showing he was clearly not looking back in anger.
If lead singles "The Shock of the Lightning" and "Falling Down" are any indication, the Gallagher brothers are continuing to mine the formula that made them huge in the first place: borrowed Beatles riffs augmented with swirly psychedelic flourishes and Liam's lovably snotty vocals. Rather than run away from the comparisons, the Gallaghers are embracing it: the Liam-penned "I'm Outta Time" features a vocal sample from John Lennon, recorded just days before his death. "It's one for the ladies," says Noel.
Marking the release of their new album, mega rock icons Oasis speak to Steve Lamacq over four days.
Steve Lamacq Tuesday , 7th of October 4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC
Andy Bell talks with Steve on Tuesday the 7th,
Steve Lamacq Wednesday 8 October 4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC
Steve Lamacq continues to speak to a different member of Oasis each day, to mark the release of the band's new album.
Today it's the turn of front man Liam Gallagher, who joins Steve on the phone backstage on the second day of their tour.
Steve Lamacq Thursday 9 October 4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC
Today, guitarist Gem Archer joins Steve from the band's tour bus.
Steve Lamacq Friday 10 October 4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC
Steve Lamacq's week of interviews with members of Oasis concludes with vocalist, guitarist and raconteur Noel Gallagher. In this pre-recorded interview, Noel comes into the studio to talk about the band's new album, the tour and whatever else he fancies...
The New Oasis Album Dig Out Your Soul Has Leaked Online
Late this afternoon the band's long awaited follow up to Don't Believe the Truth has leaked on a Oasis fan forum. Dig Out Your Soul will officially be released on October the 6th. Stay Tuned for more details....
Have you heard the leak? Leave us your comments on the new album below !
You can also join the hords of fans discussing the tracks on our forum boards here
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When the band asked busker Theo Eastwind to perform songs from their new album, he couldn't really say no
Last week, I met Oasis to help them preview their forthcoming album, Dig Out Your Soul. I rehearsed some of the songs from the new album with some other street artists and then we all went out to perform them on the subway.
I used to play "Wonderwall" around the New York subways between 1995 and 1998. It was new at the time and everyone else was going down the classic rock route, "Stairway to Heaven" and what have you. My whole set revolved around when I was going to play "Wonderwall" – that song paid my rent.
I've been in New York for 13 years. My job fell through when I arrived here and I didn't want to go back home to Austria. The day before my plane ticket ran out I had $3.75 to my name. I sat there all night looking at that ticket. I eventually decided to stay and keep playing and I've been busking ever since. I'm so glad I made that decision. I've won the Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition, the only decent songwriting competition in Brooklyn. I'm proud to be a busker.
Then out of the blue last week, at the behest of the band, someone asked me to play songs from the new Oasis album in the subway for $100. I wasn't sure. I mean, $100 is not really enough for me to learn someone else's songs. But then I remembered all the good things about "Wonderwall": I got gigs at weddings and parties playing that song. I thought it would be great to meet them and thank them for writing it. So I did. I met Liam and thanked him for writing "Wonderwall" – but Liam didn't write it. I wish he'd just said, "Thank you," as opposed to saying, "I didn't write it," but I thanked him like a dumb ass anyway. I guess I should have made it clearer that I was really thanking the whole band.
That said, Liam was extremely nice. I liked his Manchester accent. He listened to my version of "The Turning" with Andy (Bell, bassist) and Gem (Archer, guitar) and they all loved it. Liam said, "You'll do!" I told him that was the best compliment I've had in years. Gem and Andy were really nice, too, and it was interesting to get to see the dynamics of the group. It's a rock band and you expect them to be a bit, well, oblivious to reality, but Andy and Gem seem "hand-picked" for Oasis – very patient and very calm. I think you'd have to be when you're hanging out with Liam and Noel all day. They listen, but Liam doesn't. He just talks, and he'd obviously already had a couple of drinks. But it was awesome to meet him. He had his sunglasses on so there wasn't a human connection, it was more like a "same time, same place" connection. We all went on the roof and he told me that he used to play Christmas carols in the subways in Manchester. I told him I never played carols, that I always refuse to play the songs that everyone else plays. He said, "But I did that!" and I said, "Well, you sold out!" He said "Yeah! I sold out early!" and we had a good laugh. I enjoyed myself thoroughly – it's not every day you meet an icon of modern society. Oasis have been around, they're kind of the bootleg Beatles.
I only played one of their new songs, "The Turning" – they were only paying a hundred bucks. Some of my friends played four songs but I'm more of a focused performer. I do one song and I do it well. We were supposed to do four songs and wing it. I thought, "I'm going to do one song and make it a killer." My version is really interesting, it kills you. I only had a couple of hours to practise, which is not long at all. I did brush through the other songs but "The Turning" was the one. I thought it had the most potential to be another hit.
I listened to the new album and I don't think it's got another "Wonderwall" on it, but that's just my opinion. It grows on you. It's not one of those albums that when you play it, you love it right from the top and then you listen to it five or six times and you're done with it. If you don't like Oasis or you're not a fan, then it's another Beatles rip-off. But I listened to it, and I listened to it about 10 times, and what I loved about it is that you discover all these new things every time you give it another go. It's definitely one of their better albums. Andy and Gem both wrote a song for the album, too. It's a very cool, well-crafted album and it has a great sound. The vocals are great, as are the lyrics – well, I would stay away from the word "rapture" in any of my songs (for me that's a no-no), but they use it on "The Turning". "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady" is a very simple jam that you'd really enjoy singing to yourself down the street. It's a cool song, a bluesy little jam. I also like "The Shock of the Lightning" but I actually think I preferred my friend Dagmar's [a fellow street artist] version to Noel's.
When we played the tracks, there was a huge crowd and they were really positive. Gem and Andy definitely had a real respect for what I do after they heard me play my version of "The Turning". Before I played for them I was just another dude, but after I finished, they came over and we had a chat. Gem offered me tickets to see them at Madison Square Garden, but I don't think it will happen – it would spoil the experience.
Theo Eastwind was speaking to Helen Smith; 'Dig Out Your Soul' is out on 6 October on Big Brother
Oasis' Noel Gallagher has confirmed that he plans to release a solo album.
The guitarist told Blender that he hoped the four members of Oasis would each undertake individual projects following the release of their forthcoming album 'Dig Out Your Soul'.
"I'd like for us to do separate projects after this record," he said. "We'd all have to agree on it, so it will probably never happen. I've got loads of new songs. Somewhat predictably, they're all brilliant."
The news follows Noel Gallagher telling NME.COM last year that he was collecting songs together for a possible solo release and arranging a series of solo acoustic gigs.
Gallagher also spoke to Blender about his spat with Glastonbury headliner Jay-Z, who he had previously suggested was wrong for Glastonbury.
"What did I think of Jay-Z doing 'Wonderwall'?" he asked refering to the cover of the song the rapper played to open his Glastonbury Festival set this summer. "It was pretty funny. But I'm not sure one should be seen in public with a white Stratocaster." via L4e / source : nme.com
Amy Winehouse will soon be dead, according to Noel Gallagher.
The Oasis guitarist has a number of songs left over from sessions for the band's new album 'Dig Out Your Soul' which he thinks Amy, 25, would be perfect for, but believes her rampant drug use will kill her soon.
He told NME magazine: "I've got a backlog of 30-odd songs just sitting there. I don't know what the f**k I'm going to do with them all.
"Could I give them to someone else to sing? Well, there's a few that sound like girls could sing them, but who?
"F**king Amy Winehouse? She'll be dead before I write another one."
However, the 41-year-old musician thinks Welsh songstress Duffy would be a good match for some of his music.
He said: "That Duffy's alright. I could imagine her singing a few of the tracks. But I might put them forward for a film, although I don't want them to end up in any romantic comedies."
'Dig Out Your Soul', which includes single 'The Shock of the Lightning', is released on October 6.
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