Silence Yourself is the debut studio album by the English post-punk band Savages, released on 6 May 2013 on Matador Records and Pop Noire, a label owned by vocalist Jehnny Beth. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize. Critics made a parallel with British post-punk of the late 1970s, Gang of Four. NME wrote that'French frontwoman Jehnny Beth has moulded herself into the demonic, possessed spawn of Ian Curtis and Siouxsie Sioux". Uncut retrospectively said about the music: "It is a bit Siouxsie, a bit Stranglers, a bit Magazine – and after a decade-odd of bands reviving the sounds and strategies of post-punk"". Silence Yourself received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 36 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". In the United Kingdom, the album reached No. 19 on the charts. In the United States, the album debuted at No. 70 on the Billboard 200, No. 20 on the Rock Albums chart.
The album has sold 43,000 copies in the US as of December 2015. All tracks written by Savages. All personnel credits adapted from Silence Yourself's album notes. SavagesJehnny Beth – vocals, piano Gemma Thompson – guitar, illustration Ayse Hassan – bass Fay Milton – drumsAdditional musiciansDuke Garwood – clarinet Technical personnelJohnny Hostile – production, mixing Rodaidh McDonald – production, mixing Mattia Sartori – assistant engineering Mike Marsh – masteringDesign personnelAntoine Carlier – design Richard Dumas – photography Silence Yourself at Discogs
The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions, it houses a library, three restaurants, a conservatory. The Barbican Centre is member of the Global Cultural Districts Network; the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are based in the Centre's Concert Hall. In 2013, it once again became the London-based venue of the Royal Shakespeare Company following the company's departure in 2001; the Barbican Centre is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation, the third-largest arts funder in the United Kingdom. It was built as The City's gift to the nation at a cost of £161 million and was opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 March 1982; the Barbican Centre is known for its brutalist architecture. Barbican Hall: capacity 1,943. Barbican Theatre: capacity 1,156, it is one of the largest public libraries in London and has a separate arts library, a large music library and a children's library which conducts free events.
The Barbican Library houses the'London Collection' of historical books and resources, some of which date back 300 years, all being available on loan. The library has an art exhibition space for hire; the music library has two free practice pianos for public use. The Barbican Centre had a long development period, only opening long after the surrounding Barbican Estate housing complex had been built, it is situated in an area, badly bombed during World War II. The Barbican Centre, designed by Peter Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christoph Bon of Chamberlin and Bon in the Brutalist style, has a complex multi-level layout with numerous entrances. Lines painted on the ground help would-be audience members avoid getting lost on the walkways of the Barbican Housing Estate on the way to the centre; the Barbican Centre's design – a concrete ziggurat – has always been controversial and divides opinion. It was voted "London's ugliest building" in a Grey London poll in September 2003. In September 2001, arts minister Tessa Blackstone announced that the Barbican Centre complex was to be a Grade II listed building.
It has been designated a site of special architectural interest for its scale, its cohesion and the ambition of the project. The same architectural practice designed the Barbican Housing Estate and the nearby Golden Lane Estate. Project architect John Honer worked on the British Library at St Pancras – a red brick ziggurat. In the mid-1990s, a cosmetic improvement scheme by Theo Crosby, of the Pentagram design studio, added statues and decorative features reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement. In 2005–2006, the centre underwent a more significant refurbishment, designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Roger Westman, which improved circulation and introduced bold signage in a style in keeping with the centre's original 1970s Brutalist architecture; that improvement scheme added an internal bridge linking the Silk Street foyer area with the lakeside foyer area. The centre's Silk Street entrance dominated by an access for vehicles, was modified to give better pedestrian access.
The scheme included removing most of the mid-1990s embellishments. Outside, the main focal point of the centre is its neighbouring terrace; the theatre's fly tower has been made into a high-level conservatory. The Barbican Hall's acoustic has been controversial: some praised it as attractively warm, but others found it too dry for large-scale orchestral performance. In 1994, Chicago acoustician Larry Kirkegaard oversaw a £500,000 acoustic re-engineering of the hall "producing a perceptible improvement in echo control and sound absorption", music critic Norman Lebrecht wrote in October 2000 – and returned in 2001 to rip out the stage canopy and drop adjustable acoustic reflectors, designed by Caruso St John, from the ceiling, as part of a £7.5 mn refurbishment of the hall. Art music magazine Gramophone still complained about "the relative dryness of the Barbican acoustic" in August 2007; the theatre was built as the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, involved in the design, but decided not to renew its contract in 2002 after claiming a lack of performing space, plus the artistic director, Adrian Noble, wanting to develop the company's touring performances.
The theatre's response was to extend its existing six-month season of international productions, "Barbican International Theatre Event", to the whole year. On 23 January 2013 Greg Doran, RSC artistic director, announced the Company's return to the Barbican Centre in a three-year season of Shakespeare's history plays; the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where the Barbican Centre theatrical performances are staged, the City of London's Barbican Library, neither part of the centre, are on the site. The Museum of London is nearby at Aldersgate, is within the Barbican Estate; the Barbican Centre features in Michael Paraskos's novel In Search of Sixpence as the home of the lead character, a bar call
Belfort is a city in northeastern France in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté région, situated between Lyon and Strasbourg. It is the biggest town and the administrative centre of the Territoire de Belfort département. Belfort is 141 km from Strasbourg, 290 km from Lyon and 150 km from Zürich; the residents of the city are called "Belfortains". The city is located on the Savoureuse river, on a strategically important natural route between the Rhine and the Rhône – the Belfort Gap or Burgundian Gate, it is located 16 km south from the base of the Ballon d'Alsace mountain range, source of the Savoureuse. The city of Belfort has 50,199 inhabitants. Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Belfort forms the largest agglomeration in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region with an urban population of 308,601 inhabitants. Belfort's strategic location, in a natural gap between the Vosges and the Jura, on a route linking the Rhine and the Rhône, has attracted human settlement since Roman times, has made it a frequent target for invading armies.
The site of Belfort was inhabited in Gallo-Roman times. It was subsequently recorded in the 13th century as a possession of the counts of Montbéliard, who granted it a charter in 1307. An Austrian possession, Belfort was transferred to France by the Treaty of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years' War; the town's fortifications were extended and developed by the military architect Vauban for Louis XIV. Until 1871, Belfort was part of the département of Haut-Rhin, in Alsace; the Siege of Belfort was resisted until the garrison was ordered to surrender 21 days after the armistice between France and Prussia. The region was not annexed by Prussia like the rest of Alsace and was exchanged for other territories in the vicinity of Metz, it formed, the Territoire de Belfort. The siege is commemorated by the Lion of Belfort, by Frédéric Bartholdi. Alsatians who sought a new French home in Belfort made a significant contribution to its industry; the town was bombarded by the German army during World War I and occupied by it during World War II.
In November 1944 the retreating German army held off the French First Army outside the town until French Commandos made a successful night attack on the Salbert Fort. Belfort was liberated on 22 November 1944. On 5 June 1892, Le Petit Journal organised a foot-race from Paris to Belfort, a course of over 380 kilometers, the first large scale long distance running race on record. Over 1,100 competitors registered for the event and over 800 started from the offices of Le Petit Journal, at Paris Opera; this had been the start point for the inaugural Paris–Brest–Paris cycle-race the previous year. The newspaper's circulation increased as the French public followed the progress of race participants, 380 of whom completed the course in under 10 days. In Le Petit Journal on June 18, 1892, Pierre Giffard praised the event as a model for the physical training of a nation faced by hostile neighbours; the event was won by Constant Ramoge in 100 hours 5 minutes. Belfort is a centre for heavy engineering industries dedicated to railways and turbines.
Belfort is the hometown of Alstom where the first TGVs were produced, as well as being the GE Energy European headquarter and a centre of excellence for the manufacturing of gas turbines. Like many other European cities, the volume of road traffic in Belfort continues to increases and dominates transport. Belfort is situated at only 25 mi from the commercial port of Mulhouse-Rhin which allows international trade; the motorway A36 from Beaune to Mulhouse follows a route to the south and east of the city, forms the main axis linking Belfort to other French and European cities. N19 is another major route which joins the south of Belfort with Paris and Switzerland. EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is located about 60 km east of Belfort. Belfort is well connected with the rest of France, with direct connections by train to major destinations such as Paris, Besançon, Strasbourg, Marseille and Lille, including high-speed trains; some trains operate into Switzerland, such as Zürich stations. There is a train service to Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
Regional services connect Belfort to Montbéliard, Besançon, Vesoul, Épinal and Nancy. Gare de Belfort is the main railway station in the centre of the city. Gare de Belfort – Montbéliard TGV is the high speed railway station, 9 km south of the city. From 2017, regional trains will connect Belfort with Belfort-Montbéliard TGV station using the new Belfort–Delle railway link; this service will link Belfort and the surrounding area to Switzerland, the high-speed train link will connect Swiss towns such as Delémont, Bern and Lausanne to Paris and other cities. Before 2020, the service Épinal-Belfort will be modernized; this will allow a link between LGV Est and LGV Rhin-Rhône in Belfort-Montbéliard TGV station, opening new destinations like Nancy and Luxembourg. A local bus network Optymo operates within Belfort. Tickets can be bought from any newsagent in the city, or a bus passenger can send a sms'BUS' to 84100 and show the confirmation sms as a ticket; the region of Belfort offers around 70 km of cycling tracks with more under construction.
Visit the local tourist office for information on the latest additions including the'Coulée verte
Adore Life is the second studio album by the English post-punk band Savages, released on 22 January 2016. The album was nominated for the 2016 Mercury Prize, Savages' second consecutive nomination after Silence Yourself was nominated for the prize in 2013. Adore Life drew comparison to once again Siouxsie Sioux. Financial Times wrote: "Beth sings with imposing control: the words she utters with a wild yelp, à la Siouxsie Sioux, seem purposely unleashed". Critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney described the music as, "Distorted guitars set up flayed layers of sound, backed by sinewy drums and bass". Adore Life received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 33 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". In a favourable review, Paste said that Adore Life was still inspired by Savages' first influences while adding, it "builds on that sound, frames it in a contemporary context, less throwback than thrilling".
In a 3.5 out of 5 review, Rolling Stone wrote that "their music is driven by emotions that are unprecedented in the genre". All tracks written by Savages
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 2000. The group is composed of vocalist and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner, drummer Brian Chase, they are complemented in live performances by second guitarist David Pajo, who joined as a touring member in 2009 and replaced Imaad Wasif who had held this role. According to an interview that aired during the ABC network's Live from Central Park SummerStage series, the band's name was taken from modern New York City vernacular; the band has recorded four studio albums. The second, Show Your Bones, was released in 2006 and was named the second best album of the year by NME, their third studio album, It's Blitz!, was released in March 2009. All three albums earned the band Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album, their fourth album, was released in April 2013. Karen O and Brian Chase first met as students at Oberlin College in Ohio in the late 1990s, where Chase was a jazz student at the conservatory.
Karen transferred to New York University, while in New York met Zinner in a local bar, where they formed an "instant connection." During this time they shared a loft with future members of the band Metric. The two formed an acoustic duo called Unitard but soon decided to "shake things up a bit" by forming a "trashy, grimy" band modeled after the art student, avant-punk bands Karen O was exposed to at Oberlin. After the drummer they recruited bowed out, Chase joined the line-up; the band wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting The Strokes and The White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty and garage punk scene. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog's Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year the band stepped into the international spotlight, appearing at South by Southwest, touring the U. S. with Girls Against Boys and Europe with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, headlining their own U.
K. tour. Wichita Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U. K. and Touch and Go reissued it in the States. In 2003, the band released their debut album, Fever to Tell, which received several strong critical reviews and sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide; the album's third single, "Maps," received significant airplay on alternative radio. In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked "Maps" as 386th in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; the video for their 2004 single. In October 2004, the band released their first DVD; the DVD included a concert filmed at The Fillmore in San Francisco, all of the band's music videos to date, various interviews. The same year, the band was featured in Scott Crary's documentary Kill Your Idols. In November 2009, NME rated Fever to Tell the No. 5 Best Album of the Decade. Their second album, Show Your Bones, was released on March 27–28, 2006. Karen O told online zine Drowned in Sound, "Show Your Bones is what happens when you put your finger in a light socket," crediting "9-year old antigenius wonder-kid Drake Barrett for the insight."
The first single from the album, "Gold Lion", was released on March 20, 2006, reaching number 18 in the Official UK Singles Chart. It has been noted by Leah Greenblatt that "Gold Lion" sounds startlingly similar to "No New Tale To Tell" from 1980s alternative band Love and Rockets; the band toured throughout Europe and the United States during much of 2006, helped to curate an edition of the British All Tomorrow's Parties festival. In December 2006, the album was named the second best album of the year by NME magazine, "Cheated Hearts" was voted the 10th best song. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 44th best album of 2006, while Spin magazine ranked it number 31 on their 40 best albums of 2006. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third EP, titled Is Is, was released on July 24, 2007, it includes 5 unreleased songs and a short film, recorded and filmed at the Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The songs were written in 2004, during the Fever To Tell tour, performed live often. Three of the five tracks were featured on the Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow DVD.
The band's next album was released in March 2009 and titled It's Blitz!. The band says the album sounds different from their previous ones but "still like Yeah Yeah Yeahs." It was set to be released April 13, but following the leak to the Internet on February 22 the band's label, pulled the release date closer to reduce the leak's impact. The album spawned three singles: "Zero", "Heads Will Roll," and "Skeletons." It's Blitz! was named the second best of 2009 by Spin Magazine and third best of 2009 by NME along with "Zero" from the album listed as the best track of the year by both. On December 9, 2011, Karen O reported to NME that she had been working on new music with the band, hinting a new album was in the making. On January 14, 2013, it was announced via their official Facebook page that the new album would be titled Mosquito, it was released on April 16 of the same year. The album features production by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Nick Launay, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy; the first single "Sacrilege" was released on February 25, 2013.
"Despair" was released as the second single on July 23, 2013. As of December 2014, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were on hiatus. In 2016 the band received writing credits on the Beyoncé single "Hold Up". On June 20th, 2017 the Yeah Yeah Yeahs announced that they would be headlining the Austin "Sound on Sound" festival on November 10th adding: "Watch for more news coming soon" The Sound on Sound festival was subsequently cancelled. On May 26, 2018 the Yeah Yeah Yeahs play
The Slits were a British post-punk band formed in London in 1976 by members of the groups The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The group's early line-up consisted of Ari Up and Palmolive, with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy, their 1979 debut album, has been called one of the defining releases of the post-punk era. The group supported The Clash on their 1977 White Riot tour along with Buzzcocks, The Prefects and Subway Sect. Club performances of The Slits during this period are included in The Punk Rock Movie. In November 1978, The Slits toured with The Clash again on the "Sort it Out Tour" and were joined by The Innocents who opened the shows. Joe Strummer said. Captured on a Peel Session, the Slits' raw and raucous live sound was cleaned up and polished by the time of their debut album, overtime their style began to draw from reggae and world music, their Dennis Bovell-produced debut album Cut was released in September 1979 on Island Records, with Neneh Cherry joining as additional vocalist.
The album's sleeve art depicted the band naked, except for loincloths. Palmolive left the band around this time: it is claimed that this was because she did not like this artwork, including by Palmolive herself, but according to Viv Albertine Palmolive had been asked to leave the band before that, does not appear on the record, she was replaced by the drummer Budgie of The Spitfire Boys and of Siouxsie and the Banshees. The Slits' sound and attitude became experimental and avant-garde during the early 1980s, when they formed an alliance with Bristol post-punk band The Pop Group, sharing drummer Bruce Smith and releasing a joint single, "In the Beginning There Was Rhythm/Where There's a Will There's a Way"; this was followed by a bizarre, untitled album of homemade demo recordings, a few more singles. The band toured and released another album, Return of the Giant Slits before breaking up in early 1982. Ari Up went on to be part of the New Age Steppers. Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt reformed the band with new members in 2005, as Viv Albertine was unwilling to rejoin, in 2006 released the EP Revenge of the Killer Slits.
The EP featured former Sex Pistols member Paul Cook and Marco Pirroni as both musicians and co-producers. In fact, Cook's daughter Hollie played with the band and playing keyboards. Other members of the reformed band were No on guitar, German drummer Anna Schulte, Adele Wilson on guitar; the band toured the United States for the first time in twenty-five years during 2006's'States of Mind' tour. In 2007, they toured Australia as well as returning to the US, where they opened for Sonic Youth at New York's McCarren Park Pool. In their first visit to Japan, the band undertook a short tour in October 2007. In 2008, the band again toured America. Adele Wilson left No was replaced by American guitarist Michelle Hill. In November 2008, the band played Ladyfest in Manchester, visited London Astoria the following month. In January 2009, The Slits' Myspace page listed former guitarist Viv Albertine as one of the group's current members. In January 2009, the Los Angeles-based Narnack Records announced they had signed the band to a recording contract.
A biography – Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits by Zoe Street Howe was published in the UK by Omnibus Press in July 2009. A full-length album entitled Trapped Animal was released in 2009, the band continued to perform live. Group founder Ari Up died in October 2010; the band's final work, the video for the song "Lazy Slam" from Trapped Animal, was released posthumously according to Ari Up's wishes. In October 2010, Viv Albertine announced via Twitter that she and Tessa Pollitt intend to release the "last Slits song", titled "Shoulda Coulda Woulda" from 1981 on cassette tape with hand-drawn covers. Cut – UK No. 30 The Slits/Bootleg Retrospective/Untitled Return of the Giant Slits Trapped Animal Double Peel Sessions In the Beginning Live at the Gibus Club "Typical Girls" / "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" UK No. 60 "In the Beginning There Was Rhythm" "Man Next Door" / "Man Next Door" "Animal Space" / "Animal Spacier" "Earthbeat" / "Earthdub" / "Begin Again, Rhythm" "American Radio Interview" / "Face Dub" The Peel Sessions Revenge of the Killer Slits Zoe Street Howe, Typical Girls?
The Story of The Slits, Omnibus Press, 2009. Viv Albertine, Clothes, Music, Music, Boys, Faber & Faber, 2014 Gribovsky, Rina. "The Slits". Women of 1970s Punk. Archived from the original on 2006-09-25. Pollitt, Tessa. "Earthbeat: In the Beginning There Was Rhythm". 3 A
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves; the novel has been well received. It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor's list, 25 on the reader's list. In 2003 it was listed at number 70 on the BBC's The Big Read poll, in 2005 Time magazine named it as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding's first novel. Although it did not have great success after being released—selling fewer than three thousand copies in the United States during 1955 before going out of print—it soon went on to become a best-seller, it has been adapted to film twice in English, in 1963 by Peter Brook and 1990 by Harry Hook, once in Filipino by Lupita A. Concio; the book takes place in the midst of an unspecified war. Some of the marooned characters are ordinary students, while others arrive as a musical choir under an established leader.
With the exception of Sam and Eric and the choirboys, they appear never to have encountered each other before. The book portrays their descent into savagery. Golding wrote his book as a counterpoint to R. M. Ballantyne's youth novel The Coral Island, included specific references to it, such as the rescuing naval officer's description of the children's initial attempts at civilised cooperation as "a jolly good show, like the Coral Island". Golding's three central characters—Ralph and Jack—have been interpreted as caricatures of Ballantyne's Coral Island protagonists. In the midst of a wartime evacuation, a British aeroplane crashes on or near an isolated island in a remote region of the Pacific Ocean; the only survivors are boys in their middle preadolescence. Two boys—the fair-haired Ralph and an overweight, bespectacled boy nicknamed "Piggy"—find a conch, which Ralph uses as a horn to convene all the survivors to one area. Ralph is optimistic, believing that grown-ups will come to rescue them but Piggy realises the need to organise:.
Because Ralph appears responsible for bringing all the survivors together, he commands some authority over the other boys and is elected their "chief". He does not receive the votes of the members of a boys' choir, led by the red-headed Jack Merridew, although he allows the choir boys to form a separate clique of hunters. Ralph establishes three primary policies: to have fun, to survive, to maintain a smoke signal that could alert passing ships to their presence on the island and thus rescue them; the boys establish a form of democracy by declaring that whoever holds the conch shall be able to speak at their formal gatherings and receive the attentive silence of the larger group. Jack organises his choir into a hunting party responsible for discovering a food source. Ralph, a quiet, dreamy boy named Simon soon form a loose triumvirate of leaders with Ralph as the ultimate authority. Upon inspection of the island, the three determine; the boys use Piggy's glasses to create a fire. Although he is Ralph's only real confidant, Piggy is made into an outcast by his fellow "biguns" and becomes an unwilling source of laughs for the other children while being hated by Jack.
Simon, in addition to supervising the project of constructing shelters, feels an instinctive need to protect the "littluns". The semblance of order deteriorates as the majority of the boys turn idle; the central paranoia refers to a supposed monster they call the "beast", which they all begin to believe exists on the island. Ralph insists that no such beast exists, but Jack, who has started a power struggle with Ralph, gains a level of control over the group by boldly promising to kill the creature. At one point, Jack summons all of his hunters to hunt down a wild pig, drawing away those assigned to maintain the signal fire. A ship travels by the island, but without the boys' smoke signal to alert the ship's crew, the vessel continues without stopping. Ralph angrily confronts Jack about his failure to maintain the signal; the boys subsequently enjoy their first feast. Angered by the failure of the boys to attract potential rescuers, Ralph considers relinquishing his position as leader, but is persuaded not to do so by Piggy, who both understands Ralph's importance and fears what will become of him should Jack take total control.
One night, an aerial battle occurs near the island while the boys sleep, during which a fighter pilot ejects from his plane and dies in the descent. His body drifts down to the island in his parachute. On, while Jack continues to scheme against Ralph, the twins Sam and Eric, now assigned to the maintenance of the signal fire, see the corpse of the fighter pilot and his parachute in the dark. Mistaking the corpse for the beast, they run to the cluster of shelters that Ralph and Simon have erected, to warn the others; this unexpected meeting again raises tensions between Ralph. Shortly thereafter, Jack decides to lead a party to the other side of the island, where a mountain of stones called Castle Rock, forms a place where he claims the beast resides. Only Ralph and a quiet suspicious boy, Jack's closest supporter, agree to g