Some news on this Scottish-born singer/songwriter Sandé released her first U.S. single, "Next To Me" last week (April 17th), the same day that you can also pre-order for her debut…
The Summer Olympic Games 2012 started in late July and will continue to mid-August. In the USA, there's a huge backlash against NBC's coverage (or lack of). NBC's decision to delay broadcast and, in many cases, decided to not air certain events, like Emeli Sandé's performance of "Abide With Me" (written by the Scotsman Henry Francis Lyte.)
Ironically, Sandé will appear on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 22nd. Let's hope they decide to air that show.
Anyway, after her appearance, I went to check out her tour dates - all the dates in November were sold out. How lucky were we to have caught an intimate set from Emeli Sandé at the Dakota in Minneapolis earlier this year. I believe that 250-capacity seating, by far, remains one of the smallest venues that Sandé will ever perform at.
Her debut album, Our Version of Events, was release June 5th via Capitol Records. She's currently selling out all her shows, so I suggest you buy tickets now if they haven't sold out in your area.
08/03 Izod Center Rutherford, NJ
08/04 Izod Center Rutherford, NJ
08/15 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
08/16 Custom House Square Belfast Belfast, UK
08/18 V Festival Chelmsford, UK
08/19 V Festival Chelmsford, UK
08/19 Weston Park Staffordshire, UK
09/05 iTunes Festival @ Roundhouse London, UK
09/07 Bestival Isle Of Wight, UK
10/08 Howard Theatre Washington, DC
10/09 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
10/10 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
10/13 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
11/04 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
11/06 Clyde Auditorium Glasgow, UK
11/08 Symphony Hall Birmingham, UK
11/11 Royal Albert Hall London, UK
11/12 Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
One of my favorite record label, Kill Rock Stars, announced that August is Elliott Smith's month. This would have been the star's 43rd birthday, come this August 6th.
Each week, via Pitchfork, KRS will release a new version of an Elliott Smith song. This week, we hear "Alameda."
The compilation, An Introduction to … Elliott Smith, will be on sale for $4.99 on his birthday (Aug 6) all day. KRS will also give a present to everyone who signs up on their mailing list that day.
Mentos, the fresh-maker, is calling out to Singaporeans to "do their duties" on Singapore's National Day night (August 9th.) Apparently the country suffers from low birthrate.
I didn't know this, but every August 9th, there are fireworks and parades to celebrate Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965 (so this seems like a really recent national holiday to me.)
I have been to Singapore once, in 1999, and I have to say, I love it. At the time, I felt the small country was one of the most advance and diverse (and beautiful) country in the world. There are issues, of course, like the anti-bubblegum thing and their strict laws … I guess it's always greener looking in.
Anyway, Mentos Singapore put together this wordy/music-ish video to help you get into the mood. You can view it on youtube.com.