It’s been a busy week for all concerned at Best Fit, what with the annual musical bunfight that we know better as the BRITs (the ‘UK Grammys’ for you folk over in America) taking over most of Wednesday and Thursday’s musical landscape.
Whether you like or loathe it, agree or disagree with the winners, there’s still fun to be had from following the evening’s proceedings. Our Deputy Editor posted a semi-serious blog the following morning calling for a bit of a reality check among those who take the whole thing far too seriously but if you want something a bit more digestable (and less sane) then check out our complete live feed from during the ceremony, where Best Fit were in attendance.
Our biggest feature of the week was our hook up with Oxford’s Foals for an exclusive session. We met Yannis and the guys the week prior and spent an afternoon with them in a London warehouse where they turned in a perfect take on album closer ‘Moon’.
Elsewehre, this is how the week played out:
- On Monday, Japandroids put themselves in the running to become the entrance music for NHL hockey team the Vancouver Canucks, with ‘The House That Heaven Built’ from last year’s Celebration Rock. They’re up against Guns N Roses and Nickelback to replace the existing theme (U2′s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’)
- Tuesday saw Thom Yorke’s new project Atoms for Peace streaming their new record, which drops tomorrow (Monday 24 February) and Kanye West announced yet another date to add to his stint at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
- Wednesday saw Sweden’s own national music awards – which took place the same night as the BRITs – give Icona Pop Best New Act and dole out four gongs to First Aid Kit for Best Album, Artist, Composer and Pop. The new video from Haim also dropped.
- Thursday was mainly dominated in the UK by post-BRITs coverage but the annual Music Week awards were released with some surprises. The trade paper included HMV for Best Retail Brand, pitching the ailing music shop again the likes of Amazon, iTunes and Rough Trade. A timely nomination for the PR Campaign around the BRITs was also among the nominations. Elsewhere, the news of Morrissey versus LA’s Staple Center saw the Californian venue, which is due to host the quiffed on on 1 March, deny Morrissey’s claim that his wish for all meat-serving venues to be closed down for the night has been granted.
- Friday saw the internet literally collapse under the announcement of a North American co-headline tour between The Actor Justin Timberlake and Beyonce’s Husband Jay-Z, ahead of their appearance at the UK’s Wireless festival this summer. We also learnt of a surprise collaboration between Frank Ocean and Depeche Mode.