Mercury Prize 2012 – A Bluffer’s Guide

Buy Alt-J - Awesome Wave (Music CD) for only £7.09

Genre: Indie Pop/Alternative Rock

Track to Listen to: ‘Breezeblocks’

What the critics say: ‘Alt-J make music that tantalises and delights. Unexpected shards of sound, mesmerising layers of rhythm – irresistible!’

Alt-J – Awesome Wave
Buy Ben Howard - Every Kingdom (Music CD) for only £6.79

Genre: Folk/Rock/Pop

Track to Listen to: ‘Only Love’

What the critics say: ‘Intriguing tales from a modern troubadour – emotionally charged and involving music’

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Buy Django Django - Django Django (Music CD) for only £9.19

Genre: Indie/Art/Rock

Track to Listen to: ’Default’

What the critics say: ‘Kaleidoscopic pop superbly reprogrammed for the contemporary dance floor. Vivid, pounding and joyous’

Django Django – Django Django
Buy Field Music - Plumb (Music CD) for only £7.09

Genre: Indie/Art/Rock

Track to Listen to: ‘(I Keep Thinking About) a New Thing’

What the critics say: ‘Playful harmonies, quirky rhythms, the stop start sounds of everyday life, love and daydreams in today’s British city – gripping and affecting’

Field Music – Plumb
Buy Jessie Ware - Devotion (Music CD) for only £11.99

Genre: Pop/Soul/R&B

Track to Listen to: ‘Wildest Moments’

What the critics say: ‘An album of sensuous and emotive pop deeply imbued with the spirit of British club culture’

Jessie Ware – Devotion
Buy Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough? (Music CD) for only £5.79

Genre: Funk/Soul

Track to Listen to: ‘Lost & Found’

What the critics say: ‘Heartfelt songs beautifully written, brilliantly sung and inventively arranged. Lianne La Havas brings a subtle and powerful new voice to British soul music’

Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Buy Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again (Music CD) for only £5.99

Genre: Acoustic/Soul/Funk

Track to Listen to: ‘Home Again’

What the critics say: ‘A debut album of rare authority. Soulful songs and a sublime voice. Utterly convincing’

Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Buy Plan B - Ill Manors (Music CD) for only £5.19

Genre: Hip Hop/Rap/Grime

Track to Listen to: ‘Ill Manors’

What the critics say: ‘A brilliantly visceral soundtrack to an angry, troubling and harsh picture of life on the underside of London in 2012” A brilliantly visceral soundtrack to an angry, troubling and harsh picture of life on the underside of London in 2012′

Plan B – Ill Manors
Buy Richard Hawley - Standing At the Sky's Edge (Music CD) for only £7.19

Genre: Alternative Pop/Country

Track to Listen To: ‘Down in the Woods’

What the critics say: ‘Big sky, big sound, big star!’

Richard Hawley – Standing At the Sky’s Edge
Buy Roller Trio - Roller Trio (Music CD) for only £12.01

Genre: Funk/Jazz

Track to Listen to: ‘R-O-R’

What the critics say: ‘Raucous funk-infused jazz from a dynamic young trio. Bursting with melodic riffs, rhythmic jams and sonic urgency’

Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Buy Sam Lee - Ground of Its Own (Music CD) for only £7.79

Genre: Folk

Track to Listen to: ‘The Ballad of George Collins’

What the critics say: ‘Folk singer Sam Lee brings magical new life to the dignity and mystery of old songs. Unadorned singing, adventurous instrumentation – an album of singular charm and beauty’

Sam Lee – Ground of Its Own
Buy The Maccabees - Given To The Wild (Music CD) for only £5.99

Genre: Indie Rock

Track to Listen to: ‘Went Away’

What the critics say: ‘Inventive, lyrical, epic. The Maccabees make their move onto the main stage of British guitar music’

The Maccabees – Given To The Wild

Festival Season Is Upon Us

This year’s festival season has been kicked off in style with the Diamond Jubilee Concert & Download festival so far.  Thousands of fans have been treated to amazing live performances from a wide spectrum of acts, despite the usual suspect “summer” weather!

At base.com we have launched a dedicated 2012 Festival section, with links to each major festival, showing all available material from the scheduled line up acts. Also featuring great deals on festival equipment and our top festival style picks.

Check it all out by clicking the image below.

Music Festivals 2012

What’s Out This Week – 14th May

Music

Buy Garbage - Not Your Kind of People (Deluxe Edition) (Music CD)
The long awaited return of Brit pop/rockers Garbage. Seven years since their last studio release, but with something to please both new and old fans alike.

Garbage – Not Your Kind of People

Buy Tenacious D - Rize of the Fenix (Deluxe Edition) (Music CD)
The third studio outing from comedy/rock duo Jack Black & Kyle Gass. Rize of the Fenix promises a return to their humble roots, being recorded for just $600 (much like Nirvana’s first album Bleach, or the Beatles first album, Help)

Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix

Movies

Buy Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson. The second outing of the new franchise avoids the troublesome sequel trap and delivers a film experience equal to if not greater than the first.

Sherlock Holmes – A Game Of Shadows

Buy Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) for only £24.99]
Triple play version including DVD, Blu-ray & a Digital Copy that can be used on most Computers, Laptops and Mobile Devices.

Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows – Triple Play

Buy Underworld - Awakening for only £5.09
Underworld: Awakening is the fourth instalment in the Underworld series. Returning to the world 12 years on from the previous outing and things have changed a lot. The most successful movie in the series to date and for a very good reason.

Underworld – Awakening

Buy Underworld - Awakening (3D Blu-ray) for only £6.49
Experience the film with outstanding 3D visuals. Re-live that cinema experience at home.

Underworld – Awakening (3D Blu-ray)

Games

Buy Diablo III (PC/Mac DVD) for only £25.39
Diablo III is the definitive action role-playing game, and a true continuation of the Diablo series. Featuring the easy interface, fast-paced action and visceral gameplay that Diablo players have come to expect and enjoy. It will also include many new features that will take the Diablo action-RPG experience to the next level.

Diablo III

Buy Max Payne 3 (PC DVD) for only £12.99
Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

Max Payne 3 PC

Buy Max Payne 3 (PS3) for only £21.97
Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

Max Payne 3 PS3

Buy Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360) for only £19.99
Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

Max Payne 3 Xbox 360

House Of Marley Headphones

House Of Marley

The future of music and fashion has arrived. Introducing the brand new range of House of Marley headphones. Following in the steps of Bob Marley who used his music to spread his vision of equality, unity, authenticity, charity and sustainability. The House of Marley is committed to delivering premium quality, earth-friendly products that embody Bob Marley’s vision.

Earth-friendly

Only natural, earth-friendly and renewable materials are used in the products, such as sustainably sourced, FSC-certified woods, organic cotton and recyclable aluminum. Even the packaging is made from pulp, recycled plastics and recycled paper.

Cause-minded

With each purchase House of Marley will make a charitable donation to 1love. Founded by the Marley family this global movement is dedicated to supporting youth, planet and peace.

Superior Quality

Designed for both sound quality and durability. Packing heavy bass to keep any reggae fan happy yet not compromising on the high and mid-tones. Clever fabric cords to reduce those annoying tangles whilst removing static at the same time.

Check out our full range of House of Marley here. Guaranteed to be the next big thing in the music scene.

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2012 Brit Awards – The Winners

British male solo artist: Ed Sheeran
Buy Ed Sheeran - + (Plus) (Music CD) for only £5.79

Ed Sheeran Plus

British female solo artist: Adele
Buy Adele - 19 (Music CD) for only £7.79

Adele 19

British breakthrough: Ed Sheeran
Buy Ed Sheeran - + (Deluxe Edition) (Music CD)

Ed Sheeran Plus

British group: Coldplay
Buy Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (Music CD) for only £5.79

Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

British single: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Buy One Direction - Up All Night (Music CD) for only £4.04

One Direction

British album: Adele – 21
Buy Adele - 21 (Music CD) for only £8.40

Adele 21

International male solo artist: Bruno Mars
Buy Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops and Hooligans (Music CD) for only £5.59

Bruno Mars

International female solo artist: Rihanna
Buy Rihanna - Talk That Talk (Deluxe CD) (Music CD)

Rihanna

International group: Foo Fighters
Buy Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (Music CD) for only £8.19

Foo Fighters

International breakthrough act: Lana Del Rey
Buy Lana Del Rey - Born to Die (Music CD) for only £5.99

Lana Del Rey

Outstanding contribution to music: Blur
Buy Blur - Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur: Best Of (2 CD) (Music CD) for only £5.20

Blur

Critic’s choice: Emeli Sandé
Buy Emeli Sande - Our Version of Events (Music CD) for only £5.19

Emeli Sandé

Whitney Houston 1963 – 2012

Whitney HoustonThe tragic news of the death of legendary singer Whitney Houston shocked the world and music industry alike. Whilst it was no secret that she had been suffering with issues in her personal life for the last 10 years it still came as a massive suprise to all when the news broke on Saturday.

With the situation of her death likely to be coming over heavy scrutiny, it is well worth remembering the highlights of her glittering career. Whitney’s 48 year life produced an incredible 24 year music career during which she released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. A selection of our favourite of her works can be found here.

We would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to Whitney’s family and friends, and to remember her truly outstanding music career.

RIP.

 

Upcoming & New Releases

Looking for a new Game, Album or DVD this week? Here is your weekly round up of all the top new entertainment titles.

Games:

 

Buy F1 2011 (PS3) for only £6.99
New Releases
Buy F1 2011 (XBox 360) for only £5.19
New Releases
Buy F1 2011 (PC)
New Releases
Buy Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) for only £10.59
New Releases
Buy Supremacy MMA (PS3) for only £9.09
New Releases
Buy Supremacy MMA (XBox 360) for only £8.49
New Releases
Buy RailWorks 3 - Train Simulator 2012 (PC)
New Releases

DVD & Blu-ray:

 

Buy Thor
New Releases
Buy Thor - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
New Releases
Buy Thor - Super Play (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
New Releases
Buy House - Season 7 for only £9.49
New Releases
Buy House - Season 7 (Blu-ray) for only £15.09
New Releases
Buy The Big Bang Theory - Season 4 for only £8.59
New Releases
Buy The Big Bang Theory - Season 1-4 Complete
New Releases

Music:

 

Buy James Morrison - The Awakening (Music CD) for only £5.99
New Releases
Buy Blink 182 - Neighborhoods (Music CD) for only £5.99
New Releases
Buy Nirvana - Nevermind (20th Anniversary Remaster: Deluxe Edition) (Music CD)
New Releases
Buy Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon (2 CD Experience Version) (Music CD) for only £14.29

The Return of the 90′s

This month has seen the announcement for the return of the Bill & Ted Film Series and TV Show Red Dwarf. Keanu Reeves himself broke the Bill & Ted news, confirming that writing of the script was in progress. Red Dwarf has been confirmed to hit TV screens in November, with the majority of the original cast to return. Both enjoyed the majority of their success in the 1990′s and have achieved a cult status associated with the decade. This got myself (and most of the office) reminiscing about all the great and not so great moments and trends from the 90′s, it wasn’t long before we realised that a lot of things from the decade are making a come-back soon or have already within the last few years.

So what else is there to look forward to help continue this 90′s revival….

Games:

Duke Nukem- Duke Nukem Forever: “The alien hordes are back and only Duke can save the world, again”. The greatly anticipated and delayed games series returns this year, with outings on the PS3, XBox 360 and PC. Expect outrageous story-lines and over the top weaponry, this will be a hit.

 

Mortal Kombat- Mortal Kombat: The Arcade Fighting sensation, released in 1992, returns on PS3 & XBox 360 in what is being billed as ‘a return to the series’ roots’. More brutal than ever, perhaps not every-one’s cup of tea but hard to ignore for any serious gamer.

 

Music:

Blur- Blur: If one word could sum up the 90′s musically it would be – ‘Britpop’. Along with Oasis, Blur were the undisputed (let the arguments begin again) Kings of the genre. Whilst there is no concrete information it is very strongly rumoured that Blur will release a full studio album this year, the first time all 4 original members have recorded together in over a decade!

Blink 182- Blink 182: No date for their new album either but some strong words from band members. Tom DeLonge – the record will “absolutely” be out in time for the U.K. tour this summer and that Blink “will not tour if there is no record”. Travis Barker – “I think we’ll turn in our album in June or July, honestly… It’s coming close, to the point where these are completed songs and they’re not going to change.

Film/TV:

Rock Chips- Rock & Chips: Whilst it’s common place for films to get a prequel, it is slightly rarer for TV shows. Rock & Chips began airing last year, it portrays the childhood of one Derek ‘Del-Boy’ Trotter before he became the lovable wheeler-dealer we grew to love in the show Only Fools and Horses. 2 episodes have already aired to much acclaim and a third is due on the 24th April.

Scream- Scream 4: Back in 1996 we were all taught how to survive if you ever wound up in a horror movie. Two sequels closely followed with great box office success. The Trilogy poked fun at the linear and predictable story-lines that many previous slasher films had followed. This weekend sees the U.K. release of the franchise’s 4th film, whether there is still any innovation to been found in the series remains to be seen, but something tells me it will be worth a watch.

 

So is the 1990′s revival well and truly on? I hope so, bring back Wayne’s World, Will Smith’s rap career and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too!

Comment below and tell us what you want to see return from this glorious decade.

 

Take a Butchers at Lady Gaga’s RARE designer dress, worn to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Lady GaGa’s latest off the shoulder dress is literally that, off the shoulder of a recently slaughtered cow!

Lady Gaga wear a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Complete with matching hat and purse, Lady GaGa knows that she is the one that everyone will be talking about for days, weeks, even years to come.

But what is the reason behind it? Are we treating her like a piece of meat? Apparently not, as she explained to American chat show host Ellen DeGeneres at an after show “meat up”

“I mean no disrespect to anyone who is vegetarian or vegan. As you know, I’m the most judgement free human being on earth,” Gaga said in an interview on DeGeneres’ chat show. Holding a copy of Vogue on the cover of which she is emblazoned wearing a beef bikini, she told the audience: “I am not a piece of meat.”

Lady GaGa wears a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music AwardsShe also explained that she chose to wear the dress as a protest against the American armed forces’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards homosexuals. The policy means gay people can serve in the armed forces so long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation.

It looks to me that a dress made of meat has very little relationship to an army’s policy on homosexuality. I think she wanted to get her picture in the news, and, she did it.

I’ve got no beef with Lady GaGa if she wants to wear a meat dress! It’s not that many steps removed from wearing a leather outfit. Just don’t talk tripe about why you’re wearing it.

One thing that has been lost in all of this. When reading all the blog posts and news articles about Lady GaGa’s night, I struggled to find one that listed the awards she had won, but, perhaps when you’re as cutting edge as this, turning up and being seen is more important than winning.

For those of you still interested in the results, Lady Gaga slaughtered the competition to pick up 8 awards:

  • Video Of The Year – Bad Romance
  • Best Pop Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Female Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Collaboration – Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
  • Best Dance Music Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Choreography – Bad Romance
  • Best Direction – Bad Romance
  • Best Editing – Bad Romance

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Lady GaGas The Remix Featuring her 7 times MTV Video Award wining track Bad RomancePick up the album containing Lady GaGa’s 7 times award wining track Bad Romance.

Buy Lady Gaga – The Remix for only £4.48

The Remix is a 17-track album of rare and hard-to-find versions of songs from Lady Gaga’s six-times platinum album The Fame Monster.

Lady GaGa’s latest off the shoulder dress is literally that, off the shoulder of a recently slaughtered cow!

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