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Arctic Monkeys’ ax man Jamie proposed to his girlfriend of six years, model Katie Downes, last week.

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Alex Turner, who is good friends with Kane, has collaborated with him before for The Last Shadow Puppets. Kane has joined the AMs on stage for “505.” (See the video embedded above.)

According to Contact Music, Turner said: “No one’s ever been bold enough to ask it outright ever before. And no, he hasn’t asked us.”

Jamie Cook added: “If he did ask though, we probably would let him.”

Alex then replied: “Yeah, we would in a second. We’ve thought about asking him a few times.”

Kane’s main band is The Rascals, and he also made a solo record this year.

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There’s something off about Alex’s voice. And the music sounds muffled. Maybe it’s the sound system?

watch it HERE

What do you think?

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Everyone knows that the best way to get over your tall, skinny brunette in NY is to find a tall, skinny brunette in California.

Nice upgrade, Alex.

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In a retrospective piece written by the Huffington Post, Arctic Monkeys discuss what’s happened in the last half decade, how their songs have transformed and why.

The band has released four albums, and the later three stray far from their much acclaimed  debut. Alex Turner explains:

“There is that naivete that you get with first songs you write,” he said. “I feel like a better songwriter now, so it’s funny playing some of those old tunes. Some of them you can’t get near, because they’re just too then. There’s a bunch, like “Fake Tales of San Francisco” — it’s almost like I wrote those like jokes to tell my friends.”

He also adds:

“Sometimes it’s a bit as though you’re doing a cover,” he said smirking. “I think we do a pretty good ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor’ cover.”

Fans should also note that we don’t have to worry about the Arctic Monkeys experimenting with electronica. Jamie Cook said:

“We’re going to stick to rock. Somebody has to.”

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Their music always feels urgent…relentlessly pushing songs into full-sprint mode. And with lyrics worldly-wise, if not quite world-weary, Turner proves an insightful observer of human behavior, one who manages to transform adolescent tales of love and longing—those twin peaks of rock ’n’ roll—into the basics of existential struggle. The clever quip of a young man under arrest for under-aged drinking, “I’m sorry, officer, is there a certain age you’re supposed to be?” becomes a metaphor for that part of everyone’s experience comprised of mistakes rather than endeavors.

In their early songs, Arctic Monkeys indulge the naiveté of youth: they anticipate betrayals and adopt an ingrate’s attitude about their fans (“’Cause all you people are vampires”), recognizing that such adulation is conflicted and limited (“I know you’re certain we’ll fail”). Distrust of their own precocious fame also centers “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” a Dylanesque debunking of the nervous nightclub scene in which everybody performs by acting like everybody else. The song’s refrain is an improvised exorcism of bad behavior—“Get off the bandwagon/ And put down the handbook!”—and a pitch-perfect nod to Dylan (“Don’t follow leaders, watch the parking meters”) all in one.

read the rest HERE

New City Music, a website based in Chicago, has just published an excellent essay on  the Arctic Monkeys, chronicling their early success, their breakthrough debut (which sold more copies in its first week than any other record in British history).

The story is worth a read, the only qualm I have with it is that the authors cite Andy Nicholson as AM’s current bass player, and as we well know, Nick O’ Malley has been the band’s bass player since 2006.

The article serves the purpose of paying homage to the band and giving the non-die-hard fanbase a little more background about them in the days leading up to their performances at Lollapalooza and House of Blues.


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The Arctic Monkeys’ contract with Domino records is set to expire after the promo and tour for Suck it and See end in early 2012. Because they’re brilliant and their records sell well, many record labels are eager to sign them on. However, the fact remains that


“They have a great relationship with Domino because the founder Laurence Bell has always given them a lot of creative control.

“And they could re-sign with the firm but now Domino face competition from the major labels, who are keen to wade in. It could be a huge bun fight.” (via)

Only time will tell whether they remain loyal to Domino or seek their fortunes elsewhere.

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