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links! by Gareth
March 3, 2010, 12:58 pm
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Estelle- new video ‘Freak’ feat Kardinall Offishall is flippin brilliant and with a nice twist of soul 2 soul. Brilliant.

 Broken Bells are in town, on six music in session, at the ICA tonight and streaming their album right now HERE.

Dinosaur Junior are playing some shows in the UK (AMAZING!) full details can be found on their website

Laura Marling who has an amazing new Ethan Johns produced album out imminently is on the front of the fly magazine.

Lastly- the Yeah Yeah Yeahs pick some music for the Guardian and provide a portal for the video to new 7”¬†single ‘Skeletons’



Coming shortly: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Skeletons’ video.. by Will
January 21, 2010, 10:45 am
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This has got our minds a-fluttering.¬† Yeah Yeah Yeahs will unveil their new video for ‘Skeletons’ in a matter of days. It goes live on www.babelgum.com¬†on Monday. Be there.



We’ve had a lovely year by Will

‘Come on, chaps – let’s have a listen to that new¬†joint from Chrysalis.¬† Thompson’s gone on a pimp juice reccy. Last one to get crunk is a wet blanket’

Indeed. Well, there’s nothing like gathering in Norwegian woollen jumpers, lighting pipes and giving the last 12 months in music a right going over. That’s¬†exactly what we’ve spent the last month doing.¬†We now have a¬†massive pipe tobacco dependance, broad 1940s accents and a penchant for calling each other by surname only. More truthfully, 2009 has been a sensational year for Chrysalis artists. Much lauded albums released, big gigs played, festival crowds won over,¬†new artists signed,¬†ads¬†synched, tv spots spotted, Mercury prize nominations nominated, picnics played, Letterman’s performed, end of year lists invited..¬†So with that in mind for your aural (and sexual?) pleasure (no, probably not) here compiled are our musical revelations of the year. The ones that will endure in our minds for the longest into the new decade and beyond. Of course the choosing was very difficult. But 2009 according to Gareth, Sophie, David and Will was all about this:

Gareth ‘I’m the boss so I’m not putting anything here’ Smith:

  1. YYY’s ‘Zero’ – Is the bit about a minute and a half in when the song is launched into orbit that makes me smile. On the tube. At randoms. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
  2. THE CRIBS ‘Cheat on Me’. Effortless, honest and unpretentious.
  3. EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ‘Home’. A singalong stroke of brilliance by a band of 15 smiling people on stage – a cult you want to join.

Sophie ‘S’aink S’aink’ Urquhart:

  1. THE BIG PINK ‘Too young to love (Unkle Remix)’ – Ridiculously cool track in itself. The Unkle¬†remix just gives it that special s’aink s’aink. Pure ear joy.
  2. THE LOW ANTHEM ‘Charlie Darwin’ – This song makes me want to smile and cry simultaneously.
  3. GOSSIP ‘Four Letter Word’ – I love the insanely catchy synth bassline in this track which makes me feel like I’m at an 80’s discotheque every time I listen to it, which is a lot.

David ‘Why use one word when fifty¬†will do’ O’Bryan:

  1. BAT FOR LASHES ‘Daniel’ – Despite being drenched to the core at her Somerset House gig, seeing her perform a flawless rendition of this mystical pop song of Fleetwood Mac proportions is a definite gig highlight of ther year for me.
  2. NATHAN FAKE ‘The turtle’ –¬†I¬†love techno when it’s for the head, like Aphex Twin. I love techno when it’s for the dancefloor, like Dubfire. But when you have techno that’s for the head¬†AND the dancefloor in one song, it’s perfection. This song is just that.
  3. PATRICK WOLF ‘Hard Times’ – His show at the Palladium is one of my favourite gigs of the year… seeing him¬†sing this song in a giant glitter cape, whilst spinning like a pagan dandy, is one of my music highlights of the year.

Will ‘I grew attached to it’ Theakston:

  1. THE HORRORS ‘Mirrors Image’¬† I have listened to this song 7,863 times this year. I marked each play by dropping a small paper effigy of the band in my ‘I love the Horrors bassline’ hope chest. That’s not weird.
  2. METRIC ‘Satellite Mind’¬†The greatness of this song and Metric’s album should be screamed from the rooftops. We’re not allowed on our roof anymore, so¬†I’ll scream it from a, er, blog.
  3. ANDREW BIRD ‘Fitz and Dizzyspells’¬† If you could open a can and summer came out this song would be the accompaniment. LOVE the bird.

 Oh, and without further ado..



we do the links so you don’t have to by Will
September 3, 2009, 10:48 am
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These are some drinks:

tropical-drinks.jpg tropical drinks image by tretana

And these are the links (expect a new gimmicky catchphrase next week):

Radiohead’s Reading homage to the YEAH YEAH YEAHS // THE HORRORS and DAMON ALBARN collaborate! // DEVENDRA BANHART unveils¬†sixth studio record¬†due for Autumn Release // A message to you, (Rudy), from THE CRIBS //¬† Dominos video by THE BIG PINK¬†(Also! They’ve just been moved on to the Radio 1 B list which is mighty good) // NME says ‘bene..bene.. ‘ to THE¬†FREQUENCY‘s debut EP ‘ Morning to 3am’¬†// ¬†And some excitement in the¬†Youtube/PRS discussions, finally.. //

And now? De-brief  and CACK-tails..



We Do The Links So You Don’t Have To by Will

Good Morning. Here is the Lynx:

 And here are the links:

// Drowned in Sound’s ‘Best tracks of¬† 2009…so far’¬†features YEAH YEAH YEAHS, SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS,¬†ST VINCENT, METRIC,¬†ANDREW BIRD,¬†¬†BAT FOR LASHES¬†and¬†THE HORRORS. Check out here // ‘In short, the old model is dead but the new one is still an ugly mutant’ – Sean DiS comments on the state of the industry. Nice piece with METRIC getting a lot of column width.¬†// THE FREQUENCY‘s debut EP, ‘Morning to 3am’,¬†album of¬†the week and much lauded¬†by the peeps at¬†Dance Music Review here. // ENGINEERS get a stonking 8/10 album review¬†in DiS.¬†Lovely. (by the way, in case you hadn’t guessed today is DiS day ;))



We Do The Links So You Don’t Have To by Will

Good afternoon. Here is the LYNX:

and here are the LINKS:

Our very own Matt Bishop of Switches provides the excellent soundtrack to¬†the new Gordon’s G&T ad with¬†Gordon ‘Haven’t I got a potty mouth!’ Ramsay. Nice! // Listen to the new collaboration between Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M Ward¬†and Conor Oberst.. // Take yourself on a journey into the mind of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs¬†right here!¬†// Check out The Big Pink¬†‘s video¬†for 1st single, ‘Velvet’ // And then there’s this lovely video from the marvellous, recently signed, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros to take you into the weekend…



Glastonbury. by Will

Pyramid Stage

Glastonbury, glastonbury, glastonbury… they say if you remember Glastonbury then you weren’t really there (man). Well I could tell you that I spent my weekend expanding my mind, strolling naked through the Shangri-La compound (yes, that was ME)¬†smoking nettles and discussing the positioning of ley lines behind a king size¬†beard.. BUT! that would all be far too untruthful, because there was more music than you could shake a druid’s staff at¬†to check out.¬†For those uninitiated in the ways of Glastonbury it must be said that the sheer enormity of the festival means that attempting¬†to catch even half of what is going on is impossible. The result is a weekend of very well thought out compromises. Here were a few of mine¬†(click on artist names to see video highlights):

The Horrors // Park Stage // Friday 9.25pm – Perhaps I am biased since I think that the bass line on mirror’s image is the greatest thing under the sun.. but! – the Horrors show did not fail to deliver. As desperate fans ran uphill to the stage, the Horrors tore through their set (drawn exclusively from ‘Primary Colours’). Epic, dark, melodic, squealing¬†deliciousness.¬† First¬†memorable moment¬†of the weekend.¬†

White Lies // The Other Stage // Friday 5pm РDancing in the dark!! Dancing in the dark!!  It seems whatever WL turn their hands to they pull off with finesse. HUGE crowd gathered to watch them kick off their two glasto performances and they were great.

The Big Pink // John Peel Stage // Sat 1pm ¬†– The huge John Peel tent was near¬†capacity as crowds gathered to see¬†tastemaker Alex Petridis’s ‘hot tip’ for the festival. Turned up to 11, big choruses, brooding bad ass basslines, crowd hungover¬†but¬†lapping it up. Big screams¬†for ‘Velvet’ and ‘Dominoes’. A¬†very nice¬†glasto debut.

Fleet Foxes // Pyramid Stage // Saturday 4.30pm – Robin Pecknold singing ‘Oliver James’ with the same poise you’d expect from a man facing a bedroom mirror, let alone a 50,000-strong crowd, was a bit of a moment.¬† Sunshine, Fleet Foxes in welly boots, harmonies harmonies harmonies, ‘blue ridge mountains’.¬†I may have shed a tear.

Bon Iver // Park Stage // Sat headline slot – The Park stage is up on the hillside across from the stone circle and looks down over the whole festival. On Saturday night Bon Iver took to the stage and gave a truly¬†magical set. ‘What might have been lost’ echoed through the crowd on ‘Wolves’, as Chinese lanterns floated idly into the night sky. You get the picture. Wouldn’t have missed it for the Boss.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs // Other Stage // Sunday 5.30pm – Head dress. Leather Jacket. Microphone Swallowing. Need I say any more? ‘Heads Will Roll’ made me want to abandon all my morals.

Bat For Lashes // The Other Stage // Sunday 6.30pm – I never quite get over how stunning Natasha Khan’s live performances are.¬†Her voice is breathtaking. The band sounded louder and clearer than everyone else on the other stage on Sunday.¬†This was definitely one¬†of my highlights of the weekend. Spine tingling stuff.

And finally…

Blur // Pyramid Stage // Sunday Headline – Up there with Radiohead on the pyramid stage in 2003. Mind blowing. The Universal. The Universal. The Universal. Our very own Damon Albarn. Can’t wait to see them again on Friday.¬†

Other scores of the weekend:

Crosby Stills and Nash¬†(David Crosby’s moustache is amazing) // Dizzee Rascal// The Futureheads (secret gig on the cabaret stage. So good) // Falafel // Regina Spektor (‘someone next door is f**king to one of my songs’. yes.) // Shangri-La madness¬†//¬†hot cider¬†// ‘Anvil’ in the cinema tent // SPINAL TAP! // Dead Weather secret gig on Park Stage // Neil Young’s seventeen verses // losing friends on Friday and no mobile¬†then bumping into them by chance among 170,000 people. Bit lucky. // Roots Manuva on Sunday // The Shortwave Set at the Queens Head. //

I am showered, de-suncreamed and de-bearded. Ready to do it all again next year.



We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
May 27, 2009, 12:30 pm
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‘Off off off with your head. Dance Dance Dance till your dead’. This is not an excerpt from a dance-off cussing match between¬†the fire creatures from Jim Henson’s 1986 masterpiece, Labyrinth, and¬†Fred Astaire. No. This is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their new video appears to have been filmed at Shunt Vaults in London Bridge.¬†Videos¬†involving Michael Jackson-impersonating werewolves normally go down well here..

Nice. Also….

** Patrick Wolf is all over Drowned in Sound ahead of next week’s release of The Bachelor. Sean ‘King of DiS’ Adams delves deeper thricely here:¬† ‘Biscuits with the Bachelor’¬†/ ‘Alec, Kate, Joni and Bjork Talk’ /¬†¬†‘Back to the Bachelor’¬†**

And that’s all for today you little buggers.



We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
April 30, 2009, 10:56 am
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Special mention goes to Metric this week, who are being given their own week on Drowned in Sound!¬†Features include¬†Jimmy’s¬†guide to Toronto, Joshua’s guide to NYC, ‘Fantasies’ Track by Track and an exclusive behind the scenes 3 part documentary, ‘The Rawside of Metric’.

Elsewhere, aside from Swine Flu pandemonium (the man¬†sat next to me on the E3¬†bus to work today coughed twice..Am I now¬†INFECTED?!!!’) we can link you up to:

** Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Shepherds Bush ** The Horrors on making ‘Primary Colours’ ( which just got a 9/10¬†in the¬†NME (9/10… 9/10.) ** 3 Strikes back on the French Parliament agenda ** More ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ teasers from messrs Burton/SparkleHorse and Lynch**¬†

Don’t get Swine Flu if you can help it.



We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
April 24, 2009, 12:11 pm
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** ‘What does the Pirate bay¬†verdict mean for innovation’ - An interesting piece in the Guardian ** New Horrors Video for ‘Who Can Say’¬† **Bat For Lashes on Later with Jools ‘High Pitch Musical Wizard’ Holland ** Review of Bat For Lashes @Shepherds Bush Empire¬† ** Yeah Yeah Yeahs play ‘Heads will Roll’ on Jimmy Fallon¬†** The Sparklehorse / Dangermouse¬†‘Dark¬†Night of the Soul’¬† legend continues to grow…¬†**

May your weekend be weekendish. And wonderful.




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