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We Do The Links So You Don’t Have To by Will
June 22, 2009, 1:53 pm
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Radio is SO 2008

– You have to find the right station. It doesn’t give you nectar points. You can’t listen to it while you’re bmx-ing down the tube wearing rolled up jeans and sailing shoes (who would have thought it? New generation re-invents the trouser! What next? Using the toilet backwards?  Introduction of T-shirt WITHOUT ironic 70s-90s American small town reference / tag line a la ‘Jim Frimpletits O.A.P. cookout 1981, little rimchicken, USA’) Well. Radio has turned itself on its head, a development which caters with much thought to us, the short-attention-spun-visual-demanding-post-generation-X-bright-young-things. Video accompaniment is here and KCRW appear to be spearheading the movement.  Feel free to get off your bmx, roll down your trousers and enjoy Bat For Lashes and Metric via the audio-visual platform of your choice.

  // Bat For Lashes – live and marvellous on KCRW // and Metric – live and stupendous on KCRW //


The Cribs. ‘Ignore The Ignorant’. by Will
June 16, 2009, 3:15 pm
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The Cribs have today confirmed the release of their fourth album ‘Ignore The Ignorant’. Produced and mixed by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave…) at Seedy Underbelly Studio, Laurel Canyon, LA and British Grove in London, the album is the band’s first as a four – piece with the relatively new addition of guitarist Johnny Marr and heralds a marked leap for the band on the road to next level-ness.

Released on 7th September on Wichita ‘Ignore the Ignorant’ will include the following tracks:

We Were Aborted // Cheat On Me // We Share the Same Skies // City Of Bugs // Hari Kari // Last Year’s Snow // Emasculate Me // Ignore the Ignorant // Save Your Secrets // Nothing // Victim Of Mass Production // Stick To Yr Guns.

1st single will be ‘cheat on me’..

September. Month of cold, crisp sunshine, shortening days and The Cribs. Put it in your diary.

Mojo Mojo Mojo by Will
June 12, 2009, 11:30 am
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Well last night saw the passing of the 2009 Mojo Music Awards and over this morning’s croissants and freshly squeezed um bongo we cheered with delight to learn that FLEET FOXES, WHITE LIES and JOHNNY MARR all picked up gongs last night.

In the words of one maligned Alvy Singer: ‘All they do in this town is give awards. Best Fascist Dictator: Adolph Hitler’. Hmm..we have been watching Annie Hall too much, clearly, however in this case, the awarding of awards certainly went to very worthy recipients (and no fascists):

Fleet Foxes picked up the ‘Best Live Act’ award –  Anyone privy to their Roundhouse shows in February (or elsewhere, for that matter) can attest to the fact that Fleet Foxes live is arguably better than christmas.

White Lies bagged the ‘Mojo Breakthrough Award’. Brilliant news.

Johnny Marr received the award for ‘Classic Songwriter’ from former Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler. Johnny said he was ‘very honoured’. No, Johnny, we with ears are honoured.

Well done to all. We’re thrilled.

We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
June 5, 2009, 4:43 pm
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Off to see The Horrors tonight at the Electric Ballroom. If they’re anything like as good as the Guardian thinks it’s going to be like stepping into some  kind of live music elysium.  And that sounds nice. Also check out an interview with Spotify..

** Horrors Live in Manchester ** Mr Spotify chats to the BBC. Topical. Interesting. Sexual. Fun. **

May the weekend bring joy and wonderment.

Patrick Wolf returns with ‘The Bachelor’ by Will
June 1, 2009, 9:17 am
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Patrick Wolf is back (this morning) (yes!) with his fourth studio album, the Bachelor. Arriving amongst a swathe of blinding reviews, the Bachelor sees Patrick venture deep into dark pop landscapes, riding on a richly textured and ever diversifying sound full of cut up electro beats, haunting middle eastern strings, companions of choirs and production credits from Matthew Herbert and Alec Empire. Of course we are going to tell you we think it’s brilliant. So, yes- it’s brilliant.

The video for the new single, ‘Hard Times’, has also just been released and can be watched exclusively on here . Also hear what Patrick has to say about the Bachelor.

‘a whispered breath away from sheer perfection.’ 9/10 Clash Magazine 

‘Richly textured electro pop teems with flamboyance and sees Wolf come over like a cosmic Martin Fry.’ Observer Music Monthly 4/5 

The spikey haired one man Cabaret refuses to come quietly.’ NME

** UNCUT 4/5 ** TIME OUT 5/6 **