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Chrys-a-lis-a-fri-day by Will
August 28, 2009, 9:53 am
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#4 - Carnival Afterparty

August Bank Holiday. Carnival. Here’s some to get you in the mood:


We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
August 26, 2009, 4:38 pm
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Here’s Minnie the Minx:

And here are the links… (is that the sound of a barrel being scraped):

// Dazed and Confused streaming Into The Pink: Michael Schmelling’s behind the scenes film of the THE BIG PINK right here  // TV ON THE RADIO‘s Kyp Malone unleashes solo project, RAIN MACHINE  here  // BAT FOR LASHES to release special edition re-issue in September // In case you were living in Space and didn’t know, KAREN O has soundtracked Spike Jonze’s-soon-to-hit-the-big-screen-adaptation-of-Maurice-Sendak’s-beloved-Where the Wild Things Are. Can’t wait to see this! Details unveiled here. //  BRENDAN BENSON gets a fine write up in the Guardian. // And THE HORRORS release new video for (track of the year?) Mirror’s Image. //


Jeffrey Lewis and The Cribs (pure gold PT2) by Gareth
August 25, 2009, 11:24 am
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Ryan Jarman’s favourite gig? JOHNNY MARR’s favourite album? Ever wondered which one of the Jarman brothers was sick over Def Leppard?

Never fear, New York tonal poet Jeffrey Lewis has answered all the tip of the tongue questions about THE CRIBS through the medium of comic.

Check it. Yay.

Cribs 3 as done by Jeffrey Lewis August 2009Cribs 4 as done by Jeffrey Lewis AUgust 2009Cribs 5 as done by Jeffrey Lewis August 2009

Chrys-a-lis-a-fri-day by Will
August 21, 2009, 7:11 am
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Chrysalisafriday #3 - Festival Friday Reading Edition

Summer is almost over (when did it begin?) which means Reading must be  soon upon us. We like Reading and this year have no shortage of artists on the bill. Reading veteran and intern extraordinaire, Holly, has come up with a playlist to whet your collective Reading appetites.. Click below and see you there..

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Will
August 20, 2009, 10:53 am
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Every now and then something appears out of the blue that leaves you a shocked and awe struck mess on the floor, wondering what it in holy smoke it was that sucked the last echoing breath of air out of your lungs and drew an impromptu thousand yard stare from beyond the backs of your eyes. Well, on encountering the lush sounds of Up from Below (already out on Rough Trade), the debut album from LA dozen-piece EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, I was thus left. From the first crash of the drums on ’40 day dream’, through the joyful, towering chorus of ‘Home’, to the deliciously dark psychedlic landscape of ‘Desert Song’ this is an album that haunts the ears, weighs on the heart and wraps you up in a warm cloak of childlike abandon. And isn’t that pretty close to IT? For me, anyway, it certainly is.

Over the next few days they’re playing their debut shows in the UK, starting tonight at The Lexington in Islington, then Koko on Saturday night. They’re meant to be the knees of the bees live. We cannot wait.

This is unexpected by Will
August 19, 2009, 10:28 am
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… we seem to have been nominated for a Dazed Digital blog award (!). This is totally unexpected but nice! We welcome anyone who’s come our way having seen us on the nominations list. You can vote for us here if you like.

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Low Anthem by Will
August 19, 2009, 10:04 am
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THE LOW ANTHEM are my band of the year (so far), definitely my album of the year (so far) and maybe gig of the year (so far). (It is only August).

First saw them in a daytime show in a bar on 6th street, Austin. SXSW was in full swing and they were pissed off, it was stinking hot, the bar was rammed with expectant faces and we were surrounded by bars with noodling guitar heroes drowning out any noise they tried to make. They were struggling to be heard and the frustration was palpable (though not audible…) They persevered, turned the anger into atmosphere (turned up) and they were amazing. I saw them again the next night at midnight in a church (no booze or loos), illuminated by a 20ft cross. It wasn’t a religious experience but the context was fitting and I was hooked.

We are very happy to announce we have signed them (via Chrysalis Music USA). Check out some reviews and videos below:

G x




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