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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’


6 music- wtf?
March 2, 2010, 12:55 pm
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It is beyond unbelievable that the BBC plans to close BBC6 music.

Instead of wading in to the debate (i’ll probably get angry and rant) I would like to defer you to articles written by Sophie Heawood in the Independent on Sunday and Beggars chairman Martin Mills in Music Week  this week.

Also encourage you to write to and let them know your thoughts (be polite)

I think Phil Jupitus summed things up quite neatly by describing it as an ‘act of cultural vandalism’


new signing- patch william
March 1, 2010, 12:31 pm
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The signing photo! Chrysalis + Band + Champagne = good times!

We are more than delighted to announce the signing of Patch William, a rather snappy Stephen Fry approved four piece band from London.

Below is the video for the fantastic ‘Jealousy’ recorded at Maida Vale for BBC6.For more info about the band, click here. Their debut album is out later this year on Hubris records.

February 25, 2010, 3:22 pm
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Karen O- sexiest female.


Resident red boot wearing blogger and general Dandy about town Will ‘I was in Harry Potter don’t you know’  Theakston has whizzed himself to Israel for a couple of weeks r and r in the sunshine, leaving the blog in the relatively capable hands of Gareth ‘what does this button do’ Smith.

Sorry in advance for the lack of rhyming couplets, self deprecating humour and cheeky comments- bad spelling and general scrappiness are the order of the day. For the next couple of weeks.


The NME awards were held last night! The annual celebration of all things indie. Not as serious as the Ivor Novellos and not as self congratulatory or contrived as the Brits- Like the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party with skinnier jeans and better hair.

We did do rather well…

‘Best Track’  was quite rightly won by Big Pink for the infectious wonder that is ‘Dominos‘ Nice one boys- very proud!

Other joy for Karen O from the Yeah yeah Yeah’s who spent last year on the road, released a career defining record and still found time to soundtrack the animated magic that is ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ topped all that off by winning SEXIEST FEMALE. Cosmic.

For a full list of winners and some backstage interviews click HERE

In other unrelated news we went to a STORMING show by Mastodon at the Roundhouse last night. On leaving the venue we got stuck in a lift which hadn’t actually moved. Resulting peril was like a deleted scene from Spinal Tap.

Tis all for now- chrysalisafriday tomorrow and usual blog banter next week.


Jeffrey Lewis and The Cribs (pure gold PT2)
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

New Signing: The Horrors
April 23, 2009, 10:18 am
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So thrilled to announce that we have signed The Horrors in an exclusive publishing deal, moving forward. The band’s second album, ‘Primary Colours’ will be released on XL on May 4 and has been produced by our very own Geoff Barrow of Portishead. Check out the video for ‘Sea Within a Sea’ below… Thrilled.

– Gareth

The Bob Dylan Precedent
March 6, 2009, 2:47 pm
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Bob Dylan is currently sound tracking a Mccann Erickson produced TV advert for the Co-op group in the UK with ‘Blowing In The wind’.

Running a synch department within a publisher whose monthly targets are sometimes scuppered by writers with more integrity than i’d like, it’s difficult not to see this as the ultimate licence, a refreshing piece of pragmatism in a world like ours in which the decision making process can be full of over analytical second guessing. Now, I have the Bob Dylan precedent, the ultimate tool in my arm twisting armory- if Bob Dylan can say yes, then the seal has been broken, things aren’t as sacred as they once were… there’s no excuse not to.

The use on the surface seems pretty natty and almost too good to be true. The Co-op, a company centered around financial services whose ethical credentials are unquestionable and who, unlike the big city banks are strolling through the current credit crunch/ crisis with their heads held high and pride intact, borrowing possibly the ultimate protest/ anti establishment song (save God Save The Queen- Sex Pistols?)  in order to position themselves as the antithesis to the greedy city banks and as the only viable option left on the high street.

So- what exactly does Bob Dylan get out of this relationship?  You’d think that none of the usual reasons for licensing music would apply to someone of his stature, he can’t need the cash, or the promotion and publicity such a use inevitably brings- this is Bob Dylan!

Scratch the surface though and you’ll see that Bob Dylan seems to actually like adverts- not only does he licence his music to them, he likes to appear in them, popping up, dressed in black with his funny bit of facial hair, looking a bit older than you’d like him to and on two occasions playing guitar surrounded by dancing girls.

First off there’s the ipod advert around the time of his 06 record ‘Modern Times’ the reasoning for which kind of speaks for itself, nice bit of promotion for the album via itunes who pretty untouchable in the credibility stakes (and no coincidence provides a shop front for his back catalogue to ANOTHER generation of music buyers- 800 track digital boxset anyone?) and he gets to mince about in cowboy hat singing, looking grumpy whilst girls dance.

Then there’s the Victoria’s Secrets Underwear advert which is where things take a turn for the surreal- more dark clothing, more bob mooching around in a moody guitar playing haze, more dancing girls (in underwear) and a real lack of rhyme or reason.

Last but not least is the advert in America, for a ‘environmentally friendly hybrid SUV’ (insert smug comment re oxymoron) that reportedly does 21 miles to the gallon. This time he’s driving, listening to music and generally being Bob Dylan.


So whilst the co-op may think they have the ultimate in ethical soundtracks, and set the blogsphere alive with the age old ‘selling out’ debate and created a small whirlwind in the undeniable coup that is licensing THAT song, for Bob it seems this is business as usual, another day in the office, underwear, ipods, cars or ethical banks – business, it seems, is business.

– Gareth