Monday, June 30, 2008

The Last Shadow Puppets - Standing Next to Me

This is the second single taken from the album "The Age Of The Understatement". The video looks very Beatlesque (That has to be a word), even down to the girls dressed as the Abbey Road zebra crossing. The single is out on July 7th in the UK.

Previous coverage here

They had no real tour plans, but as The Rascals are playing the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, they are performing there - Leeds August 22nd and Reading is August 24th.

Click to buy the MP3 from Amazon


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Beggars - You & Me

These Beggars are pretending to be the Beatles. Enjoy another slice of the Beggrs and also checkout their previous video The Future

They are playing Glastonbury on Friday June 27th

This single is due to be released in August.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Whip - Blackout

Updated: Finally here.Updated: The record company has removed this until Monday as MSN have exclusivity until then (Couldn't see it there though) Checkout a good quality version at MSN UK/AOL here
This is the follow up to the fantastic Trash. I am really liking this band, it looks like they have 2 sets at Glastonbury that would be worth a look - I expect one is a DJ set (In the Dance Village), but get to the John Peel stage to see them on Sunday June 29th.

Check out their MySpace page for some US dates, but not a large tour here yet, and I don't see a west coast date yet.

Click to buy the MP3 from Amazon

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Glastonbury Picks 2008

Alright, Glastonbury is less than a week away and so I thought I would offer up some guidance through the maze of bands and stages. Anything there will be good, but DO NOT just hang around the main 2 stages - Get out and about, even try out the jazz world.

Here's a few picks from me, they are in no particular order, but if they have a video on here I have linked to it.

Pyramid Stage
Friday Editors, Kate Nash and possibly The Fratellis
Saturday Jay-Z
Sunday Goldfrapp

Other Stage
Friday The Rascals and The Enemy
Saturday Hot Chip, Elbow, The Black Kids and possibly Los Campesinos
Sunday Groove Armada, The Pigeon Detectives and possibly The Zutons

John Peel Stage
Friday Reverend and The Makers, MGMT, The Kills, The Ting Tings,
Saturday The Couteeners, British Sea Powwer, Holy Fuck and possibly The Teenagers
Sunday The Whip, Crystal Castles and The Long Blondes

The Park
Friday Now that's a line up - Pete Doherty, Dizzee Rascal, The Duke Spirit, Operator Please, Sons and Daughters, Santogold and Beggars
Saturday MGMT and Lykke Li
Sunday Possibly The Mystery Jets

Jazz World
Friday Fun Lovin' Criminals (Google Scooby Snacks) and Lupe Fiasco
SaturdayPossibly Joan Armatrading, my dad loved her!
Sunday Eddy Grant? In jazz world, hmm.

Acoustic Stage
Friday Sinead O' Connor, Eddi Reader and Eleanor McAvoy
SaturdayAndy Fairweather Low (Tell me what it's like)
Sunday Suzanne Vega

The Dance Village
THe Audio Bullys, The Count and Sinden, Fatboy Slim (Check out the BPA Toe Jam video), Hercules and Love Affair, X-Press 2 and The Whip

Leftfield Stage
The Beat, Billy Bragg, Dirty Pretty Things and The Levellers

Avalon Stage
Hazel O'Connor and for a real treat The Men they couldn't Hang (Check out the album "Waiting for Bonaparte")

Apologies, I ran out of time going down the list, enjoy your trip to Glastonbury and take the time to walk thedges either before the shows start or in the night.

I am off to Ireland for a couple of weeks so there will be very few postings.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

May 2008

Episode 5 - The collected videos from May 2008.

Tricky - Council Estate, Black Kids - Hurricane Jane, Tapes 'n Tapes - Hang Them All, White Williams - Violator, Portishead - The Rip, The Courteeners - No You Didnt No You Dont, The Fratellis - Mistress Mabel, Bryn Christopher - The Quest, The Pigeon Detectives - This Is An Emergency, The Kills - Last Day of Magic, Haunts - Underground, The Music - Strength In Numbers, Fear of Music - First To Go, Long Blondes - Century, Cut Copy - Lights & Music, Film School - Compare, Constantines - Hard Feelings, Hot Chip - One Pure Thought


Monday, June 16, 2008

The Stills - Snakecharming The Masses

I love The Stills, I even bore with them on the 2nd album, this is a great return to form and a great first single off the 3rd album "Oceans Will Rise" due out on August 19th.

You can check out some of the new songs on their MySpace page. The Stills, on the "Logic will break your heart" tour and part of NoisePop, were the first band I saw at The Independent after it opened (It was formerly The Justice League where I saw The Streets on their first US tour)

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

I Was A Cub Scout - Pink Squares

I do detect a "Death cab..." influence with a little bit of stellastarr*, but that may just be me. Nice video, though - A good presentation for a simple performance video. This is taken from the album 'I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope'.

I see some UK dates including 1 tour date on July 4th at Port Lympne wild animal park in the UK??? but who knows if that will happen as they have allegedly split up - See the MySpace blog for info and new projects

Click to buy the MP3 from Amazon

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gutter Twins - Idle Hands

So what do you do when you're bored? Check out The Gutter Twins latest video for ideas.

This is taken from the album Saturnalia - Previous coverage is here

I do not see a local show but would not be surprised to see something on July 11th between the LA show on the 10th and Seattle show on the 12th (Just a guess though)

Anyway, I was at the Local H show at The Independent on Sunday night and it was really good - Always a good start when you see a bottle of water rather than bourbon on stage. They put on a great show to support the new album "12 Angry Months" which you should rush out and buy. For those that missed the show, you can listen to several archived shows at

Click to buy the MP3 from Amazon

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Rascals - Freakbeat Phantom

This is the latest single from The Rascals due out on June 9th (UK). The album "Rascalize" is out in the UK on June 23rd - You may have to get "Suspicious Wit" separately as it is not on the track list.

The Rascals and the Last Shadow Puppets are both playing some of the same festivals (I think at Reading/Leeds) so Miles will be a busy man.

Previous "The Rascals" coverage here

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

MGMT - Electric Feel

Updated: Not embeddable from YouTube, apologies, so updated to MTV
Happy June to you. Posts are still a little untimely as we are still getting ready to move house and recovering from the party at the weekend.

It feels like summer to me and nothing says summer like this track from MGMT. They have a busy time ahead of them playing various shows around the US plus a lot of festivals in the UK and elsewhere.

I'd love to be at the one in Manchester with radiohead and Bat for Lashes.

Anyway, enjoy the video and watch out for the motorbikes. The single should be out June 23rd (UK) but there is the album version available. Also, you can watch "Time to Pretend" here

Click to buy the MP3 (Album version) here