Here’s some new Los Campesinos! for you. It was new to me anyway. Unless they played it when I saw them at The Spitz back in March, but in any case I can’t quite recall it. The track is Knee Deep at ATP and is apparently an account of a particular love interest had by [...]
I worry about myself sometimes. Despite my oft-expressed dislike for ‘Big Indie’ (y’know stadium indie rock, beloved of major record labels and peddled by the likes of Coldplay and Snow Patrol), I wonder if my antipathy is fuelled by it being intrinsically bad or just because familiarity breeds contempt. I’m not a big daytime radio [...]
So, LCD Soundsystem’s decision to put out their latest single All My Friends with covers of that song by Franz Ferdinand and John Cale on the b-side was a pretty popular one eh? Lots of praise, particularly for the ex-Velvets man’s version.
Generally, this is something that I’m very much in favour of. Rather than having [...]
OK, this is the last Rough Trade East post, I promise. I don’t want you getting bored by me going on about it, but I am quite excited about the whole thing, even though it’ll take me some time to feel comfortable with the new setup.
Anyway, I went down again last evening and though things [...]
I couldn’t leave the new Rough Trade East shop the other day without making a purchase. This one was a bit impulsive, but luckily it turned out to be a good decision. I had never heard of Arthur & Yu before the Rough Trade weekly email hit my inbox on Saturday, but their album of [...]
It seems appropriate to follow the last post with one about Vampire Weekend, especially after Matthew spotted the nice yellow 7 inch in the Rough Trade racks and recommended that everyone buy it - “three songs of pop genius” he says, and he’s right.
Last week, the debut EP by the NYC quartet came out in [...]
London might have been spared the crazy weather that has brought chaos to other bits of the country at the moment, but it was still a pretty miserable grey wet day that saw the opening of the highly anticipated new Rough Trade East shop in the Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane. I braved the [...]
In theory, I should hate this band. Which is why I’m glad that I’m judging Lavender Diamond on the quality of their music, not the theory. I heard songs from the Cavalry of Light EP before I knew anything about the band, and was immediately entranced by this beautiful ethereal psychedelic folk music, raised to [...]
I’m keeping it Fence-related for the third post in a row now. This time Adrian Crowley. Are you thinking that Adrian’s not really a rock ‘n’ roll name? Well, he’s not really aiming to rock your boots. His approach is much quieter, much more subtle, so let’s not do the name-dissing thing.
Although he’s on Fence [...]
I’m trying to imagine the conversation.
“OK, we’ve got this singer-songwriter to market. I think her name is KT Tunstall or something”
“I mean, look at the image she had for her last album. Rainbow braces, jeans, big boots. So bloody singer songwriter-ish. Could even be a hippy”
“Yeah, we can’t have people thinking that. Album sold [...]