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This weeks new releases

Thought people might like to know what new music is being released this week;

Albums;

Air – ‘Love 2’
Cerys Matthews – ‘Don’t Look Down’
Fuck Buttons – ‘Tarot Sport’
Idlewild – ‘Post Electric Blues’
Lethal Bizzle – ‘Go Hard’
Mumford And Sons – ‘Sigh No More’
The Leisure Society – ‘Sleeper & A Product Of The Ego Drain’
The Raveonettes – ‘In And Out Of Control’
The Slits – ‘Trapped Animal’

Singles;

Bad Lieutenant – ‘Sink Or Swim’
Fever Ray – ‘If I Had A Heart’
Kid Harpoon – ‘Back From Beyond’
Metronomy – ‘Not Made For Love’
No Age – ‘Losing Feeling’
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – ‘Higher Than The Stars’
The Dirty Projectors – ‘Temecular Sunrise’
The Drums – ‘Let’s Go Surfing’
Whitney Houston – ‘Million Dollar Bill’

05/10/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Eurogamer expo line-up announced

The Eurogamer expo, mentioned in a previous post has announced some of the line-up of playable games available. Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft will all have forthcoming games available for play at the expo’s, along with SEGA, Eidos, Capcom, Konami, 2K Games, Bethesda, Namco Bandai and Deep Silver. So expect a whole raft full of quality games testing at the events.

Some of the games included will be anticipated Christmas blockbusters Assassin’s Creed 2, Halo 3: ODST, Borderlands, Tekken 6 and Left 4 Dead 2, whilst games scheduled for 2010 will include the likes of Dante’s Inferno and Aliens vs. Predator, with many more still to be announced.

Tickets for both events are £6, and with a line-up like that, we expect it’ll sell out pretty sharpish (sales are apparently already up on last year). They’re available here;

12/08/2009 Posted by | Gaming, News | Leave a comment

Eurogamer Expo announced

Our favourite gaming website, Eurogamer, has announced they will be back with another expo, taking place in two locations (London & Leeds).

The expo begins at Leeds on 27 & 28th October before moving to London for 30th & 31st October. Tickets are priced at £6 per day.

More information and tickets can be found

18/07/2009 Posted by | Gaming, News | Leave a comment

Daniel Johnston UK gigs

Further to the album re-issues, Daniel Johnston has announced a small series of UK gigs. The dates are;

Brighton BC2 – 1st November
London Union Chapel – 2nd November
Manchester Town Hall – 3rd November
Edinburgh Queens – 4th November
Leeds Brudenell – 6th November
Cardiff Gate – 7th November
Bristol Trinity – 8th November

We expect tickets for these gigs will set out pretty sharpish so make sure you get them as soon as you can.

03/07/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Daniel Johnston album re-issues

To prepare the world for a new Daniel Johnston album due out “sometime next year”, his previous albums are the target of a re-issue campaign due to start on August 31st.

Initially, 3 of his albums will be released with new artwork and previously unheard songs. These 3 are Welcome To My World, Yip Jump Music and Hi How Are You. 3 more of his albums are due for a re-issue at an as yet unspecified date.

Perhaps now the cult-singer will receive that world-wide recognition he so thoroughly deserves.

01/07/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

At The Drive-in to reform?

We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, but let’s be honest, an ATD-I reunion is just about everything we’ve been wishing for since their infamous ‘indefinite hiatus’ back in 2001.

Ex-ATD-I main man, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala has expressed in an interview with Drowned In Sound that a reunion is not out of the question. When asked he replied with;

“I don’t know what to say about that, really. We’ve been making amends with a lot of the members and having some really good talks with them. And we’ve been trying to get our financial business in order because a lot of people have been ripping off that band really badly…as far as the business side goes. I wouldn’t mind it. You know, it might happen, we just have to iron out a lot of personal things. A lot of it we’ve dealt with already and I’ve apologized for a lot of things I’ve said and the way it ended…we’ll see what happens.”

The band split in 2001 amid rumors of in-fighting over musical differences, recreational habits and the hype they received on the back of last album ‘Relationship Of Command’.

This famously lead to two offshoot bands, The Mars Volta & Sparta, who let’s face it, despite initial praise aren’t really up to much.

We’ll keep you posted on any developments.

29/06/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Spinal Tap confirm Glastonbury & Wembley gigs

To mark the 25th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap’s release, The legendary cult/metal/joke band will be playing at this years Glastonbury (if it even goes ahead, if one is to believe Michael Eavis’ recent interview), and at Wembley Arena.

The Wembley gig will be the 30th June (tickets are on sale now, though they’re pretty much sold out), whilst the sold-out Glastonbury runs from 24th to 29th June. Glastonbury are yet to confirm themselves that the band will be playing. According to reports, The Glastonbury set will be a stripped down ‘unwigged and unplugged’ set.

11/05/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Faith No More confirm London show

As previously rumored, Faith No More will be playing in London on June 10th. The venue will be the O2 Brixton Academy.
Rather unfairly, Download festival ticket holders can purchase tickets for this gig now, whilst the general public will be able to get them from Friday. Make sure your quick with this one, we expect tickets will sell fast.

There is still no news on a Scotland date which was also rumored.

06/05/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Wavves – Wavves

Lazy reviewers would instantly liken this one man band to that other noise band No Age. Having mentioned them in my first sentence, I am fully aware I am among them. The reason however, Wavves are compared to No Age so often is because it’s an accurate comparison, on the surface at least. Sure, their songs are short bursts of layered feedback over a discernible tune, but listen a little more deeper and you can hear several differences emerge.

Whilst No Age are keen on dragging out the feedback before bursting into a sonic assault, from the very beginning of Wavves album, it’s clear they intend to probably hurt your ears as well as please them. The only problem is, a few times too often, the songs will descend into near unlistenable chaos on anything but a pair of high end speakers.

It’s these inexplicably loud parts which remind of another noise band, Times New Viking.

When Wavves do figure out not everyone wants their ears battered to submission, their songs are far more likeable. With songs such as Vermin proving something simple yet with emotion will beat something complex and lifeless hands down every time.

As a personal preference, I’ve never been keen on the recording technique used for the vocals, which is all too common with bands such as this. The overriding theme seems to be to record the vocals with a fisher price recorder at a busy train station, judging by how blurred and how full of noise the vocal parts seem to be. This renders the vocals almost incomprehensible. A shame, as reading some of the lyrics, you get the feeling a lot of time has gone into writing them.

Whilst this certainly isn’t a bad record, it could’ve been a whole lot better had they considered turning the sheer volume of noise down. As it stands, it’s a solid effort, hampered only by the relentless nature of the DIY attitude liberally spread all over it.

6/10

01/05/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Offset Festival headliners revealed, hundreds rejoice

Offset have announced the first few acts for their indie/rock/dance/art festival, again taking place in the Hainault Forest Country Park, Essex.

The Horrors (recipients of a rather overenthusiastic album review from yours truly last week – sorry ’bout that), Future Of The Left, Rolo Tomassi and Architects are confirmed as playing, along with appearances from post-punk legends The Slits and A Certain Ratio.

It all takes place on the weekend of 5th-6th September, with ‘super early bird’ tickets on sale now at £35-£45 a go.

(Last year was pretty good, actually. There are definitely worse ways to get rid of £35.)

30/04/2009 Posted by | Music, News | 2 Comments