Ah, another cold and misty week in London is nearly over and amid end of list year list compiling and finishing off some exciting new features, the record releasing and music news hasn't relented. Anyhoo, here's our weekly Spotify playlist to accompany the content this week on DiS.»
As we wind down to the end of the year and the music industry takes its traditional long view of what constitutes a Christmas break (normally December 1 marks the end of anything really meaningful) it is fair to say that 2009 has been a very confusing year indeed for anyone trying to equate the media and industry view of what has been good to the public view of what has been good musically.»
Having relocated to the sprawling expanses of Ormeau Park from the old Botanic Gardens site, this year’s Tennents Vital (held August 21-22) is quite clearly grasping at grandness. Unfortunately the choice of today’s headliner, Razorlight, singularly fails to excite. There are, by way of consolation, all manner of interesting bands further down the main stage bill, or playing in the Radio1 tent...»
DiS heads to Japan for the SummerSonic Festival: Pole dancers, a beach, roughly half-a-billion staffed recycling stations, strict one-way pedestrian systems, pens to house pesky smokers, a Paul Smith boutique and an army of staff clad in bright pink Paul Smith uniforms. Welcome to festival-going, Japanese style...»
It serves them right to suffer. While some of us sat scratching our arses from the comfort of our living rooms, occasionally pushing the red button to keep Jo Whiley at bay, some idiots actually went to Glastonbury. But we're not bitter. No. It would have been nice to have an invite, but that's all history now. Here, DiS’s Ben Patashnik, Joshua Cole and Georgina Terry attempt to fashion coherent narratives from their weekends of mud-soaked madness…»
With the nation’s – nay, the world’s – greatest football cup competition nearing its final stages, and with many a DiS-supported team still in the running to lift the FA Cup this May at Wembley, DiS’s Gareth Dobson picks his 4-4-2 of indie-rock. As we all know, football and music is closely entwined. And no, I'm not simply talking about Oasis' pronounced love for Manchester City...»
5 bandwagons to steer well clear of in 2005.
In lieu of DiS being part of the problem and doing much the same list thing, and despite realising that content like this reaffirms certain organisation's importance, and being fully aware you have your own ears, we’ve gone ahead and let our resident ranter SEPTiC CLiT outta her piss-pant solitary confinement and let her loose on a pile of this years hyped bands/records.
And so it goes...»