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Right. Episode 26. Long time. How many weeks are there in a year? 52, right? Half 52 is 26, so we're at the six-month/half year point. How does that make you feel? How does that make Daniel Ek feel? Who cares, just listen to this week's breakdown of content in the form of a Spotify playlist and enjoy. Plenty on here from our 2010 preview week, as you'll see.
Click here to listen to this week's content as a playlist. It's reet good, honest!
1. Frightened Rabbit - 'Good Arms vs. Bad Arms'
So, you may have noticed our content this week! We hope you did, because it's been packed to the rafters with interviews with bands who are releasing very important albums next year. Of course, we wanted to get down down-low on them all, so we did. Read our little chat with Frightened Rabbit here.
2. Liars - 'The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack'
There's going to be a theme emerging here. Namely of bands appearing in this playlist AND our 2010 preview week. Obviously. Naturally, we're all pretty excited about Liars' new record, so we were pretty stoked (usage of that word always means 'Undone: The Sweater Song' pops into my head) when they sent us a VIDEO. Wahoooooo. This track is quite nice, in that it starts off a bit like a choral version of 'Windowlicker' but then does not proceed in the same way.
3. LCD Soundsystem - 'All My Friends'
Awww, c'mon guys! You know this one pretty well, even if it is MASSIVELY LONG and the keyboard gets a little annoying after that phrase repeats over and over and over. OK, I'm not selling it that well. Er, read our chattery interface with James Murphy here.
4. Los Campesinos! - 'You'll Need Those Fingers For Crossing'
A band that just keeps getting better and BETTER with every passing moment? Yes, it's Los Campesinos!, who have Romance Is Boring coming out early next year. We grilled Tom from the band about that very record, as part of our preview week. STOKED (again).
5. Xiu Xiu - 'I Am The Center Of Your World'
This nicely segues - Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart features on Los Campesinos!' new record, but he's a record of his own coming out next year. Read details of it here whilst listening to this sparsely decorated, haunting, and often discordant ditty.
6. Hefner - 'The Greater London Radio'
"WE MISS HEFNER VERY MUCH" seemed to be the consensus after the video we posted of the band performing on BBC Choice from about 2001. This particular track has the line "I used to think it was our politics / not how we treat people / that tells us who we are / I was wrong" which, me being a completely sappy twat for Darren Hayman, brings me to tears every time I hear it. Almost.
7. God Help The Girl - 'Perfection As A Hipster'
The legendary Neil Hannon features here, his crooning being the standout element. Much better than the ruddy drum introduction which has been done a thousand million times. Please, please, stop doing it, it now sounds RUBBISH. We reviewed their recent show at London's 100 Club here. We liked.
8. Field Music - 'In Context'
FIELD MUSIC ARE BACK. Or, at least, they will be in the very near future. Bearing this rather remarkable and exciting fact in mind, we saw fit to interview them about their future.
9. North Atlantic Oscillation - 'Cell Count'
Tell you what people, though this may be the SINGLE OF THE WEEK mud the far cuss, after one listen I hated this song, after two, ambivalence. Thirteen or so listens later and I the only thing that's stopping me from listening to it is those MALIBU MISH MASH adverts. Proof. IT'S AMAZING WHAT THEY CAN DO! TO YOU! A-MEN.
10. Two Door Cinema Club - 'I Can Talk'
Another one from our Weekly Singles round-up done as enthusiastically as is humanly possible by Wendy Roby. It's not THE DONE THING in music journalism circles to do the "existing band X drug A and drug B" to describe a new band, but to my ears, this sounds like The Postal Service on uppers...or do I mean poppers? My level of recreational drug knowledge is only just below my knowledge of spiky-guitared, indie-dance, so I'll stop now.
11. Asobi Seksu - 'Umi De No Jiastu'
This is quite pleasant, in an abrasive, Japanese language way. Read our review of Asobi Seksu's live-ish acoustic album here.
12. Hot Chip - 'Wrestlers'
MORE from our preview week, this time with Hot Chip, you may have guessed from the bit that says Hot Chip - 'Wrestlers' just above. Is this track a little bit silly? Yes, it is. Does it feel like it should be on a soundtrack to Lazy Town? Also possibly. Is it enjoyable? Yeaaaaaaah. Read what they had to say for themselves here.
13. Royal Bangs - 'Japanese Cars'
This is where it all gets a bit ethereal and ambient, a much better way to end than to start. It was unfortunate in the extreme (or just perhaps an issue of time...) that Royal Bangs' new one isn't yet on Spotify, but here's a track from We Breed Champions written about the problems for car manufacturers like Honda and Toyota to obtain success in the Formula 1 World Championship. How prophetic it looks now.
14. Project Skyward - 'Means Nothing Today'
This week also saw the long overdue return of DiS regular Dom Gourlay's Some Velvet Mourning column, the fourth in total. Dom says of Project Skyward "Moved By Opposing Forces is a diverse collection of ideas and sounds that do justice to recent comparisons with both The Postal Service and M83." Yeah, 'tis nice and tinkly.
15. Maribel - 'Anasthetic'
But not anywhere near as Tinkly as Maribel, who also featured in Some Velvet Mourning.
16. Yeasayer - 'Sunrise'
JESUS H. CHRIST! How damned inspiring is that new Yeasayer track? It's POSSIBLY even better than nearly everything on All Hour Cymbals! The video's pretty good, too. We also quizzed them for our 2010 forward looking type thing. As much as '2080' is the best track on the album, it can't keep featuring in these playlists at the expense of other tracks, so here's 'Sunrise'.
17. Panda Bear - 'Bro's'
Panda Bear. Noah Lennox. Animal Collective. New 'darker' solo record on its way. 'Bro's'. Enough said. Though I'm certain that apostrophe is misplaced. And you?
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