Get gear, gear up! Festival season starts tomorrow in Camber Sands as ATP take on Pitchfork.com and any number of brilliant bands come scrambling out from under their huge, stomping feet. Vampire Weekend, Sebadoh, Glass Candy, Redd Kross, F*ck Buttons, Harmonia, Times New Viking, Deerhunter, Jens Lekman, No Age, more, more, more… all scheduled here, if you’re joining us on the coast tomorrow.
Beyond that, another trip to southern lines looms with the quite excellent Great Escape next weekend – DrownedinSound can confidently draw air, beat its chest and holler that it has the best stage of the weekend. Because it does – see for yourself, and then scurry off and enter this competition to win a pair of tickets.
We’re involved in a handful of other events leaving untold pleasure, horror and noise eternally etched on yr skulls this summer – like we said a fortnight ago, the Great Escape in Brighton and Barcelona's Primavera Sound are most pressing, while Truck, Green Man, Field Day and Supersonic all roll out across the horizon of this summer, DrownedinSound flags fluttering against the sunset, we'll sponsor the sky soon, I swear it to you.
The awesome Abe Vigoda’s debut record will be out in July
Wild Beasts, Beck, Abe Vigoda, HEALTH, Black Kids and High Places drew the curtain from new albums, Amy Winehouse wasn't up to recording the new Bond theme, Tom Waits will be touring Europe this year, Nine Inch Nails man Trent Reznor released his third album in six months, Agyness Deyn's video was pondered on by the hollering DiS Stasi...
Quart - Dillinger Escape Plan, Nile
Reading and Leeds - Last Shadow Puppets
Hydro Connect - Conor Oberst & the Magic Valley Band, The Gutter Twins, Howling Bells, Asobi Seksu
Day at the Races - Los Campesinos!, Four Tet, Mum, Jeffrey Lewis, Mae-Shi, Frightened Rabbit, Johnny Foreigner
Latitude - Julian Cope, Martha Wainwright, Howling Bells, Sam Isaac, White Lies, Fields, Sky Larkin
Oxegen - Manic Street Preachers, Cat Power, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Echo and the Bunnymen, dEUS, British Sea Power, The Stranglers, Black Kids, Justice, UNKLE, David Guetta
Tigerfest 2008 - The Vaselines
Benicassim - Morrissey, Tricky, The Futureheads
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"Where do I stand for a corner kick?”
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Video of the week: These New Puritans – ‘Now Pluvial Part 2’
DrownedinSound braved the students of Belgium to watch Wire
A Week in Features
* The Hungry Musician: Stuart Staples on Tindersticks' return
* Getting Stuk in: DiS catches the returning Wire in Belgium
* Doing It: Clinic speak exclusively to DiS about new album
* Mixtape #8: Barry Adamson
* DiS @ Coachella: Prince, Portishead and The Verve? Pigs might fly...
* A Month In Records: April 2008
* Mixtape #9: Gareth Los Campesinos!
Black Lips came into the office to rifle through our singles pile this week
A Week in Review
* HEALTH @ The Luminaire, London; 01/05/08
* Adem: Takes
* Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
* Hadouken!: Music For An Accelerated Culture
* Fleet Foxes: Sun Giant EP
* Half Man Half Biscuit: CSI:Ambleside
* Madonna: Hard Candy
* Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw
* The Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent
* White Williams: Smoke
* The Whip: X Marks Destination
Message board ‘highlights’
* Sparkling Water
…“If you mix it with OJ you get healthy fanta”
* name three things about being single that are GREAT
…“Not regarding B&Q as a leisure destination.”
* Worst human being you've ever met in your life
…“He forcefed a tramp a human turd in a burger bun.”
* monkey penises
…"scientists seem unwilling to take pics of this monkeys balls. I am saddened by this fact.”
* What's the best record so far this decade?
…"his nose is usually pressed into my balls anyway."
* indie hell
…“V Festival... charcoal briquettes... t-shirts tucked into your shorts... sandals AND white socks... everyone around you are professional couples... everyone around you is singing that "we only want to GET DRUNK!!!" manics song that they heard on This Life... someone laughs at you for buying vinyl... someone laughs at your bearsuit t-shirt... while stuck watching a terrible band the person next to you will be going on about how they were "great on jools holland"... the crowd is HUGE for Radiohead but only dances and sing along to three songs and wanders off bemused at the end...”
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