This week: Mr. Damon Albarn for canonisation, attention to detail, reverb, and an almost endless list of things you can treat yourself to.»
This week and next week everyone in indie is rush-releasing - before Christmas puts an end to joyful, selfish record-shopping. It is a log-jam. And to be honest mildly terrifying, as if you could smell the wheels in hard, furious motion.»
This week histrionics, drama, two token bits of dance music, something or other about jazz mags and DOILIES.»
This week's singles is about men who make tidy sportwear LOOK GOOD. Also: Batchelor's Super Noodles, wilderness periods, Jolt cola, soundscapes, bad short films, circularity.»
It's the HARMONIES, MAN.»
Wendy Roby went to In The City and saw a buncha bands. John Allison drew Sky Larkin. Everything was good. Almost.»
This week we have more bands whose singles are really hard to find, they are not smeared liberally over Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo or any other popular musical delivery system you might care to create and then staff with young men in too-tight denims. Now, either Try Before You Buy is coming to an end, or bands' peoples are just a bit lax. Me, I make no comment about this fact, I merely present it for the benefit of the reader.
Also, it is a shame there are no clarinets on any of this week's sevens, because I have just learnt 30s jivespeak for this very instrument. The word you want is 'gobstick'. Use it well.»
This week we ponder the RESURRECTION of ART. Next week I will go back to tabards.»
Even though Other People's Chirren are officially insufferable, this week's guest illustrator is my nephew, Jem. He is five and likes football, GoGos and Football GoGos. Here, he has drawn a band with one guitarist, two banjo players and a dog. And in case you salty, jaded malcontents were wondering, they are not high, they just have star-shaped sunglasses on.
Also, as I am sure you will have noticed, they have TWO DRUMKITS. 'So basically, Jem, you've drawn Caribou.' is what I said. 'Wendy, next time you come round will you bring some sweets, because I'm running out' was his reply. KIDS EH.»
This week: JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE JAMES BLAKE. And getting OLD.»
This week I am going to be a flimsy nitwit. Because though there is much to love here, I found I simply could not pick a winner, however hard I tried. You pick one, and we'll all pretend to agree. And then whisper about you in the toilets. »
This week: singles for Beatniks, packing suitcases and - WHATEVER NEXT - falling in love. I think I may need to get me some cynicism, but sadly the cupboard's bare, like.»
We went to see MUSE and it wor AMAZING.»
Single of the Week!
Dels - ‘Shapeshift’ (Big Dada)
Some things about ‘Shapeshift’ then.
1 - It has been two years since he released ‘Lazy’, which is a long time. Or to look it another way, he is doing this thing at his own – entirely c»
This week I have gone to the caravan again to range about on empty beaches and ponder my own essential self, because I really am a bit dread. Lucky for you, all this means in terms of singles, is that I am very cosy as I write about ‘em. »
This week’s singles is testament to what I suspect is the number one Editor’s Adage. Which is to say, you should NEVER say to writers ‘Do what you like!’. Much less say in an email (I have it framed) that it is alright to be ‘As mental as you wanna be!’ I mean Lord only knows, this might happen...»
This week’s singles are brought to you by the letter 't' for tired and 'w' for weary. Sometimes being all ruined works though; all those frayed nerve endings and shaken vitals make for a curiously vulnerable listening experience. That’s my excuse, anyhoo.»
Single of the Week!
Klashnekoff - ‘Klash Anthem’ (Abstract Urban)
My favourite line in ‘Klash Anthem’ – a doomy, irresistible and utterly classy hip hop jam with more atmoss than a hundred Powell'n'Pressburgers - is ‘Vex at the way that »
This week I have reinstated the Singles Bike Ride system of appreciating music and then writing about it. I don’t know why I abandoned it. What a fool. »
I may have gone a bit Not Right this week. Sorry, everyone. »
The final day of Wendy Roby and Andrzej Lukowski's astounding exploits at Latitude.»
Latitude Day Two, with Wendy Roby and Andrzej Lukowski»
DiS's Wendy Roby and Andrzej Lukowski went to Latitude this year. AND HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.»
Do you see how, even when I am bumbling about at Latitude, still I Bring The Singles? SEE HOW DEDICATED I AM! You people are all part-time, or something. Let's have a fight about it. »
Single of the Week!
Standard Fare – ‘Philadelphia’ (Melodic / Thee SPC)
I am a little bit in love with Standard Fare’s Emma Kupa, and not just because her surname has something of the exotic fish/undersea creature about it. She has the best »
Les Eurockeennes: A Diary - Day ‘Trois’
On the last day of a festival, especially one in a foreign land, it is customary to feel a little low, a little humdrum. And I am no exception, for I wake on Sunday a little sadface that it will soon be over, »
Les Eurockeennes: A Diary - Day ‘Deux’
On Saturday it is still bloody boiling, and I know I shall have to pace myself if I am to last till Vitalic at 2am*. This is why it is not until late in the afternoon - the heat mostly broken - that I amble down»
Les Eurockeennes: A Diary - Day ‘Un’
The first thing I notice about Les Eurocks, which I will master pronouncing by the end of the weekend, is that it is hot. Beyonce Knowles, blistering levels of hotness. And this makes me realise that however flim»
Are you ready for some brilliant?
In this week's round-up of all things singular, we ponder what peepul REALLY MEAN when they say 'I'm a visual person'. Also: on a subject not a million miles away from that one, randy types.»