The Barometer: The Low Anthem; Alan Pownwall; Donae'o; Neil Young; Jay-Z; Yoko Ono
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Friday 12 June 2009
The Low Anthem Charlie Darwin
This week's natural selection, a haunting paean to evolutionary debate, sung in other-worldly falsetto.
Alan Pownwall Clara
This jaunty acoustic pop single from the London-based Pownall is only to be released as a limited-edition 7in, but it's on his Myspace page, too.
A melodic cut that sways on the right side of UK funky.
Neil Young Out on the Weekend
Prepare for Young's festival appearances with this exquisitely laid-back opener to the classic Harvest.
Jay-Z DOA (Death of Auto-Tune)
In which our hero returns to save rap from Auto-Tune vocals.
Yoko Ono The Sun is Down (Cornelius mix)
Bleeps reign in a track mixed by Japanese musical polymath Cornelius. She returns with her Plastic Ono Band on the "Don't Stop Me!" EP.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year