The Bonus Track: Old school Oasis, Summer Camp and Neil Young

A sideways look at the world of music

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No sleep till Glasgow!

There are few greater thrills than catching a band on the up in the hope that you might one day say, “REM. Saw them at the Marquee in 1984.” (True story. It’s still thrilling.) So what better way to support independent venues than popping out to one as part of Independent Venue Week (28 January to 2 February 2014, independentvenueweek.com for details). There are 18 venues taking part, and if you need reminding why small venues matter, watch Alan McGee talking about the night he first saw Oasis in Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah House

 

Better together

If you caught Radio 4’s Forever Young you’ll know that each episode of the ­documentary series on young adults had a song specifically written to reflect its themes. First up was Summer Camp, whose “You and Me” was composed for “Love and Marriage”. The song is good in its own right, but put it together with a video built from old “relationship advice” films from the 1950s and you have a winner. Watch it here

The feeling’s mutual

Music soothes the savage breast? Not so much these days, but for anyone who has found the likes of Elliott Smith a balm, we may have discovered your new favourite artist. Jordan Lee records under the name Mutual Benefit and his first LP, Love’s Crushing Diamond, is out next year. In the meantime, listen to “Advanced Falconry” here

Young guns of Brixton

Watch out, too, for Brixton buskers The Melodic, newly signed to US label Anti- (home of Tom Waits and Wilco). The band made their US TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly recently, and you can watch the clip here

Next week’s biggie…

Nick Coleman casts his critical gaze on Neil Young’s Live at the Cellar Door from 1970. Watch the trailer clip below

 

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