Join the club: Piloxing
Join the club: Aerial fitness
I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.
Join the club: Arm wrestling
Join the club: Ballet boys
And Patrick Flegel returns after Women trouble ends
And ring in the new year with alt-pop's super-duo
And Warpaint on for a stealth attack
And enter the Museum of Love gift shop
The digested fad: The 'Auto-Hope'n'Change'
And a resurgent LA duo's latest shore thing
Arcade Fire's new song, the title track from the October-released fourth LP Reflektor, is a suitably big affair; it prompted Pitchfork to quip that it's so epic, it has two videos – one a monochrome effort directed by Anton Corbijn (youtu.be/7E0fVfectDo), the other an interactive extravaganza (justareflektor.com). The song itself is a bouncy number, with dance-like textures that may in part be a result of James Murphy being in the production booth. David Bowie is on backing vocals, which is nice.
These days Playboy is much more than a top-shelf nudie mag; it’s a lifestyle brand peddling everything from trashy television to keyrings. No surprise, then, that it’s moved into fitness, partnering with Gymbox to create Playboy Bunny Bootcamp. Perhaps a jaunt to Harley Street is the swiftest way to get a body like Hugh Hefner’s latest wife but this new 45 minute work-out promises to “help women achieve their Bunny Beautiful body.”
US electronic artist/singer Glasser released one of the standout debuts of 2010 with her song-cycle LP Ring. The singer, real name Cameron Mesirow (pictured), returns shortly with the follow-up record, Interiors released on 7 October. The album's opening track has been shared at youtu.be/jJhAuEYk3ms; “Shape” finds Glasser in restrained form, with her vocals and brand of electro-pop pared back and downbeat. Elsewhere Mesirow has been offering up 15-second snippets of other tracks from Interiors using the video function of Instagram. The brief excerpts have appeared on her own account – instagram.com/glasser_ – and through those of other sites including The Fader, Nowness and NME.
Before the age of the 100-song playlist, holidaying children were at the mercy of their parents' car's cassette-player. We asked seven Independent writers to remember the tracks of their backseat tears