The songs that are hot on our playlist this week
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Thursday 13 January 2011
When photographer Richard Nicholson decided to document some of London's professional darkrooms he had more than 200 to choose from. Four years on, with the project completed, only five remain in business.
Sunday 21 November 2010
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Friday 22 October 2010
Sunday 05 September 2010
The portentous solemnity of the Hurts hype would be hilarious were it not for the fact that the dapper duo deserve it.
Friday 13 August 2010
This Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, live-action updating of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is full of sturm und drang, but very short of the charm of the Mickey Mouse version in Fantasia.
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Kicking-off a summer tour with two intimate and sold-out nights at the ICA, Nada Surf's frontman, Matthew Caws, sets the tone when he appears holding a tiny milk jug. "They didn't have any cups left," he says, with mischief in his eyes, as he takes a dainty sip from his "carafe".
Friday 09 April 2010
I've been meaning to write about the brilliant new single by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti since it became available as a free download from 4ad.com a few weeks ago. The song feels like a conflation of a lot of what's happening in the US indie music sphere at the moment: the songcraft meets experimentalism of Animal Collective, Atlas Sound and Grizzly Bear; acid-drenched psychedelia; the general vogue for hazy nostalgic pop; 70s AM radio gone lo-fi; the ambient electro feel of the "chillwave" set. Ariel Pink is the alter ego of Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, an avant garde musician based in LA. Appropriately, he was the first artist signed to Animal Collective's label Paw Tracks half a decade ago, gaining a cult following for his lo-fi experiments. The expanded Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, includes several other friends and collaborators, and they're likely to gain greater audience since signing with 4AD. 'Before Today', their first album for the label is due on 6 June. Hopefully, this song, with its wider scope and high-gloss production is a good sign of things to come.
Monday 29 March 2010
It may not be the most glamorous of places, but the Essex town of Basildon hopes to bring itself a fortune by installing a homage to Hollywood's famous white sign.
Thursday 25 February 2010
Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Yeasayer have all ducked under the hype around their Brooklyn scene, by releasing second albums bearing slim resemblance to their first. Yeasayer especially are the quintessential American underground pop band, operating in a parallel reality to the commercial needs that define UK "indie" careers. If their new album of mostly damaged electro-pop, Odd Blood, sells a few less copies than All Hour Cymbals' murky psychedelic folk, they'll march on unperturbed.
Thursday 31 December 2009
Monday 21 December 2009
Friday 09 October 2009
For their third album, Editors have made a significant step away from the indie-goth stylings which prompted previous releases to be compared to Joy Division.
Friday 11 September 2009
It's hard not to harbour a grudging admiration for Muse's Matt Bellamy, even if the band's stadium-rock stylings aren't to your taste.
Sunday 28 June 2009
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales