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This week's Culture Club is on the new series of E4's controversial teen drama Skins. Do you love it? Do you hate it? How do feel the latest cast members compare with their predecessors? Let us know your thoughts below.
The location is Sting's beachside house in Malibu the morning after the night before: another night, another venue - the Hollywood Bowl - another three-hour concert of his songs.
If the feeling after all these years is that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sound like a leather-bound omnibus edition of American rock's best intentions, that doesn't mean they're no good.
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.
After their poised punk-funk debut, one worriedwhether Tahita Bulmer and co knew how to follow it. But though they've been mostly silent for two and a half years, it hasn't been time wasted.
At first, it's easy to see why the LA-based Whispertown 2000 have the distinction of being the first signings to Gillian Welch's Acony label.
Dropped by 679 Recordings after poor sales of their second album, Mackem quartet the Futureheads came close to splitting up, but instead applied their work ethic, regrouped, and formed their own label for album number three.
30 years of Stiff Records