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Thursday 13 May 2010
In recent years the rise of the indie bands that ironically ‘share’ the same sound as Manchester legends, Joy Division, isn’t something that instantly springs originality to my ears. The first of this sad bunch, and I mean sad in the non-contemporary form (or not), was the hideous Joy Division impersonators, The Editors. Singing songs about not knowing “love like they used to”, could marriage to Radio One DJ Edith Bowman be that bad? They shamelessly dance, sing, and fashion everything (apart from the epileptic fits) that is Ian Curtis, this can only fill me with resent.
Sunday 09 May 2010
Widescreen doom rock of the type beloved by beardy men who wear black and read the NME past their prime.
Wednesday 06 January 2010
Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has revealed he stays awake for a week at a time.
Wednesday 16 December 2009
Sunday 22 November 2009
Almost 30 years since his unlikely post-punk semi-hit Are You Glad to Be in America?, guitarist/ vocalist Ulmer sounds like an even bluesier version of his former self, oddly accented rhythmic flurries poised somewhere between Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix.
Sunday 15 November 2009
Another departure in the career of this unjustly resented pop girl.
Tuesday 13 October 2009
A couple of years ago, Bombay Bicycle Club were at the forefront of the underage band scene, alongside their school peers Cajun Dance Party. Still just 19 years old – the band only finished their A-Levels last year – it's apparent tonight that while their devoted young fans who have grown up alongside them are still present, their audience has expanded to include all ages.
Sunday 11 October 2009
Sweeping, epic music that sounds almost as good as it did in the Bunnymen's pomp – almost good enough, in fact, to forgive them for spawning any number of stadium-pleasing bands since.
Sunday 20 September 2009
Nick Cave's cult classic has been published in a 20th-anniversary edition, to coincide with the release of his second novel. And the Ass Saw the Angel has been, reads the press release, "completely revised... cut down and reorganised by the author so the plot is clarified and the characters stand out more clearly. The book retains all its brilliance but is more accessible to the general reader." It is Cave's inaccessibility and strangeness which is so attractive, yet there is something about this material which seems so alive that it struggles out of the confines of the page.
Friday 17 July 2009
Jack White has effectively become the American equivalent of Damon Albarn.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
The Police Ombudsman has faced calls to launch an investigation into the death of the first person killed in The Troubles.
Sunday 07 June 2009
You really have to hand it to Sonic Youth: album number 15, with the band's mainstays all in their fifties really is some time for a band to hit their peak.
Friday 29 May 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heads Will Roll
Friday 16 January 2009
Sunday 11 January 2009
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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