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Friday 11 December 2009
The music of Norah Jones is often maligned by more discerning (or is that discriminating?) music critics: milquetoast pop jazz for the masses, they cry.
The Barometer: Julian Casablancas; Lil Wayne, Sleigh Bells; Amerie; Tom Waits; Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett; Vampire Weekend
Friday 20 November 2009
Julian Casablancas I Wish It Was Christmas Today
The Strokes' frontman takes a foray into the dangerous world of the Christmas single with this sparky cover of a song that was originally 'Saturday Night Live' parody.
Friday 06 November 2009
In recent years there has been a wealth of David Byrne-inspired US bands, such as TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, MGMT and Vampire Weekend fusing experimentation, art-rock, a head for great pop tunes, and the occasional African musical inflection. Though in the case of the Vampire Weekend the influence is more Paul Simon than Mr Byrne. Yeasayer (left) are another band that can be lobbed into this grouping, though they haven't quite recieved the same amount of acclaim or notice, despite their 2007 debut album 'All Hour Cymbals' being well received and containing at least one perfect pop song in "2080". Now they return with their second album 'Odd Blood', released on 10 February. The first single from it is "Ambling Alp". It doesn't drastically alter their style from previous efforts, but has a more stripped-back, electro feel. While not scaling the heights of "2080", the song is worth a listen nonetheless (and on repeat listens it grew on me), and it's a free download from Yeasayer's website – yeasayer.net.
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.
Friday 26 June 2009
Emerging fresh from last year's enjoyable 'Modern Guilt' record, Beck (left) has kick-started a revamp of his website, http://beck.com, with an interesting new project. Called "Record Club", the new endeavour sees Beck set himself the not inconsiderable task of recording, with the help of various musicians, cover versions of entire albums in a single day's studio session – with no prior rehearsals or planning.
Friday 26 June 2009
Now trading as one-man band Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple has broadened his approach to accommodate a range of effects and influences that add intriguing new slants to his songs.
Saturday 06 June 2009
Friday 09 January 2009
Tuesday 28 October 2008
A little over an hour into another ebullient performance by the most refreshing new band of the year, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig revealed that this was the longest concert they had ever given. A few minutes later it was all over, but it's doubtful whether anyone in the audience felt short-changed.
Thursday 15 May 2008
When was the last time a lead singer took to the stage in a yellow V-necked sweater with sleeves pushed up to the elbows? This was Ezra Koenig, Columbia University graduate and 23-year-old Vampire Weekend frontman, and he looked as though he'd just stepped out of a tutorial and was about to settle down on the faculty lawn to do some serious background reading.
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Nelson Mandela life story: An unconquerable spirit
- 3 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 Video: Students 'punched and dragged to the ground by their hair' as police break up demonstration