Blink-182′s post break up album ‘Neighborhoods’ may read dysfunctional as synth and punk-rock guitars are combined under hip-hop influenced percussions. Yet this combination, as conflicting as it may seem leads to a compilation of the finest work this band has achieved in its long career including that of its related side projects. The west-coast trio have replicated some of their earlier sounds, while successfully pulling together elements from each of their individual side projects elsewhere to produce a much darker sounding, and lyrically maturer record to the likes of ‘Enema of the State’ and ‘Take Off Your Pants And Jacket’
Download: After Midnight / Ghost on the Dance Floor / Snake Charmer
FIFA, whether you like it or not comes out every year with reasonably small updates. Barr the transfer session update with some graphic and gameplay tweaks the soundtrack is the biggest change. FIFA’s soundtracks have always been good, mixing anything from Safari Duo to M.I.A. to Hard-Fi. This time around The Japanese Popstars, The Strokes, Kasabian, The Naked & Famous, Chase & Status and Foster the People are just some of the bands / djs / solo artists appearing. FIFA is released next week on the 27th in North America and the 30th for the rest of the world. For the full soundtrack listing click here.
A FAKE hip-hop music store set up by undercover police has helped to clear Edmonton’s streets of dozens of gangsters and drug dealers after a daring sting operation.
Criminals visiting the Fore Street store, called Boombox, during the year-long operation were encouraged to use a private back room where they were caught on hidden cameras and microphones selling guns, drugs and stolen goods to officers posing as crooks.
PREVIEW: BLINK-182 ALBUM FIRST LISTEN SONG BY SONG
Given that ‘Neighborhoods’ has been a full eight years in the making, with a split and reformation in the middle of all that, Blink-182’s worry that their long awaited seventh album will find its way onto the internet early is probably pretty justified. Hence, earlier today, when it was played to a room full of journalists for the first time, it was in the soundproofed surroundings of their UK label’s office. There were sandwiches though, which was nice.
NEWS: PETER HOOK TALKS ABOUT NEW ORDER REUNION WITHOUT HIM INVOLVED
Peter Hook has expressed his dismay at the decision of his former New Order bandmates to reform without him. It was announced this week that Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris would play two benefit shows this year, with Gillian Gilbert also returning to the fold after a decade out of the band. The shows are taking place to help with medical expenses for sick friend Michael Shamberg.
ALBUM REVIEW: STORNOWAY | BEACHCOMBER'S WINDOWSILL
Stornoway are a band that are focused on creating folk-driven indie rock without the glamour. So it’s difficult to imagine how appearing on BBC’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ with Sting, Jay-Z and the Foo Fighter’s must have been like for a young band from Oxford – but then again Jools Holland must have realised the potential to take the risk on them, this is a theory but it is backed up with ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’ as it is a beautiful and soulfully compelling debut.
Download: Fuel Up / Watching Birds / I Saw You Blink
From compelling beginnings that flow with energy to empathic realisations - ‘This is Happening’, LCD Soundsystem’s third studio album explores a self adaption to nostalgia. Murphy’s emotionally attached lyrics convey a stream of meditation lit under a spectrum of a flourished dance-floor setting. Indulging in atmospheric and euphoric melodies that are enriched with twitching percussions, the album is fuelled with patterns that are created to rise and to fall.
Sadly, the end of the summer marks the end of another important session. It’ll be missed, but then again we get to do it all over again next year. We paid money, seen some bands, got drunk, talked to strangers, stayed up all night… what are you favourite memories?
Cults self titled debut album may approach the average listener as a cliché romanticised indie record - yet it’s more that. The New Yorkers – couple Madeline Folin and Brian Oblivion have achieved much critical acclaim for a record that surfaces with joyous vocals backed by xylophones, jazz influenced bass lines, catchy guitar interventions and quirky drums. It isn’t much of an instant classic, but it holds a nostalgic feel making the listener reminisce of the ‘XX’
The ‘Top 40’ Charts are always full of mainstream directed singles. Olly Murs is currently Number 1 (where did the good music go?) as of 28 August while Calvin is brand new at Number 2 following closely behind. This week however, ‘Stay Awake’ will be moving up the charts after its recent release. Which one do you prefer?
ALBUM REVIEW: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE | CODES AND KEYS
Death Cab for Cutie’s seventh release ‘Codes and Keys’ is composed of a controlled tone. Throughout, cellos, pianos and violins compliment each other below the magnificent songwriter Ben Gibbard’s voice. This is truly alternative music at its best. Their first single from the album - ‘You Are A Tourist’ was given comparisons by critics to the sound of the ‘Stone Roses’, now that’s saying something. It may not be as bold as their career changing ‘Narrow Stairs’ that gained them phenomenal mainstream success, but this isn’t a band that attempts to compliment mainstream listeners as they realise their duty is to write music that is atmospheric yet almost still.
Fuelled by nostalgia, Pulp’s Reading Performance has gained quite a lot of attention. You can watch it still on BBC iPlayer, and it’s a must see for anybody who hasn’t yet been fortunate enough to see them.
“High Point: There were many. Jarvis was, like at Glasto, in full nostalgic flow, reflecting back on their first time at Reading in 1994. “The first time we played here was 17 years ago to the day,” he remembered. “Who was here? Let me rephrase that, who was born?” From there he was the perfect showman, stripping down in return for a dance before ‘Disco 2000’ and dedicating ‘Something Changed’ to the lovers in the crowd. ‘This Is Hardcore’, meanwhile, saw him atop a speaker stack bathed in red light like some professor letting loose in a strip bar before striding two monitors and shagging thin air. It was also nice to see him put each song in context, conjuring fantasy links between ‘This Is Hardcore’ and ‘Sunrise’ and the like. Great to see Richard Hawley with them too.”
ALBUM REVIEW: TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB | TOURIST HISTORY
Last year there was nothing as exciting and as fashionable as Two Door Cinema Club’s ‘Tourist History’. The irish trio provided a record that was catchy yet simplistic. It was an optimistic debut that compliments youth culture and there was definitely a lot of singing along to have as pop and punk influences conflict under Trimble’s vocals.
Sounds Like: Vampire Weekend / General Fiasco / The Wombats
Download: I Can Talk / Something Good Can Work / What You Know
'Foster The People' originating from Los Angeles, CA have successfully brought together a debut album – ‘Torches’ that pulls together curiously catchy guitars that harmonise under the vocally appealing Mark Foster. Add synths with percussion elements that range from drums to simple chimes and you’ve got a charismatic compilation of feel good tracks.
Sounds Like: The Naked And Famous / MGMT / Iglu & Hartly / Miami Horror