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Johnny Pierce to release solo album

2 Dec

Johnny from The Drums is going solo! He’s releasing an album next year which he has written, recorded and produced all by himself. Here’s what he had to say on the subject.

“Some might say it’s strange for a man to bare his soul the way I do on this album, but I wanted to do something that exposed me for who I am even more so than anything I have done with The Drums… I wanted to be as self-indulgent as possible with this album. This is pop done the way I think it should be done”.


The Weeknd and Palma Violets on Jools

29 Nov

Two of my favourite new acts were on Jools Holland this week, Palma Violets and The Weeknd. Check out the videos below.

Some great new tunes

10 Nov

Sufjan Stevens announces new christmas album

3 Oct

This November Sufjan Stevens will release ‘Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, Vols. 6-10 ‘. This is the follow-up to his fantastic festive ‘Songs For Christmas I-V’ which was released in 2006. That was a pretty lush package in itself but the new volume is even more packed with goodies. Too many goodies in fact to list here, so instead go to his website for full details and track listings.

Frankly this is the best music related news I’ve heard in ages.

The Soft Pack ‘Strapped’

29 Aug

Remember The Soft Pack? They released an excellent garage rock record a few years back and then seemingly disappeared into the fog. Well now they’re back from wherever they went, with a new album out on October 1st. Below is the track listing plus a couple of songs from it that are already floating about on the web.

1. Saratoga
2. Second Look
3. They Say
4. Tallboy
5. Bobby Brown
6. Chinatown
7. Ray’s Mistake
8. Oxford Ave.
9. Everything I Know
10. Head On Ice
11. Bound To Fall
12. Captain Ace

Muse ‘Madness’

21 Aug

Really like the new Muse single, far better than ‘Survival’.

Arctic Monkeys turn up at the Olympics

29 Jul

The other night I had the strangest dream that Arctic Monkeys turned up in the middle of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (watched by over a billion people) and performed Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor and Come Together whilst a bunch of cyclists (wearing neon wings of course) flew around the track. Oh wait…

Pretty Insane right? Musically speaking, the ceremony was a mixture of the expected (Paul Mccartney, plus a soundtrack featuring Queen, Rolling Stones, The Who etc) and the unexpected (Two Door Cinema Club, Sex Pistols and a live performance by Frank Turner). It was pretty wild, and The Monkeys owned the entire night.