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I dunno what y'all think, but I think for the most part it's well shit, because so many of the bands the NME's been pushing the last year are. But are we surprised they suck? I'm not! :D
I don't know if y'all have heard about this yet or not, but this is hilarious. On his show, comedy newsman Stephen Colbert has accused the Decemberists of ripping off his green screen schtick. ChartAttack has the best writeup, calling it a "nasty dork feud". Watch the original video here: Coat-tail riding indie rockers!
Here's where it gets even better. Colin Meloy, fresh off defending himself via email to the Village Voice's Chris Ott, has responded to Colbert via an email to Pitchfork turning the tables and saying not only did they NOT rip off Colbert, but Colbert ripped off their light saber schtick. I don't know how this is going to end, but all I know is I want to see Stephen Colbert swooshing a light saber around in a Decemberists video. Might make them less bloody boring.
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Stylus magazine has posted a rather entertaining review of the Kooks' Inside In/Inside Out, in imaginary e-epistolary form. It's funny filling in the blanks, since the publications they're pretending to have redacted are pretty obvious anyway. The whole thing's pretty funny, and a pretty creative way of pointing out how manufactured and boy-bandish the whole phenomenon of boys in skinny jeans with guitars is becoming. Dunno about the rest of y'all, but I'm getting so sick of most of them. Never mind the next big thing, when's the next good thing? No wonder I've gone back to girl bands, all the boys these days are so boring!
In other news, am festivalling tomorrow in Waterloo Park here in Austin. It's a new thing the booking manager at Emo's organised, called Fun Fun Fun Fest. I am hoping the weather holds at a mild 60F like it's supposed to, since we had a sudden drop of about 30 degrees overnight last night and if it's this cold tomorrow I'm going to be miserable. But I'm really looking forward to seeing my Applicators girls again ("Let's all talk about girls with guitars...") and Peaches and the Black Angels and the Circle Jerks and maybe Spoon if I feel like it.
I am posting for purely selfish purposes, but, oh, please, if you have a reserve of bottled-up rage, use it productively. E-mail Jon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and complain about the sheer awfulness of the current playlist. I, and my hideous work schedule, will be ever so grateful.
Today the NME gets a free pass from me on the whole 'I hate them' thing, because they brought out their annual Cool List today... and they must have heard me bitching about the lack of women on it. Oh, sure there were a few last year, but none in the top 10 at all. Well, not this year folks, we have no less than FIVE in the top 10 alone, Lovefoxxx of CSS at #10, Kate Jackson of the Long Blondes at #7, Karen O at #5, Lily Allen at #3, and the one that's got me really pleased, Beth Ditto of The Gossip at #1, above that singer from the Horrors everyone was expecting to win it. She's one hell of a kickass lady, no lie. Also of note: Tilly's tap dancer Jamie Williams at #37, which makes me happy because she's adorable and to me, at least, the heart and soul of the band because when you see them live and see her dancing all over the stage there's just this joy and exuberance she projects that's positively infectious and it's wonderful. There is also Carl at #18 (and Peter at #28 but we won't talk about that. At least they didn't give it jointly to the Gruesome Twosome. And at least Carl beat him this year, ha. Yes, I'm taking sides. Shut it, you.) And there is Jarvis at #4, which means my prediction he'd crack the top 10 this year was right. His album also entered the charts at 37 last week, by the by. I'm still waiting on my copy. Woe.
Special ft_musiclove ETA: The wank on certain band forums over the list is hysterical and led to the paraphrased remark by a friend below.
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Starky is a newish band from Sydney, Australia.
They describe themselves as 'ambient/pop/rock'. I really like their new single 'Hey Bang Bang'.
Have a listen here: Starky-Hey Bang Bang.
It's a really cute song! They're touring soon but I suppose that's largely irrelevant as I'm the only Aussie here?
I'm not too familiar with David Gray stuff. Does anyone reccommend any album or song? Or did I just venture into Keane-esque 'Oh my god she didn't!' territory?
I like this one: David Gray-Hospital Food
I also saw the video for Dirty Pretty Things' 'Deadwood' (?) I haven't been following Carl and co's new gig but it wasn't half bad. Doesn't have the same appeal as The Libertines though....I know, I should just shut up and stop bringing that up all the time.
ps. Alex Turner is quite spotty. I find that really really fantastic. HA.
My personal highlight was Franz Ferdinand's Outsiders. They had twelve drummers onstage with them, including Ricky and Nick from Kaisers, with others from Sigur Ros, Maximo Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cribs, Cut Copy, Sons & Daughters, The Feeling and Wolfmother. Crikey. (You can watch that single song here - cheers to mytulpa for the link and info!)