Fucksticks.

Thankyou ITV. Thankyou Simon Cowell, and thankyou to the millions who phoned in. To everyone who voted, everyone who felt the urge to help one young girl reach her lifelong dream of becoming a popstar. To each and every one of you……..you’re a cunt.

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Here was a video of Cher Lloy’s new video Swagger Jagger. I’ve taken it down in an effort to do my bit to save humanity. This video is like The Ring. if you watch it, you’ll die.

 

 

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I Like…..tea?

The Great British institution that was the National Rail cuppa is a memory that few people in this country will forget, and for all the wrong reasons. Well the rather marvellous Leeds-based post rock group ILikeTrains are trying to correct that. Like British Sea Power (British Tea Power) and Mr. Scruff (Fancy A Brew?) before them, ILikeTrains are embracing our new found love for the national drink.

Celebrating the launch of their new single Sirens tonight at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club, ILikeTrains new line of tea (and a rather nice mug to go with it) will be available at the gig, and you’ll also be able to buy it online from their website as of tomorrow.

Milk, one sugar please boys.

Purchase ILtea by clicking here now.

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Wilco – I Might / I Love My Label

The new rather beautiful Wilco 7″ has landed! I Might kicks off with a garage rocky, crunchy distorted guitar sound that is a departure from the last few Wilco records, which relied more on electronic exploration and subtle soundscapes. This is the sound of a Wilco stripped down and the volume turned up, and harks back to debut record AM and their beginnings as the seminal alt.country group Uncle Tupelo.

This is the first single to be released through their own imprint, dBpm, and is available now on limited release via Solid Sound Fest ‘Wilcopalooza’.

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Brand new material from The Whip!

The Whip, the Manchester based electro-dance-rock group have been a bit quiet since their debut record ‘X Marks Destination‘ dropped back in 2008. Well, now they’re back – a brand new album entitled Wired Together has been announced, and they’ve released a cheeky sampler to give us a taste of what to expect.

From what I’ve heard of the new material, it builds upon their reputation as a band that creates loud, energetic and very danceable electronic rock music, and if brand new track ‘Secret Weapon’ is anything to go by, then the new album should be something pretty damn special indeed.

You can listen to some new Whip tunes now by clicking here.

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Seams – Tourist

Seams is the pseudonym of multi instrumentalist and producer James Welch. Welch is an artist who is riding the crest of the current renaissance of intelligent, cerebral electronic music, and is clearly a young man with a lot to give. By far the standout track from this collection has to be the sublime Nachtmusik, a blend of natural found sounds and subtle, refined synth noise that slowly build and are brilliantly and precisely looped in such a way as to combine perfectly. Reminiscent of experimental sound artists before him such as Matthew Herbert, Chris Clarke, Aphex Twin and perhaps more significantly Eastern flavoured sound artists like Takagi Masakatsu, Seams could well be a real driving force, should he get that important breakthrough to a wider audience (Chris Bohn, you listening?).

Seams is due to perform at the Star & Garter, Manchester this Wednesday, June 15th. Tickets here.

Listen to Seams’ music here.

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Tonight: Klabbes Bank – Matt & Phreds

Klabbes Bank are a group that are taking the four letter word out of jazz. A shining beacon of the new Scandinavian young jazz sound, they’ve blown off the cobwebs and ignited a whole new generations interest in a genre that is often criminally overlooked by the mainstream press, yet has so much to offer. Mixing, at times, electronic elements with haunting minimalist piano, then moving on to uptempo drums and even a swing vibe, Klabbes Bank are making their mark in a big way. Along with the other young upstars such as Portico Quartet and Polar Bear, Klabbes Bank really have the potential to introduce and inspire a new age.

Catch them tonight at Matt & Phreds, 9.30pm, £5. 

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Gig of the day: The Travelling Band – Deaf Institute

I have said on a number of occasions that Manchester as a real buzzing alt.country and folk revival movement going on at the moment, and tonight’s gig should be a great example of that. Along with contemporaries Blind Atlas and Walton Hesse, The Travelling Band have been creating wonderfully harmonic and warm Americana tinged music for a while now.

Recently signed to the prestigious Cooking Vinyl label and celebrating the release of a brand new album, tonight’s gig at the Deaf Institute may well be the last chance Manchester crowds have to catch the group in such an intimate venue. Destined for big things, The Travelling Band are.

Tonight (19/05/2011), The Deaf Institute, Manchester.

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