The Streets ‘OMG’

Released last week as a single, one of my favourite songs from their very last album. I was at the crowd in Brixton when he did a bit of the crowd surfing in the video. Next single has to be ‘Blip on a Screen’… I hope…!

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Free Download: Carl Barât ‘This Is The Song’

This is one of the most gorgeously destructive and pretty songs I’ve heard in a really long time. Taken from the forthcoming EP- Death Fires Burn At Night EP (released 2nd May 2011). He has just embarked on a tour of the UK with support on all dates from Foreign Office and in April a documentary about The Libertines gets its premier at the East End Film Festival. The EP contains Carl’s recording of an unreleased Libertines track called ‘Grimaldi’, a new recording of ‘Death Fires Burn at Night’, a cover version of the Langly Sisters track ‘Sing For My Supper’ and ‘This Is The Song’ previously unavailable in the UK. You can download the song for free right here!

MP3: Carl Barât – This Is The Song

New Music: Dom Liberati

This is excellent rock coming out of LA. There’s a lot of The Police, Jimmy Eat World and Kings of Leon in Dom’s sound- which is a good thing! A few years ago I spent a short time out in California during my summer breaks and memories rushed back a little when I heard ‘We Own The Night’. It’s the sort of music that works well played loud in a car racing down a sunny highway to somewhere exciting. Check out here.

New Music: Team Me

From Norway. “Warm waves of silky spring air evoke that European charm that has flooded the UK of late” – beardedmagazine.com after seeing Team Me @ Hammersmith Apollo. Check out here.

New Music: Club Smith


Already picked up on radio plays from indie arbiters of taste Steve Lamacq (who came to see them play in London) and Tom Robinson, who had the band in for interview after their shows on the BBC Introducing stages at Leeds/Reading 2010.

They’ve also had plays from Huw Stephens, Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio), Rory McConnell (Radio 1) and have supported The Naked and Famous, Iliketrains, The Sunshine Underground, The Mystery Jets, Two Door Cinema Club, The Neat and Hockey.  Check out here.

New Music: Somersault

Kind of stargazing electronic mixed with some surf influences. There isn’t much on these guys online yet so check out their Soundcloud above!

New Music: Brookes Brothers

Good British drum & bass that doesn’t dive in too dark like others- it’s pretty uplifting actually. The album’s out in June. Check out here.

TVXQ with their epic K-Pop sound

TVXQ are HUGE in Asia. There were 5 of them in the band, then three of them put up a law suit, despite the band carrying on. The video above is from their most recent record, with just the remaining two members in it (the rest went on to form JYJ). Still insanely epic though.

New Music: Christoffer Skoug

This is a bluesy/ poppy sound that feels light and fresh. Has been signed by Universal Records so world domination is likely to ensue shorty. Check out here.

New Music: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Very late with this one but they’re just too good not to mention. Excellent electro power pop! He’s playing London’s Scala in June. Check out here.

Live: Ollie Wride at Monto Water Rats London

I featured Ollie Wride a few days ago on here, and I’ve been looking forward to this gig since. There was definitely some Freddie Mercury in his show tonight and it was fantastic. It’s obvious there was a lot of planning for tonight, and I even found the soundcheck a bit entertaining… His sound (mix a bit of glam rock with some synth) is unique enough to give him an edge without being gimmicky, and the way he carried his set worked really good! Headrush was song of the night for me. Tons of fun, and a pop star in the making for sure!

Live: Two Wounded Birds at Rough Trade East

Two different gigs in two different parts of London tonight. First band. These guys are causing a crazy stir right now. Previously featured on here a little while ago, Two Wounded Birds played Rough Trade East (the iconic record shop in London’s Shoreditch). They rocked good. Their raw take on that surf sound made you feel nice and jumpy inside.

The singer reminds me of someone I used to work with who was a bit quiet and dorky but ridiculously cool. As it happens, where I stood tonight, as I stared at the music on the shelves, staring right back at me was said ex-colleague’s band’s debut single (only available in cassette format, obvs). Anyway. You must see Two Wounded Birds live if you can.

Now off to Kings Cross to see Ollie Wride…

New Music: Michael Kiwanuka

Listening to this guy takes me back to walking around Portobello Market in Notting Hill on dusty sweaty summer days in the 90’s as a kid. It just oozes class and soul and dreamyness all together. Check out here.

New Music: Tyler The Creator

This dude is only 20 but he’s already got over 6 million hits for this video. So good. Check out here.

New Music: Berri Farley

Sometimes the classics are the best – from the Motown of the Isley Brothers and Smokey Robinson to soul legends like Gladys Knight and Etta James, there is a timeless appeal to beautifully crafted songs performed with soul, verve and above all, honesty – Berri Farley is a singer who clearly understands this power.

Already hailed by the likes of industry barometer Music Week and declared as ‘one to watch for 2011’ by the Irish Times alongside the likes of James Blake and The Vaccines, Berri Farley is set to conquer ears and hearts with her remarkable debut E.P, available from June 6th. Check out here.

New Music: Dane Rumble

The video’s racked up quarter of a million views on YouTube, and is platinum in his native New Zealand. Check out here.

New Music: Young Galaxy

Hotly tipped Canadian trio, Young Galaxy, have toured with Arcade Fire, been nominated for a Polaris Prize (the Canadian Mercury Prize), dominated the music blogosphere – number 1 on Hype Machine – and now release their third album‘Shapeshifting’ on May 23rd (in the UK) through Smalltown Supersound, the label that brought you Annie and Lindstrom.

Young Galaxy completed ‘Shapeshifting’ at home and then sent it away, across the ocean, to one of the world’s most acclaimed and secretive producers. For nine months, Dan Lissvik, half of the Swedish duo Studio, curved and refashioned these tracks; he made and remade them.

In October 2010, Lissvik sat down at his computer in Gothenburg. Stephen Ramsayand Catherine McCandless (of Young Galaxy) sat down at theirs in Montreal. And across 3,500 miles, Skype-ing with a friend they have never met, Young Galaxy heard their third album for the first time. Check out here.