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23rd January

  • Under The Influence: Shackles' Gift by Zun Zun Egui

    Under The Influence: Shackles' Gift by Zun Zun Egui

    by The 405

    "Tradition and modernity collide, as the band question the nature of home and our (perhaps misguided) allegiances to it. Shackles' Gift was born in Maritius, yet constructed in London, it's as indebted to the past as it is to the present and it's to the band's credit that they understand that completely." [read more]

  • Low's The Great Destroyer: 10 Years On

    Low's The Great Destroyer: 10 Years On

    by Tom Clayton

    This month we celebrate the 10th birthday of what many fans now see as Low’s defining statement, The Great Destroyer. It’s rare that a single album signals a big shift in sound for any band, and it takes a pretty brave artist to turn their backs on a signature sound, especially one as distinctive as Low’s. Luckily, they are a band with seemingly endless reserves of courage. [read more]

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  • Artists We Want New Albums From in 2015

    Artists We Want New Albums From in 2015

    by The 405

    So it is with this that we are saying please and thank you to a handful of artists whom we'd very much like to hear from. We've even written some words about how good the artist is and how insane it is that there is no new release from them on the horizon. With some, there is hope; with others, there is little chance. [read more]

  • The Essential Belle and Sebastian Playlist

    The Essential Belle and Sebastian Playlist

    by Chris Taylor

    Belle & Sebastian are almost like a comfort blanket covered in disco lights: reassuring and warm but also not afraid of letting their hair down every once in a while to celebrate the great things in life. Murdoch's lyrics paint wonderfully vivid scenes of outcasts, dreamers and those just generally unsure about life. [read more]

16th January

  • Verge Murder: The Vast Worlds of Keyboard Kid

    Verge Murder: The Vast Worlds of Keyboard Kid

    by Zach Moldof

    Whether you discovered Keyboard because he's been one of Lil B's go-to collaborators since the jump, you found his work via Thraxxhouse, or any of the other various means, eventually all of these facets of Keyboard Kid lead you to the same place: a holy experience of technology, art, and humanity. [read more]

15th January

  • Albums to Look Forward To This Quarter

    Albums to Look Forward To This Quarter

    by The 405

    Welcome one and all. We are here standing at the base of 2015, squinting to look up at what's to come. Through all the swirling haze you can just about make out some of the more prominent peaks, rising up and then disappearing. This is a rather weak metaphor. So let's just say that it's the start of the year and there are some things to look forward to in the coming months. Musical things. [read more]

  • The Essential Decemberists Playlist

    The Essential Decemberists Playlist

    by Alex Cull

    Ahead of the vessel - captained since its inception by Montanian skipper, Colin Meloy - returning with its latest pillaging, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, we present to you a brief dissect of the ship's manifest. [read more]

14th January

  • New Slang: Say That Again?

    New Slang: Say That Again?

    by Patrick Lyons

    Last fall, actress Tracee Ellis Ross had a viral hit on her hands when she posted Vines of her attempts at rapping along with Rich Gang's 'Lifestyle', a song that peaked at number eight on the American pop chart. Furrowing her brow, straining her voice and fumbling to stay on-beat, her inability to keep up with the lyrics was clear, even with them written out in front of her. [read more]

13th January

12th January

  • The Essential Sufjan Stevens Playlist

    The Essential Sufjan Stevens Playlist

    by Andrew Hannah

    Here's what we're calling an essential playlist (translated: here are some songs of Sufjan's that I adore and I think you'd like too). [read more]

  • The Art Direction of Interstellar

    The Art Direction of Interstellar

    by Josh Brown

    To say Nolan takes inspiration from the quintessential 2001: A Space Odyssey would be both obvious and a touch reductive, yet it's impossible to not make the comparison. There's nothing overtly narrative-based that resembles 2001, but at a visual level Interstellar lovingly takes it's cues from Kubrick and combines them with modern technology to create an interesting and imaginative representation of the cosmos. [read more]

9th January

8th January

  • Belle and Sebastian interviewed: "I think people, ultimately, like tunes" [Part Two]

    Belle and Sebastian interviewed: "I think people, ultimately, like tunes" [Part Two]

    by Robert Whitfield

    Read part two of Robert Whitfield's interview with Belle and Sebastian: Whilst Girls In Peacetime might be the rejuvenation of Belle & Sebastian, there is still the small matter of how their fans will react to the new music. Whilst not as slavishly obsessive as other pop bands' fan bases, Belle & Sebastian have attracted - over the years - a dedicated group of supporters that see the Glaswegian group as being more than a simple band. [read more]

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