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As I boarded the 19 towards The Lexington to see David Thomas Broughton perform, I thought to myself, 'How nice to be going to a gig that I'm not reviewing'. I love writing reviews, don't get me wrong, but sometimes it's nice just to go to a live show as a relaxed person who feels free to miss bits, arrive late and get distracted. Yet I feel compelled to write down the thoughts that this gig left buzzing angrily around my mind. [read more]
Back in 2003, a ticket for Glastonbury cost £105. This year? £210. That's a 100% increase in ten years. 100%! I'm pretty sure festivals haven't got 100% more popular or 100% better. Glastonbury's not even the worst offender, either; Leeds and Reading pip it to the post by a frankly childish 50p. And younger festivals like Bestival and Latitude have shot up to £190. [read more]
The NME's recent review of Tom Odell's debut album Long Way Down awarded it a 0/10 along with a whole heap of scathing, confidence-destroying, gratuitously harsh comments about Odell, his music and something about musical syphilis. It's evident from Mark Beaumont's words that he loathes everything about Odell and the type of artist that he represents, but what does that score actually mean? What do we learn from a 0/10? [read more]
With the recent release of Daft Punk's palm-sweatingly anticipated new album Random Access Memories, I started to think about the correlation between hype and success. What makes a buzz, how has the internet changed how albums are introduced to the waiting world, and where is the line between clever PR and desperate overthinking? [read more]
Raleigh Ritchie's claiming this year as his, both visually and sonically.
Becky Sui Zhen introduces us to her alter-ego, Susan.
They play London's Brixton Academy on November 20th.
Plunge into the 'Eye Garden' and escape your mind here on The 405.
The majority of last week's film news was of such little consequence that it's barely worth repeating in detail (and can thus be found below, aggregated in The Weekly Regurgitation), but at least o...
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