Green Day had their set cut in half so Usher could have more time. Billie Joe Armstrong let’s the f bombs fly and smashes their gear.
Damon Albarn was the special guest of Bobby Womack on yesterday’s (September 21st) Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as the influential multi-instrumentalist showcased a selection of tracks from the excellent ‘Bravest Man In The Universe‘ album. The record’s title-track, as well as ‘Jubilee‘, can be viewed below.
For a long time Matthew Dear looked like he would remain steadfastly in the margins, ploughing an esoteric furrow that was loved by Lower Manhattan’s chattering classes but ignored by a considerable slug of everyone else.
When we last came across the Texan-now-New Yorker he’d just released 2007’s ‘Asa Breed‘, an essay in claustrophobic, at-the-margins disco which at its peak seemed the obvious final halt of the then death rattling electro-clash movement.
The problem for Dear was that at the time, in the UK at least, many people were indulging in a renaissance – I use the word in its loosest possible sense – of Britpop values. Over here a host of young men claiming direct lineage from Noel Gallagher were busily caricaturing his lowest common denominators, to the extent that the likes of The Rapture, CSS and a host of new ravers were shown the populist door faster than you can say open E.
Looking for some free new music to tide you over this weekend? Well you’re in the right place with the Live4ever Ezine‘s New Tunes guide. We’ve sorted through our packed inbox over the last seven days to offer up the best in mp3s, Soundcloud links and YouTube videos for your viewing and listening pleasure. Check out previous editions of the New Tunes Guide here.
In today’s Soundbites – our look back at the past week’s news, features, videos and tabloid nonsense – Mumford & Sons show their teeth, we gaze over the cliff edge into the pop world, John Lennon’s an icon, a stand-out album gets reviewed, and the most popular video of the week is highlighted.
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