April 29, 2010

Just as I was starting to bitch and moan to myself that I had nothing to write about I remembered a couple of bands I checked out at the start of the year and boom! they are great so let’s crack straight on and enjoy some new music.

There has been MP3s from oOoOO knocking around for a while now. I got reminded of the band this week when Pitchfork and Fader both featured a tune called Hearts. Download it from here. The San Francisco duo with the annoying to type name are producing tunes that are like Boards Of Canada crossed with The xx. Pretty fucking good.

Next up is something completely different but equally good. Again, I’ve been aware of Oberhofer for a while so felt it was about time they got a bit of nod. I mean, at least 12 people are reading this blog so I could make or break their career. Here’s a tune to download – it’s called Awy Frm U. It’s a Port O’Brien, Avi Buffalo, Shins type thing that will be perfect for the rainy bank holiday we have ahead. Get on it.

Talking of the Bank Holiday ahead (though in my current state of employment EVERYDAY IS A BANK HOLIDAY!) the good people of Manchester should all be heading to the Sounds From The Other City festival in Salford on Sunday. For those not in the know, a bunch of ace promoters take over a load of pubs in Salford for heaps of good music and beer drinking. As ever, there is shit loads of stuff on but it turns out I’m going to be pretty boring and inevitably just stay in The Old Pint Pot all day.

Downstairs, ‘Postcards From Manchester’ have booked the line up and I really want to see these:
11.15pm – The Rural Alberta Advantage – I have been desperate to see these since WOXY played ‘The Dethbridge In Lethbridge’ a long time ago. The whole Hometowns album is a winner and got endless plays for a large chunk of last year. Finally in the UK and I’m hyped.
10.00pm – Islet – At In The City last year they were great, on the recent Los Campesinos! tour they were even better and with a mini album on the horizon I am really pleased to get to see Islet play some more.
7.00pm – Just Handshakes (We’re British) Heading over from Leeds are this band who manage to stay just the right side of twee with some Sky Larkin/Los Campesinos! influences.

Upstairs at the Old Pint Pot there are the following awesome bands:
9.30pm – Egyptian Hip Hop
7.45pm – MAY68
5.30pm – Wu Lyf
4.30pm – Dutch Uncles

This is basically a list of bands from Manchester that you really should have all seen/heard by now. It pretty much represents just how great the city is at the moment as none of these bands sound the same yet they are all doing something really interesting. Expect queues for all the bands I reckon, though quite why Dutch Uncles are on so early is beyond me. (EDIT: The mighty amazing Dutch Uncles are on so early as they are playing a gig with The Futureheads in Manchester the same night)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are also playing this gig (at 6.30pm) and are also well worth your time. A nice way to break up the Manchester dominance in the rest of the line up.

Other notables: Tim and Sam, Thomas White and At Swim Two Birds (SWN vs. Hey Manchester at St Phil’s Church), Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra (Mind On Fire vs. Wotgodforgot at The Kings Arms), Bo Ningen (Lamb and Wolf at Islington Mill) Alexander Tucker (Room Tones at Islington Mill), Hotpants Romance (Comfortable On A Tightrope at The Angel Centre).

Full line up is here!


You’ve all seen the new MIA video already I bet
The Official World Cup song is rubbish
New Hurts video.


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