Keeping up with the bullet-paced, ephemeral world of pop can be a tiring business. One minute it's Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' dominating the charts and sparking a thousand YouTube memes; the next it's Miley Cyrus swinging naked on a demolition ball like a building site brickie in meltdown causing a stir. Thank goodness, then, for San Francisco's DJ Earworm - a mash-up artist who's compiled 25 of 2013's best selling pop videos/tracks into one handy five-minute YouTube clip.
In 2012 Killer Mike’s sixth album ‘R.A.P Music’ was produced by El-P, and Killer Mike in turn guested on El-P’s ‘Cancer 4 Cure’. The two hit it off and started working together as Run The Jewels, named after a lyric in LL Cool J's 'Cheesy Rap Blues'. The self-titled LP was recorded in woody upstate New York and a studio in Brooklyn called the Space Pit before it took its rightful place as one of the most thrilling albums of the year. Killer Mike’s Atlanta baritone drawl cuts with El-P's sinewy flow in a monument to the power of synergy in rap.
The jetlag's almost subsided and my liver's vaguely functioning again after a heady five days at M for Montreal festival. The city's annual music showcase has been putting on the most exciting new Canadian bands at venues across the Quebec capital since 2006. The range of artists was pretty great – hipster beatmakers, wonky dream popsters, punk noiseniks and some slightly bizarre Quebec folk acts all sat alongside each other at the various venues.
Designing iconic posters is a fine art - and getting the graphics right for the mighty line-ups at festivals is even harder. The UK Festival Awards takes place tonight and artist Pete Fowler has curated an exhibition of posters over the last 10 years to run alongside it. Here, he picks five of his favourites and explains why. Leave your suggestions for great festival poster art in the comments below. "A sucker for most things nautical, I like the touch of the ‘golden age of travel’ aesthetic that this poster draws from while updating it into something more contemporary."
As Oscar Wilde almost said: "To lose one bassist named Kim, Mr. Francis, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness." Yup, Black Francis and Pixies are back in the market for a bass player this week, as news that they're playing Primavera as well as Field Day next year followed hot on the heels of this tweet from Kim Deal's replacement Kim Shattuck:
Disappointed to learn that my time w/Pixies ended today. Amazing experience.Focusing attn on Muffs & new album.