Ever looked at picture of [a]Kanye West[/a] and thought "You know what this is missing? A pug". Well, dreams, no matter how unnecessary, can come true. An company from Barcelona known as 'Meet The Pugs' has put together a calendar of pictures of Kanye West hanging out with the tiny pups. More than 1000 fans pledged a total of $22,706 (almost £14,000) for the calendar on Kickstarter.
Ensuring 2014 gets off to a shimmering start, Manchester spectral pop specialists Patterns release their debut album 'Waking Lines' on January 6 via Melodic. You don't have to wait till then to enjoy its shoegazey synths, electronic loops and gauzy ambient chill though, as we've got an exclusive stream of the record below.
In February 2013 Cole Williams won the NME Radar Award for his The Child Of Lov musical project. NME writer Barry Nicolson was one of the few journalists to sit down with Williams and talk about his career. He passed away on December 10 2013. Here, we reprint the feature that ran in NME magazine in March 2013. You can’t miss Cole Williams.
Back in February, when all anybody knew of Cole Williams was the pseudonym he went by, the city he lived in and the handful of songs he’d released, I sat down with him in a cafe in East London. It was the day after he’d won the Phillip Hall Radar award at the NME Awards, and his acceptance speech that night - “Thank you very much” - had me anticipating an interviewee who would be evasive at best, outright uncommunicative at worst.
Maybe it was Foals' triumphant show at London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall in March? An early-year warning shot to those later to see them at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds, which basically said 'we will own you'. Or maybe it was Arctic Monkeys' ballsy choice of comeback show at Glastonbury – a do-or-die moment which was either going to be a repeat of their jittery headline slot in 2007 or successfully launch the album of their career in front of an audience of millions (only one answer to that)?