How do you write a chart-topping rock record, the biggest-selling of its kind in three years? Royal Blood dropped by the NME office while their scorching debut album was still rocketing towards a remarkable 66,000 copies sold. While they were here, they discussed at length the future of guitar music and the thrill of meeting Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, as well as giving us 15 second guides to tracks from their smash LP.
From crop insurance to gender violence, neuroscience to colour-shifting deep sea creatures, TED run lectures on many aspects of life on earth. Based in New York, the first conference happened in California in 1990, which equates to a lot of "ideas worth spreading". Though music hasn't been particularly well served so far, there are some brilliant culture-related talks out there.
On the eve of the release of The Vines’ fourth album, ‘Melodia’, in July 2008, NME published an official apology for building up the Australian grunge trio. “Let’s get this out of the way, because it’s not something we’re too fond of doing. To those of you who bought the issue of NME dated July 23, 2002, please accept our sincerest and most unreserved apologies,” it read. The writer apologised for that issue's heralding of Craig Nicholls as the de facto saviour of rock’n’roll. "Well, we weren’t right. And for that we’re sorry. But nobody deserved ‘Melodia’,” he wrote.
August is traditionally a quieter month for new music before the final quarter of the year with its traditionally big releases. Not 2014. From new music by way of Merchandise, FKA Twigs, Childhood, Falty DL, The Vines and Royal Blood, SOPHIE, Rustie, Cyril Hahn, Leonard Cohen, Ex Hex, Joey Bada$$, Trust Fund and Jessie Ware to Kate Bush's return, we've been pretty spoilt. What's the best thing you've heard this month? Let us know in the comments below.