1. On the radio between now and midday…
…I have one final chance to win a spangly 12″ copy of Richard Hawley‘s wonderful ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ album (with a CD and signed print chucked in), and thus an opportunity to see (and even meet!) the man in Sheffield in December as part of an all-expenses paid trip.
There’ll also be new music from the likes of Peaches, Fenech-Soler and Brakes, and dormant beasts you’d perhaps forgotten about from Sigur Ros, I Monster, and St Etienne.
10am–midday on NME Radio (Listenable options detailed here)
2. Sleeve of the day
Following a couple of years spent working on their respective School of Language and The Week That Was projects, the brilliant news is that generously-brained brothers David and Peter Brewis are to return with a brand new Field Music album. ‘Measures’ is due in February, and you can get hold of the title track over here now.
3. Free download of the day
I couldn’t decide if I should point you towards the the wobbly bashed up beast that is ‘Free’ by Si Begg, which is part of his recent pay-what-you-deem-suitable ’24 Bit Error Collection’, or the sunny, ethereal delight that is ‘Ottowa Backfired Soon’, by Canadian Italian Jonathan Clancy, or His Clancyness. I did both. Cheers to the brilliant Transparent blog.
4. Buy this
Sufjan Stevens ‘The BQE’ (Rough Trade)
Only a man like Sufjan Stevens can release a CD/DVD 8mm film set centered around (take a breath here) a cinematic suite which takes it’s inspiration from mid-century urban theory based around the grimy, run-down Brooklyn-Queens expressway and the dynamics of the hula-hoop… and not come off looking like a pompous chimp. Hurrah for Sufjan.
5. Visual New Noise
Nothing fits Friday better than a new euphoric anthem. ‘Yes!’ by Colourmusic will also be my Single of the Week all next week on NME Radio too, which means you’ll be able to get a blast of it to help you on your way towards lunchtime every day between 10am and Midday. Fists in the air please.
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