Not much happens in Arcata. A 17,000-population college town in northern California, when term finishes and the students flock home, it empties to a near eerie state of quiet according to locals. “Chernobyl with sunshine and a health food store,” one resident I speak to jokes. It's got a claim to fame, though. 20 years ago this week, the town became a footnote on the story of arguably the biggest band on the planet.
Magical London band Black Gold Buffalo - Keziah Stilwell, Hannah Holland and Joy Josephs - have a new track out and it's a a summery slice of calypso joy. Just the ticket for a rainy February day. You can hear it exclusively below. The single's released on March 24 with two remixes from Dan Beaumont and Lauren Flax.
'Kingdom Of The Beasts' is the first cut off a new EP from Peckham-based songwriter Tony Volker. It's a beguiling kick-off track that showcases Volker's creative elan: sampling acoustic instruments and his own warm, haunting vocals to create something both very human and experimental. "I've learned to bare my teeth," he sings while expressing ideas around independence and survival amid sonic pulses and phases that augment each lyric.
For George Constanza, the neurotic, bald-headed ball of fury at the heart of Jerry Seinfeld's famous sitcom about nothing, every day is "just one of those days when you don't want to wake up." Which is why the below mash-up of the show's cheery slap-bass theme tune and Limp Bizkit's 1999 nu-metal ode to destruction 'Break Stuff makes a weird amount of sense.
The last ever episode of Parks And Recreation aired on NBC last night (February 24) - and it was a near-perfect series finale. Titled 'One Last Ride', the double-length episode followed Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope as she rallied the old Pawnee parks department team for one last mission - namely, fixing a broken swing at a kids' playground - but this was really just a conceit to bring the whole gang together.