New Noise Five-A-Day – 14/10/09

I’d like to introduce my New Noise Five-a-Day. Essentially, it’s a daily recommendation of five musical things you might like, that I’ll try to post up before hitting the airwaves at 10am each morning on NME Radio.

There’ll be some artwork, a new band/download link, something to spend money on, a gig to go to tonight and some kind of video. That’s it really. Hope I manage to keep it up.

Tips are very welcome. Chuck me stuff via


1. Sleeve of the day

Local Natives 'Gorilla Manor'

The sleeve for the upcoming debut album, ‘Gorilla Manor’, from Californian festival-winners-of-the-future, and current NME Radar tour stars Local Natives. They sound a bit like Fleet Foxes would, but if the bearded harmonists were actually awake. The artwork seems to feature the band members lined up at a firing range seconds after being blasted, only their brains seem to comprised of cereal, soup and assorted vegetables.

2. Free download of the day

(The) Tony Castles ‘Pirates’ (from The Hit Club blog)

It’s another falsetto-led wonder from Brooklyn, though this lot sound like they reside on the opposite coastline. The as-yet-unsigned delirium of (The) Tony Castles and their demo ‘Castles’ arrives just in time to soundtrack the crinkled Autumn haze. (Also effective on the 7.34 to London Bridge).

3. Buy this

Darwin Deez, ‘Darwin Deez’ – download the album via his MySpace.

‘Constellations’ is the single to look out for on the Lucky Number label in the UK very soon. It’s probably my favourite song of the year. It propels forward and builds brilliantly from the very first strum and comes on like debut-album Strokes if they’d listened to more twee-pop and Daniel Johnston. You can buy his album for about five English pounds, which is just silly, really.

4. Gig of the day

Kings Of Convenience at the Barbican Centre, London.

If the magical Antony & The Johnsons show at the Barbican last year was anything to go by, this gig from the reformed Bergen duo should be nothing short a marvel. I doubt they’ll cover ‘Crazy In Love’ having delivered a lengthy tribute to a persecuted, revolutionary New York transsexual half way through, though.

5. Essential track

Put simply, this makes me want to dance. The wiggly, floaty legs bit specifically.

Duck Sauce – ‘aNYway’.