1. Exclusive new xx recordings, anyone?
All of those end-of-year/decade lists are being put together right now, and only a fool (maybe the kind of person who declares ‘Flying Without Wings’ their favourite ever song) would leave out ‘xx’, the debut from South West Londoners The XX.
The band paid a visit to the NME Radio bunker on Tuesday afternoon and provided us with three exclusive session recordings which you can hear today from 3pm with Iain Baker. Not only that, but Romy and Oliver were kind enough to chat to me for a bit, the results of which you’ll be able to hear around the same time.
In the meantime, after 10am this morning, I’ll have a snippet of that there chat with The XX, plus new songs from the likes of Everything Everything, The Golden Filter and Passion Pit, and songs that you forgot you loved from Gang of Four, Belle & Sebastian, and Idlewild.
I’ll also be whacking out another slab of sound from the Cymbals Eat Guitars album, delivering a drop of Darwin Deez, and giving you another chance to win that beautiful bundle of Richard Hawley gubbins (12″ & CD copy of ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, with signed print), and an all-expenses-paid trip to see his Sheffield Crucible gig in December.
10am–midday on NME Radio (Don’t know how to listen? Find out here)
2. Sleeve of the day
The intriguingly sinister sleeve for the upcoming new single ‘Waiting’ from Melbourne’s self-proclaimed ‘doo-wop punkers’ Little Red. Paul Blow is the vastly talented man behind the work, and you can hear the song itself when I play it on this week’s NME Radio New Noise show, this Saturday at 7.
3. Free download of the day
And while we’re on the subject of killer new Australian bands, here’s a link to nab the utterly ace 1 minute and 45 seconds of ‘Gore Orphanage’ from The UV Race. Worth it for the Antipodean drawl of the word ‘daunting’, alone.
4. Buy this
White Belt Yellow Tag ‘Remains’ (Distiller)
‘Remains’ has been all over NME Radio for months, and the band have been a mainstay on New Noise since the first demo’s started to surface mid-way through last year. North-Easterners White Belt Yellow Tag are most definitely worth your hard-earned cash, and probably also that fiver you found in your old jeans, too.
5. Visual New Noise
Got any bands, tips, videos, downloads or recommendations of things I should be playing on NME Radio New Noise on a Saturday night? Get ’em in via the comments below…