1. Thursday is in for a musical kicking, and a special guest.
Today from 10am on NME Radio there’ll be a stack of decent music to be heard, discovered, loved, and no doubt, hated. This includes the bloody ace North Atlantic Oscillation , Devendra Banhart, Magic Wands and Loney Dear, plus some beasts of old, from the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Klaxons, Elastica, The Cardigans, and Blur, with a song that was accompanied at the time by a promo that made Damon and co. look a bit like Clockwork Orange droogs, but if they had been dressed by BHS.
Plus, I’ll deliver another chunk of West Coast wonder from ‘Gorilla Manor’ by Local Natives, which is my album of the week, while the shockingly excellent ‘Yes!’ by Colourmusic – my Track of the Week – will be in there somewhere too.
And don’t forget, there’ll be a very special guest today with Iain Baker on NME Radio, sometime after 3pm, when none other than Jack White will be live (as in LIVE, live) in the studio along with his Dead Weather cohorts.
10am–midday on NME Radio (Find out how and where to listen here)
2. Sleeve of the day
As revealed yesterday the eagerly awaited new album from Texans Midlake has been announced, but sadly ‘The Courage of Others’ isn’t due until February next year. In the meantime we’ll have to make do with the Gandalf-meets-Obi-Wan wizardy symmetry of its artwork.
3. Free download of the day
Super-prolific Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield is to release his first solo album. ‘Fly Yellow Moon’ is due in early 2010, and if you head on over to the blimmin’ ace Neon Gold Blog right now, they’ve just posted an exclusive download of new song ‘When You Walk in The Room’ which you can suck on to your own desktop. Go get it.
4. Buy this
If there’s one thing I really hate, it’s a smashed up CD jewel case. Sadly, while trying to remove the wrapping a minute ago, I managed to excitedly snap half of the plastic from the front of the debut album by the brilliant Gyratory System,which I bought yesterday. Buy ‘The Sound-Board Breathes’ if you’ve ever been a fan of skronky early-80s punk funk, The Rapture or Metronomy, and be careful when you open it, no matter how much you can’t wait shove it in the player.
5. Visual New Noise
A few lines below this you’ll see a plea from me for ‘new bands, hot tips, videos, downloads or recommendations’ etc. to be left in the comments. Well earlier this week mysterious bunch Sextapes did exactly that, and promptly delivered on two fronts. There’s a free download of their rumbling QOTSA-meets-Fugazi ‘Plug It In’ available over on their blog-and here’s the accompanying video. I’d always wondered what people do with those little pretty-but-useless plastic replica guitars you get in guitar shops.
Got any new bands, hot tips, videos, downloads or recommendations of stuff I really should be playing on NME Radio? Get ’em in via the comments below.