Election Anthems 2010

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In one of the most unpredictable election contests in our lifetime, yet another twist has been thrust into the mix which includes Right Said Fred piping up with a Lib Dem anthem – we kid you not. Comedian Danny Robins has been tasked by Newsnight to come up with three party anthems for the big day, and he went about recruiting the best in the business – but when they weren’t available, he settled for Hadouken!, Right Said Fred and Nu Brand. To be fair, Hadouken! have conjured up a tune with their tongue firmly in cheek with a Labour anthem entitled Things Can Only Get Worse – what the others have in store is yet to be revealed. But we thought before that, we’d come up with some appropriate anthems of our own…


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Two Door Cinema Club Live Review

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Two Door Cinema Club, The Garage, London – March 1st

Two Door  Cinema Club released their debut album Tourist History this week and as it’s been a regular on the RealMusic Blog playlist for weeks now we thought it about time we checked out the Northern Irish trio live. Plastic glasses of fizzy lager in hand and sticky floor stuck to, the lights dimmed and three fringes flopped in unison as the lads twanged guitars and pressed keys in an indie-electro way. I peered over the tops of heads as the threesome launched into their set with artistic gusto…


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Happy Australia Day!

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Chuck another shrimp on the barbie and let’s a have a tinny for today is January 26th, the day the whole of Australia gives thanks for being from the same country as Kylie and Jason. Over the years Australia has contributed a mixed bag of artists to the international music scene, from worldwide superstars like INXS and Kylie Minogue to more homegrown heroes like Midnight Oil, Silverchair, Cold Chisel and Men At Work. Lately, Empire Of The Sun, Ladyhawke and The Veronicas have been the toast of Oz and with artists like the fabulous Gotye getting the recognition they deserve, Australia looks set to continue its work of unearthing the odd diamond in the rough. Here’s a look at some Aussie YouTube moments from then and now to celebrate Australia Day…


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Liam Frost Interview

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He’s been compared to Springsteen and his recent second album We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain is frothing over with dark, melody-led, soulful pop. Now going it alone having split from his record label, Manchester-based singer-songwriter Liam Frost spoke to us about duetting with Martha Wainwright, writing dirty love songs and how this year is all about focus…


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Take That + Robbie = ?

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So it turns out that in between spotting aliens and UFOs – oh, and making his next album craftily entitled Reality Killed The Video Star – Robbie Williams is back in the studio with the Take Thatters, writing with his old buddies once more. Now I’ve been rolling this thought around my brain for a few days now like a lone pea on an Olympic racetrack, pondering what I think. And you know what? My thoughts are stuck in a tepid pool of indifference.

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Close encounters of the famous kind

Moby & JLS: not destined to share a stage any time soon.
Moby & JLS: not destined to share a stage any time soon.

In my line of work I meet a lot of famous people: some blessed with tickly nearly-fame, others with sharp, pointy, face-splitting notoriety. Some who you’d walk past in the street without even noticing, some who you’d stop and think ‘now where do I know him from… was he the guy who pissed in Sharon’s salad? No, not him…’ In the last two days, for instance, I’ve stood next to the curly-haired one from JLS (wispy fame); spoken to the dark-haired half of Groove Armada (anonymous mega-fame) and sat in a plush hotel room in Marylebone with musical miserablist Moby (gargantuan fame). I know that Moby is certainly the most famous, because when I told my oldest sister she’d heard of him. She’d also just been introduced to the Black Eyed Peas that day by her students and thought their lyrics “interesting” and songs “catchy”. If I’d taken afternoon tea with will.i.am and Fergie, she’d have been majorly impressed, as opposed to the tiny yelp she allowed herself at the mention of every ad exec’s dream collaborator…


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Close encounters of the famous kind

Moby & JLS: not destined to share a stage any time soon.
Moby & JLS: not destined to share a stage any time soon.

In my line of work I meet a lot of famous people: some blessed with tickly nearly-fame, others with sharp, pointy, face-splitting notoriety. Some who you’d walk past in the street without even noticing, some who you’d stop and think ‘now where do I know him from… was he the guy who pissed in Sharon’s salad? No, not him…’ In the last two days, for instance, I’ve stood next to the curly-haired one from JLS (wispy fame); spoken to the dark-haired half of Groove Armada (anonymous mega-fame) and sat in a plush hotel room in Marylebone with musical miserablist Moby (gargantuan fame). I know that Moby is certainly the most famous, because when I told my oldest sister she’d heard of him. She’d also just been introduced to the Black Eyed Peas that day by her students and thought their lyrics “interesting” and songs “catchy”. If I’d taken afternoon tea with will.i.am and Fergie, she’d have been majorly impressed, as opposed to the tiny yelp she allowed herself at the mention of every ad exec’s dream collaborator…


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Festival Withdrawal

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So in my dayjob as a music journalist, I’ve been writing miles of copy about festivals – seeing bands, drinking cider from paper cups, having your tent blown away in a huge gust of piss, that sort of thing. And then it suddenly occurred to me that I really should have remembered to blag/buy a ticket to at least one this year. Fail.
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Festival Withdrawal

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So in my dayjob as a music journalist, I’ve been writing miles of copy about festivals – seeing bands, drinking cider from paper cups, having your tent blown away in a huge gust of piss, that sort of thing. And then it suddenly occurred to me that I really should have remembered to blag/buy a ticket to at least one this year. Fail.
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