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Well, you’ve heard (endured!) your humble web monkey banging on about all the great new releases we’ve had in the pipeline of late, now some cold hard FACTS!

#1) After one day’s sales, Arctic Monkeys are at Number One in the UK album charts with ‘Suck It And See’. Many congratulations to Arctic Monkeys and our friends over at Domino Records!

#2) The lovely Adele gracefully gives up the Number One spot (which she has occupied for a whopping 15 weeks!) and is now Number Two in the UK album charts with ’21′ (XL Recordings).

#6) (you’ll see my numbering logic in a sec!) Frank Turner (yes hardcore, anarchist, singer songwriter Frank Turner!) is at Number 6 in the UK album charts with his latest ‘England Keep My Bones’ (Xtra Mile). Well done Frank!

#7) Veteran homespun bluesman Seasick Steve enjoys his second week in the UK album charts – now at Number Seven – with ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’ on Play It Again Sam. Hats off (or should that be ‘Trucker Caps’ off?) to Steve!

#8) So good she appears twice, Adele’s debut longplayer ’19′ is *still* in the Top Ten, currently residing at Number Eight. Massive props to Miss Adkins and to XL Recordings.

Now, maths might not be your humble web monkey’s strong point, but i make that FIVE out of the TOP TEN albums in the UK Album Charts – 50 chuffin percent! – are from friends of [PIAS]UK.

Stick that in your multinationalmultimilliondollarmusicindustrymajorlabeldeathstar pipes!

Support your independent artists, labels, stores and distros – Keep buying those CDs, records, tapes and downloads kids!

Adieu for now!


Hola people of the interweb!

Random wednesday post for ya – and all for a good cause!

There Is No God’ b/w ‘God Is Love’ is the new single from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and features the musical talents of Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine.

The single will be available on 10” vinyl and via digital download from 20th June 2011 on Domino Records.

Profits from the sale of these recordings will go to the Save Our Gulf c/o Waterkeeper Alliance and The Turtle Hospital to support efforts to clean up and maintain waterways and the lives dependent upon them.

Save Our Gulf is an initiative of Waterkeeper Alliance to support the Gulf Waterkeepers directly impacted by the BP oil disaster.

The Turtle Hospital has successfully treated and released over 1000 Sea Turtles since its founding in 1986. The turtles are released in a variety of ways and at different locations depending on species. Greens are taken either to Pigeon Key via ambulance or they are taken to a spot 20 miles north of Marathon in the Florida Bay. Loggerheads are usually released at Pigeon Key or launched off a boat into the gulf or ocean. Kemp’s Ridleys are taken 70 miles west of Key West out to the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas.

Adieu for now!


On Thursday 26 May, Seasick Steve headlined the annual Streets of London Concert for Homelessness at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. All proceeds went to The Connection at St Martin’s, a specialist centre that provides support to more than 200 homeless people each day. Below you can watch a stream of the show, filmed using Mativision 360-degree technology allowing you to select camera angles, pan across the stage (and crowd) or just leave static to enjoy an intimate set from Seasick Steve, including tracks from his new album, You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks. Enjoy!
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Hey again, another video for ya – to enliven and cheer you up on this weird Monday/Tuesday hybrid.

I don’t know, sometimes those post-Bank Holiday blues just get me down, get me riled, get me angry….

If only there was a youth cult / street gang / epic guitar driven musical revolution afoot…. oh, there is? COOL.

Here, with a taster of their hugely anticipated forthcoming debut album (‘Go Tell Fire To The Mountain’ – out 13th June 2011) are WU LYF with the smashing (arf!) video for ‘Dirt’.


Adieu for now!


True that, Mr Steve, true that.

Please take 3 minutes 39 seconds out of your busy day to watch this frankly astonishingly good animated promotional video – Seasick Steve’s first ever video unbelievably – for killer track ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’.

Taken from the album of the same name – OUT NOW! - on Play It Again Sam.


 As one of the first comments states…

“That was like a steampunk comic book acid trip with humpty-dumpty and a reproductive system”

And who are we to argue with that?

Also, rather surreally, here’s Steve being interviewed on the BBC’s Breakfast show this very morning:

Adieu for now…


The Tomorrow People have once again beamed down from the future with another Spotify playlist for our earholes’ delectation. Cheers Buck Rogers in the 25th Century!

This week it’s the turn of the legendary nutty boys Madness, to celebrate ‘Baggy Trousers’ being remade for a popular Euro lager (we call it ‘Numbers’) advert.

Playlist here: Le Grand Pantalon

Tracklist here:

Madness – We Are London
Madness – Embarrassment
Madness – The Sun And The Rain
Madness – My Girl
Madness – NW5
Madness – Grey Day
Madness – Drip Fed Fred (feat. Ian Dury)
Madness – Our House (Remastered)
Madness – Dust Devil
Madness – Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) (Remastered)
Madness – House Of Fun
Madness – Take It Or Leave It
Madness – Forever Young
Madness – Victoria Gardens
Madness – That Close
Madness – It Must Be Love
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Madness – Tomorrow’s Dream
Madness – Sorry

Tres bon.

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Wall Of Sound and Play It Again Sam took part in the first ever Independent Label Market at the weekend in London’s Berwick Street.

Also joining WOS and PIAS were our friends XL, Domino, Angular, Merok, Rough Trade and Soul Jazz.

Thanks to everybody who made it down.

Here are some pics:

Huge congratulations to Adele and XL Recordings – ’21′ is *still* Number One in the UK Hit Parade.

So far the youthful songstress’ second album has sold a whopping 2, 293, 060 copies – and counting!

Adele’s debut album ’19′ (also XL) maintained it’s Number Three position.

Well done to Wild Beasts, whose ‘Smother’ album (on Domino) broke into the Top Twenty last week.

Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator continued to cause outrage, excitement and debate worldwide with his debut label album ‘Goblin’ (XL) – which entered the UK album charts at Number Twenty One.

Elsewhere, Radiohead’s ‘King Of Limbs’ (XL) continues to perform well at Number Fifty Seven, The Strokes are at Number 59 with ‘Angles’ (Rough Trade), Okkervil River’s ‘I Am Very Far’ (Jagjaguwar) is at Number Sixty Six, Eliza Carthy’s ‘Neptune’ was in at 115 (HemHem Records).

The xx, Arctic Monkeys’ two earlier albums, Warpaint’s ‘The Fool’, Gang Gang Dance ‘Eye Contact’, Oasis ‘Time Flies’ and The Leisure Society’s latest – all feature somewhere there in the Top 200.



Me again.

Three posts in a day?  I *must* be drunk.


Three HUGE forthcoming releases that will also surely be soundtracking Summer 2011:

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’ (Domino Records) – 6th June 2011

Battles – ‘Gloss Drop’ (Warp Records) – 6th June 2011

Bon Iver – ‘Bon Iver’ (4AD) – 20th June 2011


Adieu for now!

Hola again!

For a snapshot of the soundtrack(s) to your Summer, read on!


WU LYF – ‘Go Tell Fire To The Mountain’ (L Y F Recordings) – 13th June 2011

Seasick Steve – ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’ (Play It Again Sam) – 30th May 2011

The Middle East – ‘I Want That You Are Always Happy’ (Play It Again Sam) – 6th June 2011

Frank Turner – ‘England Keep My Bones’ (Xtra Mile) – 6th June 2011