NEWS

  1. WATCH /// LOS CAMPESINOS! - BY YOUR HAND

    Gearing up for the release of their fourth album Hello Sadness on November 14th, Hitsville favourites Los Campesinos! have put the opening track from the album "By Your Hand", up on their blog for free download. It’s another step forward for the band, getting a little darker and moodier but even more brilliant. The video gets a little bleak too, but then that’s par for the course with Los Camp! these days. It also marks the first LC! vocal appearance from Rob Campesinos! (aka Sparky Deathcap). Artwork and lyrics for the track are also on the band’s blog.

  2. Los Campesinos! announce tour

    A double header of Los Camp! news today. Along with the free download of “By Your Hand”, the seven piece have announced a ten date tour for this November. Taking in Britain, America and Japan, the tour will encompass the release of the band’s fourth album Hello Sadness.

    The tour dates in full are:

    • 7th November - LONDON - Kings College
    • 8th November - BRIGHTON - The Haunt
    • 9th November - CARDIFF - The Globe
    • 10th November - GLASGOW - Oran Mor
    • 11th November - LEEDS - The Cockpt
    • 16th November - NEW YORK - Bowery Ballroom
    • 17th November - BROOKLYN - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
    • 18th November - PHILADELPHIA - Union Transfer 
    • 19th November -WASHINGTON DC - Black Cat
    • 24th November -TOKYO - Unit Daikanyama
  3. Stream Peggy Sue’s new album Acrobats

    The Line Of Best Fit are giving everyone the chance to hear the latest offering from London based post-folk band Peggy Sue before its release next Monday. From what I’ve heard so far "Acrobats" has a darker undertone than their debut "Fossils And Other Phantoms" but the trio have kept the intertwined harmonies, tight percussion and interesting guitar noises of old, making this a very exciting LP, especially for fans of the band and the genre. Stream the record here. You can also pre-order the record (and a bunch of other goodies) at the Peggy Sue online store.

    Not only are they thrilling to listen to they’re a treat to see live so if you dig what you hear you can also catch them at the following tour dates:

    • 14th September - WINCHESTER - The Railway - TICKETS 
    • 15th September - BRISTOL - Louisiana - TICKETS 
    • 17th September - MANCHESTER - The Deaf Institute - TICKETS
    • 18th September - LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club - TICKETS
  4. LOOK /// BBC RELEASES IMAGES FROM DOCTOR WHO “THE GOD COMPLEX”

    Next week’s episode of Doctor Who looks like one of the best of the series so far. According to the synopsis, the Doctor, Amy and Rory end up in a hotel where the layout of the rooms keeps changing, and the rooms contain the greatest fear of each visitor. The promo pics sure give off a bit of a Shining vibe, whilst the minotaur-type creature shown roaming the halls in the adverts looks particularly nightmarish. Also, looks like the Weeping Angels are back. Have a pillow ready to hide behind on Saturday.

  5. N-Dubz to split, mankind rejoices.

    After terrorizing the pop charts for the last few years despite possessing zero talent, N-Dubz are set to end in the next two years, according to chief twat-in-a-hat Dappy. With Tulisa inexplicably judging other people singing on the X-Factor and Dappy gearing up for a solo project, it seems we won’t have to suffer their chav-hop for too long. Speaking to The Mirror, Dappy said

    The band is definitely going to quiet down for the next year-and-a-half to two years. We may release some stuff every six months but it will definitely be quieter. Then, at the end of that period, we will do a ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best of N-Dubz’. Then that’ll be it: finished.

    Quite what will be included on this proposed Best Of is beyond me; I’m hard pressed to name one N-Dubz track, outside of "Number One". Maybe it’ll just be the silences from the end of their albums? Either way, start organising your street parties and national holidays now, it’s going to be a cause for celebration.

  6. SPORT /// DJOKOVIC STUNS NADAL IN EPIC FINAL

    Novak Djokovic became only the sixth man to ever win three of the four Grand Slam titles in the same year, overcoming Rafa Nadal in the final of the US Open and giving us one of the best games of tennis this decade. The top two ranked players in the world justified their rankings right from the start as big shots came from both men. The tow coped admirably with the task of returning such good shots, resulting in long rallies.

    It was the defending champion Nadal who got the first break of the match to go 0-2 up and at that point looked confident of defending his title. Djokovic however had other ideas and broke straight back. After the first two games the Serbian then won the next six games in a row, including 3 breaks, to take the first set 6-2 with some breathtaking shots leaving Nadal pondering what he could do to try and stop the onslaught.

    The second set started much the same as the first with Nadal taking the early break of serve, but once again the Spaniard was helpless to stop Djokovic breaking back. Nadal improved in the second set but was still left with the seemingly impossible task of working out how to beat the Serbian and Djokovic took another break off Nadal following a double fault, then served out for the set to take it 6-4.

    Djokovic got the first break of serve in the third set in what was only the third game of the set. Things really did begin look ominous for Nadal. Credit to the Spaniard that he fought back and forced Djokovic into a mistake, with Nadal breaking straight back. Another two breaks followed with yet more brilliant rallies and both players giving everything. Djokovic looked tired the longer it went on and Nadal seemed to have raised his game because of this but this in turn made Djokovic dig even deeper. Nadal had break point to make it 3-5 when the magic moment of the game occurred, a 31 shot epic rally in which there was at least 10 shots that would have been winners in any other game but the returning from both players showed their never say die attitude.

    Djokovic hit the eventual winner with a backhand down the line, holding his serve to take it to 4-4. Both players held serve again following some more brilliant shots before Djokovic broke Nadal again, serving for the match. Either the pressure got to him or he was tiring following the lengthy first few sets and he allowed Nadal to take it to a tie breaker. Nadal has a much better record in tie breaks and the fact that he’d just prolonged the match spared him on to a 7-3 win in the tie break.

    After the first three sets taking over 3 and a half hours it was clear it was taking it’s toll on the Serbian. During the change over Djokovic got the trainer on for treatment to his back and it looked like Nadal would be back in the ascendancy and take it to 5 sets. Djokovic fought hard to hold his first game then took a medical timeout for his back again which clearly worked for him. Having already had his second wind he then must have been onto his third wind when he broke Nadal then held his serve for a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. It was at this point that Nadal knew that he was beaten and while he tried his best not to show it, he could only win one game in the last set. The Spaniard still hit some great shots and made Djokovic work hard for the win but it seemed that whatever Nadal threw at him, he was always going to win his first US Open title.

    Can anyone find a proven way to beat Djokovic who has lost only two of his 66 matches in 2011? Nadal, who was bidding to win his 11th Grand Slam title, has now lost all six of his meetings with Djokovic in 2011 but the Spaniard has vowed to come back fighting and if he does and the result is anywhere near as good as this match then we’re in for a treat.

    Peter Holden

  7. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE SECOND ALBUM DETAILS

    Following on from “What The Water Gave Me” surfacing a few weeks ago, Flo and her band of faceless merry men have revealed details for their upcoming second album. Entitled "Ceremonials", the LP is released on October 31st and will, like their debut “Lungs”, feature a disc of bonus material. As you might have guessed, that up there is the artwork for the album.

    The tracklisting for “Ceremonials” is:

    1. Only If For A Night
    2. Shake It Out
    3. What The Water Gave Me
    4. Never Let Me Go
    5. Breaking Down
    6. Lover To Lover
    7. No Light, No Light
    8. Seven Devils
    9. Heartlines
    10. Spectrum
    11. All This And Heaven Too
    12. Leave My Body

    The tracklisting for the Ceremonials bonus disc is:

    1. Remain Nameless
    2. Strangeness & Charm
    3. Bedroom Hymns
    4. What The Water Gave Me (Demo)
    5. Landscape (Demo)
    6. Heartlines (Demo)
    7. Shake It Out (Demo)
    8. Breaking Down (Demo)
  8. Kele Okereke to release new solo EP

    Despite rumblings that the sleeping giant of Bloc Party were ready to raise their angular heads once more, it seems that frontman Kele Okereke is ready for one more solo venture. The Hunter is a seven track EP which will be released on October 31st, and features six original songs along with a cover of Q Lazzarus’ "Goodbye Horses". The EP will be produced by XXXchange who helmed Kele’s debut solo album The Boxer.

    The tracklisting for The Hunter EP is:

    1. What Did I Do? (ft. Lucy Taylor)
    2. Release Me
    3. Devotion
    4. Goodbye Horses
    5. Cable’s Goodbye
    6. Love As A Weapon
    7. You Belong To Someone Else
  9. totalfilm:

    Samuel L Jackson confirmed for Django Unchained

    It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood, but Samuel L Jackson’s people have finally confirmed the star will appear in Quentin Tarantino’s next project Django Unchained.
     
    Jackson officially joins an already awesome cast, including Jamie Foxx as Django, Christoph Waltz as a German bounty hunter, as well as the currently-rumoured Kevin Costner and - please let this be true - Treat Williams.

    [FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON SAMUEL LEROY JACKSON OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

  10. WATCH /// MISFITS SERIES 3 TRAILER

    It’s back, albeit minus Nathan Young (Robert Sheehan). Yes, Misfits returns to screens this autumn, and whilst the immortal Irishman won’t be returning, he’s being replaced by Rudy (played by This Is England’s Joe Gilgun). Whether Rudy can fill Nathan’s wisecracking boots remains to be seen but Season 3 looks like keeping with the fast paced action and general awesome quotient of the previous two.

    Click here to see the online mini-episode “Vegas Baby!”, which explains Nathan’s absence.