Friday, 30 March 2012

**UNDER COVER** Why Does The Sun Go On Shining...


With so many free mp3s flying around the internet it's hard to get bowled over by the sound that downloaded itself so quickly onto your hard drive, but sometimes a song catches you when you're least aware and forces you to pay attention to it like a musical spoilt child.

I discovered Lianne La Havas after downloading her single 'Tease Me' through a well known music player. I was immediately drawn in by her husky, low voice. The song is sparse, just quiet vocals and an acoustic guitar that pipes up every now and again when it gets excited.

La Havas is a 22-year-old Londoner with a silky, smooth voice to match her intricate, soulful songs. Although she has only released a couple of EPs, La Havas is whipping up a storm. She supported Bon Iver on his US tour, entertained the nation after appearing on the iconic Jools Holland and is currently getting ready for a UK tour supporting Bombay Bicycle Club.

Normally soft, quiet acoustic music, like La Havas', is like the devil to me. I don't want to be near it and it doesn't want to be near me, but after listening to La Havas I'm starting to change my mind. I love it when music makes you reconsider what you previously considered to be 'interesting' music.

It makes me want to pick up a guitar and whisper softly about lost loves and bad boyfriends, although I'd never be as good as La Havas, no one could be.

Click here to download Lianne La Havas' free Live in LA EP.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

She Bop A Lula: The Women in Pop Exhibition

©Jill Furmanovsky / courtesy Print Bank
Yesterday saw the opening of a new photo exhibition that pays tribute to women in pop and rock at Strand Gallery in London.

She Bop A Lula features over 60 photographs of the women who made this genre what it is.

The exhibition, which opened in time for International Women's Day, features clips of leading ladies including    Beyonce, Tina Turner, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Siouxise Sioux, Amy Winehouse and many more.

All the images were taken by female photographers who agreed to donate them to the exhibition.

The exhibition is free and is open until 1 April.

All profits from the sales will be donated to Breakthrough, a breast cancer charity.

View a snippet of the exhibition at The Guardian.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Le Tigre Annouces Live EP

Everyone's favourite electro pop, feminist band Le Tigre have announced the release of a new Live EP.

Le Tigre Live!, released on 13 March, features recordings from the band's tour in 2004 - 2005. The EP will be released on the band's own Le Tigre Records.

The release will be a relief for fans who have been waiting for news since the band went on hiatus after their last album This Island in 2005.

Currently JD Samson and Johanna Fateman are working on the project MEN, who released their first album last year, and Kathleen Hanna is in the middle of recording an album with her new outfit The Julie Ruin.

Le Tigre Live!
1. Deceptacon
2. Hot Topic
3. What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes?
4. Mediocrity Rules
5. Well Well Well
6. F.Y.R.
7. Keep on Livin’


Photo: The Walrus
Some songs can never run out of excitement.

Some songs never grow old.

Some songs can never stop filling you with joy no matter now many times you play it on the repeat (cough cough 20 and counting).

'Only Shallow' is the stand out track from My Bloody Valentine's second album Loveless. It's a masterpiece that really doesn't need much of an introduction so I'll stop talking. Get out of your way and leave you alone with Shields and the rest of the gang.


Thursday, 1 March 2012


Photo: Spotibot
There's not much out there on The Lookers and Sleater-Kinney supergroup Cadallaca. The group featured Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney fame, and owner of the best punk rock vocals in the world, and Sarah Dougher and sts from The Lookers.

For a long, long time all you could find on the internet about them was a sparse wikipedia page, a few interviews and exactly three poorly shot videos of them live.

Given the lack of Cadallaca we had access to back then it comes as a bit of a shock to find that a whole setlist of the band playing live has been uploaded to YouTube.

The can be seen playing artist Miranda July's party. On one video it says it's her birthday party and another claims it is her record release party. All we can know is that it's a party and an awesome one that got Cadallaca to play. The set is separated into two parts and is available to watch below.

Part one

Part Two

H/T: gummerbearcavity