Weakness Wednesday: Supergrass “Late In the Day”

When Supergrass opened up for Radiohead years ago, it killed two birds with one stone for us. We have always loved the underrated British rock group, and they had some of the most amazing sideburns in the history of rock sideburns. And “Late In the Day” is one of their best tracks. Let’s go 1990s on you today.

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Weakness Wednesday: Rolling Stones “Miss You” Live

Is there anything sexier than this song? A bit of a freestyle from everyone in the Rolling Stones, it features one of the finest basslines in all of music, with some groove that is incredibly born out of some British dudes in the 1970s. And this is a really weird live studio version of “Miss You.”

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An all-black production of Waiting for Godot is a British first

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Starting tomorrow at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, England, Britain first all-black cast of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” will be put on by Patricia Cumper, outgoing artistic director of black-led theatre company Talawa.

The London Guardian notes of the significance: The play’s very open-endedness makes it resonate, Brown (the director) suggests; sometimes it feels universal, sometimes eerily prescient. “We’ve lost our rights?” asks Estragon. “We got rid of them,” replies Vladimir. Says Brown: “You don’t have any backstory, or sense of who they are. And it doesn’t contain the things you expect from a play. But actually, it’s full of action, and there is a kind of narrative.”

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First Friday: PJ Harvey “Let England Shake”

Any album that is a conceived upon researching Eliot, Pinter, and the history of conflict, including the British’s Gallipoli Campaign is worth a major listen. And PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake was one of the great triumphs of the past 5 years in music. One of our contemporary treasures.

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Great Interactive Arctic Monkeys special with NY Times Magazine

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We think the best part is the just the short introduction that the NY Times writer, Jacob Brown, came up with: When you’re a teenager, you drive in a van from Sheffield to small-town gigs across England, party every night, meet girls: everything moves fast and you like it. Your song about some girl who looks “good on the dance floor,” which rhymes a reference to the Montagues and Capulets with “banging tunes and D.J. sets,” leads to Internet fame, the fastest-selling debut in British history and, in 2006, instant, MySpace-amplified international stardom.

Just a nice recap on a band that has been around for years, but are still just 25 years old, and in our opinion, getting better.

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Top 10 British Youth Cultures

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We vote for the Mods, with “three-button, 14” bottom, mohair suit, fishtail parkas, Fred Perry polos, Hush Puppies, and a Vespa while indebted to Italian culture. The Guardian has ranked what they think are the 10 best British youth cultures, and Mods gets our vote, although Teds were cool, and you can’t deny Punks…

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Daisy Lowe for A Bathing Ape Womens

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Somebody in the Tokyo offices of classic streetwear label, A Bathing Ape, decided that they wanted to sell Catholic school girl outfits to Japanese girls by way of a British model by the name of Daisy Lowe. And a bunch of dudes are watching. Go figure.

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