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.
Jamie xx and his bandmates, the ever-popular The xx, are working on a new album, and they are being influenced by club music. Sounds fun. Clubs are for kids, and they are kids. Here, Jamie talks about living in Brixton, influences, and other things that are hard to understand if you don’t get the British accent.
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.”
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.”
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.
Its not like a b-side from “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” should get you too excited, but hey, the words thank you are in here. And its Thanksgiving. And from a British band, that should mean a lot to you.
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.
You know what would go really well with this raw footage of British people angry at shop owners in Manchester? Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro.” It would make the tension that much better. It would have way more hits that the 170,000 it has received in less than 24 hours.
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…
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.