CHART OF DARKNESS: Bit rushed this week, so you might have to make up some of your own barely hidden invective. The useless Ne-Yo is somehow number one, up 17, ahead of Embrace with what they used to call stadium power balladry. Maybe Danny and/or Richard should buff up their hair a bit. Pink's satire - it's better than anything Bremner's done for years - is at four. New York watchers will note the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at 18 and the Strokes at 25, and oddly Kooks, of all slightly whiney bands, are the only download-only top 40 entry. It's not worth bothering with the albums, not in this Mother's Day week.
FREE MUSIC: Jeremy Warmsley's laptop singer-songwriter thrown through a plate glass window style is winning him friends all the time, and a hookup with England's newest hitmakers Transgressive Records (where is that Good Books EP, by the way?) can't hinder. 5 Verses pitches its tent somewhere between the distinct fields of Jarvis Cocker, early solo Brian Eno and Four Tet's more accessible moments.
HEY YOU GET OFFA MYSPACE: 3hostwomexicansandatinofspanners. Mmm. Not a superb start, and anyone who describes themselves purely in terms of what they aren't is off to a bad start with us. Luckily, any band that sounds like McLusky, but more furious after a Dischord Records fashion, is alright by our dark side.
VISUAL REPRESENTATION: They never do visual promotion, you know. Half Man Half Biscuit live in Liverpool last year, doing The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is The Light Of An Oncoming Train and Back In The DHSS family favourite Fuckin' 'Ell It's Fred Titmuss. If you don't understand this bit, get off this site at once.
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IN OTHER NEWS: We were going to do that new Q Worst Albums Of All Time list here, but that deserves a proper thorough rant later in the week. Instead, RIP Nikki Sudden of notoriously shambolic but hugely influential to the US underground Swell Maps.