FREE MUSIC: More Swedes in the shape of The Mary Onettes. No, not a great name, in truth. After dalliances with major labels they've ended up on Labrador, home of most of the Scandindiepop (ah!) revolution, to recreate New Order's Power Corruption & Lies album as if it itself were inspired by the Cure. Lost is right out of the Age Of Consent sessions.
HEY YOU GET OFFA MYSPACE: Slow Down Tallahassee have a slight approach resemblance to more celebrated female-fronted Sheffield bretheren (they're on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation, which said bretheren released early 7"s on) and as they have three girls up front who like a good harmony will be compared to more celebrated Brighton bretheren, but there's more to them than our quick and easy gender correlations. A good fuzzy home brew sound always works for us, the keyboards suggest lo-fi disco of the ten years ago type we were discussing the other week, and there's something about it that sees them knowingly underplay their influences for pop hook sport without ever fully disguising them. If they're not careful, a cult following could ensue.
VISUAL REPRESENTATION: With promotion starting for the new Paul McCartney album now all that nasty marriage business has eased off a bit, plus Jeff Lynne's dire promise of more discovered John Lennon demos, what better time to watch Macca making mashed potatoes. This, should you really want to know, was part of a live vodcast, as they'd be called now, to promote Linda's posthumous album in 1998. Coming Up - that was a great McCartney song, wasn't it?
VIRAL MARKETING: Interpol's third album details were released in the week - Our Love To Admire, July 10th stateside. A slightly ropey but still worthwhile live recording of Mammoth suggests a more muscular take on the usual formula, and at least this way you can't clearly make out Paul Banks' lyrics yet.
FALLING OFF A BLOG: We've been far too long in getting to this one, as we've long admired Armagideon Time for its basic juxtaposition in a way that makes more sense than we're about to make it sound of dense, pop culture riffing explanations of life and mp3s of songs idiots call 'old skool'.
EVERYBODY GET RANDOM: Rilo Kiley's on the spot reaction to Paris Hilton's sex tape
IN OTHER NEWS: Follow Jack White's example on Icky Thump and get to know the stylophone.