FREE MUSIC: Dntel have more right than most to be reminiscent of The Postal Service given it's Jimmy Tamborello's own project. Second album Dumb Luck features guest spots for Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis and Grizzly Bear. It's the latter whom the title track is most reminiscent of outside his own electronic worlds, coating an acoustic lament in waves of fuzzy sonics.
HEY YOU GET OFFA MYSPACE: There's been far too much girly Scandinavian twee around here recently, which is all very well in its own pop way but occasionally you feel the direct need to hear a band whose top line of Top Friends includes Pavement, Sonic Youth and Guided By Voices and can justify such in sound. And as we know from this section's past, if they're from Brighton they're virtually a shoo-in already. Hence 4 Or 5 Magicians, whose leader Dan Ormsby clearly knows his Slanted And Enchanted and Alien Lanes as well as Sebadoh, Built To Spill and Bearsuit. There's a single pencilled in for July and a bucketload of potential beyond, if probably not a better opening line than Forever On The Edge's "I wasted my youth playing cricket".
VISUAL REPRESENTATION: All rebellion gets emasculated by the mainstream, we know, but even we raised an eyebrow when Lust For Life, already being used to sell cruises, was cited as the inspiration for a Chelsea Flower Show garden last week. While we work out how that works, watch this plain extraordinary footage for the ages from 1970 if Iggy and the Stooges in Cincinatti, we're guessing from that year's Joe Cocker-headlined Pop Festival. It's the presenter that makes this, firstly with his astonishment that the kids and bands alike "do not go about this in a showbusiness way", then attempting to keep up with Iggy's crowdsurfing, peanut butter-immersing ways during TV Eye and 1970. While we're about it, here's his celebrated see-through trousers on 1995's The White Room and a short clip of he and Bowie on Dinah Shore's family oriented talk show in 1977.
VIRAL MARKETING: We're really, really not sure about this whole Spinal Tap reunion for Live Earth, as frankly it does suggest making a mockery of the whole aim as well as giving piss-poor journalist carte blanche to refer to them as a real band in real situations as if nobody's had that idea before. (Yes, we're fully aware they played the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, but that wasn't planned to bring Freddie back to life) Also, who fondly remembers Break Like The Wind now? If we must have it, though, we might as well have a mini-documentary introduced by Guest-as-DiBergi to explain the reasoning behind it too. We fear Fearne Cotton declaring the excitement among the crowd is going up to 11.
FALLING OFF A BLOG: Absonderpop has come up with a clever idea - a classic of its genre and as many covers of it as can be found or of similar value, as with the many versions of Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner.
EVERYBODY GET RANDOM: And next up in the cult of reviewing an artist's entire oeuvre song by song, a real Forth Bridge of a project, A Pollard A Day, currently scheduled for over a thousand Robert Pollard-related songs. He'll have released another 300 by the time those have been worked through.
IN OTHER NEWS: On the day Johnny Cigarettes turns up in the Guardian... How twee are you?