FREE MUSIC: The Takeovers are Chris Slusarenko, formerly of Sub Pop band Sprinkler, and Robert Pollard, never a man short of songwriting or assorted partnerships post-Guided By Voices. Bad Football is actually their second album, featuring Stephen Malkmus, Decemberist John Moen, Dan Peters of Mudhoney and Tad Doyle of Tad. What does it sound like? It's Cap'n Bob, what do you think it sounds like? Fuzzy semi-obscure post-Britbeat with solos, yes. My Will is the best of the four tracks currently available for free download.
HEY YOU GET OFFA MYSPACE: Leeds' Tigers That Talked have pulled off that trick which you don't get as often as you'd imagine of sounding vaguely of a piece with recent bands but not really immediately fitting in as The Next... anyone. There's hints of the Cure, Arcade Fire, Elbow and Ryan Adams to name a few in there immediately, trading in smart lyrics over powerfully haunting and interlocking backing, replete with circling violin and dramatic arrangements. Further point of note: singer Jamie credits 'baritone and soprano ukelele' among his instruments.
VISUAL REPRESENTATION: WFMU's Beware Of The Blog once posted a set of John Shuttleworth songs under the precis that they were a hoax demo tape sent to major labels some time in the mid 90s. For those of us long aware of Graham Fellows' creation this was mystery upon paradox - as The Shuttleworths had started on Radio 4 in 1993 presumably someone had got hold of some of his recordings (or just taped the radio show) and passed it off as a fraud within a fraud, the technicals of which make our head spin. Anyhoo, he's on tour now, so - Incident On Snake Pass, Austin Ambassador Y-Reg, Christmas Orphan alongside Vic & Bob, an appearance on early Paul O'Grady vehicle Lily At The Lilydrome and, whyever not, Jilted John. Not the same person, apparently.
VIRAL MARKETING: Ready, Art Brut? You can just about forgive It's A Bit Complicated, released June 18th, for sounding a bit more Weezery power-pop than Bang Bang Rock And Roll. While they probably never expected that album to sell outside New Cross, now Eddie and co's main following is in their huge cult audience in America. And Germany, let's not forget Germany. And what do you get with a cult audience? Lots of people with phone cameras in case they have songs on the setlist with new names like Direct Hit, St Pauli or Blame It On The Trains.
FALLING OFF A BLOG: Fucking Dance likes a live review and an mp3, and writes about them in an entertaining way, which in this section is the least you can ask.
EVERYBODY GET RANDOM: Top 10 Indie Covers Of Rap Songs! And R&B and hip hop, but let's not split hairs when it mixes the well beloved (Nina Gordon's Straight Outta Compton, Jonathan Coulton's Baby Got Back) with the new (Rock Plaza Central doing SexyBack, Port O’Brien taking on My Humps) and only one regrettable inclusion (Kooks' Crazy. Come on, everyone's covered Crazy, why pick them?)
IN OTHER NEWS: It's not true to say tape encryptions of John Peel shows are the new band-specific blogs, but two new examples of the former have come to our attention in the last week -
Fades In Slowly also includes related links and features, while Teenage Kicks features Festive 50 entrants. Speaking of which, we've been trying to track down Harvey Rabbit's 1995 Peel number 44 cover of Robert Forster's Is This What You Call Change? for a few years now. We think we've appealed in this way before, but...anyone?