In 3 days time, i will be somewhere in india, most likely without a steady internet connection and definitely without the means to carry on writing this blog, which means the inevitable – Pigeon Post is going on hiatus. Come late March/early April, I’ll be back writing about bands that people have already broken and got bored of. I doubt that anybody who reads this views it as their primary source of information, and most of the ‘hits’ are just people clicking through from last.fm or hypemachine to download a free track or two, but just in case you’ve got nothing better to do, here’s a list of things you can do in the 10 empty weeks.
Probably the best band ever to have lived. I’ve been promised Glockenspiel duties next time they play anywhere near my home/I can attend, and I fully plan to take them up on this offer and ruin their set. Jam on bread is putting on their next show in Manchester, which is a pretty good indicator of a band’s quality, whilst Mat Rivierie is supporting. If you’ve not heard them before, pay no notice to those who label them ‘twee’ – they’re lo-fi genius inspired by all the best music from the past decade, hammering out songs that sound like distant memories played on a child’s tape deck. They make my heart swoon, if that’s even possible, and I’m sure that the night they play MCR will be the best thing that I ever miss – make sure you don’t.
Internet Forever – Gemini Birthday
Might not be hyped by anyone, but that doesn’t stop him from being brilliant. The more I listen, the more I’m convinced that he’s actually a genius, crafting some of the finest sample based work since The Avalanches. If Washed Out could be bothered putting some effort into his work, this is what half of Larry Gus’ work sounds like – the rest is a bizarre cocophany of weird and wonderful. Don’t let him pass you by.
2009 might have seen the release of their debut album, but 2010 should see it get the audience it deserves. Condors has been picked up by Monotreme record who are giving it a worldwide release, and if the world has any sense it will fall in love with this dubstep infused, Portishead inspired trio. it’s an album that rarely falls below being utterly inspired and unique, being both reminiscent of a thousand cold, distant, lonely sci-fi movies whilst having an unmistakable warmth and personality thanks to vocalist Ayu’s haunting contribution to the record.
The most obvious of the lot, but there’s a reason for that. Included on the BBC sounds of 2010 list and looking strong after their brilliant ‘Summertime’ EP, it’ll be interesting to see where they take themselves this year. hipsters have been all over them for the past 12 months, but they’ve definitely got the sound and the songs to carry them over into the mainstream – though their happy tunes are underlined with dark, sinister lyrics, most obviously illustrated by the lyrics ‘You were my best friend/and then you died’. Brilliant, and this year could make them or break them, but it’s hard to know whether every 2010 festival singing along to ‘Down by the Water’ would be harrowing or uplifting.
His march into the Los Campesinos! fold seems inevitable if the band start to make enough money to support a small country, but Sparky’s solo work is good enough as it is. He put out the Tear Jerky EP by himself in 2009 and it was easily one of the aural highlights of the year. stupid talented both at music and drawing, it would be easy to hate him if he didn’t make such personal and touching music with more than a touch of humour. Expect to see a lot more of him, either alone or as a part of one of the best bands in the country.
Sparky Deathcap – Mountain and Country
Oh, and Egyptian hip Hop, Is Tropical and a tonne of others, too.
In Gerlin, Giséle and Phara you pretty much have th dream team, providing everything you need in a blog. Whether it’s new music, the odd interview, fashion or a bit of art, it’s all in there. Mainland Europe based and with a re-design due sometime this year, definitely one of my favourite blogs.
A ridiculous amount of excellent writers telling you what they think about new releases with news, interviews and competitions to break things up. Even help throwing the odd gig and clubnight too, including the Ja Ja Ja which sounds like one of the best nights around.
Pretty much everything you could ever want from a blog, providing you with what it says in the title. Another site promising a new layout in the coming months after what have been, I am assured, a horrible few months of hair-pulling coding mayhem. If you want to be ahead of the pack in your music, you can do far worse than clicking on here a few times a week.
Sometimes, people can make you sad without even realising. Jamila ‘Fucking Dance’ Scott manages to take blogging away from it’s horrible, bedroom fandom roots and actually make it pretty cool. Splitting her time between Eccles, Manchester and London (depending on family festivities) she keeps you up to date with all the best new music on a semi-regular basis, making you sick with the envy in the process.
If I could start it all again, Fractions of One is pretty much what i’d want this blog to be. No reviews, but simply a succession of fantastic music suggestions and features. An inspired decision ensuring that you’re always one click away from finding your favourite new artists being written about by some of the most talented writers around.
We’ve been told to expect news pretty soonish on this, but there’s been mixed messages on whether this is a return to the Interpol we all fell in love with or something different completely. either way, following the Julian Plenti album, it’s bound to be one of the best albums of the year with Banks’ trademark vocals and wonderfully dark lyrics yet to fall short of being sublime.
Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring
It might already be all over the Internet, but that doesn’t stop the third record from LC! being one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. It follows down a similar path to We are Beautiful, We are Doomed, chasing it’s themes to a wonderful crescendo. The introduction of Kim to the band seems to have only hastened their progression to the most exciting band in the world. Don’t take your eyes off of them for a single second.
I’ve doubtlessly forgotten a load more things, but that will have to do – there’s packing to be done. Hope you’re all well. See you in March.