…is a hugely impressive and remarkably respectful to the band’s look and career. The X-Box game comes out on September 8th 2009, the same day as the digital Beatles discography. it was revealed today that 45 songs will be playable in the game and the first ten are: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, “I Feel Fine”, “Taxman”, “Day Tripper”, “Back In The USSR”, “I Am The Walrus”, “Octopus’s Garden”, “Here Comes The Sun” and “Get Back”.
Trailer one shows the actual gameplay while trailer two, after the jump, is a romp in The Beatles universe.
Ash are ready to make good on their decision never to release albums ever again. Their A-Z project which sees the now New York-based band release 26 songs; one every fortnight for the next twelve months, on 7” vinyl and digital download kicks off in December.
Another act taking the completely independent route are Canadian band Metric who recently released their album Fantasies. Metric’s manager told the LA Times that by selling direct to fans from their website and download stores like iTunes, Metric have already made more money on the new album than their last (and relatively popular Live it Out) record achieved in four years.
Taking the “direct to fan” approach further is Josh Freese, who gained plenty of exposure thanks to his unique scheme. The alt-rock drummer made enough noise with former bands A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Devo and The Vandals, that when it came to releasing his second solo album Since 1972, he decided to come up with a novel and attention-grabbing way of releasing it. (more…)
Passive Aggressive Notes
A databank of polite yet hostile notes from clean-freak co-workers, nosy neighbours and loutish landlords. http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com
Play Him Off Keyboard Cat
The latest internet meme craze involves a cat playing an infectious keyboard tune combined with videos of complete FAILS. It doesn’t make any sense and perhaps that’s why it’s so good. This site collates the best ones. http://playhimoffkeyboardcat.com
A cake blog with the self-explanatory tagline “When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong”, it showcases those culinary abominations which should have never been brought out at a public party. Thankfully, Cake Wrecks redresses the balance every Sunday by showcasing cakes which are made with considerable skill. http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Straight outta Noo Yawk, this 8-piece danceable indie-disco band have some of the most immediately accessible tunes going especially ’15 to 20′. http://www.myspace.com/phenomenalhandclap
Beautifully slow and atmospheric tunes from a Dublin duo in the form of new EP Broken Notes For Winter Homes. Great headphones music. http://www.myspace.com/thehollowsie
Akron/Family’s “The River”
Taken from the new album Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, “The River” is a uplifting slice of American folk-pop from these Pennsylvanian natives. http://tinyurl.com/akronriver
Two Door Cinema Club
This Bangor three-piece are showing up other bands by working with French producers and crafting superbly catchy tunes like “Something Good Can Work”. http://www.myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclub