So they’ve been heralded by The NME, Rocksound, BBC Radio 1, XFM and Radio 6 in the last few weeks, and had a rather strong festival season. So the news that Gunning for Tamar were keen to make their new single a free download is rather swell. It was briefly available on gorgeous A2 screenprint but has swiftly sold out, but if you want to stream, listen, download for free (and share if you like)… Well… It’s all yours brothers and sisters. Or you can buy it for 79p, but that would be silly right?
Without further ado, here is the track – and if you like it, we’d really appreciate it if you told a pal, tweet the link or hell, just enjoy it yourself. That’s enough for us I think it sounds a bit like Reuben too….
Like it yeah? Well NME were particularly complimentary about it last week, and some of our most favourite DJs, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, Jen Long, Ally McCrae, Sam Fox and Chris Martin have allll been playing it too.
Here’s a picture of them at Truck Festival
Former stablemates, ever brothers, Ute were a classy bunch. Oxfordian gents by day, wretched drunkards by night – they co-existed in a magnificent haze, half melody, half tumultuous swathes of dark post rock terror… All fucking handsome! So it’s rather nice that 2/3 of the band (Ollie and Michael) have whipped us O-Towners into something of a frenzy by getting something new on. Old Grinding Young is the project name, and a track for free is their only output.
It’s definitely worth a listen… You can check it out over here – and the good news is that amongst deliciously crafted melodic ditties about incest, crumbling boats and tyranny – there’s a big, Innocent Tailor style murder ballad in the offing right now.
God I miss them, but this is hot new delicacy… Listen (and download free) right away!
Yada yada – another day another column. I apologise for pushing my witterings at you, but who knows – you might just fancy a butchers fair poppers. Today it’s the fantastic kids at RockMidget who have posted my words – specifically about the grand old Oxford music scene (or what little I know of it) and what on earth it’s doing. And the answer is ‘rather a lot considering’.
Just whisk yourself away into this lovable picture of the dreaming spires to read on, and find out who I think are worth a gander next time you drop anchor in our fair city… x
It’s not often I like to get all sickly sentimental on the PoP blog (that may or may not be a lie) but Monday night saw the absolute end of an era in Oxford Town when the Cowley Road branch of Videosyncratic, presumably one of the last remaining independent video-rental businesses in the UK, closed its doors for the final time. Now I know it’s probably been on the cards for a while, and a cynic may say ‘who rents DVDs these days’ and they’re probably right…
But that didn’t stop the hordes of wellwishers, bargain hunters and other randoms who showed up for the final night, along with some of Oxford’s finest musicians, to wave goodbye to the place. Amongst such luminaries as Ute, PoP favourites The Family Machine and the charming Richard Walters (ex BSM) – The Candyskins (or 2 of them at least, performed a tear-jerking acoustic set – whilst everyone fought for the remaining couple of copies of Cool Runnings.
But as the sentiment ebbs away and the dust settles on the memories of a once great institution, I cannot help but be left with some of the comments that I heard while I was in there. “Oh, should have come to this place more often” one fella said, whilst another suggested “used to come here a few years ago before on-demand. Shame it’s shutting down”.
Sure is! But with the passing of Videosyncratic (a shop lest we forget that had branched out into selling toys, tees, comics and investing in films beyond just the renting of movies) comes a timely reminder that bricks and mortar indies do still exist, but are continually under threat as ‘progress’ sweeps our beleagured nation.
Whether it be butchers, DVD establishments or cafes whatever… Lets support the indies! Well – actually, having said that, noone should feel obliged to support the indies – it’s not y/our duty to keep everything alive. But if they care, you care and everything’s good – lets get on it! Here’s a video of the (very) latter stages of the career of one of my favourite bands ever, fresh from Monday… Viva las Candyskins…