The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day 2010 playlist

Am having one or two delays with compiling my own list of 2010’s musical highlights, so throwing someone else’s up seems like the perfect interim solution.

Some great stuff in here, lots of dreamy shoegaze vocals and drifting sounds which seems perfect for the hot summer weather we are having at the moment.

Highlights on first listen would include How to Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, Perfume Genius and some quality dubstep from Girl Unit. Well worth an hour or two of your time.

New Band Of The Day – Best of 2010


I wish the music industry was always like this (email from Asthmatic Kitty)

I received this email from Asthmatic Kitty records today. Asthmatic Kitty is an independent record label run by Sufjan Stevens that got hold of my email address because I bought his recent EP All Delighted People.

I am re-posting the entire email because it presents an insight in to the workings of a small record label in an effective way (and as such, is a fantastic eDM).

It will be interesting to see if this generates as much interest and debate about the future of music distribution as Radiohead, Trent Reznor/ Nine Inch Nails and Saul Williams have in recent years….

Heavy Rain, the ups and downs of being able to choose your own story.

Madison wonders what to do next

Madison wonders what to do next

I finished Heavy Rain recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, it is only since finishing it and reading about how extensively your actions and the choices you make affect the ending that I have realised how incredible an example of modern gaming it is.

I played it through in about 3 tense sessions as I couldn’t wait to see how it played out – Quantic Dream certainly achieved their objective of making it feel like an interactive movie rather than a game.

Here is a record of what I did, and what happened. Needless to say, I am about to give it all away so don’t read on if you plan to play the game for yourself.

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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2010 line up announcement

Laneway Festival has announced the first round of bands that will be gracing the stages next year. The current hype surrounding bands like The xx will sell a lot of tickets I am sure, but there is also huge interest in Wild Beasts, Black Lips, as well as Mecury-nominated Florence and the Machine.

The big draw card for a lot of people, however, will no doubt be the appearance of Echo and the Bunnymen on the list. Heading in to their 4th decade of making music, the makeup of Echo and the Bunnymen has changed a little of the years, but by all accounts their sound now is remarkably similar to that of the late 70s and early 80s. It will be fascinating to see what they have up their sleeves early next year.

Full line up details can be found here

There will also be a change in venue for 2010, no longer will we be squashed intimately snuggled down Reiby Place, but will be benfiting from the ‘ample space’ of Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle. As a ‘bohemian hotbed of creative talent’ I am sure that the new location will be more than suitable for a Sunday in the sun.

Details on the venue can be found here

Tickets on sales 9am Friday 30 October from

See you there!