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Friday, January 25th, 2008

Hold On Now, Youngster

AOL Music Canda considers the glut of underage (or exceedingly youthful) bands coming up through the rock’n’roll trenches these days, based on the adventures of Welsh ragamuffins Los Campesinos! and Toronto’s (via Newmarket and Midland, respectively) Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians.

The Times has a similar-themed piece, but wonders more about how – between the gigs, driving and general rock’n’roll debauchery – they have time to do their homework? Gareth Campesinos (and others) responds. This Is Fake DIY talks to him about their plans for 2008, which includes releasing their debut full-length Hold On Now, Youngster… in North America on April 1 (February 25 in the UK) and Crawdaddy talks to he and some of his bandmates about punctuation and being (or not being) “twee”.

Incendiary offers a two-part interview with British Sea Power (part two being here). Do You Like Rock Music? is out February 12.

The Constantines will release their new album Kensington Heights on April 15, their first for Arts & Crafts. A sample comes courtesy of Exclaim.

MP3: The Constantines – “Hard Feelings”

Another Arcade Fire video, another dedicated Flash-laden website. Maybe you saw the making-of photos at Pitchfork, well now you can see what it was all for (and, of course, you’d best be prepared for the inevitable deluge of “Black Mirror” mash-ups, remixes and karaokes that’ll be all up in your Hype Machine). Playing with the mix is much more fun than the “patty-cake with Win” angle they took on the “Neon Bible” video, and also confirms (if you had any doubt) they don’t use auto-tuning on Win’s voice. At all.

Video: Arcade Fire – “Black Mirror”

Paste has a conversation with The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt.

Daytrotter has a session and Spinner a talk about comedy with John Vanderslice.

An Aquarium Drunkard gets a guided tour of Louisville, Kentucky from My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.

Harp has a chat with both Allison Moorer and Tift Merritt. Man, the photographer for that session had such a hard day of the office. I feel for him, I really do. Psssh. Moorer’s Mockingbird is out February 19 and she’s at Massey Hall on March 4. Merritt’s Another Country is out February 26 and she plays the El Mocambo on April 1.

The Asbury Park Press talks to Nicole Atkins about her late-night TV appearances, her next video and rediscovering her love of New Jersey. Atkins is at Lee’s Palace on February 17.

Bridging The Atlantic talks to at least one of or perhaps all of Peter Bjorn & John. It is ambiguous.

Reveille talks to the Pale Young Gentlemen, whom you may (or may not) remember from this review last month.

Matthew Caws tells Harp ten things they – and you – didn’t know about Nada Surf. Lucky is out February 5 and they play the Opera House on April 7. They also just released the first video from the record.

Video: Nada Surf – “I Like What You Say”

Ra Ra Riot’s Wesley Miles tells Chart they don’t want to be a party band. Which isn’t to say they don’t like to party – I fully expect a party to break out when they play the El Mocambo tomorrow night. Just not BE a party band. You know what they mean. And congrats to Matt and Jenilee, who won the passes to the show.

So. This year’s grand vacation is booked… inbound and outbound flights, anyway. In May, I’m heading to Dublin for four days and London for five. That’s all that’s set – everything else is still up in the air. What to do, where to stay, all that incidental stuff. Suggestions? Recommendations? Warnings?

By : Frank Yang at 8:37 am
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  1. Kelly says:

    Going to London?! Free museums and the South Bridge area are my favourites. Also, check out Greenwich. Dublin, I would tell you but it’s all a blur. Hehe. Temple Bar is where it’s at.

  2. Scott says:

    Dr. Who exhibit at Shepherd’s Bush…

    What? Is my "geek" showing?

  3. Craig says:

    I am jealous-HA! Stayed in the east end-Hoxton last summer-was great! History Museum of London is a must! Definitley plan to take the 10-15 pound boat cruise down the Thames river-well worth it. You will see all the sights & get great photos knowing you.

    Good music venues include The Scala (Kings Cross-600 Cap) & The Border Line (300 Cap) saw Spoon there last summer. Record Stores-go to Portobello Road-original Rough Trade shop is in that area. Market there on wkd with all the stalls is classic as well.

    Everything in London is really spread out. So plan to do 1 or 2 areas a day. Can take a while by the time you get the tube or a bus. Hope these tips help.

  4. kelly says:

    thank you for keeping me in the loop on tift merritt! love her. why does no one else cover?!
    and jealous of your trip.

  5. Dan says:

    London? I’ll tell you what I tell everyone who goes: go see the Rotblat Gallery at the British Library. I know, I know, library? But trust me: in one small room you can see the Gutenberg Bible and Magna Carta a few steps away from original Beatles lyrics. It’s well worth the half hour.

    http://www.bl.uk/onlinegall

    And, of course, the Tate Modern, if for no other reason than to see the upside-down exploding piano.

  6. Dan says:

    Whoops…that should be "Ritblat", not "Rotblat," which sounds significantly less appealing.

  7. DC says:

    You’ll love London. If you want to see any bands, this is the best site for London gigs – you can book ahead and pick up tickets from the shop on the day of the show. The shop is off Oxford Street, which is one of the main shopping streets in London.

    This lists gig in May:
    http://www.stargreen.com/li

  8. giselle says:

    some tips for london …
    buy an a to z and walk – at least in the west end, most ‘attractions’ are close by and easy to get to … a great walk to do is from waterloo to tower bridge along the river (with a stop at the tate modern) and another one from charing cross to buckingham palace along the mall can be lovely when the sun’s shining

    my favourite restaurant is busaba eat thai (there’s a few locations, but the original is on wardour street, south of oxford street) – the coconut rice with chicken, cashew nuts and squash is a great combination

    if you want to act like a local – don’t shop at foyles or look at anyone on the tube (but do read over their shoulder) and walk past the aberdeen angus steakhouses and wonder what the hell people are doing eating there (i still don’t know) – also, don’t go to madame tussaud’s or the london dungeons (expensive and full of horrible tourists)

    STAND ON THE RIGHT

    have a great time (i’m very jealous) but remember you could live in london for a couple of years and not see everything, so don’t try and squeeze it all in in a few days

  9. mike says:

    Are you planning on checking out any shows while in London or Dublin? Anyways, it reminds me that I should start thinking about my own vacation, but I haven’t decided where I want to go yet. London(UK) is on my to go list as well. Perhaps this year or next I’ll go(ain’t getting any younger, y’know.)

  10. CK says:

    I like London though it’s very expensive. Definitely check out the Tate Modern – I think it’s even free on some nights. Other that, bring an umbrella and skip the Tower of London (expensive and not worth it).