Steve GullickSo good times, my laptop died last night after 3.5 years of service due to a failed hard drive. I had planned on replacing it this year anyways, but hoped to squeeze a little more out of it – like a week. Fittingly, it died just as I was looking at the new upgraded Macbook Pros on the Apple site so… yeah. Anyways. Just some stuff from the old world to clear out before the weekend, so…
Beady Eye. Their debut Different Gear, Still Speeding is out over here on March 1 and kind of surprisingly, advance word seems to be that it’s not terrible. Not any kind of groundbreaking, being mostly bog-standard retro-styled Brit rock, but pretty alright for what it is. I haven’t heard it, this is just what I’m hearing. Anyways, I do hope it does okay if just for Andy Bell’s sake, and I get the sense that they’ll be doing a proper North American promotional push and that should include touring, perhaps come Fall. Anyways. The Guardian, BBC, Spinner and Exclaim all have features on the band.
MP3: Beady Eye – “The Roller”
Under The Radar talks to Andy Bell’s former compatriot Mark Gardener on the occasion of Ride’s 20th anniversary and yes, the reunion question comes up and no, there are not plans for it but as the Bieb says – never say never.
Captain’s Dead has rounded up a bunch of Lush’s Black Sessions MP3s for your shoegazing nostalgia purposes. Another band highly unlikely to ever get back together.
Drowned In Sound talks to Yan of British Sea Power. They’re at Lee’s Palace on March 24.
Spinner talks to Norman Blake of Jonny, whose self-titled debut is due out in North America on April 12.
Spinner has an interview with Ellie Goulding, whose debut Lights gets a US release on March 8 and who is at The Phoenix on March 27.
The Mirror reports that Duffy, disappointed in the disappointment surrounding her disappointing second record Endlessly, is considering ending her music career.
Exclaim has made PJ Harvey their cover story for the month.
The Independent and Tour Dates chat with Patrick Wolf, whose new record Lupercalia is out May 23.
The Quietus, Irish Independent and Irish Times interview Guy Garvey of Elbow, whose build a rocket boys! is out March 8 in the UK but not until April 12 in North America.
Glasvegas have released a new video from their second album Euphoric Heartbreak, due out April 4. Guitarist Rab Allan talks to The Scotsman while James Allan offers a track-by-track overview of the record to The Daily Record.
Video: Glasvegas – “Euphoria, Take My Hand”
Also with a new clip are White Lies, taken from Ritual. Dose has an interview with the band.
Video: White Lies – “Strangers”
The Quietus reports that Wild Beasts have given their new record a title of Smother and release date of May 10.
Secret Sessions has a solo acoustic video session and interview with Tim Compton of The High Wire.
PitchforkTV has a Tunnelvision session with Yuck, who also have their self-title up to stream at Soundcloud. They play The Phoenix on May 1 and Gigwise has an interview.
Stream: Yuck / Yuck
Lykke Li talks to Spinner and Billboard and names off her dream band to The Independent. Her new record Wounded Rhymes is out on Tuesday and she plays The Phoenix on May 22.
Shockhound, Consequence Of Sound and Spinner chat with The Radio Dept, who just picked up their second Best New Whatevs in less than a year from Pitchfork. They’re at The Horseshoe on May 29.
Peter Bjorn & John have a new vid from Gimme Some, out March 29. They play Lee’s Palace on May 6.
Video: Peter Bjorn & John – “Second Chance”
The Megaphonic Thrift have rolled out a new vid from Decay Decoy, out March 8.
Video: The Megaphonic Thrift – “Talks Like A Weed King”
Keren Ann’s new record 101 is now streamable in advance of its March 22 release. She plays The Drake Underground on June 28.
Stream: Keren Ann / 101
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