Anyone unlucky enough to have listened to daytime radio of late could be forgiven for thinking that the art of crafting pop music that capitaves you for three magical minutes then leaves you gasping for more (see here) is dead. However there is hope- I've been unable to get Strange Idols C86ish single 'She's Gonna Let You Down Again' out of my head since I saw them play at The Old Blue Last a few months back. Why this song isnt all over radio and the band adorning covers of magazines is beyond me, it's my single of the year so far by a long shot. They haven't made a video for it as far as I can tell, and this live footage from Derbys 'Indie Tracks' festival doesnt quite do it justice (sonically speaking), but here it is anyway. Check Modern Pop Records to see if they have any copies left, listen to it on Strange Idols myspace or better still see them live (they're great) to hear it in its full glory.
A guy called Dan Deacon played at White Heat last week as the special guest. He managed to bridge a generation gap of about twenty years between himself and the average scenester in attendance on the night and caused all sorts of mayhem on the Madame Jo Jo's dancefloor. Good times. In my head this is what 'New (Nu?!) R*ve' should sound like, although I fear in reality this is not the case at all. It's the kind of music that makes most sense when experienced live, but this video of him on NBC(!) gives a taster of whats going on, just imagine it twice as fast and ten times as amazing.