Daniel Jeakins

Music, OldVenue

Band Camp: The Freshest New Bands

It seems in recent years fledgling young bands have found two clear, almost completely opposite paths to success. The likes of funk-pop experimenters Jungle broke into the mainstream by shrouding themselves in mystery and capitalising on industry hype with every trendy music blog raving about them. On the other end of the spectrum you have…

Music

Uptown Special – Mark Ronson

British super-producer Mark Ronson hasn’t released an album in five years, and it seems the intention when his widely anticipated return is to pick up where Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories left off. That record was amongst the best-selling albums of 2013, and you suspect Uptown Special will enjoy similar commercial success. This latest release…

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Riffing on Childhood

Credited as being part of the psychedelic resurgence spearheaded by Temples, South-Londoners Childhood have developed a devoted following since releasing debut single Blue Velvet in 2012. Having gained a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting live acts through shows with the likes of Palma Violets and Peace, the band signed to indie label…

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Monster Mix

Talking Heads Psycho Killer A staple on any great Halloween playlist, this cutting from Talking Heads’ seminal debut retains its sick, twisted charm even today. The acclaimed New York art-rockers were always capable of creating atmospheric, spikey pop songs at their best, and there’s something about the way David Byrne sings “Psycho killer, qu’est-ce que…

TV

Review: Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Described by Blur bassist Alex James as the result of “comedy and rock and roll having an ill-advised fumble”, Never Mind the Buzzcocks returned to our screens recently for its twenty-eighth series. Once known for the provocation of its B-List celebrity guests and general defiance in the face of controversy, the once-great panel show has…

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