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Leon reviews the albums I forgot, ignored or didn't know about it

Posted by Leon Barton at 09:14 on 24 Nov 2014
Leon reviews the albums I forgot, ignored or didn't know about it
As I mentioned before, it's not just this jerk (me) that gets to spread his bitter cynicism around the internet, others are occasionally allowed their two-cents too.*

Here's Leon, the absurdly handsome musician/DJ/record-store-clerk picking up my slack and covering a few albums I missed this month. One quick warning for fans of overrated miserablilia, Leon takes a pop at The National.
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Review: Ariel Pink - pom pom

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 08:59 on 20 Nov 2014
Ariel Pink - pom pom
‘Polarising’ doesn’t even begin to describe Ariel Pink adequately. 'Raving arsehole' is probably more appropriate. 'Nincompoop’ is even better. It’s exactly the sort of chronically unfashionable yet deeply self-aware term perfect for a man who looks like he’s stumbled out of a bedsit after spending ten years watching late night cable TV, recording drum synths onto an 8-track and masturbating into a My Little Pony sticker book.

Review: TV on the Radio - Seeds

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 08:59 on 18 Nov 2014
TV on the Radio - Seeds
TV on the Radio have long since shed their reputation as the best band in the world. I don’t think they really mind, if anything it takes the pressure off, but for me personally I find it difficult to reconcile the band they are now with the band they once were.

All the new albums out this week ranked between 'default album of the year' and 'dreary wank'

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 12:09 on 14 Nov 2014
All the new albums out this week ranked between 'default album of the year' and 'dreary wank'
Completism. It’s an evil concept that makes prisoners of us all. I don’t need to review the new Foo Fighters album. I don’t particularly want to review the new Royksopp album. And you know what, this new Hookworms album is really hard to review too. However for the sake of completism I’ve perservering anyway just so I can provide you with my stupid irreverent thoughts on each and every one of them, even though they’ve been out a week and you’ve probably heard them all by now anyeay. Wow, that is some hot salesmanship right there.

Review: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 12:29 on 12 Nov 2014
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River was produced as a tribute to keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright who passed away in 2008. Although tribute may be the wrong word. Five years too late apology for never taking him very seriously might be a better description. As a tribute to Wright it's inexcusably bland. ...

Lee's very finest imported super pop round-up

Posted by Lee Bennett at 08:53 on 11 Nov 2014
Lee's very finest imported super pop round-up
At Popdin it's not just the uneducated, vaguely threatening ramblings of this editor-in-chief that get a public airing, occasionally another writer is allowed to hang his opinions out for all the internet kingdom to see.

In fact we have a whole panel of critics each with their own unique specialism here. There's the one who likes death metal, the one who likes Scandinavian pop, the one who likes ambient electronica, the one who likes REM and the one who hasn't turned anything in for about five months. We're a varied crew and clearly we cover ever possible genre of music more than adequately.

This week our resident European pop expert (you mean you don't have one?) gives us a run-down of his favourite international releases from the last few months.
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Review: Calvin Harris - Music for Douchebags

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 11:15 on 06 Nov 2014
Calvin Harris - Music for Douchebags
It's very easy to mock music that's specifically designed to be played by Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1 or soundtrack a show on BBC3 about rich teens learning about what a plumber does.

Albums from the last two weeks that are totally radical

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 09:38 on 05 Nov 2014
Albums from the last two weeks that are totally radical
You'll already have become bored of me telling you how great Run the Jewels 2 is already so let's move on to something new. Here are the best new albums in my not-quite-as-humble-as-it-probably-should-be opinion that were released in the latter half of October 2014. A time when once again Cthulu worshippers around the world failed to raise their favourite blood-thirsty octopus deity from the sea to scorch out the eyes of non-believers. Oh well, better luck next Halloween lads.

22 best songs of September & October 2014

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 00:21 on 04 Nov 2014
22 best songs of September & October 2014
I like music. You like music. I like making mixtapes. I like you. Hey let's make this happen! Here are the the best 20 songs from the last couple of months all in one little playlist just for you.

Ibibio Sound Machine wins the Dead Albatross Prize 2014

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 11:04 on 30 Oct 2014
Ibibio Sound Machine wins the Dead Albatross Prize 2014
Having a much better time than Young Fathers at the Mercury Prize ceremony is Ibibio Sound Machine. The very deserving winners of this year's Dead Albatross Prize!