Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 10:26 on 18 Oct 2014
SURPRISE! Sleater-Kinney are back together. I'm not one for aggrandising minor events to ridiculously exaggerated levels but not since this fucking unbelievably wonderful news has their ever been such fucking unbelievably wonderful news. Things are going to change around here. There'll be no more moping around, lashing out at innocent bands just because they're not Sleater-Kinney. You're going to see a much cheerier Popdin from now on. (Bets on how long this will last? I'll put £5 on 'till next Wednesday').
Here's what we know so far...
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 21:00 on 15 Oct 2014
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 19:42 on 13 Oct 2014
This month sees the release of a Spandau Ballet greatest hits album called The Story, the inexplicable cinematic release of their equally inexplicably titled documentary ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ and the news that ‘The Spand’ as Smash Hits probably used to call them are currently working on a new album with Trevor Horn.
So everyone’s paying attention to Spandau Ballet at the moment, BBC6 Music is all over them like a dull and particularly virulent rash and countless newspaper articles feature the headline "Yes it’s ‘True’ Spandau Ballet are back." Ha ha ha... twats.
What the hell has happened here? Why are Spandau Ballet suddenly ripe for reappraisal? Have you all lost your fucking mind?
I can only assume yes.
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 13:32 on 08 Oct 2014
This new feature is a bit of an experiment... Here I’ll be picking out the best new albums released each week and writing about them in my usual arbitrary and only marginally helpful way, however the difference is that these reviews will be mercifully brief.
For complete transparency I’m doing this for a number of reasons. Number one: I’m currently in New York for my day-job, so time is extra tight this week (shhh... don’t tell them I’m writing this on their dime). Number two: I’m having a major debate with myself about the value of music reviews. Does anyone actually care? By the time you’ve clicked on a review and begun reading surely you could already be listening to the thing for free on Spotify or YouTube anyway. (I would really value your opinion on this by the way.) Number three: there’s so many decent new albums out this week that I just don’t have the time to cover all of them.
So there you go, it’s a combination of time constraints, current trends and completism covered in a not so thin veneer of creative crisis. Boom! You wouldn’t get that from Pitchfork.
Which may be precisely why you’re about to click on your Pitchfork bookmark. But before you do, can I just say that just because… oh you’ve gone already.
It’s just you and me now laptop screen. What shall we do now? Go see a Broadway show, you say? You’re a fucking idiot.
Posted by Matt Owen at 15:16 on 06 Oct 2014
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 12:20 on 02 Oct 2014
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 11:42 on 30 Sep 2014
Okay fine, I'll pick the one with the slightly less terrible cover first.
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 11:01 on 28 Sep 2014
So yeah, that service you pretend you don't use to watch new episodes of Game of Thrones or Faces of Death IV is now bringing you the Radiohead frontman's latest. Although you do have to pay for it, unlike that five year old copy of Photoshop you've yet to register.
Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 12:34 on 27 Sep 2014