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  1. Tried this last night myself - worked really well. Aside from a few tense moments trying to shape the dough into a disc shape without tearing it, it was really straightforward and delivered great results. The base was just like you get in the better pizza chains like Franco Mancha - crispy, chewy with a bit of charring, rather than the sogginess / cracker-like consistency I've always got from the oven. Got some San Marzano tomatoes from the local Italian deli too, which helped make the topping authentic too. Cheers for sharing the recipe!
  2. I hope the Belle and Sebastian event isn't limited to indie pop acts. Maybe it's the lasting effects of the My Bloody Valentine show I saw at Minehead in December, but I'll be disappointed if there's not at least a bit of noise. Mogwai played the original Bowlie Weekender - they'd do nicely again this time around.
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    Wild Beasts

    Come on you fucking cunts! Band and album of the year, right here. Has nobody else heard 'Two Dancers'? They've gone a bit minimalist this time round, and it's done them really well. To summarise: a tenor, a countertenor, some staggeringly blunt lyrics about maleness in the 21st century, a guitarist who's taken the best kind of inspiration from the best trebly new wave and C86 bands and some really simple but effective drum lines. It's a bit of a bleak wash of an album - very sparse, with each role the four members of the band plays clearly defined - but really fitting together as a whole. Adam and Joe reckon they sound like the Associates. The similarity is definitely there in the vocals. They actually remind me a bit of U2 circa Achtung Baby and Zooropa. I know that's a bad thing for a lot of people, but I swear it's really effective. It's a bit earnest in some places, but with a massive cut of deadpan cynicism elsewhere. Try it if you get the chance.
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    The Cribs

    What do people reckon to the new Cribs album? I spanked all my emusic downloads on the Invisible and Speech Debelle albums after watching the Mercury Awards, so have to wait a couple of weeks until I can get the full thing. At the moment I'm subsisting on 'Cheat on Me', which has to be one of the best singles I've heard all year. The guitar's really ostentatious by their standards (just check out the video). I guess it's probably going to be if you parachute Johnny Marr in to add an extra something. It's really good - it creates a really distinctive sound, and not just if you're sat there listening to it with headphones - even on our fairly basic kitchen radio it sounds low key and full of depth. Lovely stuff, though I wonder if they can keep it up for a whole album. 'Men's Needs' was a great single, though the rest of the album was so-so. Anyone head the whole thing?
  5. Bugger it, now I've got to decide between the two. But let's not let that detract... THE JESUS LIZARD HAVE REFORMED! Oh yes!
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    Marnie Stern

    She's ace. This and the new Department of Eagles album have got me reading Pitchfork again. It's exuberent pop. Like you say, it all fits together really catchily, but it sounds rough and spontaneous and has this energy and sparkle to it that make it more individual and compelling than just another album of 12 pop songs.
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    Wild Beasts

    A really excellent, catchy, novel new band. They released an album, 'Limbo, Panto' earlier this year and are touring at the moment. I can't say I've been as excited by the discovery of a band since I finally got round to checking out Josef K a bit ago - and they're incredible. I've included a trio of tracks from the album for you to try out. Note the download link will expire on Saturday. In the meantime try I say. Musically they're varied, effective and subtle. The singer's voice is at the centre - of the album and of any reviews written about the band I'd bet. It's operatic, basically. Here's talent and range that you just don't get with indie bands. Surprising at first, but works really well in the context of the music and lyrics, but not just as an element to be assimilated into the mix though. He adds a genuinely dramatic element to what are often quite abstract vignettes of who knows what. Lots of sexual imagery, certainly. Checkpoints? The Smiths, Orange Juice, Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley, the Associates, Bowie. How could you go wrong? https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?acti...vYWJBNkZFQlE9PQ
  8. If you used to shop at one of the branches they opened during their ill-fated expansion over the past year or so, you're right. But they have since re-opened (I think) 5 core branches, including the Covent Garden shop near my work. Their returns policy is great, and goes some way to countering some of the issues raised in the Oink thread in Off Topic, about rewarding an artist for an album you like by actually buying it. If the album you've just bought is rubbish then you can always take it back for a refund. If it's good, however, I'd think you're much less inclined to actively choose to deprive them of your money by taking it back. Either way, the returns policy encourages experimentation in people's buying habits, which I assume results ultimately in larger overall sales for the shops and (decent) artists. However, their selection can never rival that of a site like Oink, and people are always going to take the convenience of being able to download an album in mp3 form over going out and putting £100 aside to sample that week's interesting-looking new releases. Which is where sites like this come in.
  9. I guess if you don't ask you don't get. I was a member of Oink for a couple of years and invited a few people who asked on this forum. When it was taken down I had something like a 50 gig buffer. I know how torrent and ratio systems work. I want to be able to check out new releases without buying them from Fopp and then taking them back if they're no good, or not checking them out at all. Help!
  10. I'm thinking more of the 'why?' as opposed to the 'what?' The similarities are easy to see when you place the two covers side by side. But what's the ultimate intention or effect of the Madonna reference, and what makes it a 'homage'?
  11. There's been some really tacky artwork posted here so far. Calashnikov, in what way's the Madvilliany cover a 'homage', apart from acknowledging the Madonna album by using the same colour palette? Anyway: Though this is an example of the artwork being chosen for the album as opposed to created directly for it.
  12. He's right about the Pissed Jeans. I wonder how Oink getting taken down (if it's permanent) will affect the experience for me (and I definitely intend to cajole enough people into going with me to at least one of these, probably the Pitchfork one). Before, I could always check out the bands playing by downloading their most recent album. It's not as if you'll stand a chance of finding them in your average HMV or Virgin. Maybe I'll have to take more chances on unknown bands, but that won't be as fun as having an idea of what to expect.
  13. 'Night Falls Over Kortedala' may be mine. But then I might get bored of it in a few months' time.
  14. It's fantastic. Really, really, really good. And it's even managed to garner itself a half reasonable-sounding Pitchfork review. Edit: Also: he's playing the Luminaire in London. For some reason tickets are quite awkward to get a hold of. Seetickets and that lot aren't selling them, but ticketweb are: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb...mp;event=236451 Extra: Sorry, I came across as a total Londoner in that last edit. He's also playing a series of other, more provincial, dates: http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/2368645
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    Anthony Wilson

    Ah man. I read 24 Hour Party People a few months back, and really liked his style. He's one of the few music industry people I'd hoped to meet one day (for better or for worse). I know that it's hard to pass through the murkiness of his self-mythologising with your objectivity fully intact, but from what I've read, by him and others, he was a genuinely crucial element in the Manchester (and by association, the indie) scene in general from the late 70s onwards. Bugger.
  16. No, no. Me too. My flatmates are still getting excited about the Interpol album, whilst I'm going on about this now. Its fantastic.
  17. Interesting that superpretend should say that Animal Collective remind them of a stripped-down later Mercury Rev. Listening to '#1' right now, and the vocals sound just like David Baker's singing to me. The album's got the same sense of plasticity, of the band playing with ideas and stretching them into something new, that draws me towards Mercury Rev's earlier stuff. 'For Reverend Green' is my "wow!" track from 'Strawberry Jam'. It's gorgeous. I hope they do tour the new album, or do they tend to not stick to that format for their gigs? I was thinking of going to the Coronet gig last night, but the website made it look like they were sharing the bill with someone else. Was that the case? I was a bit tired and had no-one to go with anyway, so I decided to give it a miss.
  18. Oh man! Thanks for the heads up, imp. It's completely brilliant.
  19. Really love your choice of videos, larrydavidsanger. I need to check out Grizzly Bear after listening to 'Knife'. Dino Jr's video for 'Freak Scene' is what got me into them as much as the music really - it's so weird and lo-fi and messy: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pxLpEX2bt8w The DVD of the Cure's Greatest Hits is well worth a purchase, and I think it's going for about £5 in HMV these days. It's another collection of videos that really match the ethos and sound of the music - in this case, poppy, full of ideas, funny. Here's 'Let's Go to Bed': http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5pYtRRdgh4Q
  20. I think it'll fit nicely in alongside the other two. 'Pioneer to the Falls' could be the best thing they've done yet. The overall sound isn't a shocking departure from what's come before, but there are a few changes. This time around they're in more of a position to do their own thing, knowing that the audience is going to give them the benefit of the doubt; there's loads of quirky ideas included in the tracks that stand out to me at the moment. Not too sure whether they'll seem naturally fitting after a few months' of listening. A lot of the tracks have this stalking, rolling pace to them, which I like a lot, but can see some finding a bit monotonous. Carlos' bass is really gravelly this time around compared to the clean, prominent sound on the other albums. A bit of a shame to me - I really like his playing. It's still really effective, but it'd be nicer for it have more of a punch than what I've heard so far. Maybe it'll be clearer on the CD. Anyway, it's wonderful. Can't wait to see them at the Astoria now that I know what to expect and look out for.
  21. Wicked: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/forkcas...he-falls-stream Loved this when they started the Koko gig with it, and they've caught it on record pretty well indeed. My flatmate thought I'd managed to get a copy of the album from somewhere and rushed to my door with the biggest smile on his face when he heard it playing. I felt quite bad disabusing him.
  22. Nah. There's a lot of wry humour in OK Computer's most misanthropic moments, but I'd agree that a number of the tracks can be listened to as downers. But it's not dull. Do you not get a teeny rush of excitement when the beginning of 'Airbag' hits? Simultaneous to the visceral impact of that cello-backed guitar line and processed drum loops, there's the album's trademark sound - icy, distorted, lonely, whatever - in the dreamy repeated guitar lines, the dubby bass and those sleighbells that can be heard at the start (included just for laughs if you believe Thom Yorke). It's the sound that makes Radiohead more than the sum of their influences, and why OK Computer's got almost twice as many votes as Funeral. Musically, it's wonderfully interesting and fun to listen to, but texturally it's something else. Pretty much the whole album (aside from the black sheep, Electioneering, perhaps) has got this sound and feel to it, and I believe that's what draws people back to it and keeps it fresh and unique in their memories.
  23. I can only see a low-bitrate leak of 4 tracks. Is that what you're talking about, PinkMoon?
  24. Pretty much all of 'Fantastic Damage' by El-P. It's another example of an album with lyrics that are abstract but feel really coherent. In this case, they combine to create a battering, relentless 70 minutes of sci-fi paranoia, cynicism, violence and helplessness. One of his objectives in starting up the Def Jux label was to create hip hop albums that work as a whole as opposed to a bunch of standout tracks glued uncomfortably together by skits and filler, and 'FD' is a perfect mission statement as such. I can't think of many other albums that are at once so incomprehensible yet at the same time so unmistakable in intent and feel:
  25. Interesting that you've quoted 'Invalid Litter Dept.' as that's one At the Drive-In track that can be coherently linked to a real-life event - in this case, the bizarre trend of feminicidios in a Mexican town across the border from chez-AtDI, El Paso: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_homici...dad_Ju%C3%A1rez It's a nice insight into how he writes, though the lyrics are pretty expressionistic and discontinous. I really like that image of a guillotine 'laughing'; it's considered and effective like so many of those images. So he's not writing completely randomly at least. I think the same can be considered of Beck. Not much makes direct sense, but each song builds up an atmosphere, and each line contributes detail or atmosphere or emotion.
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