Song of the Week #2: Arcade Fire, "Everything Now"

I have to confess, Arcade Fire are a band that have grown on me. I knew of “The Suburbs” single and thought that was ‘quite good’, but it wasn’t until I saw their Glastonbury 2014 set that I really got them. “Reflektor” and “We Exist” were the two tracks that really burned themselves into my consciousness.

So, “Everything Now” is the first new material that’s been released since I became a fan. It’s produced by former Trolley Dog Shag and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey and 50% of Daft Punk in the form of Thomas Bangalter, which probably accounts for the dancier aspects. And boy, what a corker it is.

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Song of the Week #1: Steps, "Story of a Heart (radio edit)"

Every week, or at least as often as I can be bothered, I’ll be taking one of the tracks recommended by Spotify via either the Release Radar or Discover Weekly playlists and reviewing it. This week, it’s the new Steps’ single, “Story of a Heart”.

This is not going to come as much of a surprise because as regular listeners will know I’m something of a pop tart, but I fricking loved Steps V1.0. Well, not “5-6-7-8” quite so much because line dancing is one of those things that should have been consigned to the great pedal bin of life a long time ago. But every other Steps single, and most especially the singles from the first two albums, are just about perfect as far as pop goes. So when Spotify pushed “Story of a Heart” at me (and having just recently watched the Steps Reunion thing on YouTube – such shade!) I decided I would make this my first weekly review. And I decided I would do it in the manner of the great Guardian MBMs and OBOs, because this is my blog, and not yours.

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Depeche Mode live at the Telekom Street Gig

Do you remember where you were on Monday 3rd October 2005?

George Best was in intensive care at Cromwell Hospital. Chelsea sat atop the Premier League with eight wins from eight games, with Charlton in second, Bolton in fifth and Wigan in eighth, having spanked Liverpool and sent them them to bed early with no supper the day before courtesy of a crushing 4-1 win at Anfield. Sugababes started the week with  at number one with “Push The Button”, which had been composed just the day before on a cheap Casio calculator watch. And Depeche Mode released “Precious”, the first single from their “Playing the Angel” album and the last single, to my mind, that had the trademark Depeche Mode one-finger keyboard riff.

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