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  • seandodson 1:01 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cabaret voltaire, , indie, , joe strummer, , , , rough trade, rough trade at 30, ,   

    Rough Trade at 30: the indie pioneer that begat Britain’s biggest record shop 

    Many happy returns to Rough Trade, the pioneering indie label, which celebrates its 30th birthday next week. Thanks for some of the best indie bands of all time, particularly The Smiths, Arcade Fire, British Sea Power, The Fall and Cabaret Voltaire, to name but a few.

    Geoff Travis started the label out of the old indie shop in Portobello Road in West London. My happiest memories are of the hours of subterranean bliss i spent in the sister electronic music shop in Covent Garden (right). Both are sadly defunct, but there’s a super new store off Brick Lane in the east end of London to to hunt for the best in underground and forward-thinking music. Many happy returns to you all.

    BTW, if you can’t make the shop there’s a 30th anniversary CD for sale. Includes Island Hopping, a mellifluous little ballad from the late Joe Strummer.

  • seandodson 3:15 pm on September 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , indie, , indie pop, , , , swedish music, those dancing days   

    Those Dancing Days: everything you want pop music to be like 

    Sweden’s splendid all-girl group, Those Dancing Days, are finally about to release their debut album (they’ve actually been waiting for two members to graduate from school), In Our Space Hero Suits, on October 06.

    They are a wonderful band who, for me, encapsulate most of what’s so great about being a teenager in every one of their three-minute songs. Spin magazine has recently described them as “Blondie backed by the Attractions … and The Slits rehearsing with Bow Wow Wow”. And even though they occasionally play a bum note, (which actually seems to add to their charm) they actually sound like they’ve been around for ages. When I first heard Hitten, their biggest hit, it was one of those records which you immediately felt you had always been waiting to hear. I like them for the pure, unadulterated joy of thier music and for the soaring Hammond-like organs and for the brilliantly inventive drumming with proper fills, but mostly for the vocals of Linnea Jönsson, who sings with the assurance of someone much older, while retaining the energy and essence of her youth.

    Those Dancing Days – Hitten (YouTube)
    Those Dancing Days – Hitten (MP3)
    Those Dancing Days – Toxic (Britany Spears cover)

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