Indie pop duo Cults are back with new album Static next week – the follow-up to their very promising 2011 self-titled debut. Before the release of the album, the New York based pair have made it available to stream online via NPR.org. Listen to Static in full by following this link: Cults Static stream Cults’ Brian Oblivion has previously described the influence New York had on their second album, saying: We had a lot of conversations about the lifestyle here in New York and the kind of entitlement people feel here and the selfishness and the need to succeed and the never accepting of anything good. …
Source: Album stream – Cults – ‘Static’
After the blockbusting month of album releases that was September, this month’s schedule doesn’t look quite as impressive. Other than Arcade Fire’s potentially huge Reflektor, there’s nothing that immediately catches the eye. Take a closer look though and there’s plenty of interesting albums to get excited about in October. …
Source: The best albums out in October
Enjoy a few of our favourite tracks from the last week right here, right now on the Sunday Playlist… Sunday Playlist 18/08/2013 was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Source: Sunday Playlist 18/08/2013
When I got back from London yesterday tired and weary, I picked the hairy one up from her grandma’s and drove home in heavy traffic trying hard not to fall asleep at the wheel.
‘I know it’s rather early, Audrey,’ I told her, ‘but I think I’m going to have to go to bed as soon as we get in.’
‘But what about my evening walk, father?’ she barked. ‘You are not thinking of excluding it from today’s schedule, surely?’
We managed a hasty ten-minute trudge around the rec’ and headed for home. Then weirdness happened.
As we reached our front door we were approached by a young man with the face of a moustached gerbil, and a gaunt old woman in a handsome trouser suit who was pushing a wheelchair containing a beautiful child. ‘Good day to you,’ said the man. ‘We are Aleph. We can see you are busy, sir, but we are collecting for our church and we were just wondering if – ‘
‘Let me stop you there,’ I told him, searching for something succinct to say that would explain with accurate precision my lack of sympathy for his mission. I found something quite unambiguous in ‘F*ck off.’ I was too worn-out to say anything else.
As I was closing the door I heard the woman chiding me. ‘There are people in this world who are dying in agony because of men like you,’ she hissed. ‘Dying in agony.’
I dare say she had a valid point.
Before shutting the door completely I waited a beat while I calculated an apposite reply. Satisfied I had found something appropriate, I continued with: ‘Drop dead.’
I checked that the door was securely locked, and while Audrey settled in her favourite spot upstairs beneath the mixing desk I went into the kitchen to prepare a light supper of green tea and cold pizza. Reaching for the kettle, I was taken aback when it suddenly moved three inches to the left as if propelled by an invisible hand.
It is a lovely sunny day, there are prawns and lobster tails on the barbeque, a bottle of Bollinger in the refrigerator and Audrey is contentedly chasing butterflies in the garden. I may even have a bath after lunch. It’s a wonderful life.
One thing I must remember not to do today, however, is join a cult.
I have been tempted by the mystery and glamour of religious and political fanaticism before, so I must take great care – especially on a day like today – not to be seduced again.