Currents – Vampire Weekend, Suede, Ashcroft, David Kitt

Just can’t get enough of Vampire Weekend at the moment. Diggin’ the new album a lot. Looking forward to hearing this tune at (hopefully) a sun-soaked Glasto.

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Suede are getting back together for what’s, officially, a one-off charity gig. That of course will morph into a 2010 tour and possibly Glasto. No Bernard Butler though. They made two stone-cold classic records during the Butler years. ‘Coming Up’, their first post-Butler album, wasn’t too bad at the time. Hasn’t aged well though. This tune below, Stay Together, was made in between the first two albums I think and featured on neither. One of my fave Suede tunes.

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Richard Ashcroft, oh Richard why can’t you just keep The Verve ticking over?! New record from him due this year. Not really digging this tune and that guitar solo, but it’s quite politically charged – which is a good thing.

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David Kitt had a pop at the Choice Music Prize this week on Jim Carroll’s (one of the organizers) blog, making some valid points about the prizes judging system. Jim simply thinks he and others are “throwing their toys from the pram”. Read here and make of it what you will (Kitt’s comment is at 106, Jim’s response at 107). Kittser didn’t get nominated this year – along with a host of other well deserving acts (certainly more so that Laura Izibor and Bell X1) – and so some will view his comments as sour grapes. His though was one of the best Irish LPs I heard last year.

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