The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”
With the release of their third album, There Is Only You, The Xcerts have managed to marry raw emotional lyrics to some of the catchiest choruses of 2014. Available for streaming below, exclusively for The Independent, the album represents a turning point for the band and is quite possibly their strongest release to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the three-piece to discuss contradictions, heart-break and career-defining records.
Friday Book Design Blog: Collier Books – great paperback design… and some of the worst Narnia covers I’ve seen
This in lieu of a full post, a favourite cover pulled at random from the shelves: This edition of Stendhal’s A Roman Journal, from Collier Books, published in 1961, the year, so the internet tells me, that the imprint was swallowed up into Macmillan.
Which is a shame, as it’s a charming paperback imprint – still [...]
The Leeds rockers reveal why they think Russell Brand is a good addition to the British political landscape.
Mic Newman AKA Fantastic Man hails from Melbourne in Australia, but relocated to Europe a few years ago – starting off in London before heading to Berlin, where he is currently based. He returns to London this coming Sunday for a daytime party called Virtue, so I caught up with him ahead of the event [...]
Last week I spoke about some plain-looking – but lovely – jacketless hardbacks. This week I’m still on the minimalist tip, thanks to these first offerings from new publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. They are paperback, not hardback, though the word is misleading: this is a lovely, slightly textured card, with the jacket flaps folding back almost [...]
A Guy Called Gerald has been making music since the mid-eighties, and his ethos has always been to utilise technological advances in his music-making and performance wherever possible – embracing the ethos behind techno music from the very beginning. He is currently working with Native Instruments on their Traktor DJ application, which can be used [...]
I couldn’t resist going for a Hallowe’en theme with this months’ children’s book recommendations. I’ve settled on these three by Helen Nicoll, David Walliams and Jonathan Stroud, but please feel free to make your own spooky children’s book suggestions in the comments below, or tweet me @RebeccaDavies__
PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Meg and Mog
The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”
With their new album, Rented World, The Menzingers had the unenviable task of following up an underground punk classic, 2012s On The Impossible Past. They succeeded, not only in delivering an album stuffed to the gills with fantastic Americana-tinged punk anthems, but also in furthering their songwriting ability and expanding their sound. Remfry Dedman sat [...]
This blog is written on the fly, latching onto whatever catches my eye in the world of books, and as such is happily prey to its fashions and fads. Book designers are in the business, among other things, of making books stand out and be noticed, and I’m in the business of noticing books.
That said, [...]
Two trends emerged from Sotheby’s auction of contemporary and modern India art in London on October 7, which achieved sales totalling £4.7m ($7.6m). The top lot was Tyeb Mehta’s notable Blue Painting with a bid of £930,000 (£1.12m including buyers’ premium), which was 50% above the lowest estimate.
The first trend is that, in the current [...]
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