So here we stand, at the cusp of the new year, on the threshold of things to come. Here’s a little of what has been happening while I’ve been away stuffing my face with Christmas sticky date pudding:
- I’m currently reliving my 6th favourite concert of 2010 by listening to Yeasayer‘s Live at Ancienne Belgique album – it’s EXCELLENT. Pay what you think it is worth (even free!), and choose from a variety of formats. Download it here (via Pitchfork)
- Frank of Berlin music blog Akkordarbeit has been a busy boy during the festive season (unlike yours truly, ahem). He’s compiled a shitload of awesome stuff to download from the NPR Live in Concert series – get to it!
- Mysterious Swedes jj have released Kills, a mixtape of sorts. Download it from Sincerely Yours here.
- Update on the cancelled Soulwaxmas gig – it won’t be rescheduled, so get your refunds now from the usual places.
- Who wants to bet that 2011′s session of the BIMM Summer School will be particularly well attended by throngs of guitar-wielding Placebo fans? Because Brian Molko will be a star tutor/special guest at the 2011 Summer session.
- Hear the new British Sea Power album, Valhalla Dancehall tomorrow – those in the know swear it’s a killer.
- The trickle of info available about PJ Harvey‘s new album Let England Shake is turning into a veritable flood. Or at least a fast flowing river. A series of short films made by Seamus Murphy to accompany the 12 songs on Let England Shake will be available in the lead up to the album’s February 14 release – see the first here. (via Webcuts Music)
- With fan support, Patrick Wolf has decided that his new album (his first on new label Hideout Recordings) will be called , after the ancient festival of purification and fertility. Continuing his wolfy theme, the festival was also known as the festival of the she-wolf in honour of Lupa, who suckled Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. Listen to the first single ‘Time of my life’ here.