Polite Notice


Polite Notice: Fall Harder
January 14, 2010, 1:24 pm
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I bloody love the Shout Out Louds.



Polite Notice: If you’ve got no kind words to say
January 13, 2010, 2:21 pm
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Somehow, I managed to miss this at the end of last year. A collaboration between two of my favourite bands/rappers/artists around at the moment. Roots Manuva spits over the top of live favourite No Kind Words from last year’s Wall of Arms album from The Maccabees.

With new lyrics from Mr. Manuva the song has taken on an even more epic feel. If that were possible.

The Maccabees are one of the best live bands in Britain today, although I’m straight up refusing to see them at the Brixton Academy as it’s too big. I remember seeing them at Dingwalls and it proper kicked off. End of reminscing.

The Maccabees feat. Roots Manuva – Empty Vessels



Polite Notice: Good Shoes – again.
December 16, 2009, 9:16 pm
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Been a bit busy these past couple of weeks so lack of updates. The above is a Good Shoes tour diary. It’s not got great sound on it, but it’s reasonably amusing. I saw them last week at ULU in London and it was pretty good, despite my mammoth hangover after getting in from Fabric the same day at 7am in the morning.

Perhaps ULU wasn’t the best venue for them though.  It’s not really a great venue for anyone to be honest.

Luckily, I am now away out of this cold country (it’s going to ‘feel like minus ten next week. MINUS TEN!) to head to the sandy shores of Goa. Love it.

The above is in no way related to jamming on the beach on Christmas day.  It is utterly excellent though, and I’ve come across it so very late.  Glacially epic. Perfect for that walk home through an industrial estate in Acton on your way back from work when it’s dark, damp and rubbish.

I’ll leave you with this.  Skipping straight over the Christmas songs (Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me for Christmas No.1? Stupidly ironic) let’s get to incredibly twee songs for New Years.

‘Allo Darlin’ – Please spend New Years with me



Polite Notice: Jonsi
December 4, 2009, 6:02 pm
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Sigur Rós are pretty much my favourite band in the world and now the lead singer Jónsi is going to release a solo album in March 2010. Great news.  Below is the first song that’s emerged on das internet and it’s utterly lovely.  Download it and listen.

Oh yeah, a lilikoi is a passion fruit apparently.

Nico Muhly arranged the strings, and they’re pretty amazing I think you’ll agree.

jónsi – lilikoi boy Zshare link.



Polite Notice: Monarchy
November 26, 2009, 9:45 pm
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We have no idea why this is tagged as Monarchy, but she's quite cute, no?

Giving a lesson in how to self-promote and create hype, here’s Monarchy. Like the last new act we blogged about, Worship, they hide in anonymity, however these anonymous souls have kindly blessed us with more than one song.

They’ve (how do I know it’s a they?) also done a couple of remixes for Guillemots’ front-man Fyfe Dangerfield’s new solo effort and Penguin Prison, as well as a very bizarre Master Shortie remix. If we’re being honest that last track is properly terrible.

Anyway, enjoy below the tracks below. Gold in the Fire is nice and builds really well with a luverly rolling synth and reminds me a lot of The Golden Filter and a much more chilled out Chew Lips. Okay, nothing like that last one, but we’ll be posting about them soon and just wanted to squeeze their name in here for some reason.

Also, we have a sneaking suspicion that we know who the space creating artwork fella’s are.

Monarchy – Black, the colour of my heart (Zshare)

Monarchy – Gold In The Fire (Zshare)

P.S. like the google image for ‘monarchy’ above? It was that or the Queen.



Polite Notice: Late of the Pier – Blueberry
November 24, 2009, 5:10 pm
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AMAZING.

(this is a radio rip from Erol Alkan’s 6mix show which is well worth a listen)

Sounds a bit like Paul MacCartney, no?  Also, what an outro.




Polite Notice: Worship
November 23, 2009, 6:45 pm
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Worship are possibly a four piece from London and are playing the Lexington on the 7th of December.

I say possibly because all I have to go on is the photo on their myspace which you can see above. It’s taken by someone called Sam Steager which most likely means it’s just a nice arty photo (or he’s in the band). Who knows?

What I do know is that they have one song, In Our Blood, and it’s pretty great. A sub-five-minute slice of ice cool filtered guitars and vocal which dreams it’s way through the song. Almost perfect for those walks back from the tube station when it’s dark far too early.

Worship – In Our Blood (Zshare)