So, last week was a clean sweep of complete losses with all three picks missing their respective Top 40s. Not sure if that’s ever happened before on New Music Monday, but like Stuart Williams from Bauer Media, we’re blaming the music itself and not ourselves for this oversight (for those of you who don’t get the reference – and frankly, why would you – Williams blamed the poor circulation of magazines such as Q on the fact that there have been so few good new bands emerging. Yes, that’s right, Q magazine haven’t been able to find any good new bands of late. Perhaps they’re all hiding beneath the Muse/Coldoplay/Kasabian/U2 press releases?). Anyway, let’s crack on. This week is not a great one, so we can genuinely blame that on the lack of good music.
Er, there’s not really anything out that we can categorically say you should buy. Or borrow. Maybe you could steal these?
Sun Comes Up Again by I Am Arrows (because he had the sense to leave Razorlight)
Hawk by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan (because she used to be in Belle & Sebastian and no-one can take that away from her)
‘Ashes To Ashes’ by Warpaint
Warpaint are very good and this David Bowie classic is very good too, so what happens when the two collide? Well, as we all know, when two positives mesh we get something slightly less than the sum of their parts and this downgrades to a “good”. But a “good” is better than a “bad”, ergo we’re all winners. This is taken from a tribute album called We Were So Turned On: A Tribute To David Bowie, which is out in October and features Vivian Girls, Chairlift, Megapuss and, er, Duran Duran, amongst others.