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Some vaguely appropriate music for Easter.

The Stone Roses - I am the resurrection.

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Have a nice weekend!

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The Prospect of Spring (An unfinished mix)

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I recently made a Best of Radiohead compilation for a friend, this is the rather garish artwork I made to accompany it.

The first disc is a straight up rock selection as he still hopes they will release a new album with twelve variations of Just on it. The second is an overview of their more experimental side.

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An E.P of luscious ambient soundscapes I came across whilst reading about memoryhouse

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong

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Hazy sunshine provides the perfect weather for listening to a bit of Pavement.

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The latest Bright Eyes album has been released accompanied by the news that it is likely to be their last. So have the band managed to create a fitting final chapter to their back catalogue? In some ways yes, but this is not through a retrospective of their sound or an attempt to perfect it. Instead they take us off on the biggest tangent of their career. The albums closest relative is 2005’s Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. But where as that album replaced the bands usual acoustic instruments with their electronic counterparts and introduced an increased level of studio manipulation it still essentially complied to the bands indie/folk song structures. This album is something rather different. A more prominent use of keyboards and a liberal application of production gloss combined with some of the most straight forward pop hooks the band have ever written - listen to Jejune Stars for evidence - results in possibly their most immediate and catchy record to date. This immediacy does not mean we lose any of the high concept and weighty issues that have come attached to their past albums. In fact this may be their most ambitious yet, an album that revolves around the themes of mankind’s evolution, the infinite possibilities of the universe and the complexities of the human soul. Dealt with not only in the lyrics but the sprawling monologues that link many of the tracks.

The album and possibly the band sign off with final song One for you, One for me which comes across as a hopeful and content version of Digital Ashes’ paranoid closer Easy/lucky/free and may mark the passage into maturity and give us a possible insight into why the Bright Eyes name is being retired.

This is by no means their best album but it can happily be placed along with their back catalogue and frequently be returned to. I’m sure Conor Oberst will return in some form but as a result of this album I could not guess what that will be and this is defiantly a good thing.

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LCD Soundsystem + Muppets

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Following my contribution to Stu Turner’s Super Awesome Review of the Year!!! I have decided to revive my music blog, if I can use that term for something that never showed any signs of life in the first place. I was also inspired by the exciting events taking place in the music world this week.

Monday saw the release of the new Bright Eyes album which I have been enjoying a lot (possibly more on that later). Mogwai released their excellently titled new album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. I haven’t heard the whole thing yet but from what I’ve sampled it sounds very promising and has been receiving good reviews across the board.

The main event of the week was supplied by Radiohead who both announced and released their new album The King of Limbs (defiantly more on this later). It didn’t disappoint, continuing with In Rainbows warm rhythmic feel but taking you down paths not previously explored on past albums.

Death Cab for Cutie announced they would return in May with a new album entitled Codes and Keys. To finish the week off this retina burning video for Kanye West’s stand out tack All Of The Lights appeared.