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  1. Tried this last night myself - worked really well. Aside from a few tense moments trying to shape the dough into a disc shape without tearing it, it was really straightforward and delivered great results. The base was just like you get in the better pizza chains like Franco Mancha - crispy, chewy with a bit of charring, rather than the sogginess / cracker-like consistency I've always got from the oven. Got some San Marzano tomatoes from the local Italian deli too, which helped make the topping authentic too. Cheers for sharing the recipe!
  2. I hope the Belle and Sebastian event isn't limited to indie pop acts. Maybe it's the lasting effects of the My Bloody Valentine show I saw at Minehead in December, but I'll be disappointed if there's not at least a bit of noise. Mogwai played the original Bowlie Weekender - they'd do nicely again this time around.
  3. Daedalus

    Wild Beasts

    Come on you fucking cunts! Band and album of the year, right here. Has nobody else heard 'Two Dancers'? They've gone a bit minimalist this time round, and it's done them really well. To summarise: a tenor, a countertenor, some staggeringly blunt lyrics about maleness in the 21st century, a guitarist who's taken the best kind of inspiration from the best trebly new wave and C86 bands and some really simple but effective drum lines. It's a bit of a bleak wash of an album - very sparse, with each role the four members of the band plays clearly defined - but really fitting together as a whole. Adam and Joe reckon they sound like the Associates. The similarity is definitely there in the vocals. They actually remind me a bit of U2 circa Achtung Baby and Zooropa. I know that's a bad thing for a lot of people, but I swear it's really effective. It's a bit earnest in some places, but with a massive cut of deadpan cynicism elsewhere. Try it if you get the chance.
  4. Daedalus

    The Cribs

    What do people reckon to the new Cribs album? I spanked all my emusic downloads on the Invisible and Speech Debelle albums after watching the Mercury Awards, so have to wait a couple of weeks until I can get the full thing. At the moment I'm subsisting on 'Cheat on Me', which has to be one of the best singles I've heard all year. The guitar's really ostentatious by their standards (just check out the video). I guess it's probably going to be if you parachute Johnny Marr in to add an extra something. It's really good - it creates a really distinctive sound, and not just if you're sat there listening to it with headphones - even on our fairly basic kitchen radio it sounds low key and full of depth. Lovely stuff, though I wonder if they can keep it up for a whole album. 'Men's Needs' was a great single, though the rest of the album was so-so. Anyone head the whole thing?
  5. Bugger it, now I've got to decide between the two. But let's not let that detract... THE JESUS LIZARD HAVE REFORMED! Oh yes!
  6. Daedalus

    Marnie Stern

    She's ace. This and the new Department of Eagles album have got me reading Pitchfork again. It's exuberent pop. Like you say, it all fits together really catchily, but it sounds rough and spontaneous and has this energy and sparkle to it that make it more individual and compelling than just another album of 12 pop songs.
  7. Daedalus

    Wild Beasts

    A really excellent, catchy, novel new band. They released an album, 'Limbo, Panto' earlier this year and are touring at the moment. I can't say I've been as excited by the discovery of a band since I finally got round to checking out Josef K a bit ago - and they're incredible. I've included a trio of tracks from the album for you to try out. Note the download link will expire on Saturday. In the meantime try I say. Musically they're varied, effective and subtle. The singer's voice is at the centre - of the album and of any reviews written about the band I'd bet. It's operatic, basically. Here's talent and range that you just don't get with indie bands. Surprising at first, but works really well in the context of the music and lyrics, but not just as an element to be assimilated into the mix though. He adds a genuinely dramatic element to what are often quite abstract vignettes of who knows what. Lots of sexual imagery, certainly. Checkpoints? The Smiths, Orange Juice, Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley, the Associates, Bowie. How could you go wrong? https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?acti...vYWJBNkZFQlE9PQ
  8. If you used to shop at one of the branches they opened during their ill-fated expansion over the past year or so, you're right. But they have since re-opened (I think) 5 core branches, including the Covent Garden shop near my work. Their returns policy is great, and goes some way to countering some of the issues raised in the Oink thread in Off Topic, about rewarding an artist for an album you like by actually buying it. If the album you've just bought is rubbish then you can always take it back for a refund. If it's good, however, I'd think you're much less inclined to actively choose to deprive them of your money by taking it back. Either way, the returns policy encourages experimentation in people's buying habits, which I assume results ultimately in larger overall sales for the shops and (decent) artists. However, their selection can never rival that of a site like Oink, and people are always going to take the convenience of being able to download an album in mp3 form over going out and putting £100 aside to sample that week's interesting-looking new releases. Which is where sites like this come in.
  9. I guess if you don't ask you don't get. I was a member of Oink for a couple of years and invited a few people who asked on this forum. When it was taken down I had something like a 50 gig buffer. I know how torrent and ratio systems work. I want to be able to check out new releases without buying them from Fopp and then taking them back if they're no good, or not checking them out at all. Help!
  10. I'm thinking more of the 'why?' as opposed to the 'what?' The similarities are easy to see when you place the two covers side by side. But what's the ultimate intention or effect of the Madonna reference, and what makes it a 'homage'?
  11. There's been some really tacky artwork posted here so far. Calashnikov, in what way's the Madvilliany cover a 'homage', apart from acknowledging the Madonna album by using the same colour palette? Anyway: Though this is an example of the artwork being chosen for the album as opposed to created directly for it.
  12. He's right about the Pissed Jeans. I wonder how Oink getting taken down (if it's permanent) will affect the experience for me (and I definitely intend to cajole enough people into going with me to at least one of these, probably the Pitchfork one). Before, I could always check out the bands playing by downloading their most recent album. It's not as if you'll stand a chance of finding them in your average HMV or Virgin. Maybe I'll have to take more chances on unknown bands, but that won't be as fun as having an idea of what to expect.
  13. 'Night Falls Over Kortedala' may be mine. But then I might get bored of it in a few months' time.
  14. It's fantastic. Really, really, really good. And it's even managed to garner itself a half reasonable-sounding Pitchfork review. Edit: Also: he's playing the Luminaire in London. For some reason tickets are quite awkward to get a hold of. Seetickets and that lot aren't selling them, but ticketweb are: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb...mp;event=236451 Extra: Sorry, I came across as a total Londoner in that last edit. He's also playing a series of other, more provincial, dates: http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/2368645
  15. Daedalus

    Anthony Wilson

    Ah man. I read 24 Hour Party People a few months back, and really liked his style. He's one of the few music industry people I'd hoped to meet one day (for better or for worse). I know that it's hard to pass through the murkiness of his self-mythologising with your objectivity fully intact, but from what I've read, by him and others, he was a genuinely crucial element in the Manchester (and by association, the indie) scene in general from the late 70s onwards. Bugger.
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