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New Music Monday Issue #35
Following a week in which everyone’s favourite Merseyside-based football team that play in red failed to finish their European adventure in a blaze of glory – giving Kolo Toure the least fitting send off that a human of his stature deserves – it’s important that we give this Monday some positivity. Thankfully, some of my...
New Music Monday Issue #34
It’s back! Freed from the shackles of other commitments, New Music Monday has risen again from its one week absence – what a week it was to miss?! Not only did Skepta drop what will probably become the definitive grime album but both James Blake and Radiohead set the internet ablaze with surprise records. So,...
New Music Monday Issue #33
It’s the week after Lemonade! What a week it was with Beyonce breaking Twitter, repopulating the top 40, and solving nuclear fusion with a baseball bat. Truly remarkable stuff. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you any more Lemonade in New Music Monday. Why? Because no one has Tidal, that’s why. Enjoy! Blaenavon – I Will Be...
New Music Monday Issue #31 New Music Monday, NMM, Blossoms, Highasakite, Skepta, Tokyo Police Club, Music, Kettle Mag, Jamie Doherty
We’re hitting the map for this week's New Music Monday – North England, South England, North America, and Norway. Aren’t we so cultural? Regardless, here’s four tasty tracks for your ears to feast upon. Blossoms – Getaway Stockport’s finest, currently circumnavigating the country on a never-ending tour, have arrived once more onto the airwaves with...
New Music Monday Issue #30 New Music Monday, NMM, Feature, Music, DJ Shadow, M83, Slotface, Brooke Bentham, Kettle Mag, Jamie Doherty
It’s Monday, and what better way to avoid all discussion of tax avoidance than with a fresh batch of pop songs to set your mind upon? DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall Oh my, this is huge. DJ Shadow is a legendary figure in electronic music – so much so that I actually had to...
Album Review: Lost Time by Tacocat Album, review, Lost Time, Tacocat, Seattle, feminism, surf-pop, music, Jamie Doherty, Kettle Mag
Lost Time is the third album from Seattle’s premier surf-pop quartet, Tacocat. The band has become well-known for their feminist themes and quirky ways of putting them across. ‘Crimson Wave’, one of the singles from their second album, in particular made a period-positive message into a humorous beach anthem – complete with dancing sharks in...
New Music Monday Issue #29 jamiepic_0.jpg
New week. New month. New you? New name for our favourites, Slutface! Sløtface, as I should now call them, had to come to the sad realisation that the grown up world of music requires a band name that can’t be reported as inappropriate on Facebook*. Gutting.   Our friends Slutface forced to change name to...
New Music Monday Issue #28
Easter’s been and gone, given your teeth a health hazard, and taken an hour of your day with it. Fear not however, to console your suffering gums, we’ve found you three of the freshest songs around to sink your jaws into. Biffy Clyro – Wolves Of Winter [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPNjcKwhExI align:center] ‘How’s it gonna feel when there’s...
New Music Monday Issue #27
The football was good on Thursday, wasn’t it? No. Let’s not do that. Let’s not bring the divisive world of football into this gloriously happy sphere of new music. Instead, let’s start this new week with a journey together through space, clouds, rooftops, and the cold, hard ground of London. It’ll all make sense on...
Album Review: Stranger Things by Yuck
Yuck were a gloriously fun band. Prior to Glow & Behold, the band’s low-key second album, the London based four-piece were a band abuzz with hype. Their self-titled debut album was filled with so many perfectly crafted pop songs that their live sets practically felt like a greatest hits tour – ‘The Wall’, ‘Georgia’, and...
New Music Monday Issue #26
It’s Monday and The 1975 have the top selling album in the US, what a time to be alive. In all seriousness, the band started their four-night stint at the Manchester Apollo on Saturday and my ears still hurt. If you’re in a similar position – wondering if life or your hearing will ever be...
New Music Monday Issue #25 NMM, New Music Monday, Slutface, Logistics, M83, Music, Kettle Mag, Jamie Doherty
Monday's back, like an EU referendum debate that you thought you wouldn't have to hear again for at least a little while. Fear not, for the 25th time, here's our selection of pop songs that should get you through the week. Slutface – Kill ‘Em With Kindness New Music Monday regulars Slutface have returned to...
New Music Monday Issue #24 NMM, New Music Monday, New, Gold Panda, Lonely the Brave, Blossoms, Music, Kettle Mag, Jamie Doherty
There's only four months until referendum day?! Are we in, are we out, have we shaken it all about? Whilst you do the hokey cokey, here are three pop songs that can't bore you with talk of the economy. Gold Panda – Time Eater Starting us off is a thoroughly interesting artist who began his career...
Album Review: Moth by Chairlift
It’s mad that so few people know about Chairlift. Utterly mad. To be honest, despite being a music blogger who actively seeks out such things, it’s still a miracle I’m aware of them; were it not for me stumbling across one of The 1975’s Spotify playlists last year this review probably never would have been...
New Music Monday Issue #23
New week, new questions: Has Kanye stopped tweeting? Did Mark Zuckerburg ever phone him back? Will Kim ever turn off the wifi? Whilst we ponder deeply, here are three lovely new pop songs to keep you going. The 1975 – Somebody Else [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vISW9aAu42Y align:center] I’ve previously been a bit nervous about The 1975’s forthcoming album, I...
Album Review: You Know Who You Are by Nada Surf
How do you introduce a band that’s already eight albums in? That’s the dilemma myself and probably many PR people are faced with when trying to discuss the new album from Nada Surf, You Know Who You Are. As a band originally from nineties New York, they’re understandably a little out of touch with modern trends....
New Music Monday Issue #22
From being rock-centric last week to featuring Jazz, Kanye, and Danish synth pop – don’t ever think New Music Monday is anything but eclectic. GoGo Penguin – All Res [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol4s-1kTrBw align:center] I know nothing about jazz, really. As much as I’d like to think that ten years playing the clarinet as a child would have...
New Music Monday Issue #21
This week 50% of our recommendations are rock music – that’s right, a whole two songs! Incredible scenes. Almost makes you hark back to a time before XFM played Royal Blood three times an hour as their token rock offering… *sigh* Ah well, here’s probably the only rock-orientated New Music Monday we’ve ever had. Deftones...
New Music Monday Issue #20
Monday’s here to hit you harder than Kanye hits Twitter, than storm Gertrude can blow a rabbit, than Tim Peake finds getting a good breakfast… [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtNGI-tFZxU align:center] Or not. With four brand new songs to power you through the week you’ll surely have the necessary inspiration to avoid that Twitter spat, to reclaim that bunny...
New Music Monday Issue #19
The planets aligned! No, literally. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter all formed a line across the sky last week for the first time in a decade. What a nice way for the Universe to mark our 19th New Music Monday… Frokedal – The Sign We at Kettle are big fans of Frokedal. Her previous...
New Music Monday Issue #18
So Adele’s been in a car with James Corden – who, as it turns out, is really good at driving whilst dancing to the Spice Girls. Who’d have guessed it? [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nck6BZga7TQ align:center] Meanwhile, 2016 is producing more new music than we can shake a zig-a-zig-ah at. Let’s get stuck in. Chairlift – Moth To A...
New Music Monday Issue #17
It’s the New Year! Despite 2016 still only being a few days old and metaphorically still trying to get the cellophane wrapping off itself, so much has happened since we last spoke. In what feels like one big whirlwind of musical activity, LCD Soundsystem returned from the grave with news of a tour and a...
What went wrong for Jose Mourinho JM3YC.jpg
Football’s a funny old game isn’t it? Seven months on from celebrating his third Premier League title with Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has joined Garry Monk, Brendan Rodgers, and Tim Sherwood in the queue at the Premier League Job Centre. So how has the so-called ‘Special One’ gone from being the ‘Happy One’ to the one...
New Music Monday Issue #16
Music reviews always tend to contain bold claims. If you were to scroll through the life work of any music critic you’ll no doubt find ludicrous predictions regarding the apparent next big things that we’ve all now forgotten about; not to mention silly claims like Razorlight being a timeless super group, the next Weezer album...
New Music Monday Issue #15
So Kim K had a baby... More importantly though, we've found you four more pop songs to brighten your week! Aren't we just lovely. The Half Earth – Pieces Of Us We like The Half Earth at Kettle. After featuring ‘Glass’ in our very first New Music Monday piece, we’ve been shouting as loud as...
New Music Monday Issue #14
[video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw align:center] Out of nowhere, David Bowie dropped a new track last week. ‘Blackstar’, as if nothing at all, was revealed to virtually no fanfare. The nonchalance shown to the release of a ten-minute prog-pop journey is fitting for someone who, seemingly forever, has been the most iconically cool of all pop stars. In that...
Album Review: Wiped Out! by The Neighbourhood
It wasn’t so long ago that The Neighbourhood and The 1975 were completely indistinguishable from each other. For one, having toured together across Northern America, their fashion senses briefly intertwined into one big mess of snapbacks and tattoos – making themselves literally indistinguishable, but there was also a shared use of anonymous black and white imagery to go...
New Music Monday Issue #13
This weekend was big for music, wasn’t it? Adele was singing in the BBC’s house, Benjamin Clementine surprised Jamie XX to win this years Mercury Prize, Anastasia was on Strictly… Fear not however, Monday is here with four more songs to carry on the fun. Frances – Borrowed Time We like Frances at Kettle. Our...
New Music Monday Issue #12
This week we've gone all fancy and created a Spotify playlist of all our New Music Monday tracks to date, which you can listen to below if you fancy a quick recap! If not don't worry, as we've also got four brand new tracks picked out especially for you. Don't say we never give you anything!  Frokedal...
The Smart Devices Students Really Need shower head, commons.wikimedia.org
It started fairly innocuously with the smartphone, but the ‘smart’ prefix is really starting to get out of hand. To go with smartphones, smart TVs, and smart watches, James Bond is being injected with ‘smart blood’ and there’s now even a smart toothbrush – as if people really need Twitter hearts as motivation to clean...
New Music Monday Issue #11
Christmas is here! No wait, it’s just a festive John Lewis advert that aired at the beginning of November. How mean of them to trick us like that. No wonder everyone’s upset? In the mean time, here’s a New Music Monday that you don’t have to cry over. Banks – Better [video:https://youtu.be/uOsGx25HvmI] Daniel Sturridge’s favourite RnB songstress...
Jose Mourinho & The Three-Year Cycle
‘The Special One’ hasn’t exactly had the best start to the third season of his second spell at Stamford Bridge. His Chelsea team have already lost six times in the opening eleven games of the Premier League, making their chances of defending last seasons title look critically slim. Add that to the team’s poor performances...
New Music Monday Issue #10
New Music Monday – bringing you new music with all the tricks and flicks of a helicopter over Mexico City whilst James Bond punches the lights out of the pilot. Spring King – Who Are You? Spring King, the best and (so far) only band I’ve ever made a ninja movie with. The group’s previous...
New Music Monday Issue #9
Adele called, potentially about a thousand times. She’s not going in New Music Monday. Blaenavon – Destiny’s Mild Blaenavon, a band with potentially the most difficult name to spell, are a three-piece guitar band who have been playing together since the age of thirteen. Now still only nineteen, they’re releasing their second EP with none other...
New Music Monday Issue #8
Who knew the Rugby World Cup was still going, let alone that it could get worse? Madness. Fear not, here are four gloriously non oval-shaped pop songs for you to get to grips with - you can even pass them forwards if you wish. Blueyes – Skin ‘Skin’ is the debut track from Blueyes, an artist who’s...
New Music Monday Issue #7
It's hard to know where to look for new music these days, with so many tracks floating around. That's why we've got our pick of new songs to help you out this week. Happy listening! The 1975 – Love Me [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjzO4rTb2Xo width:336 height:189 align:center] Did the eighties ever stop? Obviously they did, it’s 2015, but...
Klopp to the Kop? Jurgen Klopp
Following the sudden departure of Brendan Rodgers, it’s widely reported that Jürgen Klopp is set to become the new manager of Liverpool FC – less than a week after his predecessor was fired. Should the appointment be made, what would this mean for the club? One of the main differences between Brendan Rodgers and his...
New Music Monday Issue #6
The rugby wasn’t very good, was it? Fear not, Monday is here. No amount of burly Australians can stop you getting your teeth into these four vaguely new pop songs. Kacy Hill – Foreign Fields [video:https://youtu.be/KrKiNn55TuA align:center] For fans of James Blake. … Actually no, there’s more to Kacy Hill than that. For one, she’s...
Album Review: Music Complete by New Order
For fans of New Order, this is a monumental record. For one, Music Complete is the legendary Manchester band’s tenth studio album. In addition, those in the know have suggested that this represents the spiritual follow-up to the band's most critically-acclaimed album, Technique. A chance to turn back time on the band's more mundane work and return...
New Music Monday Issue #5
Last Friday Sam Smith, neatly coiffed and dressed in a tuxedo, released what can only be described as the most obviously James Bond themed James Bond theme of all time. There were orchestral manoeuvres, themes about gambling, and I’d hazard a guess that there’s going to be a ski-ing montage in the video. The inevitability...
New Music Monday Issue #4
Last week Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the labour party in what was apparently both a landslide victory for democracy and the catastrophic self-destruction of a democratic party. Having spent a good deal of time listening to arguments about the economic policy, foreign policy, and singing policy of the seemingly simultaneous anti-Christ and second...
New Music Monday Issue #3 Kettle Mag, Music, New Music, Record, Single
Summer is now well and truly over, but what better way to escape the inevitable onset of Autumn than to discover four new pop songs that may or may not be described as 'sunny' sounding? New Music Monday is here for this exact purpose. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy This track...
New Music Monday Issue #2
New Music Monday - Kettle’s weekly reminder that keeping track of pop music is a futile activity best left to teenagers with too much time on their hands.   Gold Celeste – Is this what you could not do?  Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Gold Celeste are a three-piece guitar band brought together by a shared love of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Beach House, and My Bloody Valentine. ...
New Music Monday Issue #1 Kettle Mag, Music, Record
Music is neverending; nowadays it’s hard enough keeping track of who’s fallen out with Taylor Swift let alone who Circa Waves are. With this in mind, here’s a helpful guide to some of the new music that’s passed through the Kettle radar this week. Chvrches – Never Ending Circles Two years on from their debut...
Five Ways to Avoid Failing at Fantasy Football fantasykettle.jpg
The Premier League season is upon us, and by now you've probably been cajoled into the annual nightmare that is the house/society/friends-from-home fantasy football league. Fear not - this season I’ve compiled a list of five ways of preventing your friends from knowing that you actually know nothing about football. Follow them to the T...
How does Brendan Rodgers still have a job? Kettlemag, Football, Liverpool, Jamie Doherty
Brendan Rodgers began preseason training with his Liverpool team this week, but it wasn’t so long ago that he was expected to lose his job. I’ve taken a look at why this was and why I think the clubs owners were right to stand by their man. If you remember back to the final day...
Review: Planetary Planetary, documentary, film, review, Jamie Doherty, Kettle Mag
‘Planetary’ is an 85-minute documentary from the Planetary Collective – a band of scientists, philosophers, artists, and academics who believe in changing the popular view of the world through creative work. The film itself, their first full-length feature, depicts the world as a single organism. Breaking down the boundaries of countries and continents, the narrative...
What To Expect From The Revamped Large Hadron Collider CERN, physics, Science, Jamie Doherty, Kettle Mag
The Large Hadron Collider, CERN’s 27-kilometre-long particle smasher situated under the Swiss/French border, has been undergoing a maintenance period since February 2013. Nearly three years on from detecting the Higgs boson, simultaneously explaining why we have mass and making physicists around the world momentarily feel like rock stars, the Large Hadron Collider is close to...
Steven Gerrard Probably Deserves A Break Steven Gerrard, football, sport, Jamie Doherty, Kettle Mag
If you weren’t aware, Steven Gerrard last week confirmed that he won’t be signing another contract with Liverpool Football Club. Come the end of the season, the Scouse talisman will follow the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry in moving to America to play in the MLS – specifically LA, playing under the captaincy...