Right, we promised some of you that we'd stop talking about. So we won't. Instead, devoid of any childish finger pointing we're left with the news that the very tall Mr Brett Anderson is about to release a low key mainly acoustic solo album. Also busy in the studio are Robbie Williams and The Crazy Frog although we can't confirm whether this means there will be one or two releases as a result. Talking of Chris Martin's greatest adversary, we're hoping that if Sinead O'Connnor's new album of roots covers does well she'll tear up a photograph of the amphibian loon on live tv causing fifteen year olds across the country to rise up in anger.
We'll even provide the photo.
That is if we're not off checking out Maximo Park on December 7th at the Hammersmith Palais with Clor and Pipettes labelmates Field Music in support. We're not so sure that these guys really are the new Pulp but if you want witty, literate pop music and lots of jumping about you won't be disappointed. More new gigs with the Londonist stamp of somethingorother on the other side.
Now if there's anyone left who wants to see the Pixies and hasn't there's a second date at the Ally Pally for you on September 1st.
You can then round the month off on the 30th with a vist to see John Cale at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. Will he play Perfect Day? Oh, that's the other craggy one.
If you were kicking yourself at not getting tickets for Editors then fret ye not. They've just upgraded to the Astoria for their 10th October show and MORE tickets are on sale NOW. We're told they're actually very good live so we might just tag along.
Oh, and those Maiden tickets we told you about last week can be bought here
And Alterkicks (a sound that draws as heavily from the melodic intricacy of Love as the sheer noise attack of Pixies), The Hot Puppies (quirky and effervescent indie pop, in plastic hot pants plastic hot pants!), Ray On (a groovy stew of catchy guitars & rainbow melodies) and Chenko (the sound of a rambling, abandoned manchild, a borderline schizophrenic son of a gun) play at The Water Rats.
Friday there's club NME up at Koko featuring Duels and London's The Mighty Roars. Described as post-punk garage pop with darker trips into more improvised spaces there could be far worse things to do to kick off the weekend. There will of course be DJs and things like that. You know the score.
Sunday. Take a day off you fools. Have a rest. BarBQ.
Time for some free stuff. If you listen to XFM for more than about 3.5 seconds you can't have failed to have heard Twisted X/Outl4w's Summer Of Rock'n'Roll, winners of XFM's feel good hit of the summer competition. With an average age you can count on your fingers and a couple of toes you can check out these fiery whippersnappers at Virgin tomorrrow at 6. Alternatively if you prefer to shop at HMV or you just can't get enough rock'n'roll, they'll be doing the same at HMV on Oxford Street on Friday.
The Magic Numbers, who seem unable to take a few days off to do sensible things like sleep, will be at Fopp from 5 on August 8th in support of the terminally catchy Love Me Like You.
If you don't like gentle summery pop tunes then you may prefer to spend the 9th downstairs at Virgin for Kerrang's Day Of Rock. Choose your lunchbreak according to your preference although we feel that the all day weekday thing may be appealing to those who still know what school holidays are. In order of appearance we have:
1pm - Mascara Story
3pm - Nine Black Alps
5pm - Towers of London
7pm - InMe
9:30pm - Bullet For My Valentine (tickets available for this one by wristband from 9 that morning. Still, we know which one we're going to.