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There’s beauty within you

Le Corbusier pavilion 4

And so, as the first half of 2016 drifts off behind us, it’s time to reflect on some more records from…

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Noch ein bier


Shouty hardcore bands don’t often appear on these pages and it’s fair to say that the same would probably have been true of EinsZweiDrieVier had they not decided to work with fellow Grenoblois, Decibelles.

Yes, contrary to what their name suggests, the band come from Grenoble in the foothills of the French Alps, where they recorded a three tracks for a mini-LP to which Decibelles added three of their own. The ’Belles also added their voices to this, the best of the three 1234 tracks. The result is less hardcore and more hard-pop, if there’s such a thing.

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Let’s hear it for that beautiful note

Helen Love Atomic

Teenagers today prefer to watch their music, The Guardian reported last year, after a survey revealed that American teens preferred to listen to music on YouTube than on any other media.

It’s difficult for anyone raised in the pre-Internet age—when having a tactile, palpable relationship to music personalised it—to understand. Even now, when “owning” a record can amount to nothing more than propriety over a string of ones and zeroes, there is still that sense of having something. By contrast watching a song on YouTube seems so ephemeral, so disposable, soulless.

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A pinch and a punch…

…for the first day of the month¹ and a return to blogland following a self-imposed hiatus. It’s good, at times, to be quiet.

But noisy is equally essential, so let’s start with 2011’s winning song-from-each-year-of-my-life. Decibelles are three women from Grenoble, France, who know how to rock. The LP, Pedro Joko, is available for free and worth every byte of your bandwidth.

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