Awesome slacker-rock wins the day...

Cold? Yup…

Clash woke to snow this morning, and immediately regretted not buying new shoes, without holes, with our Christmas present pennies. Which, since you asked, we frittered away on New Year cheer. D’oh @ us.

The very start of the year is always poor for new releases, and 2009 doesn’t stray from this tradition. But! We have a winner nonetheless, in the shape of an excellent new band from the English north.

There’s also some pop nonsense looking to capitalise on the empty shelves, but the less said about that the better. It's pretty depressing.

Expect this column to be a little longer next time out, when some of the Bigger Boys come out to play for another year, but for now…

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Single Of The Week

Dinosaur Pile-Up – ‘My Rock N Roll’

A no-brainer really – it’s cold as shit outside, we’re all rocking fingerless gloves in an office environment, and this is making us shake a little something without even realising it – like exercising on a Wii, we’re totally unaware of the calories we’re burning as it chugs away in a quality slacker-rock fashion. The Sheffield-based trio have been on our radar for a while, but this is their first proper release, and it smacks you smiley silly like the best Pavement and Guided By Voices, akin to the work of Londoners of similar tone Favours For Sailors. The flip here, ‘My Love Is A Boat And We’re Sinking’, is incredibly catchy – if you’re not tapping a toe a few seconds in, then you sir have no feeling in your limbs. Picked as an outside tip for 2009 by those with ears closest to the country’s underground, don’t be surprised if you hear much more from Matt, Tom and Steve as the year progresses.

(Listen to both tracks on MySpace)

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Also out today…

Travis – ‘Song To Self’

Some things never quite go out of style – shellsuits in the north, chunky Argos jewellery on the underage, body-kitted Vauxhall Novas, late 20th Century indie. Travis are a ‘90s hangover still welcomed in 2009, and their latest release from the album ‘Ode To J. Smith’ is a pleasantly inoffensive ballad in the vein of so much of their back catalogue. Youth might not be on the Scots’ side these days, but ‘Song To Self’ is an example to the likes of upstarts One Night Only and, err, you know, some other muppet with girl trouble – you can do downbeat and emotive without whining like a cat trapped under a rear wheel.

The Saturdays – ‘Issues’

Girls Aloud, the Poundland version. ‘Issues’ is disposable pop at its most disposable – you really need not give it more than a minute before changing the station to more of this cracks-filling dross.

Lady Gaga – ‘Just Dance’

Grammy-nominated New York-based singer Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Joanne Germanotta) here calls upon Colby O’Donis, an R&B artist rated by labelmate Akon, for her UK breakthrough single, already a massive hit in the US and Canada. It’s sure to make good on the barren singles field – don’t be surprised if this slick electro-hop number creeps to number one once X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke slides away.

Pendulum – ‘Showdown’

The Prodigy called: they want their C-sides back.


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