Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s new side-project is a band called The Last Shadow Puppets. The group is Turner and Miles Kane, frontman of The Rascals. Firm friends ever since Arctic Monkeys toured with Kane’s previous group, The Little Flames, the pair were inspired by listening to Scott Walker, early Bowie and David Axelrod amongst others – ‘it was dramatic’, Turner says’ ‘it filled the senses’ – that they hatched a plan.

Single “The Age of The Understatement? is out now in the UK & here’s the vid!

Album is imminent!


You can see the video for the new Bloc Party single Flux (due out in the UK on November 14) right here.

An intriguing tale of love and robots (plus giant monsters) set to a pounding Moroder-esque Eurobeat with a slightly vocoder-ed Kele. Fantastic! And well worth a look.

Also from the NME, you can download (FREE!) a whole CD from the LoveMusicHateRacism campaign. Here’s the tracklist:

1. Can’t Find The Door – Blood Red Shoes
2. Tristeza Maleza – Manu Chao
3. Who The Cap Fits – Mecca 2 Medina
4. Electro Livin’ – Akala
5. Burn Faster – Nine Black Alps
6. Love Has A Diameter – Biffy Clyro
7. Ice Cream (The Hooks Remix) – New Young Pony Club
8. The Big Lie (Featuring Ian Mclagan) – Billy Bragg
9. Nosebleed – Maximo Park
10. Summer Nights (Featuring Tom Paddington, Ears, Scorcher) – Statik
11. Campaign Button – Fionn Regan
12. Shame – Noisettes
13. Cold Bread (Engine Room Demo) – Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit
14. Chest Boxing – Skream

And, just before I finish being NME’s bitch, here’s news of NZ’s own (and very good) Cut Off Your Hands at CMJ in New York right this minute.

Have a great long weekend!


In more Atomic anticipation, some kind soul has uploaded the following live footage of Talking Heads to Youtube:

Talking Heads w/ Adrian Belew
December 1980
“Live in Rome”

Pro-shot live performance of Talking Heads. Another great show from the Adrian Belew era of the Talking Heads. The filming is much different than the Germany show from the same tour, this is much more in your face and the Italians use many different and interesting camera angles.

Setlist (click titles for youtube link):

* Psycho Killer
* Stay Hungry
* Cities
* I Zimbra
* Drugs
* Take Me to the River
* Crosseyed and Painless
* Life During Wartime
* Houses in Motion
* Born under Punches
* The Great Curve

Tina Weymouth, Rome 1980

Definitely worth your time watching if you’re a fan, or even if you’re not – fantastic stuff.