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The ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen

By Stefano on July 24th, 2013

If you like a Beatley melody, some twangy guitar, a smidgen of sitar and the odd bonkers middle eight 2013 has been a vintage year so far. The rush of new psych bands that emerged in 2012 has blossomed into a worldwide movement. And it isn’t all about 60 re-treads. Some of the new bands are clearly inspired by this mob and at the same time borrow as much from 80s bands like these and these as they are from the 60s originals.

Here then are my ten favourite psych albums of the year so far. The superb Bed Rugs and Morgan Delt don’t make the cut as their offerings are more EPs than albums. I also have thing for the new albums from Suede, Bill Ryder Jones, Still Corners and Jagwar Ma, but none are really psych enough to make the cut. And as for the new Darren Hayman album - well that is something else…

There’s loads to come too with The Soundcarriers, Len Price 3, Morgan Delt, Balduin and others all promising new albums by the end of the year. You lucky people!

10 Maston - Shadows

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Bonkers debut album from one Frank Maston who attempts to re-create the kind of quirkiness that Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson were cooking up in the late 60s, except that it takes the odd Transatlantic detour too and on tracks like Strange Rituals ends up sounding like the kind of wonderful instrumentals that Blur ended up knocking out after listening to too many Specials albums. A genius pop record.



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10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2

By Stefano on May 9th, 2013

Ok, so I know that some of you rate Bono as the most annoying man on the planet, that you thought that U2′s Glasto performance sucked and that their last few albums have been a little on the dull side. Here though are 10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2.

1 The debut album Boy is brilliant

It is like Joy Division, but with stronger melodies. Peter Hook has even suggested that New Order would have sounded like U2 had the Irishmen not got there first.

2 They have worked with some interesting and influential people

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Brian Eno, BB King, Daniel Lanois, even Frank Sinatra have worked with the band.

3 They re-invented the stadium rock gig

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Their set designer Willie Williams is a genius. The set for the Zoo TV tour from 1992 was bonkers

4 That Live Aid gig

Admit it, they were among the best, if not the best band to pay in London that day. Yet even though they had a worldwide audience in the palm of their hand Bono still chose to spend much of their allotted slot pulling a girl from the audience. Their record company were probably having kittens

5 They are massive influence on a lot of your favourite bands

Hate U2, but love the atmospheric guitar and subtle melodies of Coldplay, The Arcade Fire and even The National. Well that lot all cribbed it from the band’s Unforgettable Fire album.

6 The Edge’s guitar sound

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You hear it and you instantly know it is him. You can’t say that for many other guitarists.

7 They embraced American culture at a time when it was very uncool to do so

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Calling an album the Joshua Tree and championing country music, was such a no no for European guitar bands in the 80s – U2 broke the mould.

8 Being a positive force in Ireland in the 80s

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Let’s not forget that this was a band who had death threats from Republicans and abuse from Loyalists yet promoted messages of peace and reconciliation in a very difficult time

9 Bono did save the world – sort of

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Lots of good things came out of the Gleneagles summit and Live 8 and Bono, along with Bob Geldof and Tony Blair, can take some of the credit. How can this not be a good thing?

10 This

There have been a few good songs about Heroin, but this is one of the very best.



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10 Men’s Trophy Jumpers to warm your winter wardrobe

By Gerald Lynch on October 24th, 2012

Bit chilly out, isn’t it? If you’re still running about in flip-flops and short sleeves then a) You’re mental and b) take a look at the calendar, it’s the middle of October!

Global warming may be jumbling up the seasons like a misguided game of drunken Twister, but winter’s definitely kicking in now. If the change in weather has caught you by surprise, have no fear! We’ve put together a round up of our favourite trophy jumpers for the season, meaning you’ll be able to make a statement with your knitwear while saving the pennies keeping the immersion heater switched off.

Scroll down to check out our picks!

Shades of Grey Jumper with Fairisle Print - £150

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Not quite 50 shades with this Shades of Grey jumper, but if you're into Fairisle prints with a blue hue, this is a luxurious bit of knitwear. Available from ASOS for £150.

And if you want something classic and stylish try this jumper selection.



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ALOHA!: Ten almost-tasteful Hawaiian print shirts

By Gerald Lynch on April 18th, 2012

River Island - Blue Brush Print Shirt - £28

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When the summer heat kicks up a wavy haze off the concrete city streets, we know it can be tough to resist the urge to laze around in just your lightest shirts and underwear.

Yet, we just can’t accept the return of the Hawaiian shirt, this summer’s slob-chic must-have. It’s like someone covered themselves in wallpaper paste, tore the pages out of a tattoo catalogue and rolled around in the scraps, off their nut on umbrella-wearing cocktails.

But who are we to judge the fashion gods? We’ve pooled together ten of our favourite offerings from the likes of ASOS and Ben Sherman, ranging from the blindingly garish to more subtle, understated prints if you’re feeling a little less daring but still want to be on-trend when the heatwave finally kicks in.

So grab your hula skirts and piña coladas and dive into the gallery above for our pick of this year’s best Hawaiian shirts.

While you’re at it, have a listen to our short 60′s summer playlist below. It’s sure to instil some sunshine-surfing spirit in you even if the clouds outside your window are stubbornly grey!

 



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Top 10 Pantone Inspired Gifts For This Holiday Season

By Laura on November 16th, 2010

Pantone has been defining pigments for almost 50 years, and sets industry standards in colour. Its matching systems and guides are essential for designers and artists for referencing and producing the precise hue, tint or shade.

In addition to their colour guides they also have a whole range of products inspired by the now infamous coloured chips. So if you are looking for the perfect present for the design or art lover in your life this holiday season check out our top 10 Pantone inspired gifts



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Top Ten Knitwear to Raise Your Sartorial Status This Winter

By Laura on November 2nd, 2010

With winter upon us, we have been checking out the best of this years knitwear. From textured cable to Scandinavian inspired patterns, it is without a doubt the must have staple for every guys wardrobe.

To help you navigate your way through the best of this season we have compiled a list of our top 10 jumpers, cardigans and other knitwear sure to raise your sartorial status.




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