Music Video: Wild Beasts – Bed Of Nails

In an age when Youtube hits can be translated directly into chart success music videos have become increasingly ridiculous, extravagant and gimmicky. What was once the exception has now become the standard and suddenly a well shot video of a band performing their song stands out as different. With the video for their latest single “Bed of Nails” Wild Beasts have kept things simple. Directed by Daniel Brereton and filmed in London the video feature shifting lights, lens flair and plenty of earnest indie swaying but what it really does is allows you to focus on the music. The track is taken from their latest album ‘Smother’ and is available to buy from Domino as a limited edition, signed postcard.

Freshly Seized

The best free n’ easy music downloads on the webbly. Born free! As free as the wind blows. As free as the grass grows. And that’s all I know of that one. Not that you’re here to mentally recreate my karaoke prowess based on the typed word, but that one always comes into my head when I start gathering the musicy goodness for you lot. It is a glorious thing that you can fill your iPod with legally acquired, free-of-charge, harmonious love and wonderment. It makes me feel glad to be alive! As does this week’s first lovely gifted track. This is Going To The Casino (Tomorrow Night) by Aussie soul-punks, Philadelphia Grand Jury. Philadelphia Grand Jury are Berkfinger, MC Bad Genius, and Calvin (who used to sesh for Earth Wind and Fire, the groovy bastard). According to their Myspace blurb, they are “literally explosive on stage”, which makes me … There’s more

The Nominations are in – Mercury Prize 2010

It’s that time of year again as last week saw 12 of the finest releases of the last year selected for the Mercury Prize short-list. Launched in 1992 the Mercury Prize remains one of the few awards to still hold some merit in these X-Factor driven times and once you’re a UK or Irish artist and actually bother to apply (it’s £195.50 if you fancy your chances…) then you’re in with a shout. The eventual winner will receive £20,000 but more importantly a shed load of press coverage which should see a healthy jump in album sales in the coming months (cue dollar signs in Record Label executive’s eyes). There have been some outstanding albums this year so this was always going to be an interesting set of nominees in terms of wild cards and exclusions and perhaps the most notable name on the list, certainly to us on the … There’s more