Far From Extinction

Innovative music is becoming increasingly few and far between. I’m not going to get all apocalyptic on you, honest, but such is the plethora of average acts around, it is always refreshing to discover a genuinely talented band. And none more so that The Last Dinosaur, a folk duo that craft their talent for the pleasure of others.

Comprised of Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden, they create a sprawling, expansive blend of progressive folk to drop the jaw. Debut album Hooray! For Happiness contains such emotion and honesty that experiencing this band feels like a first meeting rather than a listen. May I introduce you to “Home”, and The Last Dinosaur. Enjoy.

Album Hooray! For Happiness is available now.

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Guess Who’s Back…

It’s been almost eight months, but CheckeredShirt is back on the road!

Due to a combination of a heavy work load and crippling laziness (mostly the laziness, I’m not gonna lie to you), these endeavours took somewhat of a back seat. But no more! CheckeredShirt will once again be bringing you the best in music and media in an honest, straight forward manner.

Add to that the addition of interviews, reviews, think pieces and more, and you have something worth waiting for. Yes, even an eight month wait. Honest.

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That’s A Bingo!

Just out on DVD, you simply HAVE to see Inglourious Basterds (2009).

The latest effort from film god Quentin Tarantio, it follows a group of Jewish American soldiers across Europe during WWII. Their quest is simple: to kill as many Nazis as possible. Nicknamed “The Basterds” the troop is headed by Lt. Aldo Raine, superbly portrayed by Brad Pitt, and brings dry wit to some typically gory subject matter.

Far from being a one man film there are several stand out performances, most notably Christopher Waltz as the chilling”Jew Hunter” Hans Landa.

Being a solid Tarantion fan, there really are not enough words of praise for this film. Once again the perfect blend of violence, humour and stunning cinematography makes for a fantastic film.

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Glastonbury To Screen World Cup Games

Could this be the best combination in the world? Yes, it really is!

Glastonbury Festival has announced that it will be showing an England World Cup game live on the Pyramid stage screens. The match versus Slovenia will be broadcast on Wednesday June 23rd, surely delighting football fans across the country.

Despite this, organiser Emily Eavis has refused to confirm whether England’s following game, should they progress from the group, will also be broadcast.

The legendary festival will be celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this June, with universal bores U2 already confirmed to headline the event.

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Two Door Cinema Club Announce 2010 Tour

Bangor act Two Door Cinema Club have announced a new tour to begin in March next year.

Having recently completed a joint tour with Delphic, the trio will be taking in ten venues all over the country.

Being a big fan, this is certainly another thing to check out in the coming year. For a bit of background on the band, scroll down to read my post and have a listen.

Two Door Cinema Club will play:

Bristol Thekla – 9th (March)

Leeds Cockpit – 10th

Sheffield Academy – 11th

York Fibbers – 12th

Glasgow King Tuts – 14th

Newcastle The Other Rooms – 15th

Birmingham Academy 2 – 17th

London Hoxton Bar & Grill – 18th

Oxford Academy – 19th

Manchester Deaf Institute – 20th

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Delphic Set Release Date For Album

With their album set to be unleashed in early 2010, synth peddlers Delphic have revealed their track listing as well as their album’s name.

Entitled Acolyte, it will be released on January 11th. Recorded mainly in Berlin, it will feature ten tracks including the massive “This Momentary”.

The complete list is as follows:

  1. “Clarion Call”
  2. “Doubt”
  3. “This Momentary”
  4. “Red Lights”
  5. “Acolyte”
  6. “Halcyon”
  7. “Submission”
  8. “Counterpoint”
  9. “Ephemera”
  10. “Remain”

Even so early on in the year, it will no doubt prove to be a must have. Reserve your copy now.

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Zoeey Deschanel To Release Second Album

Indie film star Zooey Deschanel is to release her second music album in April 2010. Most recently appearing on our screens in the wonderful 500 Days Of Summer, the talented lady will be focusing on Volume Two for the coming year.

The album will once again be produced by M Ward following their collaboration on her debut attempt, aptly titled Volume One. Ward will also be offering music contributions, with it’s entirety being written by Deschanel.

Having never head her music, I will be very interested come the album’s release. If she’s as talented a singer as she is actress, we could be in for a real treat.

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