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Webcuts Favourite Tracks of 2010 – Part 2

So that was 2010. What does Webcuts remember most about it? It's hard to say, really. The landscapes shift, the memories flickr and 365 days blur into one long unending soundtrack. One thing our favourite tracks of 2010 all had in common was that they appeared like one night stands that lingered a little longer than usual, almost all of them attached to a singular memory of the song being performed, either from a distance or elbows resting on the stage in mute admiration, or maybe just there emanating from a speaker aimed direct into our inner consciousness, refusing to budge.

Webcuts Favourite Tracks of 2010 – Part 1

So that was 2010. What does Webcuts remember most about it? It's hard to say, really. The landscapes shift, the memories flickr and 365 days blur into one long unending soundtrack. One thing our favourite tracks of 2010 all had in common was that they appeared like one night stands that lingered a little longer than usual, almost all of them attached to a singular memory of the song being performed, either from a distance or elbows resting on the stage in mute admiration, or maybe just there emanating from a speaker aimed direct into our inner consciousness, refusing to budge.

Popaganda Festival – Stockholm – 27-28 August 2010

Webcuts turns its attention to Stockholm’s charming Popaganda festival to lift our post-festival blues. Swedish local acts such as the electro pop Navet, folk sisters First Aid Kit, Stockholm indie stalwarts Shout Out Louds, dance kings Familjen and pop sensation Robyn rub shoulder to shoulder with Scottish indie legends Belle & Sebastian, elegantly dressed UK synth-pop duo Hurts, London indie-soul act The Magic Numbers and reigning electro-geek heroes Hot Chip.

Warpaint – London – 26 August 2010

It’s shows like this which give birth to the very nature of rock and roll. The hip-swaying sounds of a band as they rock back and forth, eyes closed, mouths pressed against the microphone with their feet marking the beat. It’s an undeniably sexual thing. This isn't news. It’s why they tried to ban Elvis in the 50’s. He turned young girls on, and it wasn’t so much the man, but the music, the stage, the sweat, the motion -- the rock and roll of it all. Wedged together in this barely ventilated Old Street basement, Los Angeles' Warpaint are presiding over something that had this been the 50's, would've gotten them banned too.

By | 2015-08-10T05:15:02+00:00 September 7th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Big Pink – London – 13 May 2010

An hour in the company of The Big Pink is a sensory distorting experiment, and one that also questions your sexuality. It’s not a glam/gay thing, but there is a certain amount of homoeroticism about The Big Pink. The obvious sexual nature of the band name notwithstanding, and their record sleeves are all chicks and tits, but I think that’s to throw off the thinly veiled man-love shared between guitarist/vocalist Robbie Furze and bassist Milo Cordell.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:52+00:00 June 18th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Camera Obscura – Careering (2010)

With their fourth album My Maudlin Career Glasgow's Camera Obscura shifted further away from their indie pop origins to create their own take on Bacharachian orchestral pop and '60s soul contrasted against sparse country melancholy. Keyboardist and backing vocalist Carey Lander talks about joining the band, meeting Lloyd Cole, the orchestral and country elements in their sound and how they came to cover the Boss.

By | 2015-08-11T02:22:45+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Horrors – At Sea (2010)

We chew the fat with The Horrors on their recent Australian tour about last year's remarkable second album Primary Colours, and their thoughts on cover versions: "I think it’s a funny idea that this is a conversation you’re more likely to have now than at any other time in the history of rock ’n’ roll, considering most bands really started playing cover versions, being The Beatles or The Stones or even the Sex Pistols. It was something that was just kind of part and parcel of being in a group and part of a live repertoire."

By | 2015-08-11T02:18:44+00:00 March 31st, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Friendly Fires – The Kiss of Life (2009)

The friendly folks from indie-dance sensations Friendly Fires stroll into Static's studio to talk the good talk about their new single "Kiss of Life", the Mercury music prize and more -- "It’s good to kind of feed off the energy of the crowd: suck them like vampires."

By | 2015-08-11T02:20:32+00:00 August 17th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

1990s – Kicking up a Storm with Jackie McKeown (2009)

Jackie McKeown enthusiastic front man with Glasgow's 1990s talks effortlessly about their sophomore effort Kicks which is being booted about, delving into the rigours of recording under Bernard Butler, sharing vocals duties, girlfriends and carrying the most inappropriate hand luggage in Germany. While most critics (including Webcuts' own) have criticised Kicks for merely providing more of

By | 2015-08-11T02:15:18+00:00 May 14th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Veils – Interview with Finn Andrews (2009)

The Veils' recently released third album Sun Gangs displayed astounding depth, warmth and honesty across its ten tracks. Ranging from emotive ballads ("It Hits Deep", "Sit Down By the Fire") to epic Velvet Underground/Nick Cave art-rock ("Three Sisters") and something in-between ("The Letter") it provides further proof of the compelling voice of main man Finn Andrews. Chris

By | 2018-08-16T11:04:14+00:00 April 17th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Various Artists – Dark Was The Night

North America's finest show their charitable side with this awe-inspiring collection. Just call it "No Alternative Part 2".

Sonic Youth – New Album Details

After a year of touring as 'Sonic Youth 1988' for the kids that missed the Daydream Nation years, New York noiseniks and champions of those who like to beat the shit out of their guitars with screwdrivers, the almighty Sonic Youth return with their monumental 16th album, The Eternal, released through Matador Records on June

By | 2009-02-28T05:09:59+00:00 February 12th, 2009|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Jay Reatard – Interview (2009)

Capping off an incredibly busy year with a singles compilation for 2008, Nashville native Jay Reatard has been relentlessly touring the globe and still hasn't stopped to catch his breath. Recently blowing away audiences in Australia with his demented hair-shaking garage rock, Chris Berkley caught up with Jay in Sydney and spoke to him about

By | 2015-08-11T02:16:52+00:00 February 9th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Shearwater – London – 22 November 2008

"I don't know. I feel a bit naughty playing here", confides Jonathan Meiburg, singer with the Austin, Texas outfit Shearwater, sitting in front of a grand piano in St.Giles in the Fields, an 17th century church in London's West End. As a packed audience crammed pews to watch in rapt appreciation, Shearwater settled in to

By | 2009-07-27T15:25:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

TV on the Radio – Interview with Jaleel Bunton (2008)

Having just released one of the stand-out (and Webcuts approved) albums of 2008 with the awe-inspiring brilliance of Dear Science, Static's Chris Berkley spoke to Jaleel Bunton, drummer of Brooklyn's roof-raising TV On The Radio as the band embark on their American tour. Webcuts was on hand recently to see TV On The Radio debut their

By | 2015-08-11T02:17:08+00:00 November 4th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Deerhunter – Microcastle

4AD, 2008[rating:10/10] It's refreshing to listen to a band riding on a wave of no hype. No Myspace campaigns, no sycophantic hipsters attempting to crystal ball the next Vampire Weekend. Bradford Cox could probably walk into a bar anywhere and not get a second glance, and even then only for his rakish frame and elongated

By | 2009-02-28T05:19:58+00:00 October 28th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

TV on the Radio – Dear Science

4AD, 2008[rating:9/10] Brooklyn art/beat innovators TV on the Radio return with their third album, a soulful slice of inspiration and invention, moving away from the doom and desperation of 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain to give us their own potent and poignant sign o' the times. TV on the Radio's chief technician David Sitek once

By | 2009-02-28T05:21:11+00:00 October 13th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08

Matador, 2008[rating:7/10] Memphis native Jay Reatard (Jay Lindsey) has been making a name for himself since the late 90s, in bands like The Reatards and Lost Sounds, mixing up garage rock and synth punk. Recently signed to Matador Records under his own name, his output with them to date has been a succession of hit

By | 2009-02-28T05:23:50+00:00 October 9th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments