Things We Love This Week: Green Day, Field Music, Mercury Prize

Happy Friday! We are SO close to leaving work, getting our pyjamas on, curling up with a pizza and watching that new Zach Galifianakis Netflix film purely for the Phoebe Bridgers/Matt Berninger collab. ‘Til then…

Green Day

Pop punk troubadours Green Day want you to dance. More specifically, they want you to “lose your shit, scream like no one is listening and dance like your hair is on fire.” Then they want you to “crawl on the dancefloor”, “spit in the air” and “get weird.”

We likey. Can do, Billie Joe. Especially with the help of your new chaotic video for Father Of All… as well as tickets to the Hella Mega Tour, featuring co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Weezer, no less.

Field Music

It’s time for a song about sanitary towels! Perhaps the first in its existence that wasn’t written for advertising purposes, Field Music’s latest single delves into why period products are projected onto women in a way that makes them feel ashamed of that monthly, normal thing that happens to literally billions of us.

It’s the first taste of a concept album looking at the after-effects of the First World War that’s due on January 2020 via Memphis Industries. The Brewis brothers and band will perform the record in full on tour in the UK in February 2020, and tickets are on sale now.

Mercury Prize 2019

I don’t know about you, but I spent a large portion of yesterday evening watching the Mercury Prize enjoying the performances, speculating potential winners, and generally being agog during Black Midi’s set. You need to check out their performance right now, as it was both mesmerising and “what the f**?!!”-inducing. Are they even speaking in English? Is the guitarist doing backflips?!

It was confirmed at the end of the night that South London rapper Dave was to take home  the gong for his debut album ‘Psychodrama’, a well-deserved award for an important record.


Until next time, my amigos. ✌️

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Things We Love This Week: The Who, Lucy Dacus, Noel Gallagher

It’s time for some more #WholesomeContent from me, your friendly neighbourhood blogger. Welcome! Chance The Rapper is at it too, having recently postponed some tour dates to spend more time with his family. Cute huh? Here’s some more…

Lucy Dacus

Dacus. Springsteen. Two great musicians in two pretty different worlds. But what happens when they cross? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Lucy Dacus has covered Dancing In The Dark, somehow managing to make a great song even MORE special. Goddamn Lucy, you absolute hero.

Dacus’ version features a typical indie-rock band setup with delightfully twanging, slightly distorted guitars and her soothing vocal tone, which works for both lullabies and covers of the Boss. She dedicated the song to her father, a big Springsteen fan. Told you there’d be wholesome content! We love.

The Who

Who? The Who, that’s who! The seminal English rock band have announced a UK and Ireland tour with a full orchestra for spring 2020. THIS IS HUGE NEWS. They’ll take over arenas in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday September 20. I suppose we can expect some big old booing when they play Boris the Spider after the chaos in parliament over the last few weeks. Pete Townshend said:

“This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl………maybe even some cassettes……ready for release in November”.

Pardon me? New album?! You heard correctly, my friend. ‘WHO’ is out on November 22, containing 11 brand new tracks, including first cut Ball and Chain. Roger Daltrey even said it’s their “best album since Quadrophenia”. Woah!

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher’s description of his latest track is what makes it. “To my ears,” he says, “it sounds like one of those iconic B-sides by The Smiths, only obviously not as good. A song that was born very quickly which is always a good sign… like it’s always existed… somewhere… Manchester probably.”

To my ears, All I Need To Get By, although featuring a vocal line identical to every other Gallagher brother-made track, has a really interesting array of backing instruments, including various worldly rhythms and percussion. Production wise, we’re talking bass high up in the mix and a full kit that sounds as if the microphones were placed deliberately a little far away to further the spacey, buoyant vibes of the whole thing. How pleasant.

Happy Friday x

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Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith, Sleater-Kinney

Happy Friday you lovely readers. It’s the start of the weekend! The pinot grigio is in the fridge ready and waiting, the sun is *trying* to shine, and Nicki Minaj has supposedly retired from music. Does it get better than this? You bet…

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club have FINALLY confirmed what we all knew was coming: an album! Tour dates! Thank the indie-pop Gods for this special moment in all of our lives. About the new record, the band poignantly stated:

“This is an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. It’s about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music when everything else in your life or the world has gone wrong. It’s about finding kernels of hope and renewal in dire situations.”

Feel ya, guys. I’m ready. However ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ isn’t coming until JANUARY. How will we cope? With singles, that’s how. We were treated to their first new song in five years, Eat Sleep Wake, earlier this summer, and now it has an accompanying tongue-in-cheek video. Watch below, then check out their newly announced tour dates for March 2020, which go on sale at 10am on September 13.

Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith

Now for something a little different. And when I say different, I think I mean a little bit hippy-dippy. Patti Smith has teamed up again with Soundwalk Collective for something very interesting indeed.

‘Mummer Love’ is the second in a three-part series of albums inspired by French poets. For this body of work, due on November 8 via Bella Union, Soundwalk Collective traveled to Africa to explore a period of work by Arthur Rimbaud, and its release will coincide with the anniversary of his death. Heavy stuff, but important. The first track, Eternity, features some rhythmic chanting and spoken word. Delightful.


Sleater Kinney released ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ last month. Their new album was produced by St Vincent, and it shows, taking the riot-grrl band into intelligent pop territory. Sadly, it’s the last with drummer Janet Weiss, who left the band in July.

Today saw the release of a video from the gang to accompany Can’t Go On. It features Lauri Guzda and Mami Kimura as a pair of serious ladies, whose afternoon tea turns into a crazy mud fight involving spilled drinks and smashed plates. Sleater-Kinney also have what can only be described as a butt-load of tour dates in both 2019 and 2020. You should get tickets.

Gros bisous, à la prochaine xo

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Things We Love This Week: Chris Farren, Michael Kiwanuka, Big Thief, Migos

Happy Friday! The weather has turned, and just as suddenly as we had a heatwave in February, we’re now into relentless rain. Time to curl up with a cuppa and some great new music.

Chris Farren

The Fake Problems frontman and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci is continuing his solo career. Farren’s second album under his own steam is called ‘Born Hot’, will arrive on October 11, and will feature the single Search 4 Me. While the song is a harmless, indie-pop number, the video is anything but. Meet ResistCat, the latest viral phenomenon.

Big Thief

Even though they’ve already released what’s in the running to be a contender for Album Of The Year, Big Thief just aren’t content with that, and have confirmed another. ‘Two Hands’ will arrive on October 11, ahead of tour dates around the UK in 2020. Check out the hypnotic, dark indie rock of its first cut, Not, then book some sweet, sweet tickets.

Michael Kiwanuka

If modern soul is your jam, then you’re in luck. Kiwanuka, who released the anthemic ‘Love & Hate’ in 2016, will release a new, almost self-titled LP at the end of October, which will get support from a ten-date UK tour in March 2020.  Hell yeah. If you like the sound of that, you’ll definitely enjoy the first taste of ‘Kiwanuka’. You Ain’t The Problem hits all the right notes with African skipped rhythms and ’70s-esque production.


Those amigos are at it again, but this time they’re robbing a bank. In the video for Frosted Flakes, Quavo and Takeoff conduct an elaborate heist, and almost get away with it. The track comes from a compilation album comprised of artists on the Quality Control roster, such as fellow Migos member Offset, Lil Yachty, City Girls, 24Heavy and Stefflon Don, as well as appearances from Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, French Montana, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and Young Thug.

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Things We Love This Week: Orlando Weeks, Elbow, Haim

Now this is a blog post all about how, your week got flipped turned upside down. I’d like to take ten minutes, just sit right there, I’ll tell you ‘bout some brand new music that got released in Bel Air — and the rest of the world.

Orlando Weeks

If you’ve been searching for something to fill that Maccabees-shaped hole in your life, then today is the day. Although there’s no new music to speak of yet, we’re excited for a new project from Orlando Weeks, former frontman for the now defunct cult indie band. He said:

“The album I’ve been working on for the last eighteen months is very nearly done. For me, holding my nerve has been a large part of finishing a record, and there’s a certain confidence that comes from discovering a song can survive in a room full of strangers. The flip side of that is that you unearth problems you wish had stayed buried. There’s every chance it won’t work, but that’s the gamble.”

Since his Gritterman project in 2017, Weeks has been working on the album for 18 months and counting. Finally, it’s almost here. He’s presenting the new material at some intimate performances around the country in September, so you should definitely get tickets if you wanna hear something brilliant. Meanwhile, here’s a throwback to the title track from the band’s last album, ‘Marks To Prove It’.


Elbow are back! Guy Garvey and co have released a new track from what is expected to be a new album. We say expected because nothing has been confirmed, all we have to go on is some posters emblazoned with ‘Giants Of All Sizes’ and ‘11.10.19’. Upon clicking through to the accompanying link, you’re given the following description:

“And I don’t know Jesus anymore. And an endless sleep is awaiting me. And I haven’t finished yet. And i’m not a dog for the end of days. I’m a bird in a hurricane. With the heaviest heart jackhammering in me. And I don’t know jesus anymore. Unstuck and the whole archipelago is rocking like a suicide pedalo at high tide. Blazing eyes hey how d’ya keep your eyes ablaze. In these. Faith free. Hope free. Charity free days.”

It goes on for a while, and we now realise these are the lyrics for the album’s first cut, Dexter & Sinister, a choppy indie track that cuts up a symphonic string section with a bassy guitar line. If their previous performances are anything to go by, this song is going to be pretty special at live shows, with a full orchestra accompaniment highly probable.


And now something for these hot, hot summer days. Those Californian Haim siblings have returned with new music in the form of an indie-pop ditty perfect for breezing through August on a yellow bicycle with hair a flowing. Danielle explained:

“This song started out as a garage band demo in my phone with just a bass line, drums, some gibberish and a doot doot doot little melody. I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago while we were making ‘STTY’ (he’s in the clear now!) We were touring on and off at this time and every time we were on the phone with each other, or when I would come home in between shows, I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark. I wanted to be his hope when he was feeling hopeless. So I kept singing these lines – “I’m your sunny girl/ I’m your fuzzy girl/ I’m your summer girl – over the bass line. Summer Girl stuck.”

It’s a beautiful story for a beautiful song, and features a sax line written by Rostam Batmanglij, who you’ll know as the former member of Vampire Weekend. He still worked on the production side of things for the band’s latest album, ‘Father Of The Bride’, though, as did Ariel Rechtshaid from Haim’s story above. Oh, and did we mention Danielle Haim also provided some backing vocals on one of their tracks? Now THAT’S the kind of circle of friends I want to be a part of.

I pulled up to the website about three of four, and yelled to the editor “Go home, smell ya later!” I looked at my blog post, I was finally done, and sit on my throne as the Princess of Things We Love This Week. Or something to that effect.

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Things We Love This Week: Friendly Fires, Four Tet, DJ Shadow And De La Soul

There was so much to talk about this week in the music world, but alas, we only have so much space in one little blog. So, instead of discussing our favourite Mercury Prize nominees, the delightful new album from Common Holly or the 1975’s position on the climate change emergency, which they made pretty clear when including teenage activist Greta Thundberg on their latest single, we’re going  down the fun route. S’all about the grooves this week, kids. 

Friendly Fires

These indie-pop-dance-groove-disco-beat sensations are back in the game for 2019. After almost an eight year hiatus, Friendly Fires are returning with a new album, new tour and new singles! The latest of which arrived today.

Run The Wild Flowers has some super groovy beats, almost Brazilian-inspired percussion, and the breathy and beautiful vocal tones of Ed Macfarlane! Like a good, dry pinot grigio, this song is paired best with early evening sunshine and a little picnic. Glorious.

Four Tet

Kieran Hebden surprised us all this week when he dropped a live album out of the blue. Recorded during his two-night residency at Alexandra Palace in May, the record splits up his performance into seven tracks of varying lengths, from the 90 second opener to the fourth part coming in at almost 40 minutes.

If there was ever an artist to get lost in, it’s Four Tet. Beats and percussive skiffles a’plenty, Hebden’s music transports the listener to a whole other dimension. If you can’t really imagine how that would translate at a live show without the use of illegal narcotics, it makes for great background music while at work, or revising, or even an intense gym sesh. Thank you, Kieran.

DJ Shadow and De La Soul

The last few weeks have seen celebrations of the moon landing almost everywhere you look. So what better time to release a single called Rocket Fuel? It’s taken from the DJ’s new album, which is expected to arrive later this year, but is yet to have an exact release date. Boo.

The new hip hop track is full of energy and builds up from an a capella spoken bassline that’s sure to get those kids on Glee all excited about their next potential cover. Oh, and don’t forget that record-scratch solo. It’s a game changer, and I’m all here for it.

Happy Friday, one and all. Hope you’ve thoroughly got your groove switched firmly to ON for the sweet, sweet sounds of the weekend.

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Things We Love This Week: Free Money, Brittany Howard, Squid, Idles

Hello! Firstly in this week’s schedule of quality content is the news that Stereoboard are doing a competition to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend on gig tickets, concerts, festivals, theatre, or whatever else you can get your dirty paws on. I like to think of £100 in terms of actual experiences: potentially one arena concert, two academy-sized gigs, and possibly a few tiny venue shows. Or, if you’re not selfish like me, the chance to take all your mates to see your fave band. Imagine! That, my dear, is what they call the DREAM. Enter here!

Brittany Howard

You know Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes. You know, that song that goes “I don’t wanna fight no more, IIIIIII don’t wanna fight no moooreee” in an incredibly high pitch? That’s her. 

Howard has gone off in a solo direction with a new album, ‘Jaime’, due for release on September 20, which she’ll accompany with UK, European and North American live shows. One of the record’s first singles, Stay High, dropped this week. It’s a lovely, easygoing song that sounds like the soundtrack to a really good mood. Happy days.

The video features actor Terry Crews (who, BT Dubs, is great in everything he does) playing a factory working father and husband, and singing along as he goes about his suburban life. 


The Cleaner is the latest track from the band that brought you HOUSEPLANTS! HOUSEPLAAANTS! It’s funky, punky, and all round… crunky? Clunky? Anyway, it’s a new one from former Brighton resdients Squid, who got inspiration for the song upon moving to the Big Smoke.

It comes from the group’s upcoming EP, ‘Town Centre’, which arrives in September through Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label, which is hands down one of the best record label names out there (aside from maybe Handsome Dad, Fierce Panda or Fat Possum).

Squid have several summer festival dates remaining in the diary, including Bluedot this weekend plus sets at Latitude, Green Man and End of the Road, to name a few. They also have a handful of headline dates confirmed for the autumn.


Ever wanted to know what Joe Talbot would look like as a cartoon character? Same, dw. We’re in luck though, as their new video fulfills just that. Never Fight A Man With A Perm comes off their 2018 album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ and they have Al Brown, Russell Taysom and Stella Belle-Hex at the Fluffer Records team to thank for its vibrant accompanying video.

Complete with his plethora of tattoos and ready-to-pop blood vessels, it’s a take on a classic arcade game that gets a distinctly Black Mirror-esque twist at the end…

Idles will release their latest track Mercedes Marxist as a 7” single on August 2, backed with another new song, I Dream Guillotine.  It will arrive ahead of their North American and UK tour dates, with the latter run including a massive show at Ally Pally on December 7.

See ya later, crocodile.

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Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Frank Turner, Bonobo

Hey hun, u ok? Glad to have you back with us for another exciting edition of Learn To Cook With Coriander. This week, we’ve got some interesting recip… Oh wait. I’m at the wrong class. You’re here for music you say? Well I’m sure I can rustle something up.

Bombay Bicycle Club

This iconic indie band are back from a five year hiatus, and it’s the best news. They’ve been relatively active since January, teasing new music and announcing various shows all very far away from the Stereoboard office — Who’s got time to go all the way to Cork? I wish!

Fortunately, this year also happens to coincide with the release of their debut (and in my opinion, best) album. ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ is a lesson in emotional guitar playing while still leaving the listener absolutely hooked, and varies from delicate finger picking to almost grunge-like distortion at times. That combined with Jack Steadman’s vulnerable vocal style is what makes their record one I hold dear to my heart.

I can imagine your excitement when this week the Bombay gang announced they’d be playing the LP in full on tour in November. Tickets are on sale now, and you should definitely get one,  or two, or seven. To get you in the mood for the long, long wait for the concerts, listen to some rare demos and previously unheard material that’s been shared to coincide with the announcement.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner’s latest album is inspired by women who’ve been overlooked throughout history. Right on!  He worked solely with female musicians to record it, and production comes from 2018 Producer Of The Year winner Catherine Marks, who’s worked with the likes of Wolf Alice, Foals, the Wombats, the Amazons, the Big Moon, Manchester Orchestra, St Vincent, Frank Carter and the Rattle Snakes… the list goes on.

Turner suspects that if these stories had male protagonists they’d probably be more widely known — his heart is in the right place, but some still aren’t happy with him. Addressing these critics who posit it’s not his place to be writing about such topics, he stated: “It’s not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be. If there was a crowded field of people writing songs about Princess Kassiani then I would see the argument for me bowing out, but there isn’t. No-one else is writing these songs right now. That’s why I want to share these stories.” 

While I’m not fussed about the actual song, I like the sentiment. Such influential women need to be celebrated, even if one of them is a murderer… maybe let’s not celebrate that one. But women in general, hell yeah!

Frank has UK tour dates planned this month. Find tickets here.


Lastly, it’s FRIDAY of course! So it’s time to get your club on, courtesy of my main man Simon Green, who you might know better as that musical magician Bonobo. The Los Angeles-based producer has shared a new track, Linked, that is his first new material since January. It could soundtrack a montage video of the wild night out you’re about to have this evening. I know what you’re planning. Where was my invite?

A six-minute long build up transports you to a place of hedonism and revelry, and its laser synths and ethereal vocal flourishes makes you want to lose yourself in darkness and dancing.

While you may not get a chance to see him in the UK any time soon, Bonobo does have a long list of festival sets planned for the summer, including OUTLIER, Mad Cool and Shambala, as well as various other shows dotted around the US.

Alas, dear reader, I am off next week. Good news for me, but how will you cope without your weekly dose of music news?! See you on the other side. 

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Things We Love This Week: Fleetwood Mac, Thom Yorke, Frightened Rabbit

Hey there reader. How are you? We are so close to the weekend that I can almost taste it. Mmmm. Oh wait, no, that’s the taste of my mid afternoon snack. Woops. Still got a little way to go. Hang on in there!

Fleetwood Mac

As I may or may not have mentioned already (I have definitely mentioned it far too much), I went to London last weekend to watch an up and coming band. You might not have heard of them, Fleetwood Mac? They’re not that popular, maybe you don’t know them…

PSYCH! One of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s — nay, ever — headlined Wembley Stadium, a 90,000 capacity venue. An epic performance from Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and more, the masses were treated to hit after hit, reminding you quite how many bangers they’ve actually released over the last five decades. The only thing missing was Lindsay Buckingham.

Thom Yorke

While in London, we naturally spent a good portion of our time there riding the tube to get around. The underground is always full of adverts, but one in particular caught my eye.

Do you have trouble remembering your dreams? It’s a feeling we at ANIMA know only too well. You’re deep in a surreal world where you can be anybody you like, where you can do anything. And then you wake up, and the dream fades. It’s gone, like smoke on the breeze. Or is it?
Here at ANIMA we’ve built something we call a Dream Camera. Just call or text the number and we’ll get your dreams back.”


CREEPY, RIGHT?! But kind of enticing. I was hooked, and immediately wanted to get my dreams back. On the other end of the phone was a mysterious message: “Anima Technologies has been ordered by the authorities to cease and desist from undertaking its advertised business.” We were given the option to leave a message after the tone, but the tone morphs into a track, Not The News, by Thom Yorke. Oh Thom. Always trying to one up Black Mirror, aren’t you! But bringing this mad dream-like world into reality might be a step too far.

Either way, Thursday saw the official announcement of Yorke’s new album, curiously titled ‘Anima’. It’ll be released on June 27 with an accompanying film made in collaboration with award-winning American filmmaker Thomas Anderson.

Frightened Rabbit

This band hold a dear, dear place in my heart, and caused great excitement for many when they announced that a new LP of covers will arrive next month. ‘Tiny Changes’, sharing its name with the mental health charity set up in honour of the death of lead singer Scott Hutchison last year, will contain 17 versions of songs from the band’s seminal LP ‘Midnight Organ Fight’, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The first cuts come from none other than  Julien Baker and Biffy Clyro, both taking on versions of The Modern Leper. Baker opts for a slower pace than the original, letting it build up into a triumphant climax, whereas Biffy Clyro’s Scottish accent doesn’t bring the vocals too far away from their Selkirk roots, but makes good use of dynamics with some heavily distorted guitar chords and a half-time chorus.  The album will also feature tracks from Wintersleep, Peter Katis, Craig Finn, Daughter, Aaron Dessner and Lauren Mayberry (from Chvrches), and Manchester Orchestra.

Excuse me while I weep.

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Things We Love This Week: Julien Baker, Radiohead, Taylor Swift

Hi there friend! This weekend is going to be GOOD. Everyone in the office has exciting gigs to head to, including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Clutch! Let’s get in the mood for the weekend with some excellent new releases and news from the music world.


If you were about to blackmail someone, how would you do it? Target someone with lots of money, and something to lose? Probably. A well-loved band would be a good way to go… but Radiohead? Nah bro.

After hacking into the band’s storage files, the offending person managed to nab over 18 hours’ worth of footage, rare cuts, demos and recordings from their ‘OK Computer’ era. Jackpot! Give me £150, 000, Radiohead, or I leak this to the entire world! Mwahahaha!

Instead of paying the ransom, Radiohead decided to release the material themselves, with the proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion. Good on you, guys.

Julien Baker

It’s hard to believe that Julien Baker, save for her excellent Boygenius collab with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, hasn’t released any solo material since ‘Turn Out The Lights’, her 2017 LP. So, about time for some more, eh?!

Two new tracks arrived this week, which you may have already heard if you’re a vinyl enthusiast. Originally released as Record Store Day exclusives back in April, Baker has now shared Red Door and Conversation Piece. Both, like all Baker’s material, are extremely emotional and incredibly powerful, while at the same time taking on a poignant and delicate air. Good lord, its delicious. Take a listen.

Taylor Swift

[Snob alert] I know what you’re thinking: “I thought this was a good music blog!? I’m never coming back! [Storms ferociously out, slams door]” Well, yeah. I hold my hands up: musically, it ain’t all that. But it’s the message that rings through.

Tay Tay is calling out the homophobes, internet trolls and general haters, with some awesome lines: “say it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out”, “can you just not step on his gown?”, “Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages,” and finally the brilliantly blunt , “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ‘cos shade never made anyone less gay.” Damn right T-Swizzle.

‘Til next time, when after seeing Fleetwood mac (sans Buckingham, sob) I will be a different human. Good day.

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