0th week playlist

<iframe src=”” width=”300″ height=”380″ frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”true”></iframe> ‘You’re Not The One’ – Sky Ferreira ‘XO’- Beyoncé ‘Red Eyes’- The Wars on Drugs ‘Garden’s Heart’ – Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins ‘Seasons (Waiting on You)’ -Future Islands ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’ -Wild Beasts ‘Here Comes the Sun’ – Nina Simone ‘Work’ – Iggy Azalea ‘Cloudbusting’ – Kate […]

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Interview with Annie Nightingale

This interview was originally published by The Oxford Student in November 2013. Annie Nightingale always wanted to be “cool”. After 43 years on BBC Radio 1, its longest serving and its first female DJ, she remains the epitome of the concept with her Friday night show championing “dubstep, urban and all things bassotronic”. Annie’s passion […]

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St. Vincent: a witness to a digital age

When I arranged to interview St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark), her new album was just about to be released. She’s been touring for months, last year taking to the stage with indie icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) to tour the album they’d made together, Love This Giant. She started writing the solo album released this […]

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Tugging on the heart-springs

Regular readers of the music section will have noticed quite a bit about Spring Offensive from me this term and while I apologise for such a deluge, I assure you they really are more than worthy of the coverage. Self-released and funded by an ingenious Pledge Music campaign, the Oxford quintet’s debut Young Animal Hearts […]

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Dates for the diary

If you find yourself hanging around in Oxford over the vac, essayless and  alone, don’t worry! We’ve put together a handy guide so you can fill your vac with beautiful, boredom-alleviating noise. Paul Lewis @ the Sheldonian, 18th March 2014 Pianist Paul Lewis performs Bach, Beethoven, Liszt,  and Mussorgsky at this concert  for lovers of […]

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Bow down to St. Vincent

St. Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness’ sees Annie Clark mocking the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram age: “If I can’t show it, you can’t see me – what’s the point of doing anything?” It seems to be justified criticism, but then it seems hypocritical: St. Vincent released an intricate and immaculately executed video for the same song on the internet; a […]

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Brit Awards 2014

Despite guest performances from several big names including Beyonce, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, this years Brit Awards suffered their lowest audience figures in fifteen years. Hosted for the fourth and final time by comedian James Corden, the ceremony was held last Wednesday at the O2 Arena in London. Bastille and Disclosure were tipped for […]

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It’s time for a Mourning Phase

Morning Phase begins with half a minute of plaintive strings. It’s an odd start to a Beck album – his last two albums, The Information (2006) and Modern Guilt (2008) start with processed beats, edgy lyrics and, on the former, a bit of rapping. Morning Phase is trying something different from the word ‘go’, and […]

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Unsung heroes: Joanna Bolme

In the ever-cool Portland, Oregon, well-known rock bands abound, and Joanna Bolme has worked with most of them. That may be a slight exaggeration, but the 45-year-old undercover rockstar does seem to have had a hand in every awesome studio production in Portland since about 1996. Over the last two decades, Joanna Bolme has been […]

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