One of the many victims of this week’s riots was the UK’s independent record industry. The Sony/PIAS warehouse was burnt to the ground taking with it many labels’ stock. That included Sophie Madeleine’s label Xtra Mile. So if you were considering shelling out for it (and it is well worth it) now would be a good time to do it and show your support. There are many other labels affected. There’s a list here and suggestions of records to buy here and here. I highly recommend Finders Keepers’ world funk records.
Lord love-a-duck, the guy out of Train said something about ukuleles I agree with:
“The truth is that everybody has basically warned us, ‘Please don’t put the ukulele on the record,’ but I struggle with that,” Monahan says. “That song is super island-y and I love it, and (ukulele) just feels right for it. So I don’t know what the rules are going to be with the ukulele, but you put on whatever feels right.”
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