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Foo Fighters announce ‘It’s f**king on!’

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Foo Fighters have delivered the words we’ve been waiting three years to hear – ‘It’s f**king ON!’. Confirming that the band are indeed in the studio working on their eighth album.

The golden words were posted with a photo showing of a row of master tapes labelled Foo Fighters LP 8 on the band’s official Instagram account.

Legendary frontman Dave Grohl revealed last year that the band would return with an album this year to follow up 2011’s Waste Light.

He said: ‘It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s f**king rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.’

The former Nirvana drummer has been busy since going on hiatus with Foo Fighters, producing the documentary Sound City, performing with Paul McCartney and appearing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album.

No release date has been given.

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Fashion Moments In Film

Before the internet, people looked to films for their sartorial inspiration and for some Hollywood actresses on-screen style can be as much a part of their role as acting.

At times the costumes are more memorable than the characters themselves. Everyone recognises the shot of Marilyn’s white dress, but most people don’t know it’s taken from the film The Seven Year Itch.

From Holly Golightly to Margot Tenenbaum, these are five of film’s most iconic fashion moments:

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Arguably the most stylish film in Hollywood history, Breakfast at Tiffany’s sees Audrey showcasing beautiful Givenchy pieces throughout. The most iconic of all being the black dress worn in the opening shots, which sparked a love affair with the LBD that still exists today.

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Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

Diane Keaton is the queen of boyfriend chic in this 1977 Woody Allen classic. The baggy trousers and fedora hats featured in the film sparked a huge trend in androgynous dressing and many items worn in the film actually came from Diane’s own wardrobe.

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Madonna in Desperately seeking Susan

After this movie’s release, Madonna’s thrift store look became the signature style of the 80’s – bold colours, leggings, mesh cropped tops, stacks of bangles and necklaces. The thrift store where Susan goes shopping actually exists and can be found in New York

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Kate Hudson in Almost Famous

Kate’s 1970’s inspired wardrobe made everyone want to run away and become a groupie. Penny Lane’s fur jacket, crop tops, floppy hats, tassels, waist coats and platforms continue to be copied. The 70’s hippy look remains the preferred look for festivals year after year.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums

For this 2001 film Wes Anderson made sure all the clothes were from the 70’s, but after the release of the film fur coats, barrettes and sleek bobs became the look du jour thanks to Gwyneth’s role as Margot Tenenbaum.

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Facts Behind The Photo: Volume II

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This photo of Talitha Getty and her husband Paul was taken by Patrick Lichfield in 1969, on a rooftop in Marrakech. The couple embodied the bohemian-luxe look of the 1960’s and the photo has inspired many fashion collections since.

After a brief spell as an actress, Talitha Pol met oil heir John Paul Getty and they married in Rome in 1966. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Marrakech, where they bought Le Palais du Zahir, or the Pleasure Palace as they called it. It was there that Lichfield’s photograph was taken, featuring John Paul hooded in the background and Talitha at the forefront wearing an ornate silk kaftan.

It was also in Morocco that Talitha met Yves Saint Laurent and subsequently became his muse. In 1984, two decades later, Yves Saint Laurent said of the Getty’s: “I knew the youthfulness of the Sixties. Talitha and Paul Getty lying on a starlit terrace in Marrakech, beautiful and damned, and a whole generation assembled as if for eternity where the curtain of the past seemed to lift before an extraordinary future…” making a reference to the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Beautiful and the Damned.

The couple divided their time between London, Rome and Marrakech. They were an IT couple and counted The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull amongst their friends. However, behind all the wealth, beauty and glamour lay a dark reality – both Talitha and her husband had descended into drug addiction.

Talitha and Paul became parents to Tara Gabriel Gramophone Galaxy Getty but soon after, their relationship started to break down and Paul had an affair. Talitha left Rome and moved into their London apartment with their son. In London she began an affair of her own with French aristocrat and playboy, Count Jean de Bretuil. However, a short while later Talitha went back to Rome to try and repair her marriage.

Tragically, Talitha Getty died from a heroin overdose in Rome in July 1971, though the precise details of her death remain a mystery. It is thought that she got the heroin from Count Jean de Breteuil, who incidentally also sold a lethal dose of the drug to Jim Morrison. She was only 30 years-old. Paul Getty fled the country, in fear of being arrested and moved to London.

In 1973 another tragedy struck Getty’s life. His oldest son from his first marriage, Paul Jr, was kidnapped in Calabria, Italy. The kidnappers even cut off his ear and sent it to an Italian newspaper. After his father paid the ransom, Paul Jr was freed. Unfortunately he was an addict like his father and suffered a stroke as a result of an overdose, which left him paralysed at just 25 years-old.

Paul Getty Senior began to overcome his addictions in the 1980’s after an expensive stint in rehab and became a philanthropist, dedicating much of his time and money to charity. He died in 2003 aged 70.

The iconic photo of Talitha and Paul Getty is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

October Soundtrack

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Volcano Choir – Comrade

Volcano Choir is the side project of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and they have just announced their first European tour. I am a huge Bon Iver fan and although I’m somewhat sad that Justin isn’t working on any new material for the band at the moment, Volcano Choir is filling that Bon-shaped hole in the meantime.

Foxes – Youth

Foxes is best known for lending her vocals to Zedd’s Clarity, which has dominated the airwaves all summer, but Youth is the 24 year-old’s debut solo single. Even though the track has been around since 2012 (I first heard it last year when I was living in Spain and I loved it), Foxes decided to release it as a single because it was the first song she wrote.

Swim Deep – Honey (Oceaán Remix)

Birmingham boys Swim Deep’s single Honey has been remixed by Manchester based producer Oceaán. The result is this dreamy, chilled out track that I’ve been listening to before bed. Oceaán’s style is infectious. If that wasn’t enough, it’s available to download for free!

Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You

This is the first single from Jake Bugg’s new album Shangri La, set to be released on November 18th. What Doesn’t Kill You marks a change in style compared to Jake’s first album and feels more punk-influenced. Although it is quite annoying how many times Jake says “ya know” at the beginning of the video. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new album has to offer.

Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home

I’m going to be honest, I was so sick of seeing pictures of Drake’s new album cover on Instagram that I refused to listen to it. Eventually I gave in and I have to admit I love this song, it reminds me of Find Your Love. Even though Drake has the ability to both sing and rap on a track (“sounds like Drake feat. Drake”) I prefer it when he sings.

P.S I don’t care what Amanda Bynes says, Drake is beautiful.

Sex, Drugs & Electronic Dance Music

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Last night some of my friends went to the opening of Warehouse Project in Manchester. This morning, after watching the videos with envy and liking their pics on Instagram, I read the sad news that a 30 year-old man had died from a “bad batch” of drugs, thought to be ecstasy and that five other people are now in hospital.

I saw someone I follow on Twitter had re-tweeted “pills are sick! Don’t stop taking them cos one persons died. You don’t stop driving when someone dies in a car crash do ya? F*cking plebs!”. Just after, I read an article about how electronic dance music was the devil and responsible for thousands of drug-related deaths. This got me thinking about both points of view.

Drugs are always going to be available at these kinds of club nights, despite being illegal, but it’s not just at EDM events. Drugs get smuggled into all sorts of clubs and concerts around the world. In fact, drugs and music have been synonymous since the hippy generation. Think Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, only now Rock & Roll has been replaced with dance music. At the same time, the nonchalant attitude of some club goers towards drugs needs to change, people need to be more aware of what they’re taking.

While ecstasy may give you a high so euphoric that you never want to stop dancing, in a world where everyone is amazing and so lovely and you just want to love them, and touch them…You should take into consideration that it is a synthetic drug and you have no way of knowing what it is you’re actually taking. I’m not condoning the use of drugs, but if people are going to take them they should do it in the safest way possible.

Ecstasy was a huge part of rave culture in the 90’s and continues to be today. If you’ve ever been to an EDM event you will have definitely have been asked if you want pills, or if you’re selling some. But bear in mind that there are actually people who attend these events simply because they enjoy the music, minus the mind-altering substances.

It’s clear that the EDM scene has a long way to go to shed its negative image. But no matter what you think about drugs, these events are primarily about the music and aren’t just an excuse to get f*cked.

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When Fans Go Too Far

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A One Direction fan has claimed to have killed her pet chihuahua, after the boyband failed to follow her on twitter.

The female fan, known as @illumivato, had previously tweeted the personal accounts of all five members of the band saying “Follow me or I’ll break my dog’s neck”. The tweet included an image of her hand around the little dog’s neck, pinning it to the floor.

One Direction have more than fifteen million followers and are inundated with tweets every day, as a result her tweet went unnoticed. After receiving no response, the crazed fan tweeted band member Liam Payne, writing “I love you. Follow me. My dog has just died”. This time the tweet included a picture of herself crying and cradling the apparently dead dog in her arms.

Fans of One Direction have started a change.org petition against the fan and have branded her a “psycho”, some have claimed it’s a fake story. Whether it’s a hoax or a desperate cry for attention, it’s not the first time a fan has done something crazy to win their idols’ attention.

For me, the most creepy has got to be when Kpop sensation Taecyon received a letter from a devoted fan apparently written in menstruation blood. Yes, really. The letter even included a sprinkling of pubic hair.

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September Soundtrack

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Summer is officially over. It’s not all doom and gloom though, September is a great month for music this year. With new albums from The Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, London Grammar and Kings of Leon to name a few, there is a lot to get excited about.

Here’s a look at some of the songs that I will be playing on repeat this month.

 The Arctic Monkeys-Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High

Queens of the Stone Age did a terrible cover of this song on Radio1’s  Live Lounge a few days ago, proving that Alex Turner really does do it best.

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High is the third single from their fifth studio album, AM and I can’t get enough of it. I’ve been a fan of The Arctic Monkeys since their first album, but haven’t really loved any of the songs they’ve released since Teddy Picker. Until now.

Baauer and Just Blaze (feat. Jay Z)-Higher

Grammy award-winning producer Just Blaze and Harlem Shake producer Baauer have teamed up with rap mogul Jay Z for this track. The result? A song that I can’t stop dancing to with the volume turned right up. My neighbours are going to hate me for it!

London Grammar-Wasting My Young Years

This song from the Nottingham-based trio is about hanging on too long to an unhealthy relationship during your youth. You might recognise lead singer Hannah Reid’s voice from Disclosure’s Help Me Lose My Mind. As well as her vocals being likened to Florence Welch, the groups’ overall sound has been compared to that of The XX.

If you want a taste of London Grammar’s music, their track Shyer is iTune’s free single of the week.

Manu Chao-Me Gustas Tu

After spending my whole summer abroad, I have a serious case of holiday blues. It’s raining as I speak, but listening to Manu Chao makes me feel like I’m back on the beach. He tends to use various languages in the same song and his music is influenced by different genres, from rock to reggae. His lyrics take on themes like immigration, love, drugs and often reflect his own left-wing political views.

Sivu-Better Man Than He

I’ve been listening to this song a lot this week. It was produced by Charlie Andrews from Alt-J and the influence of the Alt-J sound is clear when you listen to the track. The song also reminds me of early Radiohead material, so it’s no surprise to learn that Sivu is signed to the same management company.

His voice is beautiful and the video is also worth a look. It features Sivu singing the track while inside an MRI scanner. An original idea and also kind of creepy.