Tuesday, October 12





Wednesday, June 16

Ariel Pink and the Shortsighted Gig Goers

We went to see Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti last night, which was interesting.
Their album is looking in danger of being in our top 5 of the year already and although it felt for most of the gig like we were privy to an extended band-rehearsal being played-out in front of 800 bearded-hipsters, it was pretty pretty good.

As your 679 correspondent has mentioned before, 20-20 vision is not something we've been blessed with so while the band actually looked like this:

We saw this line-up on stage:

Maybe that's why our brain got bamboozled and we paid £10 for one 7" of this track.

Admittedly, it is our song of the summer.

(thanks for the snaps Rozzer M)

Wednesday, June 9

Ears checking #20 - June


EARS CHECKING #20 - June (Spotify)

1. James Blake - CMYK
2. Hurts - Better Than Love
3. Lady Gaga - Alejandro
4. Missy Elliott - Pass That Dutch
5. The Streets - In The Middle (Nero remix)
6. Major Lazer - Pon De Floor
7. Male Bonding - Year's Not Long
8. Tan Lines - Real Life
9. Telepathe - Chromes On It (Gold Panda remix)
10. Starfucker - Florida
11. Washed Out - Feel It All Around
12. The Radio Dept. - Heaven's On Fire
13. Gonzales & Louie Austin- Let's Groove Again (Z version)
14. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Egyptian Reggae
15. Gichy Dan - Cowboys and Gangsters
16. BBC Orchestra - Manhattan Skyline

EARS CHECKING #20 - June (Spotify)

Wednesday, June 2

stopmakingme yeah


We love Stopmakingme. Known to his mum as Dan Avery, to us as Davery and to clubbers across the land as 'that-blonde-guy-with-the-sick-disco', Dan has just made our June a little brighter with his latest mix.
Taken live from the Hot Boy Dancing Spot it features cuts from !!!, Scissor Sisters, Poni Hoax and Benni Benassi, alongside some of his own latest remixes.
For your ears:

Stopmakingme - Recorded live at Hot Boy Dancing Spot (May 2010) by stopmakingme

Also, Dan was kind enough to lend his remixing skills to a Marina's last single I Am Not A Robot which you can have for free here. Gah, isn't summer wonderful.

Marina and the Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot (Stopmakingme! edit) - MP3

Wednesday, May 26

tough talking

Here's nice 3 page article on Ben in this months issue of Q. Fancy.


(click for a bigger view)

Monday, May 24

Radio 1 Big weekend


What about the weather huh?
Radio 1 picked a good weekend to throw their Big Weekend festival with both Marina and Plan B taking to the stage. Have a look...

And She Said...

Friday, May 14

Cover Girl (part 2)

We're particularly enjoying the cover line 'OMG SEX!'


Thursday, May 13



EARS CHECKING #19 - May (Spotify)

1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round Round
2. Egyptian Hip Hop - Wild Human Child
3. Joe Jackson - Stepping Out
4. Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill
5. Kelis - Acapella
6. Ronika - Do Or Die
7. 3Oh!3 & Katy Perry - Starstrukk
8. Civil Civic - Less Unless
9. Charlie Alex March - Mao
10. Golden Filter - Golden (Clock Opera remix)
11. Cold War Kids - We Used To Vacation
12. Justin Timberlake - My Love
13. Frankie Valli - Beggin (Pilooski edit)
14. Glen Campbell - Witchita Lineman

EARS CHECKING #19 - May (Spotify)

Tuesday, May 11

You dun know.


Check out this picture from the latest issue of Interview magazine.
Incidentally, Marina's artwork has all been inspired by the work of Interview. Pop really will eat itself.

Monday, May 10

The Robots are taking over Selfridges

Marina has taken part in 'Sounds of The Mind' exhibition taking place at Oxford Street shop-of-dreams Selfridges, which has given over a whole window to the theme of I Am Not A Robot.
All the window displays were revealed this morning, and you can see all of them over here, including Florence, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip and The Drums.
They're live now and will be on display until the 14th June at Selfridges.


Speaking of IANAR, we've got some remixes you might like the sound of. How about:

I Am Not A Robot - Fool's Gold remix (MP3)

I Am Not A Robot - Flex'd rework[Passion Pit] (MP3)

I Am Not A Robot - Ground Control remix (MP3)

Monday, April 26

679 telly take-over

try saying that 6 times fast.
Our 679 artists got busy on TV over the weekend. Did you see:

1) The Streets on Doctor Who

This made us so happy we knocked our tea over our laptop in surprise

2) Plan B on Jools Holland

this time it's She Said, an interview, and Writings on the Wall

3) Marina on BBC Breakfast

4) Marina on Frock Me

5) Marina on C4's Koko Pops

phew - well she does have a single out this week!

Wednesday, April 21

Jools Holland makes his second appearance in 7 days on the 679 blog

...as Ben Drew performed Stay Too Long on Later last night

Proper work out that.

INCIDENTALLY, tickets for Plan B's October went on sale today, over here.

Tuesday, April 20

Ears checking #18 (April '10)


EARS CHECKING #18 - April(Spotify)

1. Caribou - Odessa
2. Museum of Bellas Artes - Who Do You Love
3. Darwin Deez - Bad Day
4. Plan B - She Said
5. Pharrell & Jay Z - Frontin
6. The Streets - Too Much Brandy
7. J Dilla - So Far To Go
8. Hot Chip - I Feel Better
9. Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat
10. Grum - Heartbeats
11. The Strange Boys - Be Brave
12. Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart
13. The Whitest Boy Alive - Burnin
14. Beach House - Norway
15. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Every Night I Die At Miyagi's
16. Marina and the Diamonds - Numb
17. Africa - Toto

EARS CHECKING #18 - April(Spotify)

Monday, April 19

...and all these kids are defnitely not Robots...

Check out the 80s Robot dance vibes! We love the PS22 Choir and are so touched that they took on Robot. We highly recommend their version of Phoenix's Lisztomania too, it makes our stony hearts sing

Wednesday, April 14

She's not a Robot in LA either

Here is a sneaky peak at the visuals that Marina has shot for her forthcoming tour.

Filmed on Hollywood Boulevard no less ("OH MY GOD" etc. etc.)

It's also Marina's own entry to a competition where we're inviting you to submit your own Robot video. You can win a flipcam and some cold hard cash. that's right, cash.
Personally, I'm waiting for a Chatroulette video entry. Maybe without the self-pleasure element.

Jools Holland ain't a Robot either

Tuesday, April 13

Plan B takeover

With the new album sat at number 1 in the album midweeks today (!) we've been spotting Ben Drew everywhere - including these two found on Team 679's home streets


Thursday, April 8

the sun is out in London today

And all is good in the world.
Q: How long are Darwin Deez' limbs?

A: Very.

Thursday, April 1

She Said "it's the Rak Session"

Hopefully you've spotted that Plan B's She Said is in the process of running up the chart this week and so as an aside, he's a little video of Ben performing the track acoustically.

The EP is OVER HERE (subtle).

Monday, March 29

When Doves Cry


We're fully up for this.
Our friends at Lost In Paris are joining up with Pure Groove Records to host a night of nothing but the Lil Purple man.
This Thursday is Prince night. NOTHING ELSE. Wonderful.