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  1. Soccer Mommy's UK tour has been rescheduled from this June to... February, which suggests she might not be turning up at the Farm next summer.
  2. Yeah, having no interest in Gaga, I've also been quite enjoying the latter. A bit like Black Country, New Road fronted by a wordier geezer and without the horns (and not as good - BC, NR were utterly brilliant at the R6 thing earlier this year). I'm assuming there's a name for this current trend of the vocals just being speech over post-punk sorta stuff? Dry Cleaning, Sinead O'Brien also spring to mind.
  3. I've never enjoyed a series as much as The Wire, stick with it. It didn't really click for me until about 2/3 through series 1, and then series 2 is probably my least favourite. But 3 and 4 are incredible, and 5, though flawed, still very good. Though I can imagine it has dated, as @Mark E. Spliff says.
  4. Great thread, some excellent recommendations on here that I know of, looking forward to sampling some of the others. I really rate: 1) S-Town - incredible piece of journalism/real-life drama 2) Making Sense - neuroscientist, philosopher and meditation guru Sam Harris talks to other Very Clever People - life-enhancing 3) Off Menu - as mentioned numerous times above, James Acaster and Ed Gamble talk to a wonderful array of guests about the different elements of their dream menu - interesting and at times hysterical And Dr Buggles, obviously. Has anyone listened to Acaster's series on the music of 2016?
  5. I much prefer http://www.anydecentmusic.com/ to albumoftheyear or the others: it gives you a description of the album before you click through, and quotes from the reviews to give you a flavour, rather than just numbers (although there are plenty of those too). It's also more UK-centric and looks a lot nicer.
  6. Nope. Though I'd say it's odds on most of the acts will be rebooked - they have 'oven ready' deals, to paraphrase a truly horrendous human being.
  7. The festival are releasing stage-by-stage playlists of all the acts booked, if you want to torture yourself some more @whitehorses or anyone else:
  8. This is a really good article on the timeline of what we knew when, and how we responded: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-path-speci-idUSKBN21P1VF Sounds as if some of the scientists are as much, or more, to blame than the govt.
  9. No, surprised not to have heard anything yet
  10. There is virtually no point looking at the ‘cases’ numbers. They are a meaningless comparison unless every country is using the same approach to testing, which we know they’re not. Even if testing was more widely available, the high proportion of mild or asymptomatic cases who won’t feel the need to get tested is always likely to leave these figures unreliable. The death figures, even with some lag and imperfections, are the most reliable guide we have to what’s happening. Although note that these numbers are not the number of deaths the previous day, as you might assume: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/04/why-what-we-think-we-know-about-the-uks-coronavirus-death-toll-is-wrong?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
  11. As @dentaIpIan spotted, I was being sarcastic!! The production is cleaner, and it’s the ginger dude singing so the main vocal is different to most of their tracks, but this could have easily fitted on Hope Downs if you ask me. Not that that’s a bad thing!
  12. Paging @Quark: https://www.stereogum.com/2078655/rolling-blackouts-coastal-fever-shes-there-sideways-to-new-italy/music/ Dramatic change in sound from the RBCF lads.
  13. As @stuartbert two hats has pointed out, you were previously talking about overall numbers of dead, now you're talking death rate of the infected, which are obviously very different. But I'd argue you will do better even on the overall rate with extensive testing, as if you know more about who has and hasn't got it you can do a better job of keeping it away from those most at risk. PS @eFestivals, typo in the Wyldes article, in the body you've got it rescheduling to a few days later in June...
  14. The example of South Korea, and to a lesser extent Germany, who have both gone for mass testing in a big way, would suggest you are wrong. If you know more about where the virus is, you can more easily contain it and keep it away from the vulnerable, as well as prepare your hospitals for it.
  15. I think Germany is mainly the testing, but also their superior healthcare facilities. A 2011 survey found they had 29 hospital beds per 100,000 population - we had just 6, and if anything have gone backwards since. Meanwhile we are still only testing 5,000 a day, despite promises of more - another symptom of our delay in adopting the consensus approach. At least the police are being reminded that they’re there to enforce the law, not make it up: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/30/uk-police-guidelines-coronavirus-lockdown-enforcement-powers-following-criticism-lord-sumption?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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