Radio 4 are a politically aware dance-punk band from New York, named after a Public Image Ltd. song. Their music often draws strong comparisons to Gang of Four, but their flirtation with electronics results in a more modern and up-to-date sound.
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8 February 2008
SXSW 2008 Lineup Announced.
That big list in pink above this article represents all the acts that CDX readers should find enjoyable if any of you are lucky enough to be heading Austin-wards for this year's SXSW music conference and festival. It runs from Tuesday 11th March until Sunday 16th March and features every band from around the world that are worth their salt and on the way up to fame.
Some more famous, yet interesting, inclusions are R.E.M., Daryl Hall, Was (Not Was), Hanson, The Presidents of the United States of America, Tia 'Wayne's World' Carrera and Dolly Parton.
The list is, naturally, subject to change and can be viewed in its entirity here. As always the site will expand with exact dates, venues and times and, hopefully, a considerable collection of free MP3 files to download.
A story broke today in the New York Daily News that currently label-less Radiohead had been in negotiations with Starbucks' music division Hear Music. As usual a spokesman for the band was 'unavailable for comment'.
'A spokesman' did release a statement later on, however, "Radiohead are currently in the studio working on their next record. They are not negotiating a new record deal with anyone, and will not consider how to release their new music until the album is finished. The rumour that they are about to sign with Starbucks is totally untrue."
Which really isn't a huge surprise at all. Next week's rumours include Chumbawamba's multi-million sponsorship deal with McDonald's and Billy Bragg's benefit gig for the troubled Coca-Cola brand.
According to NME.com, Radio 4 have been asked to pen new material for a new film about the life of Joe Strummer. The feature is to be produced by Hollywood actor Tim Robbins and, for some reason, he believes a few brand new, unrelated tunes will suit the film better than, say, the music of The Clash.
Guitarist Dave Milone said: "We`re writing and writing. Not just for the movie but we`re hoping the material will be our next record too".
Now, I happen to like Radio 4 very much, and their music does owe more than a nod to The Clash, but hey...
There`s no mention of the film on IMDB.com as yet, but Robbins and co could do far worse than to base the script around the rather great Redemption Song biography of Joe by Chris Salewicz which I find myself reading at the moment.