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Meet Dark Dark Dark, the best band in the world (for now).

During last week's radio show (its really good, you should listen) I made a rather bold and possibly extreme comment just before playing a track called "Robert". I announced in a monotone but genuine voice that I believe Dark Dark Dark, who made the record, to be the best band in the world at the moment.

I have since wandered around London for several days and laid staring at the ceiling of my bedroom for a number of evenings and come to the conclusion I was right. I know I have mentioned them before but they are currently on their second UK tour and I have seen them twice this week, to check their first tour wasn't a fluke and therefore confirm my discovery.

They are here to perform tracks from their album Wild Go and EP Bright Bright Bright, which have just been released as a double pack. I have had both of these records for nearly a year now and yet still every time I hear them I am struck dumb. If a more beautiful-sounding band ever emerges on this planet, frankly I'm not sure I want to hear them.


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SRSLY #83: The Awards Special 2017

On the pop culture podcast this week: all the action from the Oscars, plus our own personal awards.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s assistant editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

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Anna's report on the Oscars.

Our episodes about Oscar-nominated films La La Land, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Lion and Jackie.

For next time:

Caroline is watching MTV’s Sweet/Vicious.

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Our theme music is “Guatemala - Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons. 

See you next week!

PS If you missed #81, check it out here.