Hatched on a miserable, drunken night in Leeds, Music Broke My Bones is the brainchild of three students unable to cope with the boredom of an unintentionally single life.
Born out of Red Stripe and long nights in Nation of Shopkeepers, Will Tompsett and William Woodward decided that what the world was missing, what the world was crying out for, was another music blog. And not just a blog, but a blog which would misuse grammar in the way that only a closet dyslexic could do. Picking up the hugely talented Joseph McCarthy, a supergroup was formed which would most likely threaten to change the face of the West Yorkshire blogging scene. After writing for various websites such as The 405 and The Blue Walrus, we decided to have a crack at our own site, armed only with a handful of promo CDs and the fairly ridiculous amount of free time offered by English and History degrees.
Music Broke My Bones is an online magazine originally based in Leeds, with writers across the country. We look to cover Brighton to Bristol, London to Liverpool, and every possible venue in between. With links to The 360 Club in West Yorkshire, our aim is to bring you the cream of the new music crop from across the UK, combined with our opinions on the latest releases, and maybe the odd exclusive here and there. We can offer you rants and reactions, and even the occasional interview.
This is the ratings system that we vaguely attempt to stick to. After all, it’s a big con trying to reduce a record to a number anyway..
10/10- This is effectively the Jesus of albums. The White Album by the Beatles is a 10. David Beckham is a 10. We aren’t Pitchfork etc, but we want you to feel that this is a record you could listen to in six months, a year, two years, and it will still sound incredibly pertinent and fresh. No music is perfect, but this will transcend subjective opinion and genre. A full, detailed review justifying the rating, and why it is an important record. This will probably be one of your all-time top records, and you’d have no qualms in recommending it anybody you ever meet, or could at least explain why they’d be daft not to fall in love with it.
9/10 – This is a superb album, incredibly consistent, and one which you’ll still love after multiple listens, with more becoming apparent the more you listen.
8/10 – Again, very good music, with the vast majority of the tracks coming together to work well individually and as a collective record. Contrary to popular opinion, 8/10 is a fine rating.
7/10 – A 7/10 is not the average. It might just overstep the mark or miss a trick in approaching an 8, but it will develop as you listen more, and will have a few absolutely belting singles on it.
6/10 – This is still good, with enough promise to be given a few chances. Not particularly challenging or original, it isn’t going to change your life, but it might make it a little better.
5/10 – Decidedly average. Inoffensive, but not necessarily anything memorable. I’d have given the Howler album a 5, as personally I could only tell you one of the tracks from that album off of the top of my head. It may be overly-ambitious, or it may simply lack the rounded quality or a higher rated album, but a 5/10 is still not dreadful, it’ll certainly do, but will maybe only be appreciated by fans of a certain genre etc.
4/10 – This is a record that simply exists- die-hard fans might appreciate the brighter points, and it’s not something that is actively bad, but it merely serves to fill up a shelf.
3/10 – Very poor, maybe has one good song, but not enough to redeem it as filler.
2/10 – Wank.
1/10 – This is pretty much reserved for Skrillex. With a little room saved in case Fearne Cotton ever decides to release a single.
This is what we like:
Slow Club, Warpaint, Pixies, Nirvana, WU LYF, Daniel Johnston, Lykke Li, Pulp, Devendra Banhart, The Libertines, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Frightened Rabbit, The Beatles, Regina Spektor, Braids, Tom Williams and the Boat, Caitlin Rose, Emmy The Great, The Kinks, Johnny Flynn, Dum Dum Girls, Two Gallants, Wavves, Best Coast, Beach House, Sky Larkin, Swimming Lessons, Alt-J, Crewdson, Med Lin, Bright Eyes, Cults, TV On The Radio, Everything Everything, Villagers, GroupLove, The Walkmen, White Denim, Uffie, Edith Piaf, David Bowie, The Joy Formidable, Yuck, King Charles, Kurt Vile, Messy Sparkles, Neutral Milk Hotel, Talking Heads, Niki & The Dove, Hall & Oates, Sex Beet, Sonic Youth, Fawn Spots, The Stone Roses, Blur, Surfer Blood, T-Rex, Tom Vek, Vinyl Jacket, Washed Out, Grimes, Cat Power, Purity Ring, St Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Stealing Sheep, Jethro Fox, Towns, Seasfire, Backyards, The Jam, Drop Out Venus, Deap Vally, Feldspar, jj, Peace, Childish Gambino, R Stevie Moore, Mos Def, DJ Shadow, shy kids, Keston Cobbler’s Club, Happa, Radiohead, Stray Dogs, Frank Ocean, Belleruche, Caravan Palace, Tashaki Miyaki, Theme Park, Being There, ATHALIA, Prom, Summer Camp, To Kill A King, Best Friends, Shinies, AlunaGeorge, Fiona Apple, Perfume Genius, Porcelain Raft, Charli XCX, Caged Animals, Kitty Pryde, Neutral Milk Hotel, Willis Earl Beal, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, wanderhouse, Jetta, Martha Wainwright, Grizzly Bear, Cat Power, Tibetan Youth, Ofei, Wall, Jetta, San Cisco, Emperor Yes, Shelter Point, Adam Green, Twigs, Doldrums, Waxahatchee, Indians, Nas, Haim, Slow Revolt, Wilsen, anything on 4AD.
This is not exhaustive.
We also feel that Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace is one of the greatest thing that there has ever, ever been.
This is what we loath:
Tinie Tempah. Fearne Cotton. Dubstep.