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The Great War of 1911 (crosspost from Crooked Timber)

I recently read Time and Time Again by Ben Elton. It’s about a time traveller who returns to 1914 Europe, aiming to prevent the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and, therefore, the Great War. Of course, the war isn’t prevented, and it turns out that there are vast numbers of timelines flowing from the summer […]

You’ll Never Guess What Gwen Stefani ‘Liked’ on Twitter Somewhat Recently

last monthLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand. The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. When Ellen Pompeo tweeted that Daniel Craig needed a "reality check." Each an event that changed the course of history; a happening that helped shape the world we live in today. Well, guess what. Another one of that... More »

Midlake Form Supergroup Banquet With Members Of Band Of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Grandaddy

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Four members of Midlake, spearheaded by Eric Pulido, have formed a new supergroup called Banquet, and have recruited Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Travis’ Fran Healy to join them. The Dallas Observer talked to Pulido about the new project — they’re recording its first album, Volume I, […]

Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Grandaddy, Travis Frontmen Join Midlake Members in Supergroup

Midlake photo via Facebook Members of Midlake, Grandaddy, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Travis have teamed up to form Banquet, a new band currently at work on their debut LP, as The Dallas Observer reports. The band is composed...Show More Summary

members of Midlake, Band of Horses, Grandaddy, Travis & Franz Ferdinand form supergroup Banquet, debut LP in 2016

Midlake: half of these guys are in Banquet Jason Lytle is a busy guy. In addition to the new Grandaddy record that's being recorded currently, he's also part of a new supergroup called Banquet that also features his pal Ben...

The Russo - Turkish Crisis: Is the Syrian War Going Global?

Will the downing of the Russian fighter jet by the Turkish armed forces over Turkey's war-torn border with Syria on 24 November go down in history as the 'Franz Ferdinand moment' of our century? Could it trigger a chain of events culminating...Show More Summary

How Sparks Got on Billboards

Sparks’s Russell Mael spoke with LA Record about teaming up with Franz Ferdinand for the project FFS, collaboration, and what it’s like to find yourself on highway billboards after a career spent inventing what it means to “troll pop...Show More Summary

FFS – “Call Girl” Video

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Earlier this year, all four members of Franz Ferdinand got together with Sparks, the ’70s pop-auteur duo, to form a new supergroup called FFS and to release a self-titled album. (They performed on James Corden earlier this week.) One of their early singles was “Call Girl,” a slinky and playful new-wave dance tune, and it […]

Watch FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) Perform And Get Interviewed On James Corden

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The Franz Ferdinand/Sparks supergroup FFS only just announced their formation in March, but they’ve already put out an album and gone on an extensive tour. They’re at the tail-end of that tour right now, and they stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden yesterday to perform their FFS track “Police Encounters.” They also […]

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks (FFS) Perform "Police Encounters", Chat on "James Corden"

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks' supergroup FFS are winding down from their North American tour. Last night, they appeared on "The Late Late Show With James Corden". In addition to performing their FFS track "Police Encounters", Russell Mael...Show More Summary

Franz Ferdinand & Sparks were FFS at Terminal 5 with openers The Intelligence (pics, setlist)

photos by P Squared; words by Bill Pearis FFS @ Terminal 5 10/7/2015 "There are not two bands on stage tonight," proclaimed Alex Kapranos to the Terminal 5 crowd on Tuesday night (10/6). "There is only FFS!" The collaborative effort...

What's going on Tuesday? (FFS, Tame Impala, Kurt Vile, Stars, Steely Dan, Wavves, Pentagram, Homeshake, Defeater, more)

FFS You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights... FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks), The Intelligence @ Terminal 5 Sparks and Franz Ferdinand proved to be two great tastes that...

The Intelligence released 'Vintage Future,' added to Franz Ferdinand/Sparks tour (dates, LP stream)

by Bill Pearis The warped minds at The Intelligence released their new album, Vintage Future, last week and it's another winner, offering up killer art-damaged garage rock and the funny, strange worldview of Lars Finberg. You can stream the whole...

Skylar Spence - I Can't Be Your Superman

Sounds like: Harts, Franz Ferdinand, Chromeo Song: Skylar Spence - I Can't Be Your Superman What's so good? Only a couple of weeks away from the release of Skylar Spence's debut album Prom King, and by the looks of their latest single...Show More Summary

[Premiere] The New Sins – August Mix 2015

6 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : Disco Belle

The New Sins is Lou Hayter (formerly of the New Young Pony Club) who has recently collaborated with the likes of Villa, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and her amazing, new single “Lights Down” is out now on Defected Records. Her new “August Mix” just dropped and we here at Discobelle got the premiere, expect 40 […]

7 Ways That World War I Could Have Started Before 1914

6 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The First World War was instigated by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, but it’s no small miracle that a general European war didn’t happen earlier. Here are 7 international crises in the years before 1914 that could have started a global-scale conflict. Read more...

FFS North American Tour

The collaboration between Sparks and Franz Ferdinand that is FFS announced a North American tour starting September 30th. The project’s self-titled debut—the result of a mutual appreciation ten years in the making—came out via Domino this June and has been lauded by the Guardian, Pitchfork, A.V.

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