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David Hillier

Sabotaging since 1 Jan 2012

David is currently homeless. Not in the actual sense, but in that he has upped from London and is trying out the world for size to see where suits. He is the Music Editor of this very website and can normally be found writing self-indulgently, dreaming of one day seeing his novel on the shelf in Oxfam..

My Articles

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Music

Why Rockaoke Might Be The Most Entertaining Festival Act On The Planet

It’s 3pm Saturday and you’re six pints deep. Time to kick out the jams and take the stage…

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Music

Why Kasabian Will Completely Smash Glastonbury

All the chat is about how Serge and Tom aren’t enough for Sunday night headliner status. Here’s why they will bring it, even if you aren’t a massive fan…

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Music

“The Sense Of Openness At Meadows In The Mountains Is Something I’ve Never Encountered Before”

With steady growth and Outlook-cum-Burning Man vibe, the future’s looking good for this Bulgarian-based super party…

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Music

The Antlers’ Pete Silberman Interviewed: “I’m No Saint, For Sure”

Ahead of the release of their new record, the Brooklyn singer discusses Familiars, the vengeance in Hospice and temptations of the road…

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Music

From The Strokes To Ludacris: 6 Songs That Remind Me Of Being 17

Hazy days of sixth form cook up a very special sort of memory. Here’s the tunes that take me back to when everything and nothing mattered…

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Travel

A Love Letter To Seville

It’s hot as hell but friendlier than your favourite Aunt. Here’s my ode to my favourite Spanish city…

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Travel

The Four Worst Types Of Hostel Wanker

Hostels are special places that give travellers the chance to meet people in strange cities. It’s just a shame that they’re full of such preposterous knobends…

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People

The Greatest People I Met Working In A Call Centre

Despite the general perception, call centres aren’t all bad. Sometimes the people you meet make being hung up on a hundred times a day all worth it.

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Music

The National’s ‘Slow Show’: My Love/Hate Relationship With The Song That Became An Obsession

The highpoint of their Boxer album was an instant hit for me. But as my personal life changed so did my connection with the song, to an almost unheatlhy degree…

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Music

Twenty Five Brilliant Tom Waits Quotes

He’s revered for his persona (almost) as much as his music. Here’s the best soundbites from the howling bard of the street…

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Why Augustines Might Be The Next Great American Rock Band

With an incredible back-story and the sort of tunes that’ll unite Springsteen fans everywhere, there may just be a very special act in our midst…

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New Band Of The Week #5 – The Districts

Country-twinged Americana has always gone down a treat in the UK, and with any luck this teenage quartet will join the long list of succesful names before them…

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Life

6 Reasons January Is The Best Month Of The Year

Christmas is over, you’re being shafted by work and you can’t even drink to forget it. Forget all that, and read why this is such a great month…

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Food and Drink

The 5 Best Meats I’ve Eaten Since Quitting Vegetarianism

I’d spent a long time being a vegetarian- since then it’s been a culinary voyage of discovery. Here are the best meats I’ve tried in that time…

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Music

The Top 10 Power Ballads Of All Time

Worshipped by some, derided by many, power ballads split opinion wherever they are played. Here is my rundown of the greatest 10 to have ever high-kicked their way across the airwaves…

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Ego, Berghain And The Irrelevance Of Drugs: Crystal Fighters On Raves

Not shy of a late night, the continent-straddling stars are well placed to take us through the parties of their past, present and future…

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New Band Of The Week #3 – Lo Fang

With classical instrumentation fused with the darkest R n’ B, this Los Angeles based producer has a very good shout of stealing your 2014…

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New Band Of The Week #2- MT

With some classic influences and one eye firmly on the Great Pop Songbook, this band might just have their controls set for the sun…

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New Band Of The Week #1 – Naked (On Drugs)

With an eye on your sister and a nose for the powder, this lot probably won’t be the first band on your Christmas playlist….

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Frank Turner: What It’s Like To Play At Wembley

The punk-folk hero describes the experience of his biggest show to date; and not a midget or coke-snuffling groupie in sight…

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Asgeir: The Icelandic Superstar Whose Dad Writes His Songs

Back in his homeland, he’s a househould name. Here the Nordic singer reveals all about fame, Rekjavik, and how far he can throw a javelin…

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Music

Video Premiere: Saint Motel – My Type

Ever wondered what Prince Naseem, Maradona and sumo wrestlers would look like dancing to cowbell-driven disco? The wait is over…

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Life

Maidstone: How I Fell Back In Love With My Home Town

Before summer, if you’d have told me six weeks spent at my folks would rekindle a long-lost flame for my old stomping ground, I would have punted you…

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Music

The Completely Flawed Guide To Predicting The Mercury Music Prize Winner

The Mercury Prize is just like the Grand National, except with singers instead of horses. Here’s why.

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Ignore The Mercury Prize: Here’s Six New Acts You Need In Your Life

All the Twitter talk might be about the nominations coming out this evening, but check out these tips for the best acts you (might) not have heard of…

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10 Brilliant Songs That Go…Woah Oh Oh

Yeah yeah yeah, we all like Cohen, Dylan and the rest, but when it comes down to it it’s all about a big f*ck-off singalong…

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Exclusive Stream: Men’s Adventures – Solitary Trip

Like the sound of Nick Cave and Morricone doing the soundtrack to a Sergio Leone film made in 2013? Then look no further than this new E.P…

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Food and Drink

The Giggling Squid: Amazing Thai In The Heart Of Brighton

The food might have been brilliant, unfortunately it wasn’t quite matched by my company…

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People

The Truth About That Face Tattoo Breakup Viral

Vancouver student revealed as the mastermind behind tattoo prank that went viral…

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Music

19 Things I Learned From This Year’s Great Escape

WIth hundreds of the best new bands and a whole seaside to splash about in, it’s not suprising that the Brighton festival has become the unofficial start to the festival season…

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Night Beds: The Nashville Native Who’s Scared of The Stage

He’s the latest singer-songwriter to emerge from the US and very soon is going to be on your radar. But first you have to get him onstage…

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Sport

The Greatest Goal I Ever Scored: South Park Colts ‘B’ Vs New Ash Green, 1996/97

Take one awful player and one terrible team. Add a season of hurt and you have a recipe for the best afternoon of a mercifully short football career…

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Books

World Book Night: The Ten Greatest Anti-Heroes In Fiction

Protagonists are never more interesting than when crossing over to the dark side. Here are the finest examples literature has to offer, from American Psycho Bateman to Satan himself. Enjoy the madness this World Book Night…

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Music

21 Reasons Ed Harcourt Should Be A National Treasure

With over a decade in the music industry and loads of great tracks, he should be considered a true British great. Here’s all you need to get acquainted with one of our best modern songwriters…

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Music

Olafur Arnalds: The Young Composer Who Just Dropped A Masterpiece

If you like your music with a dash of the dramatic, you need to check out the Icelandic soundscape peddler…

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Food and Drink

Why Bodeans In London Is The Best Restaurant Chain On The Planet

Forget Pizza Express, even forget Gaucho. London eating is all about Bodean’s

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Music

Laura – Bat For Lashes: 5 Songs That Make Me Cry

Tom Waits, The National and Bat For Lashes have all had me bawling over the years…

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Football

A Love Letter To Arsenal… From A Tottenham Fan

I’m as big a Tottenham fan as you’ll meet, but I can’t help feeling that if you hate Arsenal then you don’t really like football…

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Music

10 Things We Learnt From Last Night’s BRITs

It’s been on shaky legs for years but last night took the biscuit. Here’s what I learnt when I wasn’t crying…

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The Brits: Why Do People Hate Mumford And Sons?

They’ve sold millions of albums and got the Americans onside. Now they just need to win back their fans over here…

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Music

Wireless Festival 2013: With That Line Up, Expect The Festival Of The Summer

The London-based festival has been guilty of having shaky line-ups in the past, but this year has it spot on…

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Books

From War Poetry to Rob Da Bank: Best Books for the Bog

An offering of the best short reads for when nature calls.

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Life

Colombian Street Artist, Stinkfish: “I Painted A Submarine”

Check out these ace pics and interview with the Colombian street artist making a name for himself on the international scene…

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Music

Five Female Artists To Rule Rock N’ Roll in 2013

2013 will see a clutch of ladies rising to the fore. Here’s the five that’ll have you tripping over your Red Stripe…

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Tom Rosenthal: Britain’s Best Unknown Songwriter

He’s been recording and releasing for years, but you almost certainly don’t know him. You’d do yourself a favour by changing this asap…

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Football

My Spurs Mancrush XI

It’s pointless to deny, there are certain players that are just damn good-looking. Here’s my favourite 11 that have worn the Lillywhite shirt…

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Lists

10 Happy Songs That Make Me Want To Top Myself

The world cannot survive on Smiths songs alone, but there are some cheerful numbers that are just too much to bear…

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Lists

The Music You Need To Get This Xmas: ST’s Top Albums Of 2012

It’s been a cracking year for the album with Richard Hawley, Lana del Rey and Frank Ocean releasing epics so if you want to know what to get from Santa, here’s some tips.

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Music

Coves Interviewed: “Our Next Cover Is Going To Be S Club 7″

They’re making splashes and are a top tip for 2013, but what’s coming next after their version of ‘Wicked Game’…?

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Hardware

The Marshall Hanwell Stereo: Your iPod’s Best Friend

The vintage amp maker turns 50 this year and to commemorate the occasion they’ve unleashed their first ever stereo….

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Lists

10 Reasons Why Alt-J Should Win Tonight’s Mercury Music Prize

Their album An Awesome Wave has had universal love and is the bookies favourite for the prestigious award; for once everyone is getting it right…

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Music

Low Cut Connie: 2013′s Most Exciting Rock N’ Roll Band

The US-based band work as hard as they live, and are bringing non-believers back to the grand old church built by Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash, Little Richard and The Stones…

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Ghostpoet: Interview With Hip Hop’s Flyest Former Insurance Clerk

On the same day the man with the ultra-cool flow was made redundant he signed a record label and the rest is history. Here he talks about the Mercury Music Prize, pork pie hats and why he’d love to work with Captain Beefheart…

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Music

First Listen To Brilliant New Track From Mike Skinner

The boy from The Streets has got a brand new band, and their first track is a killer…

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Bestival 2012: The Commercial Festival With An Independent Soul

It’s the final major festival of the season and is getting bigger evey year, but has it managed to hold onto the values that it’s organisers imbued it with in the first place?

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Yeasayer Interview: “One Man’s Subtlety Is Another One’s Sexiness”

They’ve just released their third album, and it’s a change of direction to their previous effort. Here they tell me why they’ve decided to mix it up, and which former Eastern Bloc country goes bonkers for them…

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Jessie Ware Interview: “It Feels Like Everyone Is On My Side”

She’s just released her debut album, and it seems set to hit the charts. Here she tells us about songwriting, Sade and how her fella doesn’t like the tune she wrote about him…

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From Calvin Harris To Nicki Minaj: My Top 5 Rubbish Pop Songs

We’ve all got skeletons in the musical cupboard, but it’s time to open up about them. Here are my top 5 tunes that you might think are shit but are actually grade A bangers…

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Life

Join The Male Grooming Revolution At The Ottoman Lounge

Ted Baker have just opened up a new barber’s parlour in Holborn, and if self-grooming means more than just a short, back and sides to you, then you should book yourself an appointment quick-sharp…

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Music

Festibelly Founder Andy Bell: “The Real Charm Is The Intimate Size”

It’s a boutique festival in the Hampshire countryside that is going from strength to strength, but how did it get to where it is and what should attendees expect from it this year??

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Music

Animal Collective Release Belting New Track, Today’s Supernatural

The boys from Baltimore have been away for a while but they’ve just put out the first track from their new album, and it is a cracker…

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Music

Turn It Up! Why Bad Sound Blighted What Could Have Been The Greatest Ever Springsteen Gig

Opening with Thunder Road and finishing with McCartney should have ensured this was a a gig to endure forever-it probably still will, but unfortunately for the wrong reasons…

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Music

Three-Way Festival DeathMatch: Bestival v Latitude v Green Man

There’s a million festivals to choose from, but times are tough and they cost as much a holiday. Which of these three big-hitters in the calendar is most suitable for you?

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Music

Blur’s Under The Westway Is The New Tender

Ahead of their gig at the Olympic Closing Ceremony, the Brit-pop heroes aired two new tracks and they have both proved themselves fit to join the classic Blur canon

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Football

Tottenham’s Daniel Levy Is A Business Genius Who Is At The Top Of His Game

With Redknapp gone, Modric probably gone and Bale on a new contract, times are anything but quiet for the Spurs chairman; when it comes to the business of football, he is a man at the very top of his game.

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Music

Riot Hurl: The Only Thing Worse Than Kate Nash’s New Song Was The NME’s Fawning Over It

Kate Nash released a new song and a drastic new musical direction last week; it got a very mixed reception other than from the NME, who loved it. But was their appreciation genuine or just a cynical attempt to get publicity?

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Music

8-Bit Kid A: Radiohead v Super Mario Bros.

Ever wondered what Kid A would sound like if it soundtracked a Super Mario Bros game? Us neither, but this is surprisingly good…

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Football

Tottenham Hotspur End Of Season Report: 3-5-2 Is The Future

Tottenham fans have gone through the mill this season, but despite finishing fourth there’s a lot to be proud of. But to really kick on, ‘Arry needs to play Bale and Walker as wing backs…

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Fashion & Style

Levi’s Commuter Range: The Sartorial Choice For The Urban Cyclist

Levi’s have just released a line of clothing specifically for cyclists; will it be enough of a pull to attract them all?

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Football

Why David Beckham Shouldn’t Go To The Olmpics

It’s time for us to let go of Beckham, and put the team ahead of the individual at the Olympics…

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Football

West Ham Legend Sir Geoff Hurst: “Agents Have To Help Players Beyond Their Careers…”

The World Cup-winning legend speaks out on agents, acting and jealous idiots…

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People

The Future And Full Frontal Nudity: Late Night Gimp Fight Interviewed…

They have been acclaimed and sold out venues all across the country, and ahead of a run at the Soho Theatre, the UK’s most exciting sketch group sat down with Sabo Times

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Football

No Bale, No Modric: Why No Champions League Would Be A Disaster For Spurs

With 5 games left Spurs have let their rivals back into the race for the Champions League, but for them it is absolutely vital they hold onto 4th place

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Football

Forget The Magic Of The FA Cup, I’d Rather Spurs Came Third

Harry and his Spurs team are through to a semi-final with Chelsea but if they want to keep their best players and attract high-quality new ones, it’s more important they get a Champion’s League place

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Film

Payback Season’s Adam Deacon Interviewed: From Hackney To BAFTA

The East London actor talks candidly about the riots, the Olympics and his new film Payback Season.

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Football

Tottenham Hotspur: On The March With The Cockerel Ultras

The Premier League is abolishing the traditional vocal support at football, so a hardcore selection of Spurs fans took matters into their own hands…

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Football

My Scott Parker Man Crush: A Tribute To England and Tottenham’s Old School Captain

Today Parker has been named skipper for tonight’s friendly against Holland. Here’s the tribute to Scotty I wrote earlier this month when Spurs had just held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield thanks to his true grit.

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TV

Proof Mad Men Is Real: 11 Ridiculously Sexist Vintage Adverts

Ever thought the exploits of Don Draper & Co were exaggerated? These eye-popping posters reveal otherwise…

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Music

Sod The Brits: Here’s Four New UK Bands You Need In Your Life

As ever the Brits was shown up as a night out for the dinosaurs and divas. Ignore it and check out the quartet of British bands kicking up a very enjoyable racket…

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Football

Tottenham Hotspur: Everton’s David Moyes And Three Other Choices To Replace Harry

It’s soon to be all change at Tottenham, but who is going to be following Harry into the hot-seat?

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Film

Chris O’Dowd Interviewed: “I Had A Friend That Was A Brick.”

The comedy star vents forth on his BAFTA nomination, abusing Twitter, Bridesmaids and strange childhood pals…

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Football

A Tottenham Hotspur Fan Tells The FA To Jog On

It seems inevitable he’ll go, but just let Tottenham have their man unsullied for the rest of the season please…

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Football

Tottenham: How Younes Kaboul Became Everyone’s Second Favourite Player

From nearly-zero to hero, here is why the Frenchman is such a favourite at Tottenham Hotspur…

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Life

The Worst Suntan You’ll Ever See

Makes you almost glad for the British Winter…

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Music

Loud And Quiet: The Only Free Music Magazine You’ll Ever Need

It looks great, is an ace read, and if you want to know who the NME are going to be picking up on in June, read Loud and Quiet in February.

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