Hot Chip Live! In Full Effect!

Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 23:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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The new Hot Chip album is all. over. the. blogs. Here are a couple of tracks off the album - live on Radio 1 a couple of weeks ago. Check them out. The live version of Over and Over is particularly hot! I can’t wait to see them live again…
Download: Over and Over (live [...]

Coldcut - Sound Mirrors

Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 13:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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They’re back! After a mere nine years away. Heck, is it really 1997 since their last proper album? Yeah, well it is but they haven’t really been away all that time. In some ways Coldcut are an unusual proposition. A band whose most definitive and critically acclaimed work has been their treatment of other [...]

Friends of the night

Monday, 27 February 2006, 16:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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OK, so various tracks from Mogwai’s Mr Beast have been around the internet for quite some time now, but it was very nice last week to get my hands on an actual physical copy of the Glasgow quintet’s new CD, and hear it in all it’s fuzzy, noisy glory, the way Stuart Braithwaite and the [...]

Borough Market photo shocker!

Monday, 27 February 2006, 14:08 | Category : Uncategorized
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I have a confession to make. I’m no longer a ‘proper Londoner’. Yes, I did it. I went to Borough Market and took a photo. I go there every week as part of my food shopping, and have always seen myself above the happily-snapping hordes. ‘I’m a proper Londoner’ I thought. ‘I come here [...]

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

Thursday, 23 February 2006, 22:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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I finally got to see Walk the Line on Monday. What a great movie! It’s one of these films that everyone you know who’s seen it loves it. OK, maybe that’s just me - but whoever they are - friends or colleagues - everyone to a person really liked it. Not just ‘Oh, it’s OK’. [...]

Ballad of the Broken Seas

Wednesday, 22 February 2006, 18:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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I was disappointed when Isobel Campbell in Belle and Sebastian. I feared that her solo career would be too much like her previous ‘Gentle Waves’ side project, which was a bit too indie-twee with not enough good tunes. And I haven’t really caught up with her until the new album Ballad of the Broken [...]

Tilly and the Wall @ The Buffalo Bar, 19 Feb

Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 12:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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A gig on Sunday night? But there’s work the next day. But it’s Tilly and the Wall. Yeah, they’re quite good (I think), it’s at the Buffalo Bar (easy to get home from) and best of all it’s only three quid? Oh, go on then.And I’m so glad I did! What a great gig! [...]

Can’t keep up the Pursuit

Sunday, 19 February 2006, 9:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m a big Belle & Sebastian fan - have been since I heard them on Mark Radcliffe’s olf Radio 1 show back in late ‘96 - so a new album from the band is always something to look forward to. Things have changed for them over the years, going from the lo-fi shambolic twee [...]

You got the love - again!

Friday, 17 February 2006, 17:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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I don’t really keep up with the pop charts these days. At my age, it might be expected, but I was looking through my copy of The Guardian’s Music and Film supplement today, and was pretty startled to see that in the UK singles charts, at number 7 is The Source feat Candi Staton [...]

Back at the Pawn Shop again

Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 18:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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Another Monday night in Soho at the Arts Club. Another Pawn Shop with The Shortwave Set and their assorted friends. Like last time we had ‘Des O’Connor’ the self-styled compere of the Pawn Shop with his sparkly ditties. Unlike last time we had a set by The Superimposers (above), doing their lovely 70s folky thing [...]