I once had a girl…

Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 23:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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I cam across the Fiery Furnaces’ cover of The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood on Marathonpacks the other day. And it made me think of the other versions of that songs I have. Well, the two versions I have. I’m not really convinced by the Furnaces’ one (but I’ll give it a few more spins before [...]

The past is just a Blur - photos

Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 23:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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For some reason Blogger wouldn’t let me post these photos on the post below. Weird…

The past is just a Blur

Tuesday, 14 March 2006, 17:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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I was a bit late starter in the pop music stakes. Popular entertainment was frowned on in my strict religious parental home, so as a young 13-year old I was holed up in my room with my radio, catching the charts and early evening shows on local commercial radio. I didn’t really know what I [...]

Kid Carpet for a Monday

Monday, 13 March 2006, 12:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Did you find it hard to get out of bed this morning? If you did, here’s a couple of cute mash-ups from Kid Carpet – just for you. It’s the first one that’s most appropriate – a funny piece of dialogue, over Mel & Kim’s ‘Respectable’ about a man who refuses to get out [...]

New Little White Lies

Sunday, 12 March 2006, 21:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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The new issue of Little White Lies is out. I’ve written about it on my blog before, so go here for more about what it’s about. The feature movie in the new issue is Romance and Cigarettes, so there a few tie-in articles about smoking (the nasty tobacco industry, tobacco farming, ‘fag stats’ [...]

The gypsy punk post

Friday, 10 March 2006, 17:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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I bumped into an old friend on the street the other day. He told me he was going to see Gogol Bordello at the Astoria (tonight). “Who are Gogol Bordello?” I asked. He told me that they were a Ukrainian gypsy punk band – big in Ukraine apparently. Now this may be the case, [...]

More Studio One Soul

Thursday, 9 March 2006, 17:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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This is my first post on Soul Jazz records, and it certainly won’t be my last. For those of you who don’t know, they’re a record label who specialise in reissues of classic reggae, soul, funk, hip-hop and other stuff (even including NYC punk-funk), a lot of which is rare or previously unreleased. Probably [...]

Ivor Cutler RIP

Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 23:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve just found out that the great Scottish poet/musician Ivor Cutler has died. Apparently he died on Friday, but the news only came ou today. I can’t claim to be a big fan, but I’ve been aware of him ever since I started listening to John Peel back in my fresh teenage days. His [...]

Emmy the Great

Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 0:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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Apart from the obvious greatness of Tilly and the Wall at their recent Buffalo Bar gig, the other great thing about the evening was the quality of the support act. I had no idea who the singer was, as she ran through a short but delightful set of acoustic songs, with snappy lyrics and [...]

What a result!

Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 0:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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They’re over again for another year. And despite some complaints about the ceremony being a bit flat, I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m glad that Brokeback Mountain didn’t sweep the board – it’s good but not that good. I totally approve of most of the awards. Philip Seymour Hoffman finally getting mainstream recognition [...]