Jamie T at the Barfly

Saturday, 28 October 2006, 9:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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A couple of weeks ago I didn’t go to see Jamie T at the Barfly. But I did record the gig off Xfm later the same night (another one of John Kennedy’s XPosure Live shows). After seeing Jamie doing his solo acoustic thing earlier this year, I was keen to see what he’d be like [...]

Danielson movie trailer

Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 7:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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My last post on Danielson got quite a good response, so I thought I’d post the trailer for the movie. This is a Daily Growl first - the first time I’ve done one of these embedded YouTube thingys (it’s been more complicated than I thought it would). Here it is.

And while I’m at it here’s [...]

iLiKETRAiNS / The Early Years @ Cargo, 17 October

Friday, 20 October 2006, 22:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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iLiKETRAiNS and The Early Years. Two bands I’ve seen fairly recently and written about on this blog. Playing a gig, somewhat fittingly together. But a few things have changed since I last saw them.
First thing is that The Early Years seem to have got a bass player. Last time I saw them, they were sans [...]

Disco Pogo for Punks in Pumps volume 10

Friday, 20 October 2006, 7:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s high time I got back onto the Disco Pogo series. Are we at volume 10 already? Yep - the one from the September 2003 edition of Jockey Slut. This time my picks of the CD are: Cody ChesnuTT’s ace bluesy hip-hop, Jon Kennedy’s drum-tastic The Lodger, the haunting electronica of Soulsavers, the afro-tinged beats [...]

Danielson comes to London

Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 7:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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Danielson is coming to London! Not only is there a rare appearance in the capital from the elusive New Jersey family/band (at the Luminaire on 3 December - with anti-folker Jeffrey Lewis), but there’s a documentary about them being screened not long before the gig. Actually, I have a personal interest in the showing of [...]

Autumn

Monday, 16 October 2006, 7:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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The weather in London’s been so temperate lately that I’ve not really though of it as being autumn. None of that classic seasonal morning chill in the air yet. So it came as a bit of a surprise to me to look out of my window on Saturday and see the tree outside was well [...]

Just one magic trick

Saturday, 14 October 2006, 16:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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Collaborations - eh? Sometimes they’re great. Sometimes (like for loads of hip-hop albums) they are just a futile exercise in sprinkling stardust over mediocre songs. However in the case of the new M. Ward album, it works a treat.
He’s got some guests in on his latest album Post War. There are a whole heap of [...]

The Early Years

Thursday, 12 October 2006, 18:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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This is another one that should have gone up ages ago. I’ve had a copy of The Early Years‘ self-titled debut album for over a month now, and am just getting round to posting on it now. Shame on me. Then again maybe it’s not such a bad thing. You see, the more I listen [...]

Bits ‘n’ bobs

Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 13:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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Looks like I came in 17th in the Digital Music Award for music blogs. I guess that’s not too bad. Not as big as the Streets or Madonna, but at least I can say I’m bigger than Lemar. More importantly, well done to my more illustrious British blogging peers – headphonesex, Nothing but Green Lights [...]

Balkan hot step

Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 23:56 | Category : Uncategorized
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First Beirut, now A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Well, it really should be the other way round. AHAAH actually have two albums already - the eponymous debut from 2004 and last year’s Darkness at Noon. Then earlier this year, the blogosphere went mad for Beruit, who does a very similar line in Eastern European folky [...]