Good new electronica: Drone

Thursday, 18 January 2007, 12:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today, it’s time for some good new electronica. You may not have heard of Drone yet, but you may be hearing more very soon. And not just here. Drone is known to his mother as Cassidy Phillips, he’s from West Wales, and he’s just delivered up a little gem of an album, full of polished [...]

Frightened Rabbit

Wednesday, 17 January 2007, 18:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Admittedly, I have Pitchfork to thank for this one. I had heard of Frightened Rabbit before (another band that I failed to check out at the End of the Road festival last year, but I mean, there’s only so many bands you can see), but had never got round to checking them out. They’re from [...]

Julie Feeney

Wednesday, 17 January 2007, 8:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve heard a few good mutterings about Irish singer-songwriter Julie Feeney recently. Can’t remember where exactly, but Time Out certainly seems to be on her case. And there’s a big spread about her in today’s Independent arts section which I read at lunchtime. It’s probably because her album 13 songs has just come out in [...]

Findlay Brown

Monday, 15 January 2007, 14:00 | Category : Uncategorized
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Findlay Brown is the latest singer-songwriter to potentially benefit from having his song on a TV ad. You’ve probably seen it – it’s the cheesy one for Mastercard that was on over Christmas, with the families being reunited at airports for the festive season. His song, appropriately titled Come Home, was that gently strummed and [...]

Beirut and Calexico

Thursday, 11 January 2007, 19:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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After all that looking forward, time to cast our minds back, even if only briefly, to the end of last year, and to the Calexico tour that brought Beirut to the UK for the first time. If you’ve seen Beirut in this country it will no doubt have been in this support slot, as Zach [...]

Big in 2007: The Baby Growl

Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 12:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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The very last post in the Big in 2007 series is not really music-related, but it is the biggest thing for me that – all being well – will take place this year. That’s because the most obvious big thing for me at the moment is the rapidly increasing size of Mrs Growl’s belly, growing [...]

Big in 2007? The ragged round-up

Tuesday, 9 January 2007, 22:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Time to draw the Big in 2007? short series to a close, I think. There’s so much potentially good new music going to hit us this year and I could go on and on, but since I’ll be featuring decent new music regularly anyway, it all doesn’t have to be under a 2007 tips banner.
Before [...]

Big in 2007? Second time lucky?

Monday, 8 January 2007, 8:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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Just because your debut album didn’t make it to the top of the charts doesn’t always mean that you’re doomed to a career of being largely ignored and playing indie toilet venues. I mean, look at the likes of Travis and Snow Patrol. They slogged around in the foothills for a while before someone took [...]

Big in 2007? The bands

Friday, 5 January 2007, 19:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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There are a whole bunch of bands I could have featured here, but I’ll keep it as brief as I can for now. Here are some. There are many more. Which will no doubt be featured over the course of the next month or so.
Lucky Soul
I first heard of these guys back in March got [...]

Big in 2007? Rivals: The Popstars?

Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 17:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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A shorter one today. Two bands. Who used to be one. Sort of.
Anyway, the story centres round two blokes. Vincent Vincent (who I think is really called Mark) and Charlie Waller. They used to both play together in East London band Vincent Vincent and the Villains (above), who are often described as rockabilly, but are [...]