It pays to contact me

Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 23:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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Like most mp3 bloggers I get a load of emails from various record labels, PRs and occasionally from the artists themselves, plugging their wares. To be honest, I don’t get a lot of time to sort out the wheat from the chaff and many of them remain un-listened to. There are only so many hours [...]

Can’t you see the witch by my side?

Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 14:04 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m not going to ignore these tracks festering away in my inbox any longer. Ignoring them so far has meant that this post is pretty redundant for anyone keenly looking for songs from the new Yoko Ono album Yes, I’m a Witch. Many people have blogged on this already and many tunes have been posted.
However, [...]

I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger

Sunday, 25 February 2007, 23:56 | Category : Uncategorized
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Last thing on a Sunday, it’s time to get a little spiritual. Or rather, a spiritual. I haven’t been able to find much clarity on the origins of the song Wayfaring Stranger, other than it may have originated in the Appalachians. It’s certainly in the classic Biblical tradition of Christians looking beyond the sufferings of [...]

M Ward - To Go Home

Thursday, 22 February 2007, 17:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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The other thing I was listening to before I went to Scotland last week was M Ward’s appropriately titled new EP – To Go Home. Anyone who’s familiar with his excellent Post War album from last year will know and probably love the title track, a cover of a Daniel Johnston song.
Unlike so many single [...]

The Early Years / Wolf & Cub @ The Luminare, 19 Feburary 2007

Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 18:30 | Category : Uncategorized
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I hadn’t been to a gig for three weeks, so it was a welcome return as I went up the steps at the Luminare on Monday night. I’ve seen The Early Years a couple of times before, but this was the first in a headline slot. Pleasingly, things seem to be gradually looking up for [...]

Alasdair Roberts

Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 17:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been away from blogging for a few days, as I’ve been in Scotland for a family funeral. So naturally, music has taken a bit of a back seat. However, the flight to Aberdeen and back was soundtracked for me by Alasdair Roberts’ new album The Amber Gatherers. It seemed appropriate both because of his [...]


Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 18:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Leeds has produced a fair number of decent bands over the years, but for the moment, it’s not all about the knees-up indie pop of the Kaiser Chiefs, or even the frenetic spikiness of Forward Russia! There’s the darker side of town too. I’ve blogged a bit about the gloomy delights of iLiKETRAiNS in the [...]

MIA and the topical news tie-in

Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 13:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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Looks like MIA’s much awaited return to action was pretty topical then. So bang up to date was it that the video for her new song Bird Flu hit the internet at the very time when the UK was all in a tizzy about the bird flu outbreak at some industrial battery turkey farm in [...]

Beyond Beirut

Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 14:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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Last autumn a new colleague joined my team at work. He’s a record collector, so before long, the sometime mundanity of work was peppered with conversations about obscure music, all in happy competition with the neighbouring team’s telly talk. After chatting about Beirut at the end of last year, he introduced me to the music [...]

Disco Pogo for Punks in Pumps vol. 6

Monday, 12 February 2007, 18:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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I thought that this series was over. I had got to the end of my 13 Disco Pogo for Punks in Pumps compilations, which were given out with the late great Jockey Slut magazine between November 2002 and December 2003. But I was missing the magazine that had the sixth in the series and although [...]