The Chorus and the Broadcast

Friday, 9 February 2007, 20:17 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been listening to the new Earlies album The Enemy Chorus lately, and it’s growing on me. They had a lot to live up to after their debut, 2004’s These Were The Earlies, and at first listen it wasn’t doing it for me. But a few more listens down the line, and it’s beginning to [...]

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip on Xfm

Thursday, 8 February 2007, 13:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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Music Like Dirt was there first. Last May to be exact, when his first Scroobius Pip post appeared. Since then he’s regularly written about the greatness of Essex’s finest white rapper, seen him live and even done record reviewing with him and his partner in crime, electronic beatmeister Dan Le Sac.
And most relevantly, he had [...]

My favourite 45

Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 23:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve taken a while this year to get my act together and contributing to the Contrast Podcast. So for the first time since Christmas, I’m back on. And this week’s podcast is a good one to get back on board with. The theme is My favourite 45, and it’s just that. People’s fave piece of [...]

To My Boy

Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 17:30 | Category : Uncategorized
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Unusually for this blog, I’m continuing on the electro-pop theme for a third post in a row. The next stop is Liverpool and Chesterfield two-piece To My Boy.
I’m still not totally sold on these guys to be honest. Their debut single from the end of last year, The Grid, was promising but didn’t quite deliver [...]

Theoretical Girl

Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 9:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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What is it with Southend these days? There seems to be a stream (OK, maybe a trickle) of artists making their way out of the town better known for faded seaside grandeur and chavs. I’ve been there once, and funnily enough the town centre is the mental image I have when I hear radio news [...]

The continuing adventures of Hot Chip

Monday, 5 February 2007, 23:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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Anyone wondering what Hot Chip are up to at the moment? Well apart from escaping the British winter in Australia, confirming their Glastonbury appearance and not getting nominated for a Brit Award despite selling heaps of copies of The Warning (obviously not meat and potatoes enough for the judges), they’ve put out a sneaky 7 [...]

Willy Mason - on the radio and round your house

Monday, 5 February 2007, 17:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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So Willy Mason’s new single Save Myself isn’t that great. A bit disappointing really, maybe because my expectations were high following his fine first album Where The Humans Eat. But thankfully all is not lost. He did a live session for KCRW last April, playing nine songs, most of which were new ones (or at [...]

Fireworks Night

Friday, 2 February 2007, 10:26 | Category : Uncategorized
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I was always going to give Fireworks Night a decent chance. They’ve played with Emmy the Great, and count other Daily Growl faves Noah and the Whale and Johnny Flynn among their myspace friends. So a positive impression from the start. And I’m pleased to say that they sound good too.
The band have been going [...]

Arcade Fire @ St John’s - day three

Thursday, 1 February 2007, 23:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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Another day, another Arcade Fire review. This one not so positive. It comes from my friend David, wasn’t so impressed by the gig. Not doubt there will be naysayers. Here’s a quote:
“Only when they played numbers like Tunnels or Rebellion did we see a hint of the former energy and coherence. I hope they [...]

Best of January

Thursday, 1 February 2007, 8:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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The first of the year. On the first of Feb. A quick round-up of some of my choices of stuff that was new and about in January.
Album of the month
Serious Times - various artists
I’ve already waxed lyrical about how great this album is. Check here for my breathless review. It’s also given me my song [...]