Napoleon Dynamite!

Thursday, 31 May 2007, 22:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m not a musician, so I can be easily impressed when it comes to musical expertise. However, technical proficiency isn’t really the thing that I go for in music. Like visual arts, it’s not just about how well you execute it – it’s about having ideas and making things interesting and exciting. Now, with Napoleon [...]

Elvis Perkins in Dearland @ The Luminaire, 28 May 2007

Wednesday, 30 May 2007, 16:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m writing a review of this Elvis Perkins gig for another website, so hopefully a link should appear soon. Suffice to say that it was a great gig, with all that I loved from his Willy Mason support slot the other week, and even more. Support act Jaymay was alright too.
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Basia Bulat

Tuesday, 29 May 2007, 16:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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Last week was a particularly good one for new music. And by ‘new’ I mean artists I knew nothing about before last Monday. By the end of Tuesday, I had two new favourites, who I had not only discovered for the first time – I had already splashed out on their latest albums. The first [...]

James Yorkston & The Athletes/ Martin Carthy @ The Union Chapel, 24 May 2007

Sunday, 27 May 2007, 10:49 | Category : Uncategorized
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James Yorkston doesn’t play gospel music. At least not the last time I heard. But his new album is called Roaring the Gospel, and this gig by James and his sometime backing band The Athletes at The Union Chapel in Islington was advertised under the same title. Cue a misunderstanding about the word ‘gospel’. It [...]

There’s going to be Fireworks!

Friday, 25 May 2007, 13:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today, I’m returning to Fireworks Night. No, not the 5th of November, but the band I first posted on back in February. Then I had a few tracks to impress me. Now I have the whole of their second album As Fools We Are, which is released this week. On first listen a few weeks [...]

The National @ Fopp

Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 13:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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I wouldn’t normally write about gigs in record shops. After all, they’re not proper gigs, innit? But this one on Monday was a bit different. For a start, The National played for about an hour, and even did an encore! None of the usual few-songs-throwaway promo set then. Also, for the band at least, it [...]

Emmy the Even Greater

Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 13:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Last year, it was hard to move far on this blog without some mention of Emmy the Great, but this year it’s been a bit quiet so far. That’s because she’s been pretty quiet. I don’t think there’s been a London gig since her headline show at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen back in January. [...]

Phosphorescent: brightening up my day

Monday, 21 May 2007, 12:26 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today, the dull grey spring morning in London was brightened up for me by an email waiting in my inbox when I got into work. It was from occasional Daily Growl contributor Reverend War Character, with news about Phosphorescent who he’s been “mildly obsessed” with ever since seeing him plug in a fairy light-bedecked jacket [...]

Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Monday, 21 May 2007, 7:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been writing a fair bit in the past few months about young singer-songwriters. Now many of these are good. Very good even. But lately, I’ve been listening quite a bit to Elvis Perkins, and there’s something about him which just feels a bit more, well, substantial I guess. The youngsters are fine, but sometimes [...]

Singles going steady 4: It all starts with a !!!

Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 12:47 | Category : Uncategorized
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Next up in the series is !!! If I’d been more astute, this one would’ve been first. As all users of iTunes know, symbols trump letters in the alphabetical ordering stakes. So !!! are right there at the top of the ‘artists’ list on my iPod. Which also means that I hear the opening beats [...]