A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangar Ensemble @ Bush Hall, 11 May 2007

Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 22:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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I went to see A Hawk and a Hacksaw play with their Hungarian buddies, the Hun Hangar Ensemble on Friday night at Bush Hall. It was an amazing gig. That plus Electrelane on Wednesday made last week one hell of a week for live music.
Rather than my usual review here, you can read it instead [...]

We don’t need to fight or cry

Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 16:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been enjoying the new Feist album The Reminder after finally receiving it last week. There’s a lot to enjoy – from her sweet ballads to her even better pop numbers. How good is Sea Lion Woman?
But I’m not posting any album tracks here. Rather, I have two live session songs that Leslie recorded with [...]

The Twilight Sad

Monday, 14 May 2007, 16:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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Call me biased, but I’m always a little bit more favourably pre-disposed towards bands from Glasgow than others. I mean, given two very similar bands, I’m probably going to give the one from Glasgow a fairer hearing than the one that’s not. Maybe it’s because that when I got into music for the first time [...]

Electrelane / The Early Years @ The Scala, 9 May 2007

Friday, 11 May 2007, 12:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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First up, a public announcement. To anyone in Chicago, Portland, LA or Berkley who are going to see Arcade Fire this month. You have to get down to the gig early and see Electrelane! Honestly, you’ll thank me that you did. If Wednesday night’s Scala gig is anything to go by, you’ll be in for [...]

Credit to the re-edit

Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 16:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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A quick one today. Just some remixes and re-edits that I’ve been enjoying lately. First up a fantastic re-edit by Pilooski of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ Beggin’, which I received via the ever-excellent Bloggers Delight. I must admit that I’d never heard of either Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons or Pilooski before, [...]

New National

Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 12:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been enjoying the new National album Boxer lately, and I’ve been slow to judge it. Rather I want to give it some time, play it a lot and let it sink in properly. I think this is the right approach.
After all, their last album Alligator was a bit of a slow burner for me [...]

Singles going steady 3: Dot Allison & One Dove

Sunday, 6 May 2007, 23:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s about time I got onto the next in my singles series. I’m doing a bit of an alphabetical skip too, but it makes sense. You see, the next artist I’m coming to is Dot Allison, the London-based singer-songwriter, who first made her name as part of early 90s post-rave Scottish trio One Dove – [...]

Black Lips / Shy Child / The Sticks @ Cargo, 1 May 2007

Friday, 4 May 2007, 12:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. Now I’m as keen as big sounds, complex instrumentation and arrangements and multi-membered bands as the next person, sometimes it’s good to strip things back a bit and enjoy music a bit less encumbered by added extras.
So down to Cargo on Tuesday night for the latest one [...]

Best of April

Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 16:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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Album of the month
This month, it’s a toss-up between Electrelane’s No Shouts, No Calls, and Low’s Drums and Guns. I’ve spent more time with the former, so it gets the nod for now. But the spectral beauty of the latter may well win me over by the time the year’s out. But for now it’s [...]