Latest Los Campesinos!

Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 19:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s some new Los Campesinos! for you. It was new to me anyway. Unless they played it when I saw them at The Spitz back in March, but in any case I can’t quite recall it. The track is Knee Deep at ATP and is apparently an account of a particular love interest had by [...]

Stars in my eyes?

Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 12:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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I worry about myself sometimes. Despite my oft-expressed dislike for ‘Big Indie’ (y’know stadium indie rock, beloved of major record labels and peddled by the likes of Coldplay and Snow Patrol), I wonder if my antipathy is fuelled by it being intrinsically bad or just because familiarity breeds contempt. I’m not a big daytime radio [...]

Need a decent b-side? Call Calexico.

Monday, 30 July 2007, 16:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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So, LCD Soundsystem’s decision to put out their latest single All My Friends with covers of that song by Franz Ferdinand and John Cale on the b-side was a pretty popular one eh? Lots of praise, particularly for the ex-Velvets man’s version.
Generally, this is something that I’m very much in favour of. Rather than having [...]

More Eastern goodies

Friday, 27 July 2007, 14:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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OK, this is the last Rough Trade East post, I promise. I don’t want you getting bored by me going on about it, but I am quite excited about the whole thing, even though it’ll take me some time to feel comfortable with the new setup.
Anyway, I went down again last evening and though things [...]

Arthur & Yu. And you?

Thursday, 26 July 2007, 16:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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I couldn’t leave the new Rough Trade East shop the other day without making a purchase. This one was a bit impulsive, but luckily it turned out to be a good decision. I had never heard of Arthur & Yu before the Rough Trade weekly email hit my inbox on Saturday, but their album of [...]

Vampire Weekend

Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 20:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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It seems appropriate to follow the last post with one about Vampire Weekend, especially after Matthew spotted the nice yellow 7 inch in the Rough Trade racks and recommended that everyone buy it - “three songs of pop genius” he says, and he’s right.
Last week, the debut EP by the NYC quartet came out in [...]

Rough Trade East is open!

Tuesday, 24 July 2007, 16:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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London might have been spared the crazy weather that has brought chaos to other bits of the country at the moment, but it was still a pretty miserable grey wet day that saw the opening of the highly anticipated new Rough Trade East shop in the Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane. I braved the [...]

The big catch-up 6: Lavender Diamond

Monday, 23 July 2007, 16:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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In theory, I should hate this band. Which is why I’m glad that I’m judging Lavender Diamond on the quality of their music, not the theory. I heard songs from the Cavalry of Light EP before I knew anything about the band, and was immediately entranced by this beautiful ethereal psychedelic folk music, raised to [...]

Adrian Crowley

Saturday, 21 July 2007, 22:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m keeping it Fence-related for the third post in a row now. This time Adrian Crowley. Are you thinking that Adrian’s not really a rock ‘n’ roll name? Well, he’s not really aiming to rock your boots. His approach is much quieter, much more subtle, so let’s not do the name-dissing thing.
Although he’s on Fence [...]

KT and Thee Glitz

Friday, 20 July 2007, 16:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m trying to imagine the conversation.
“OK, we’ve got this singer-songwriter to market. I think her name is KT Tunstall or something”
“KT? Whatever.”
“I mean, look at the image she had for her last album. Rainbow braces, jeans, big boots. So bloody singer songwriter-ish. Could even be a hippy”
“Yeah, we can’t have people thinking that. Album sold [...]