Belated half-year review

Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 16:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s now well into the second week of July, so really way too late for me to do a half year review. But heck, I’m going to do one anyway. I’ve been meaning to for a while. But to keep it relatively short, I’m restricting it to albums and gigs. I’ll leave the other stuff [...]

Singles going steady 7: The past is just a Blur

Friday, 6 July 2007, 16:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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Next up in my painstaking CD single trawl, I come across a couple by Blur. First up, from the tail end of the last decade was No Distance Left to Run, off their 13 album. Funny that 13 wasn’t universally liked for some reason. Maybe people yearned after their cheeky boy knees-up-mockney days. But that’s [...]

Belated best of May and June

Thursday, 5 July 2007, 23:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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Yeah, I know I’m wayyy behind with stuff on this blog, but I’m playing catch-up on a heap of stuff, and now on 5th July, it’s time to cast an overdue glance back (as I normally do) over the past month. Except this time it’s the past two months. My review of May didn’t happen [...]

The big catch-up 4: Electric Soft Parade

Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 16:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Truck Festival is 10 this year. What started off as a tiny festival has stayed fairly true to its DIY roots, despite becoming hugely popular (to the extent where it joins Glastonbury as being one of the very few festivals that sell out before the line-up is announced). What’s perhaps less well-known is that Truck [...]

The big catch-up 3: Soft Hearted Scientists

Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 16:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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On paper this might have been the perfect album for me. Seemed like psychedelic indie pop of a sunny disposition. The press release promised “an alarming flood of melody”. So why am I not totally sold on it?
It all starts so well too. Atmospheric intro, then gently picked guitar leading into a deep male vocal [...]

A pleasant surprise: new M. Craft songs

Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something I discovered earlier today. New songs from M. Craft! Some random surfing led me to his official myspace, which in turn led me to his own myspace which he has set up to upload new songs and demos he’s been working on. Well, good to see he’s been busy since the release of [...]

The big catch-up 2: Beats, bleeps and remixes

Monday, 2 July 2007, 16:46 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today it’s the turn of dancier side of the stuff that’s been sitting around my house and computer for the past month or so. Here are my picks.
First up, a couple of remixes. Kate Nash’s single Foundations has been a real grower for me, moving from indifference when I first heard it to totally loving [...]

The Mules and special guests goodness!

Monday, 2 July 2007, 12:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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If I wasn’t spending a lot of time looking after a little baby at the moment, I’d be going to these. Probably all of ‘em.
Honestly, look at that line-up! If The Daily Growl was a series of gigs, this would be it, I think. Or near enough. And they’re all FREE! If you’re in London [...]

The Young Republic @ Rough Trade, 28 June 2007

Sunday, 1 July 2007, 23:47 | Category : Uncategorized
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Look! I got to go to a gig! OK, it might have only been an instore performance, but as I’m not quite ready to leave the house in the evening yet – my baby’s need for being looked after being greater than my need for live music – it’ll do for now.
I’m particularly pleased that [...]