Singles going steady 9: The mighty Beta Band

Monday, 13 August 2007, 12:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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Next up on my journey though my CD singles is one of my favourite bands of all time – The Beta Band. Despite their all-too-short existence, they burned bright, and given time will no doubt prove to be one of the more influential bands of recent years. You can see this already in reviews which [...]

Rejoicing in the prospect of new Devendra Banhart material

Friday, 10 August 2007, 21:49 | Category : Uncategorized
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OK, so it isn’t the hot news anymore, but I am getting very excited about it. I’m talking of course about the new Devendra Banhart album, due out next month. To start the ball rolling, the first couple of tracks are getting aired, with more to come, on Devendra’s myspace.
Download: Devendra Banhart - Seahorse
What can [...]

Discovering Broken Social Scene through Kevin Drew

Friday, 10 August 2007, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Somehow, I’ve never really gotten into Broken Social Scene. It’s just one of these things. Not that I think they’re bad or anything, it’s just that I’ve never spent any time with them. You know how it is. There’s just too much music out there. Perhaps perversely, I’m more familiar with their associates, like Metric/Emily [...]

Nancy Elizabeth

Thursday, 9 August 2007, 16:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been vaguely aware of Nancy Elizabeth for a while, but never got round to properly listening to her until very recently, when I received a copy of her current single Hey Son. The name rang a bell. Then I realised that I’d first heard of her as Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe, a singer-songwriter from up [...]

Good magazine, great festival. Bonus!

Thursday, 9 August 2007, 12:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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I don’t really read much music magazines these days, because I get pretty much all I need from the internet. But yesterday I bought Plan B magazine for the first time. I’ve seen it around, but never actually parted with hard cash for it until now. And I’m happy to say it’s very good. With [...]

The Ghost Frequency

Wednesday, 8 August 2007, 16:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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Another week, another band from London playing electro-rock-spiky-punk stuff. Honestly, my eyes glaze over when I hear or hear of another one of these. There are only so many Shoreditch and Camden bars to accommodate this stuff, and I’m not sure if many other people in the outside world are that interested. Anyway, this [...]

Hey Venus! More Furry fun

Tuesday, 7 August 2007, 16:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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I know the new Super Furry Animals album leaked a few weeks ago, but I didn’t rush out and get me a dodgy copy. I don’t do file sharing, and I couldn’t really find it anywhere else. There were some blogs with tracks, but I left off listening till yesterday when I got some tracks [...]

Architecture in Helsinki

Tuesday, 7 August 2007, 11:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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The last album by Architecture in Helsinki was a bit of a hit a couple of years ago. Loads of people (mainly music bloggers, as I remember) extolled the virtues of In Case We Die, but I never really gave it any time. Not that I thought it was poor, I just didn’t bother [...]

Singles going steady 8: The Bluetones

Monday, 6 August 2007, 16:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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This installment in my trawl through my old CD singles is a bit more of a blowing-off-dust job than most. Although these singles are generally out of playing action, most of the tracks featured on the blog so far have had a few spins over the years. These ones however, have been untouched for over [...]

Here’s to your good Health

Friday, 3 August 2007, 16:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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There are all sort of badly-punning titles that you can get from a band called Health, so you got off lightly there. This is a neat follow-on from my recent posts on No Age and Crystal Castles. Like No Age, Health (or maybe that should read HEALTH) are part of the exciting LA scene [...]