St Vincent / Fireworks Night @ The Slaughtered Lamb, 5 September 2007

Thursday, 6 September 2007, 17:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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So last night The Baby Growl allowed me out for a rare (these days) gig appearance. But which one? So much choice! Emmy the Great and Eugene McGuinness at The Borderline, Richard Hawley at the Roundhouse, A Hawk and a Hacksaw at the Luminaire and The Early Years and a heap of others at 229, [...]

Best of August

Wednesday, 5 September 2007, 17:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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Several days too late I know, but August was such a good month, that I couldn’t let it pass. Here goes.
Album of the MonthSt Vincent – Marry MeWhat to choose? It’s been a pretty blinding month for album releases. We’ve had Richard Hawley, MIA, New Pornograhers, Super Furry Animals and Eugene McGuinness for starters. It’s [...]

Mercury meh

Wednesday, 5 September 2007, 8:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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So it’s Klaxons then. This year has succeeded in being one of the most underwhelming yet, not just in the choices of shortlisted albums, but in the eventual winners being the most uninspired verdict in years. Honestly, of all the potential winners, the only ones I’d have liked less to see winning were The View. [...]

The New Pornographers challenge my prejudice

Tuesday, 4 September 2007, 16:49 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something else unexpectedly great. I’ve never really given Canadian supergroup (I believe they hate that tern) The New Pornographers much listening time. I mean, I know some of their stuff (everyone loves Mass Romantic, right?) but whole albums have eluded me until now and their recently released Challengers LP. I left it untouched for [...]

Emma Pollock: Watch the Fireworks

Monday, 3 September 2007, 13:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m starting the new week with the return of an old favourite. I’ve spent a bit of time over the weekend, cooking in my kitchen and listening to the new album by Emma Pollock, formerly of The Delgados. It’s very good.
I know that there was a lot of disappointment when Pollock’s former band split two [...]