I just popped out and…

Sunday, 21 October 2007, 22:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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Things I’ve missed while I’ve been away…

The all-new Hype Machine
So the Hype Machine has had a makeover (or gone into Beta or whatever technology nerds call it). Hello to a new stylised interface. Got to say I like the new logo and ‘corporate colours’ (I would say that, I bought one of the t-shirts), but [...]

Singles going steady 11: Beachwood Sparks

Friday, 19 October 2007, 12:49 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s been a while since I visited the mouldering rack containing my CD singles, so I’m returning to it today to bring you Beachwood Sparks.
This band haven’t officially split, but there’s been not much activity since 2002, when they released the Make the Robot Cowboys Cry EP. My single however comes from the previous year, [...]

Laura Marling - My Manic and I EP

Thursday, 18 October 2007, 16:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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This year hasn’t been a great one so far for my January tips. So far albums by Kate Nash and Jack Penate have been big disappointments, Ali Love has gone all Calvin Harris, and albums by Fields and The Rumble Strips have slipped past without quickening many pulses. There are still hopes out there, but [...]

Back from the dead – with Metronomy, The Mules, Jeff Lewis

Thursday, 18 October 2007, 16:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m back. After a couple of weeks of irregular posts, lots of work, holidays and a gruelling 19-hour round trip to Scotland (the journey, not Scotland of course) I’m hoping that I’m back to more regular posting. We’ll see how it goes. Before I embark on proper reviews again, here’s something that was waiting for [...]

Best of September

Sunday, 14 October 2007, 12:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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I know this feature is normally a wee bit late, but surely 14 days into the month is a bit too late to be having a retrospective look back at the previous one. Well, it is really, but I’ve been a hell of a busy elsewhere. And I’ve got a programme here, and I’m going [...]

What St Vincent did next…

Thursday, 4 October 2007, 16:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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Straight after her excellent gig at The Slaughtered Lamb a few weeks ago, Annie Clark jumped in a cab with the lovely Black Cab Sessions people and did this.

And here’s the audio of the session (via blogs are for dogs).
Download: St. Vincent - Dig a Pony
Buy her album Marry Me.

Today’s lesson: history and politics

Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 16:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today, I’m going back to school for some lessons, courtesy of a couple of albums released this week.
First up, history. This comes courtesy of Leeds band and long-time Daily Growl faves iLiKETRAiNS. Anyone who’s familiar with this band will know about their ongoing fascination with dark and obscure historical happenings, which they pay tribute to [...]

Today’s lesson: history and politics

Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 16:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today, I’m going back to school for some lessons, courtesy of a couple of albums released this week.
First up, history. This comes courtesy of Leeds band and long-time Daily Growl faves iLiKETRAiNS. Anyone who’s familiar with this band will know about their ongoing fascination with dark and obscure historical happenings, which they pay tribute to [...]

One year older. Something to celebrate.

Monday, 1 October 2007, 21:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today is my birthday. No, not the blog. Just me. I’ve been up to Yorkshire and back with work already and I’m pretty wiped out now. Just enough time to polish off some of the lovely cake that Mrs Growl made for me, finish my beer and go to bed. Normal service will be resumed [...]