Singles going steady 14: Belle & Sebastian special!

Friday, 30 November 2007, 17:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been putting this post off a bit, because I thought that it could easily develop into something quite unwieldy (it has, actually), but if I’m going to stick to my alphabetical progression through my CD singles, I can’t miss Belle & Sebastian. Not just because their singles take up a whole shelf on my [...]

Fighting talk

Thursday, 29 November 2007, 14:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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There are so many bands out there. So many guitar-toting kids competing for your attention, and so many PRs and record companies pushing stuff your way in the hope this or that bunch of young bucks will be the next big thing, or at least develop some sort of cult appeal. So to help with [...]

Two today

Thursday, 22 November 2007, 17:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s almost escaped my notice, but today The Daily Growl is two years old. That’s two whole years since I took my first tentative steps into the world of blogging. There’s not much more to say than that. I’m too much lacking in time and inspiration to say anything else, or even lazily post a [...]

The Wave Pictures

Thursday, 22 November 2007, 17:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today I’m pleased to be writing about a band that have recently crept up on me almost unawares and surprised me with their rough-edged charms. I first read about The Wave Pictures on Song by Toad, who also spoke highly about them to me at End of the Road Festival in September. Then over the [...]

Laura Groves - I am Leaving

Monday, 19 November 2007, 17:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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I got excited by the debut single from Laura Groves back in August. The 7 inch single is now with us, and so I’m pleased to say is the video. Here it is in all its cross-stitching Clangers fuzzy felt glory. The bonus is that it’s a very lovely song.

It’s out on Salvia records, and [...]

Pick Your Own new favourite band

Monday, 19 November 2007, 14:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s not a ‘scene’. Not unless the NME or their likes have got hold of it already. But even then, what would they call it? The new London folk scene? That doesn’t really tell you very much, and isn’t even accurate (though that didn’t stop them with ‘new rave’, did it?). ‘Scene’ isn’t really appropriate, [...]

Amiina - Kurr

Thursday, 15 November 2007, 14:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Since everyone’s talking about the new Sigur Ros film Heima at the moment, it seems as good a time as any to talk about Amiina. For those who don’t know Amiina, you may have come across them as Sigur Ros’ string section – the musicians that lurk behind their Icelandic compatriots and add depth and [...]

RIP St Thomas

Monday, 12 November 2007, 17:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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We’re coming towards the end of the year, and as usual, there will be a round-up of the great and the good from the world of music who have sadly departed us this year. This is good and right and I only hope that this year’s round-ups see fit to include Thomas Hansen. I say [...]

Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

Monday, 12 November 2007, 17:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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One of the disadvantages of having a small baby now living in my house is cutting drastically down on the old gig-going habit. So instead of a review of Devendra Banhart’s gig at Kentish Town Forum last week, I’m doing a review of his new album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon instead. But that’s not [...]

Singles going steady 13: Boards of Canada

Thursday, 8 November 2007, 17:11 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today’s dip into the archives comes up with some real gems – three CD EPs from reclusive Scottish electronic artists Boards of Canada. This is a band whose obvious musical appeal is only augmented by the air of mystery that surrounds them. The fact that they’ve hardly ever done any interviews, and only performed live [...]