Euro week 3: The French Krautrock explosion!

Friday, 29 February 2008, 23:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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This is the final instalment of my short ‘Euro Week’ on the DG. I should do it again sometime, next time for more than just a couple of days.
Anyway, this is all about French Krautrock. Not that Krautrock played by French bands should be more noteworthy or unique that British bands playing music influnced by [...]

Euro week 2: The Raveonettes

Thursday, 28 February 2008, 17:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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Aargh! Where did the week go? Rather than it being Euro week on The Daily Growl, it’ll have to be Euro couple-of-days. Oh well. Let’s get on with it then – today we’ve got The Raveonettes from Denmark.
My experience of The Raveonettes has been short-lived but very sweet. It mostly consists of a cracking gig [...]

Euro week 1: MIT

Monday, 25 February 2008, 17:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m having a bit of a Euro special this week on The Daily Growl. I spend most of my time writing about British or American artists, so it’s only good and proper that I cast my eye across the channel from time to time to check out some decent stuff from our continental cousins.
First up, [...]

More quality TV action

Friday, 22 February 2008, 15:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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So, the second edition of Jeremy Warmsley and Fay Buzzard’s Welcome to Our TV Show is up online now, and like the first, it’s very good. It’s a sort of lo-fi Jools Holland, where the hosts are less slick, but also far less cringeworthy. If you missed the first, the premise is basically a load [...]

The Mae Shi - HLLLYH

Thursday, 21 February 2008, 17:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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I knew that after briefly writing about this band a couple of weeks ago, I would be returning to them before too long. And here I am.
The Mae Shi are the latest in a steady trickle of great bands to emerge from LA. Well, it’s not like they’ve just emerged, but they are relatively new [...]

Singles Going Steady 18: The Chemical Brothers

Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 23:54 | Category : Uncategorized
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In the UK at least, all the UK press coverage of the Grammys was firmly focused on Amy Winehouse. Fair enough I suppose, here was ‘our girl’ cleaning up at an American awards show, and it was Troubled Amy of course, being let out of rehab to do what she does best. In all these [...]

In Loving Memory of… Let’s Wrestle

Monday, 18 February 2008, 13:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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“No matter how many records I buy, I can’t fill this void”. So starts In Loving Memory Of… the new EP/mini-album by Let’s Wrestle, but in case you might be thinking that what follows are tales of musically-related existential crises, don’t worry. That song – I Won’t Lie to You, one of last year’s best [...]

In Loving Memory of… Let’s Wrestle

Monday, 18 February 2008, 13:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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“No matter how many records I buy, I can’t fill this void”. So starts In Loving Memory Of… the new EP/mini-album by Let’s Wrestle, but in case you might be thinking that what follows are tales of musically-related existential crises, don’t worry. That song – I Won’t Lie to You, one of last year’s best [...]

Pete and the Pirates

Thursday, 14 February 2008, 17:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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With some bands it can be quite hard to put a finger on what’s so great about them. This is definitely the case for Pete and the Pirates. On paper, there’s nothing very remarkable. It’s fairly straightforward – guitar, bass, drums, singing. Nothing particularly original or groundbreaking. But there’s something special there. Somewhere, someone has [...]

Who said romance was dead?

Thursday, 14 February 2008, 10:00 | Category : Uncategorized
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