Return of the King

Friday, 14 March 2008, 17:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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After King Creosote’s set at the End of the Road Festival last year, Matthew Song By Toad and I had a bit of a debate about the merits of Kenny Anderson’s new direction. We had just witnessed a fairly loud (by KC’s normal standards) show, which mainly consisted of tracks from latest album Bombshell, a [...]

John & Jehn

Friday, 14 March 2008, 17:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something new that came my way a couple of days ago, and since French bands seem to be quite the thing at the moment, I thought I’d give it a whirl. John and Jehn (should that be John et Jehn?) are a French couple living in London to make their musical mark. That might [...]

Singles going steady 19: Calexico

Thursday, 13 March 2008, 14:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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Calexico are one of my favourite bands, and one that I’ll usually go to see every time they’re in London simply because they’re a fantastic live band who always put on a great show. I know I was a bit lukewarm about the last time I saw them, when they were outclassed by Beirut in [...]

Paper Planes

Wednesday, 12 March 2008, 16:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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With all this talk of MIA yesterday, it seems appropriate to revisit her, particularly since Paper Planes, the finest track off Kala has just been released as a single on tasty 12 inch, with more dodgy artwork. It’s possibly the best thing Maya Arulpragasam has ever done, what with its gunshots, cash registers, [...]

Santogold

Tuesday, 11 March 2008, 17:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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People have been getting excited about Santogold (Santi White to her mum) for a few months now. Although she made it into that BBC top 10 for 2008, she might not have achieved Vampire Weekend–big coverage yet, but surely that’s only a matter of time. Whether it’s Mark Ronson vocal slots, MIA supports, or hanging [...]

Marc Riley and the Creepers

Tuesday, 11 March 2008, 13:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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Last week Xfm DJ John Kennedy wrote into Time Out to complain about their music critics’ snide remarks about the radio station, and defending his own championing of new music. He was right – his Xposure show is a place where you can hear good new music and he is tireless in championing it, but [...]

A little sort of Mae Shi extra

Friday, 7 March 2008, 13:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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A couple of weeks ago I raved about the new album by LA pop-punks The Mae Shi and now here’s a couple related projects I’ve come across lately.
First up Gowns, a band whose core is made up of Ezra Buchla, who used to be in The Mae Shi, and Erika Anderson formerly of Amps for [...]

A good start

Friday, 7 March 2008, 12:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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Not so much a good start actually - how about a brilliant start!
A couple of days ago, End of the Road Festival announced its second lot of bands for this year’s bash on 12-14 September. This was in addition to the first lot of bands announced a couple of weeks ago, which were:
Mercury Rev, Two [...]

The Cave Singers @ Metro Club, 26 February 2008

Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 17:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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Last Tuesday night at the end of Oxford Street was an evening of contrasts. 2000 of The Kids were packing into the Astoria to see perplexingly over-rated Young Knives. Then about 50 metres or so round the corner and downstairs about 30 people had turned up to watch The Cave Singers at their first London [...]

Big love going out to Brainlove

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 17:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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Sometimes great new music can just hit you from out of nowhere. Yesterday afternoon, a message popped into my inbox from John Brainlove, head honcho of the excellent Brainlove Records with info on the label’s new release – a split 7 inch featuring Friends of the Bride and Modernaire.
Friends of the Bride I was familiar [...]