Singles going steady 21: Delakota

Thursday, 17 April 2008, 12:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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My memories of Delakota are a bit blurry. They centre around a gig at The Blue Note (not the original Hoxton Square one – the strange two-floor place in Islington that got demolished to make way for that horrible shopping centre) sometime in the late 90s. I had already been out that evening, I think, [...]

Teenagers – real vs. fake

Thursday, 17 April 2008, 12:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today’s conundrum – which teenagers? We have two sets – one real (sort of) and one fake for your consideration today. One even uses the word in their name. But which set, if any, is worth your time and money?
The first lot are the real ones, or at least they used to be until very [...]

Mind your language

Wednesday, 16 April 2008, 16:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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So, Sebastien Tellier’s got into trouble with his French Eurovision song today. This morning on Radio 4, I heard a French MP shouting about how terrible it was that the French entry is (partially) sung in English. What’s the world coming to, eh?
We Brits like to point and laugh at the French and their language [...]

The Rosie Taylor Project

Tuesday, 15 April 2008, 20:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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The Rosie Taylor Project have a confusing name. Not a bad one, just a misleading one. Surely it’s not unreasonable to think that there would be a female singer-songwriter called Rosie Taylor, with the ‘Project’ as her (all-male?) backing band? Imagine then my surprise to hear male vocals coming out of the radio, when I [...]

Slight return?

Tuesday, 15 April 2008, 11:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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Rarely has a such a hugely anticipated return been married to such lack of regard for a commercial sound. The single is out this week, as I’m sure you know. On single sided etched 12 inch no less. I’m very tempted.
In other related video news, click here to see a video clip for potential new [...]

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Monday, 14 April 2008, 12:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s a romantic story for sure. Justin Vernon heads out to a backwoods log cabin for three months, chops wood, lives off the land and what he can shoot, spends time recording an album using basic equipment which he then releases himself, to massive acclaim. It’s the stuff that legends are made of, so there’s [...]

Speck Mountain

Sunday, 13 April 2008, 22:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’d never heard of Speck Mountain before Friday. Even yet, I’m still trying to get the image of a huge pile of thin Italian ham out of my mind. But that aside, I’m impressed. The track that made its way to me is Backslide, a b-side to their forthcoming Blood is Clean 7 inch single. [...]

New Tilly and the Wall

Friday, 11 April 2008, 15:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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Good news in my inbox yesterday – new Tilly and the Wall! I’ve loved this happy-clappy Nebraska outfit before – mainly in 2006 where they seemed to be everywhere in the space of a few months. They did give me possibly the most uplifting gig experience of that year, where on their second [...]

Lucy and the Caterpillar

Thursday, 10 April 2008, 14:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something new, or at least new to me. Lucy and the Caterpillar is really just Lucy from Manchester with her acoustic guitar and pop songs. You may ask yourself the question of whether we need another female singer-songwriter with an obsession for vintage dresses, playing a wistful, often twee selection of indie folk-pop songs. [...]

Neon Neon – Stainless Style

Wednesday, 9 April 2008, 16:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m a bit late with this one, but Super Furry Animals are held in such high regard at Daily Growl Towers that I couldn’t let anything involving Gruff Rhys pass by without comment. Particularly if it involves Gruff teaming up with Boom Bip to produce a concept album about playboy engineer John DeLorean. It’s just [...]