London record shops 1: Pure Groove

Friday, 27 June 2008, 16:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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So here’s another Daily Growl occasional series. It’ll probably be less regular than Singles going steady, but hopefully a lot more frequent than Whatever happened to…. We’ll see. As the title may suggest, it’s quite simple – all about London record shops. The plan is to compile a sort of guide to record shops in [...]

Radiohead @ Victoria Park, 25 June 2008

Friday, 27 June 2008, 12:30 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s been an issue at Radiohead gigs since the start of the decade, but I wondered again on Wednesday night how many people in the 20,000-strong crowd in Victoria Park last night really just wanted stadium singalongs. If they did, they got a chunk of these in a crowd-pleasing first encore, but generally it wasn’t [...]

If you do it again, I’m gonna freak out

Tuesday, 24 June 2008, 12:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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This loose-limbed disco monster was one of my tunes of last year. Ever since it appeared on the b-side of All My Friends, it’s been on steady rotation round my way ever since. This morning on the way to work I was reminded yet again of how awesome it is. So I thought I’d post [...]

If you do it again, I’m gonna freak out

Tuesday, 24 June 2008, 12:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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This loose-limbed disco monster was one of my tunes of last year. Ever since it appeared on the b-side of All My Friends, it’s been on steady rotation round my way ever since. This morning on the way to work I was reminded yet again of how awesome it is. So I thought I’d post [...]

Half-handed Cloud again

Monday, 23 June 2008, 16:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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A couple of weeks ago I plugged the upcoming event – this Thursday folks! – which is a collaboration between my friends David and Ping* aka The Henningham Family Press and Californian multi-instrumentalist and all round nice guy (I know, I met him last night) John Ringhoffer aka Half-handed Cloud.
Back then I had only heard [...]

Whatever happened to… Ella Guru

Friday, 20 June 2008, 12:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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In March last year, I wrote the only previous post in this very occasional series, but it was quite successful. Back then I wondered out loud what had happened to Lincoln, north London’s finest Americana outfit and slowly, over time some news came in, eventually from some band members themselves. If you’re interested in that [...]

Welcome to Our TV Show! Episode 5!

Thursday, 19 June 2008, 12:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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If it’s another month, it’s surely time for another Welcome to our TV Show. This month Jeremy and Fay have gone for a corporate tie-in and given us a label showcase. Happily it’s the ever-ace Moshi Moshi records that’s getting the WTOTS big-up and we’ve got three of their best – The Wave Pictures, Hot [...]

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Wednesday, 18 June 2008, 16:11 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something for folks who like their music a bit stripped down and raw. Regular readers of this blog will know that I often like my music unencumbered by unnecessary embellishments, but Wildbirds and Peacedrums take this ethic to (almost) its natural conclusion. Their template is simple: voice and drums. That’s it. But what a [...]

Singles going steady 26: Franz Ferdinand

Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 21:46 | Category : Uncategorized
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It seems impossible now, but there was once a time when there was no myspace, when if you heard about a band you were interested in you had to go and actually buy their music to find out. And if they didn’t have anything out, you had to go to see them live to discover [...]

Glasvegas - Geraldine

Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 11:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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It seems at first like a heartfelt love song, about someone who will be there, even through the hardest times to help, (“I’ll be here at your side to console”), rescue (“When you’re standing on the window ledge, I’ll talk you back from the edge”) protect (“I will be the angel on your shoulder”) [...]