Living the High-Life: The Daily Growl goes all African

Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 16:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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When Vampire Weekend released their debut album back at the start of the year, it had many critics reaching for words like High-Life. I wonder how many of the people talking about these words actually knew what they meant. I couldn’t claim to know, so for me to start talking about High-Life and whatever other [...]

Shearwater - Rook

Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 16:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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At 1:30 into On the Death of the Waters, the first track on Shearwater’s new album Rook, there’s a bit of a surprise. It’s not that I’m unused to the quiet/loud dynamic in music – plenty of bands do it – but here, it seems almost out of character. The gentle opening sets you up [...]

White Williams

Tuesday, 3 June 2008, 12:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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White Williams is getting quite the buzz at the moment, though perhaps it’s for that very reason that I never got round to listening to him till today. It’s not easy to cut though hype and associated nonsense to discern is something is actually worth your time to take a listen. Two reasons for giving [...]

Johnny Flynn - A Larum

Monday, 2 June 2008, 16:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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Although Johnny Flynn’s music is nothing like Vampire Weekend’s, I had the same problem with listening to both records for the first time – a certain over-familiarity. Just as the New York quartet’s debut was littered with tracks that had been previously released or been found kicking around the internet, so Flynn’s first long-player has [...]

Singles going steady 25: The Diff’rent Strokes

Sunday, 1 June 2008, 23:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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This week, Woolies announced that it was going to stop selling CD singles. Should this be a big deal? Given that the shop in question was the UK’s biggest singles retailer, it’s being seen as another nail in the coffin of the physical single. I don’t really mind the demise of the CD single – [...]

Singles going steady 25: The Diff’rent Strokes

Sunday, 1 June 2008, 23:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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This week, Woolies announced that it was going to stop selling CD singles. Should this be a big deal? Given that the shop in question was the UK’s biggest singles retailer, it’s being seen as another nail in the coffin of the physical single. I don’t really mind the demise of the CD single – [...]