Left With Pictures

Monday, 18 August 2008, 16:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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End of the Road Festival is only three years old in September, but already it seems to be the place for me to discover great new artists, even if I didn’t actually see them there. The first two years have seen performances by artists that I have gone on to love, then regret I had [...]

Working overtime

Friday, 15 August 2008, 12:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s a rag-bag collection of various remixes and stuff that’s been rattling around in my inbox lately. I don’t normally go for the whole remix thing, but there are a few I’ve been listening to which are worth sticking up here because I think they’re good. Note: this is not just some vain attempt at [...]

Hollowbody - Inside the Wolves

Thursday, 14 August 2008, 12:36 | Category : Uncategorized
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Just when you thought that there were too many young men with beards playing folky music, another one comes along and claims his place in the room labelled ‘high quality folky music played by young men with beards’. This one goes by the name of Hollowbody, and I first came across him when his alias, [...]

No Age / HEALTH @ The Scala, 11 August 2008

Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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A Q&A about Monday’s Upset! The Rhythm gig.
Q: What’s so great about HEALTH?
A: Unsure. I could use the well-known ‘music to be admired but not loved’ cliche, but I’m not sure I even admire HEALTH’s much feted debut album that much. It sounds to me like a collection of good ideas not very well put [...]

No Age / HEALTH @ The Scala, 11 August 2008

Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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A Q&A about Monday’s Upset! The Rhythm gig.
Q: What’s so great about HEALTH?
A: Unsure. I could use the well-known ‘music to be admired but not loved’ cliche, but I’m not sure I even admire HEALTH’s much feted debut album that much. It sounds to me like a collection of good ideas not very well put [...]

pacific! - Reveries

Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 12:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m not down with the whole Guilty Pleasures thing. Why should you feel guilty about liking music you love? Is there a need to hide stuff in case you’re exposed as not cool enough? I like The Final Countdown by Europe and Careless Whisper by George Michael (there - said it!) and I can’t see [...]

The Voluntary Butler Scheme

Monday, 11 August 2008, 23:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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Some more good new stuff now. Despite the oddly grand name, The Voluntary Butler Scheme is really just only bloke - Rob Jones - from the unfashionable part of the West Midlands known as Stourbridge, which back in the early 90s was famous for Pop Will Eat Itself, The Wonder Stuff and Neds Atomic Dustbin. [...]

Isaac Hayes RIP

Monday, 11 August 2008, 12:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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I almost burnt my leg with the iron when I heard this news on the radio this morning. Tributes have poured in. Obituaries have been published. I’m not sure what I can add to the weight of these apart from to say RIP and point you to some footage of the legend that was, and [...]

Isaac Hayes RIP

Monday, 11 August 2008, 12:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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I almost burnt my leg with the iron when I heard this news on the radio this morning. Tributes have poured in. Obituaries have been published. I’m not sure what I can add to the weight of these apart from to say RIP and point you to some footage of the legend that was, and [...]

Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra

Friday, 8 August 2008, 13:08 | Category : Uncategorized
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The problem with creating an amazing debut album is that your subsequent work is always going to be held up against that first masterwork. Many artists have been in this position, and Micah P. Hinson is one of them. Mind you, his ‘debut’ album wasn’t technically his first, though it was the first to get [...]