Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves

Thursday, 7 August 2008, 13:26 | Category : Uncategorized
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In this crazy internet age, brand new music coming to me from a source other than the screen in front of me is a strange thing indeed. So last week, when I heard a guy playing a Merle Haggard cover with plenty of reverence on John Kennedy’s Xfm radio show, I was actually being introduced [...]

Benjamin Wetherill - Laura

Wednesday, 6 August 2008, 12:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s another cracker from Manchester’s excellent Red Deer Club Records. I’ve already written on these pages about the label’s other artists Sara Lowes and Sophie’s Pigeons, whose records have been good, but this album is surely Red Deer’s best yet.
The artist in question in Benjamin Wetherill, who hails from Leeds and has created in his [...]

The Wave Pictures / A Classic Education @ The Borderline, 30 July 2008

Monday, 4 August 2008, 16:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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It was about time. My love for The Wave Pictures has been well-documented on the pages of this blog, but somehow I’ve never quite got round to seeing them live. It’s not like Wave Pictures gigs are a rare thing either - they’ve always got a packed live calendar, and have probably played every small [...]

Waits for the weekend

Friday, 1 August 2008, 16:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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Just because I’ve been mainlining Tom Waits lately, here’s some for the weekend. This one goes out to all those who have been scarred with what Rod Stewart did to Downtown Train. Here’s the original and its video.

mp3: Tom Waits - Downtown Train
And in related news, there’s a decent ‘intro to Tom Waits’ article at [...]