Down the Tiny Steps

Thursday, 16 October 2008, 12:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today we’re going to Glasgow via Manchester and Fife. That’s because Down The Tiny Steps are from Glagow, part of the feted Fence Collective, but have just had their latest release put out by Manchester’s Red Deer Club records.
On their website, DTTS describe themselves as a “Glasgow-based electro-folk-pop trio.” This gives you a rough idea [...]

Want another remix? Here’s James Yuill

Wednesday, 15 October 2008, 22:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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Yesterday, I got a complaint about remixes. It went:
“I think it’s pretty ridiculous to post 2 remixes and not a single original song from the artist. You’ve done this before, and it makes me think that you care more about your ranking on hype machine than about respect from your audience.”
Now it’s clear to anyone [...]

Want another remix? Here’s James Yuill

Wednesday, 15 October 2008, 22:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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Yesterday, I got a complaint about remixes. It went:
“I think it’s pretty ridiculous to post 2 remixes and not a single original song from the artist. You’ve done this before, and it makes me think that you care more about your ranking on hype machine than about respect from your audience.”
Now it’s clear to anyone [...]

They want to break free

Wednesday, 15 October 2008, 13:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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The Absentee love continues right here, courtesy of an amusing cover I acquired yesterday courtesy of the good people at Pure Groove. The first shock is the huge difference in expected vocal pitch, and the silliness continues from there. And yes it is that I Want to Break Free.
mp3: Absentee - I Want To Break [...]

The Music Alliance Pact

Wednesday, 15 October 2008, 12:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something different today. A while back, I got a message from Jason who runs Scottish music blog The Pop Cop. His plan was to form a sort of worldwide alliance of blogs which each month would post songs from their country, and so, after a bit of prompting we have the Music Alliance Pact.
It’s [...]

Take me to the Promised Land

Tuesday, 14 October 2008, 15:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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You know how being on an advert can be just the thing to send an artist from unknown to everywhere. That’s not always the case though. Consider Findlay Brown whose song Coming Home featured on a cheesy Christmas ad for Mastercard a couple of years ago. But instead of getting that track playing from every [...]

The Invisible

Monday, 13 October 2008, 16:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor have spent too long in other people’s bands. Not that their contributions to the likes of Jade Fox, Polar Bear, Zongamin and Hot Chip are unwelcome or begrudged. It’s just that now they’re getting on with their own thing, and it’s shaping up to be a very [...]

Jay Reatard - Matador singles

Monday, 13 October 2008, 13:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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After all the tales of on-stage punch-ups and kickings, it would be easy approach the new Jay Reatard album with a certain prejudice. Does this guy need a lairy rep to cover over the obvious flaws in his music? And then there’s his name.
But put these things aside for a moment. You can return them [...]

Jay Reatard - Matador singles

Monday, 13 October 2008, 13:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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After all the tales of on-stage punch-ups and kickings, it would be easy approach the new Jay Reatard album with a certain prejudice. Does this guy need a lairy rep to cover over the obvious flaws in his music? And then there’s his name.
But put these things aside for a moment. You can return them [...]

Gossamer Albatross

Friday, 10 October 2008, 13:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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Just after I got back from my post End of the Road Festival holiday, catching up on my emails I read:
“I noticed that you’re heading down to the festival this weekend and thought you might be interested in checking out Gossamer Albatross, i think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Ah. Too late. Mind you, I seem to [...]