Rob St John - Like Alchemy EP

Thursday, 27 November 2008, 14:08 | Category : Reviews
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It’s almost a year since I featured Edinburgh-via-Lancashire rainforest ecologist Rob St John, and it’s time to give him some profile again. Last time it was his excellent Tipping In debut EP which captured my attention. This time, it’s his second EP Like Alchemy that has won me over.
Rob St John, for those who don’t [...]

Under construction

Thursday, 27 November 2008, 13:36 | Category : Stuff
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Welcome to the new Daily Growl site. I’ve freed myself for the random post-deleting tyranny of Blogger and set myself up here. Being a bit of a technical dunce, I’ve not found the self-hosted Wordpress thing very easy, but I’ve benefited from very useful help and advice from my web hosts, Tim from The Blue [...]

Music Alliance Pact - November

Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 12:55 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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Here’s the second edition of the Music Alliance Pact. It’s over a week late, but I’ve been worrying about other blog issues than posting about music. Now that I’ve got this new home, it seems like a good time to try out a post here. So here goes. I’ve not had a chance to listen [...]

The evil empire strikes again

Tuesday, 11 November 2008, 12:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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Yes, it’s happened again. In the past week, I’ve had two more DMCA-related deletions from this blog. I wouldn’t even mind if it was a fair cop, but the posts that were targeted make no sense at all. One of these was on Glasvegas from last year using demo mp3s that were freely available on [...]

Lambchop @ The Union Chapel, 3 November 2008

Monday, 10 November 2008, 17:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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I was having a chat with a friend recently about the value of consistency in music. Is consistency a good thing and when does it just get boring? How much are we comforted by a familiar sound and how much do we want our favourite artists to try something new? Answers in the comments if [...]

Fireworks Night - A Mirror, A Ghost

Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 23:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s the 5th of November, the night when people all over Britain celebrate the gruesome death of some Catholics in 1605. Or just go and build a bonfire and watch some fireworks going off. It’s also a good day to release a new album. Especially if your band’s name is Fireworks Night.
Fireworks Night have been [...]

Byron Lee 1935 - 2008

Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 23:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s been a bad year for reggae legends. By my counting, at least three have passed away. Joe Gibbs a few months back, Alton Ellis last month and now Byron Lee.
Most famous for his group The Dragonaires, formed in 1950, Lee was a veteran of Jamaican music and one of its more tireless ambassadors. As [...]

Bugged Out

Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 23:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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The Daily Growl has love for The Shortwave Set, particularly their ace debut album The Debt Collection. The love was a bit more muted for their second long-player Replica Sun Machine. However, the love remains strong for Glitches ‘n’ Bugs, one of the best tracks on the latest record. Here, some dodgy-sounding character called Marshmellow [...]

Tilly and the Wall @ ULU, 25 October 2008

Monday, 3 November 2008, 17:11 | Category : Uncategorized
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Things have changed in the world of Tilly and the Wall. The last time I saw them was back at the first End of the Road festival in September 2006, and I look back to then and the previous months with some nostalgia. Fun times, watching the Omaha quintet all over the place at a [...]