Throw a Yule log in the fire

Thursday, 25 December 2008, 2:31 | Category : Good new stuff
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It’s Christmas Eve. Things are winding down. The meat has been collected and awaits its roasted fate. Work today is almost non-existent, so I’ll be popping off soon to collect the cheese before heading home to wrap presents and start preparing food. And listening to Christmas music of course. They’re a bit of a mixed [...]

The Daily Growl Festive Fifty

Tuesday, 23 December 2008, 23:20 | Category : Lists
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So, this year I thought I’d have a go at doing a Festive Fifty, folllowing in the footsteps of the great John Peel and some other estimable bloggers. However, it’s been a bit of a strange and unsatisfying exercise. I’m sure that when it comes to deciding the top 50 albums and songs of the [...]

Gigs of the year

Monday, 22 December 2008, 16:53 | Category : Lists
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This year was my leanest one for gigs in a very long time, but with good reason. Despite my changed life, I managed to get out about once a month to gigs, so I can still do an end-of-year chart. But it won’t be a top 10, because that would involve me just listing most [...]

The Monroe Transfer

Saturday, 20 December 2008, 0:26 | Category : Good new stuff
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I rarely dip my toe into the world of classical music, but for a number of good reasons, I’ve found myself listening to the music of Arvo Part a lot lately. So it was with some surprise that I received a PR email about The Monroe Transfer namechecking the Latvian composer (”if you like … [...]

Jeremy Warmsley’s New Thing

Friday, 19 December 2008, 14:12 | Category : Video
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Jeremy Warmsley’s New Thing: Episode 1
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Here’s a new thing. Quite literally. Longer-term readers of this blog will remember Welcome to our TV Show! from earlier in the year, which is a collaboration between Jeremy Warmsley and Fay Buzzard, and involves bands coming round to their house, playing, drinking and larking about. Jeremy Warmsley’s [...]

MAP December

Tuesday, 16 December 2008, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hey people, here’s the December edition of the Music Alliance Project, which is thankfully free of Christmas cheese. This month we’re up to 21 countries - it just keeps on growing! Scroll down for my contrubution - this month continuing straight on from Mumford & Sons with their mate Jay Jay Pistolet.
ARGENTINA – Zonaindie
Banda [...]

Top 10 albums of 2008

Monday, 15 December 2008, 16:47 | Category : Lists
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Without, further ado here’s my top 10. Unlike 2007, this year had no really obvious stand-outs, well ahead of the pack. What we have here are 10 solid performers, but there’s probably not much to choose between the top five at least. But for better or worse, I’ve ranked them.
10. Lambchop – OH (Ohio) (City [...]

Top 20 albums of 2008

Monday, 15 December 2008, 11:22 | Category : Lists
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So this year’s list starts here, the distillation of well over 100 albums into a top 20 that’s almost inevitably not quite in the right order even before it’s finished. I mean, just how do you rank them? What sort of criteria do you use? For what follows, mine is fairly simple. These aren’t albums [...]

Welcome to the Welcome Wagon

Saturday, 6 December 2008, 0:28 | Category : Reviews
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For all who are tired of waiting for the next album by Sufjan Stevens, this one’s for you. Even assuming that no-one actually believed that he was going to record albums for all 50 states, it’s been over three years since Illinois and there’s no indication of any new material soon. But wait. He’s not [...]

The old ones are the best

Thursday, 4 December 2008, 23:40 | Category : Stuff
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So today was the first ever National Wear Your Old T-shirt to Work Day, started by BBC6Music’s indie legend Steve Lamaq. Apparently in response to rock t-shirts being worn as fashion accessories, he wanted people to drag out their neglected old band t-shirts and wear them with pride.
Despite my place of work not really being [...]