Not another one…

Friday, 27 February 2009, 13:18 | Category : Remixes
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It’s probably massively irresponsible to add yet another Royksopp remix to the the huge pile already making the internets groan. But this is a quick post and it is good remix, as you’d expect coming from everyone’s favourite Canadian Krautrockers.
In other news, the new Camera Obscura album is great. More on that soon…
mp3: Royksopp - [...]

Napoleon IIIrd - Hideki Yukawa

Friday, 27 February 2009, 12:57 | Category : Reviews
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You never need to read reviews before listening to albums. You have ears, your own likes and dislikes and you can easily make your own mind up. However, reviews can whet your appetite and sometimes help to understand what’s going on. So a quick word of advice before listening to the new mini-album by Leeds [...]

Woodpigeon: new songs

Wednesday, 25 February 2009, 12:24 | Category : Good new stuff
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I’m a big fan of the multi-membered Calgary band Woodpigeon, and their debut long-player Songbook was one of my albums of 2008. Their second, Treasury Library Canada, has just been released in the UK, and although my initial impressions are good, I’ll spend some more time with it before reviewing here. In the meantime, here [...]

The Miserable Rich - Twelve Ways to Count

Tuesday, 24 February 2009, 0:08 | Category : Reviews
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This post is long overdue - about five months. I’d only vaguely heard of The Miserable Rich before I caught their late-night set at End of the Road last year, and was mightily impressed. Their chamber folk-pop charmed and even quietened some of the inebriated crowd, in equal parts louche and melancholy. If they have [...]

A song about dirt

Saturday, 21 February 2009, 16:08 | Category : Video
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I don’t do all-time favourite artists and can’t stand these ‘greatest album of all time’ lists nonsense. However, if pushed - very hard - on who my favourite female singer-songwriter of all time is, I might just say Gillian Welch. It’s been way too long since her last album (six years now) and no sign [...]

Emmy the Great – First Love

Friday, 20 February 2009, 13:10 | Category : Reviews
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It’s now three years and a day since I first encountered Emmy the Great, as she stepped on stage, unannounced, to support Tilly and the Wall in an amazing gig at the Buffalo Bar. It was a short, solo acoustic set, but there was enough there to enjoy, intrigue and inspire further investigation.
Since then I’ve [...]

Singles Going Steady 31 - Neil Halstead

Wednesday, 18 February 2009, 23:49 | Category : Singles Going Steady
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Music so often reflects the place it comes from, and this seems to be true about the next Singles Going Steady artist, Neil Halstead. Like most other early 90s indie kids, I originally knew Neil as the main man in archetypal shoegazers Slowdive. After his former band were dropped by the newly Oasis-endowed Creation records [...]

MAP February

Tuesday, 17 February 2009, 23:47 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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It’s that time of the month again. Here is February’s edition of the Music Alliance Pact. This month sees the addition of Mexico, bring the numbers up to 23. Jason Pop Cop, the MAP organiser, also has news about MAP featured on Romanian MTV! Anyway, continue reading below for some high quality tuneage. I’ve left [...]

M. Ward - Hold Time

Monday, 16 February 2009, 13:14 | Category : Reviews
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I’ve been hearing M. Ward’s Never Had Nobody Like You a few times on the radio lately, and I’ve got to keep reminding myself that this is a new song. This is probably because it seems like the archetypal M. Ward song, all welcoming fuzzy guitars and breezy melody, and it feels instantly familiar. In [...]

Seven Songs: Jeremy Warmsley

Saturday, 14 February 2009, 20:18 | Category : Seven Songs
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It’s 14 Feburay. The day when the weight of the capitalist system forces you at gunpoint to be romantic with your loved one by filling up on cheap sentiment and buying loads of crap. Me? Myself and Mrs Growl will celebrate by eating lamb burgers and settling down in our flower-free lounge to watch Persepolis [...]