David Thomas Broughton / Doveman / Samamidon @ Bush Hall, 30 January 2009

Friday, 13 February 2009, 12:52 | Category : Live reviews
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This review is now two weeks late, but it’s still written in the present tense…
It was in the queue to get into Bush Hall tonight that I spotted my review on the wall. The Bush Hall people have put up a bunch of framed pictures and reviews of gigs there by famous artists - [...]

Hometown glory

Wednesday, 11 February 2009, 17:36 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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The Invisible are the awesome London answer to TV on the Radio. Dananananackroyd are a bunch of crazy Glasgow guitar noiseniks, so you probably wouldn’t expect their lead singer to adopt the name ‘Cereal’ and string out The Invisible’s London Girl with electropop bleeps and beats. But he does. And it’s ace.
mp3: The Invisible - [...]

Champagne Charlie

Tuesday, 10 February 2009, 23:52 | Category : Good new stuff
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Just in case you’ve just come out of solitary confinement, this year is the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. The Natural History Museum are typically on the case, spearheading the Darwin 200 campaign and celebrations of the old scientist’s life and work. So there is the expected round of stuff like lectures, [...]

A rose by another name

Tuesday, 10 February 2009, 22:06 | Category : Good new stuff
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So that’s what happened to Laura Groves! She’s been an occasional delight on this blog ever since January 2007, but a substantial release has always seemed too far in the indeterminate distance. There have been some delightful titbits along the way, but it seems that I’ve been looking for more in the wrong places, because [...]

The last (TV) picture show

Tuesday, 10 February 2009, 13:53 | Category : Video
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All good things must come to an end, and so, with some inevitability, time has been called on Jeremy Warmsley and Fay Buzzard’s excellent Welcome to our TV Show, which over the last year has showcased a fine bunch of bands and artists, live and direct from the Warmsley front room. Most of these have [...]

Singles Going Steady 30: Goldrush

Monday, 9 February 2009, 23:59 | Category : Singles Going Steady
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Here’s a little overlooked EP from a band now much better known for their other work, which is organising the ever-popular Truck festival, which takes place every July on a farm in Oxfordshire (now in its 12th year). When they’re not making Truck increasing more ace every year, Robin and Joe Bennett occasionally find time [...]

Feet don’t fail me now

Friday, 6 February 2009, 21:48 | Category : Good new stuff
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Given that shoes are the only type of clothing that I’m willing to spend much money on, I was reluctant to set any of my current pairs onto the slush and salt-covered streets of London over the last couple of days (it was wellies before that), so I dug an old pair of dust-covered trainers [...]

The last of the melting snow

Friday, 6 February 2009, 13:15 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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As the last of the lovely white stuff which brought so much fun to London on Monday disappears from our streets and parks, there’s surely no more appropriate tune than the one below.
The Leisure Society was founded by Nick Hemming and Christian Hardy. Nick used to play in a band with Paddy Considine and Shane [...]

Essie Jain

Friday, 6 February 2009, 0:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today I’m calming things back down. Quite a lot calmer. Essie Jain is a British singer-songwriter resident in New York, who seems to be a wee bit prolific. It’s impressive enough that her debut album We Made This Ourselves in 2007 was followed by her second, The Inbetween in less than a year on her [...]

Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances

Wednesday, 4 February 2009, 23:27 | Category : Reviews
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It’s not very often that you find music on this blog that needs to be listened to LOUD. But here we are. It’s not often these days that a proper rock record inspires me so much, but I’m so impressed by The Airing of Grievances by Titus Andronicus that I can’t let it go unmentioned. [...]