The best kind of mash-ups

Monday, 30 March 2009, 22:49 | Category : Good new stuff, Reviews
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J Star has beaten me to it. Over the past few years, I’ve been picking up a few 7 and 12 inch mash-ups by the shadowy figure who goes by the name J Star. For ages I’ve been meaning  to record them as mp3s and bring them to you, dear reader,  but have never got [...]

Fredo Viola - The Turn

Friday, 27 March 2009, 12:55 | Category : Reviews
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Here’s something else a bit unusual, which I hope you enjoy. First, let me take a step back… a couple of weeks ago I got a pile of promo CDs sent to my house, which is unusual because most of the stuff I get goes to my work address. Then it usually goes straight onto [...]

Storsveit Nix Noltes - Royal Family Divorce

Tuesday, 24 March 2009, 22:54 | Category : Reviews
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Here’s something a bit different. How do you fancy a bit of Eastern European folk mixed up with a bit of squalling post rock guitar? These are not types of music that you would naturally put together, but somehow Storsveit Nix Noltes manage it. The Icelandic eight-piece (featuring members of Mum, the Sigur Ros brass [...]

Seven Songs: Papercuts

Monday, 23 March 2009, 23:49 | Category : Seven Songs
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I have a large pile of albums waiting to be reviewed, but I keep putting it off. All of them are good though, so I will bring them to you sometime in the not-too-distant future. One of these albums is You Can Have What You Want, the fourth long-player from San Franciscan Jason Quever, aka [...]

Beth Jeans Houghton

Monday, 23 March 2009, 13:05 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music
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I’ve been intrigued by Beth Jeans Hougton ever since Woodpigeon wrote a song about her on their recent UK tour. Turns out she’s another one in a growing line of teenage singer-songwriters (Laura Marling, Blue Roses, Alessi’s Ark etc) coming to national attention. She’s from Newcastle, has supported a few Daily Growl-approved bands (Mumford & [...]

More Camera Obscura live goodness

Friday, 20 March 2009, 13:20 | Category : Good new stuff
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OK, let’s just declare this Camera Obscura live special week. In addition to the review of their excellent Lexington gig, here’s more live stuff. Traceyanne Campbell’s claim on Monday that this was the first time they had played the new songs live wasn’t quite accurate. They had played three songs to the nation (or at [...]

Shameless, traffic-seeking post?

Thursday, 19 March 2009, 22:05 | Category : Good new stuff
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Like most bloggers I want people to visit my site, though like other mp3 bloggers I know that it’s often the mp3s that lure people here. No matter how much I go on about supporting the artists, sometimes, for some people it’s all about the free music. Also, like many mp3 bloggers, I get a [...]

Camera Obscura @ The Lexington, 16 March 2009

Wednesday, 18 March 2009, 13:57 | Category : Live reviews
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Camera Obscura are warming up. They’re off to SXSW this week and tonight’s gig is their opportunity to run through new material before they hit the Texas schmoozefest. Singer Traceyanne Campbell comes on stage admitting that she’s nervous. But she needn’t be. This is the perfect place for the Glasgow band to be playing the [...]

Seven Songs: Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Tuesday, 17 March 2009, 22:40 | Category : Seven Songs, Video
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Last year Wildbirds & Peacedrums released the awesome Heartcore. Less than a year later, the good folks at Leaf Records will be presenting us with The Snake, another impressive piece of primal percussion-and-voice goodness from the Swedish couple. It’s an excellent record and I’ll be reviewing it nearer the release date. So this is a [...]

Singles Going Steady 32: Great Days of Sail

Monday, 16 March 2009, 15:15 | Category : Singles Going Steady
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Here’s a question. Have you ever heard of Great Days of Sail? I’m guessing probably not. This is easily one of the most obscure bands that are going to feature on this trawl through my old CD singles. I would never have heard of them either, apart from some championing by John Kennedy on Xfm [...]