MAP March

Monday, 16 March 2009, 14:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Gosh, is that another month gone already? Looks like it has, so it’s time for another Music Alliance Pact, where the world’s blogs come to The Daily Growl, courtesy of the hard work of MAP organiser Jason Pop Cop. This month he’s outdone himself by providing HTML script to make this post super-easy and also [...]

Iron fist in a Velvet glove

Friday, 13 March 2009, 0:12 | Category : Good new stuff
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The Big Pink have cracked it. Here’s a song that unites old shoegazers and today’s cool kids alike. For early 90s indie kids like myself, this isn’t anything new. Curve were doing the big guitars meet electronic beats as far back as 1991, but this is just so much better. It’s louder, meatier, dirtier with [...]

The Invisible

Thursday, 12 March 2009, 22:18 | Category : Reviews
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I’ve been drip-fed remixes of tracks by The Invisible for months, but now the time has come for the real thing. I’m talking about the band’s debut, self-titled album. On the strength of the preview tracks, I knew to expect something dense and multi-layered which shows off more musical influences than you can find labels [...]

Jack Penate in good song shocker

Thursday, 12 March 2009, 0:21 | Category : Good new stuff
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The title’s a bit unfair. Jack’s debut album contained a couple of killer pop songs. Shame the rest of it was bland filler. But now things have changed. Goodbye to the tunes that sat uncomfortably between big-hearted indie pop and sub-Libertines guff. Hello to shuffling breakbeats, pulsing bassline, simple chorus and weird lyrics about ringing [...]

The obligatory SXSW post

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 23:05 | Category : Festivals
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Bloggers across the Atlantic are getting all in a tizzy about SXSW. Over here us British bloggers couldn’t give a collective monkeys. We operate on a different scale. However, I’m aware that there’s a lot of stuff happening with one million bands and even more record industry peeps crowding into Austin, so here’s the good [...]

End of The Road Festival 2009: already looking good

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 17:18 | Category : Festivals
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The second bunch of bands for this year’s End of the Road Festival was announced yesterday. I sort of expected to see Fleet Foxes in that list, and there they are. Some may force a yawn, but not me because (1) I’ve still not seen them live and (2) watching them in the lovely Larmer [...]

Seven Songs: Blue Roses

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 12:56 | Category : Seven Songs
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As noted previously, Blue Roses is the new trading name for Laura Groves. Although I’m still a little baffled by the change, I’m learning to live with it, much more so now that I’ve heard her new album. The self-titled record is out at the end of April, and I’ll review it closer to the [...]

Mumford & Sons / Alessi’s Ark @ The ICA, 3 March 2009

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 10:23 | Category : Live reviews
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It might not be a scene, but there’s only one degree of separation separating almost all of London’s young musicians who could be very broadly described as ‘folk’. Two sets of them are on stage tonight, and their stars are definitely in the ascendancy. Particularly the headliners who are on a run of selling out [...]

The new Young Republic

Saturday, 7 March 2009, 15:18 | Category : Good new stuff
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That title may sound like some sort of revoluntionary political movement, but of course regular readers of this blog will know that it’s just me getting excited again by new stuff from The Young Republic. This time it’s a bit special though, because we’re talking about a whole new album.
The album - called Balleteqsue - [...]

New Various Production

Thursday, 5 March 2009, 22:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something to change the pace of things round here a little. Back in 2006, I loved the debut album by London duo Various Production, then simply trading under the classification-taunting name Various.
Since then, they’ve continued to to do their thing, which is a heady mix of thundering dub, swirling beats, bleeps and glitches and [...]