End of the Road: another dozen

Thursday, 30 April 2009, 22:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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More good news from the End of the Road Festival camp. Another 12 artists announced yesterdy. They are, in order of appearing in the alphabet, Bob Lind, David Thomas Broughton, Darren Hayman, Dirty Projectors, First Aid Kit, Herman Dune, Iain Archer, The Leisure Society, Neko Case, Richmond Fontaine, Tiny Vipers, Wildbirds & Peacedrums.
No more big [...]

Golden Silvers - True Romance

Thursday, 30 April 2009, 16:21 | Category : Reviews
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Vocal harmonies have been part of pop music right from its inception, but these days you normally expect to find your two and three part harmonising accompanied by beards and acoustic guitars. Which makes it a nice surprise then to find some sparkling pop harmonies backed up by keyboards, drums and bass. Nary a ‘proper’ [...]

Graham Coxon acoustic songs

Wednesday, 29 April 2009, 12:09 | Category : Live music
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I have a good friend who’s a Graham Coxon fan and he’s been encouraging me to check out some of Coxon’s earlier solo albums. I’ve not got round to that yet, though I’m familiar with some of his more recent stuff, which though perfectly fine, I can take or leave. Lately he’s been talking favourably [...]

Seven Songs: Mumford & Sons

Tuesday, 28 April 2009, 20:06 | Category : Seven Songs
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In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, Mumford & Sons aren’t a furniture removal company. Marcus Mumford and his three pals are an awesome banjo-wielding group who have been building up a dedicated fanbase for a year or so now, and the coming of their debut album should see them explode all over the nation’s [...]


Tuesday, 28 April 2009, 12:01 | Category : Good new stuff
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Foxes seem to feature quite a lot in the stories I read these days. I don’t know about you, but I seem to remember in my childhood that foxes were usually the bad guys. But in most of The Baby Growl’s books, they’re at least benign, sometimes even the goodies. Changed days perhaps.
Whatever the case, [...]

Camden: then and now

Monday, 27 April 2009, 22:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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It was the Camden Crawl at the weekend. I wasn’t much interested in this year’s festival, but it’s the perfect time to mention a CD I found the other day when clearing out a bunch of old stuff. The free Camden Crawl compilation from 1997.
Things were different then. No big-name headliners. No cider sponsorship or [...]

Jeffrey Lewis @ Pure Groove

Friday, 24 April 2009, 16:26 | Category : Good new stuff, Live reviews
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Lunchtimes may never be the same again. After I moved offices recently, I found myself right on a direct bus route to Farringdon, so a short bus ride takes me to just down the road from Pure Groove Records. So my new lunchtimes go like this. Look at Pure Groove website. See if there’s a [...]

New Barbarossa

Thursday, 23 April 2009, 13:08 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music
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Things are changing in the world of Barbarossa. The red-bearded one, also known as James Mathe has previously released two albums, the last of which, Chemical Campfires in 2006 was a lovely affair, where fireside acoustic pluckings sat comfortably alongside crackling electronics. It was a downbeat affair, but perfectly flavoured and it was one of [...]

Congratulations to The Leisure Society

Wednesday, 22 April 2009, 14:22 | Category : Reviews
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Everyone loves a triumph of the underdog story. Yesterday we had one. All the major news outlets had it, the tale of the bloke who works in a fabric warehouse who had to get off work to attend the awards nomination ceremony, rubbing shoulders with the stars before having to head back and finish his [...]

Blue Roses / Blue Roses

Tuesday, 21 April 2009, 22:00 | Category : Reviews
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The market for young female singer-songwriters is a crowded and cutthroat one at the moment, so you’re if you’re going to stand out, you’re going to either need a big record company budget behind you, or just be really good. I’ve got little interest in the former, so on the latter… enter Laura Groves.
Laura’s been [...]