Seven Songs: A Classic Education

Friday, 17 April 2009, 16:14 | Category : Seven Songs
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Last week we had His Clancyness, the solo project from Bologna-dwelling Canadian Jonathan Clancy. Now it’s the turn of his band A Classic Education. Well, it’s really just Jonathan answering my seven songs questions, but he’s doing it with his Classic Education hat on, rather than any of his many others.
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Object Lesson

Friday, 17 April 2009, 15:34 | Category : Good new stuff
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I’ve taken my eye off the ball on this one. I knew there was a new Jeffrey Lewis album coming out soon, hadn’t realised that it’s next week until I got a timely reminder yesterday in the shape of a track from the album (forthcoming single Roll Bus Roll) and a link to this ace [...]

Still Rollin’

Friday, 17 April 2009, 12:22 | Category : Remixes
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“Are they still going?” my colleague just asked me as I was looking at the new Cornershop single on the Rough Trade Shops website. Well may he ask - it’s almost seven years since they last released an album, and ten since they had their day in the sun, courtesy of a Norman Cook remix [...]

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Friday, 17 April 2009, 8:20 | Category : Reviews
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that this blog was changing its name to The Daily Camera Obscura, given their prominence on here of late. But I’m making no excuses in talking even more about them, for two main reasons - (1) their new album My Maudlin Career is out next week and (2) it’s brilliant.
Three [...]

Woodpigeon - Treasury Library Canada

Thursday, 16 April 2009, 21:14 | Category : Reviews
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A casual observer may think that Woodpigeon are very prolific, given that End of the Road Records released their first album Songbook last September, closely followed by their second long-player Treasury Library Canada in February. But the truth is that different international release schedules have been kind to British fans of the Calgary-based band. That [...]

MAP April

Thursday, 16 April 2009, 9:17 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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I was a bit slack this month in getting some MAP blurb organised, so I did a hurried, last-minute job on Alessi’s Ark. I’ve still got the album to review, and this song has been posted on here several months ago, but see it as a wee taster for the new Alessi album, due out [...]

Righteous Brother

Wednesday, 15 April 2009, 21:16 | Category : Songs
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You know the situation. You’re in a record shop, browsing. You see a record by someone you’ve never heard of before and you’re drawn to it. You might not be really sure why you’re drawn to it, but you are. Maybe it’s the sleeve, maybe the band name, maybe some idea of what might be [...]

Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want

Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 23:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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Another American artist I’ve discovered lately is Papercuts. The San Franciscan, known to his mates as Jason Quever has already released one album - Can’t Go Back - in 2007. This week sees his second long-player You Can Have What You Want hit the shops.
As I’ve discovered, Quever is another man of many talents. As [...]

Love Leaf

Friday, 10 April 2009, 23:36 | Category : Stuff
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There’s a lot of love at Daily Growl Towers for The Leaf Label. The Leeds-based record company has put out a lot of excellent stuff over the last few years. Its earlier days were spent as a purveyor of quality leftfield electronica, and although they still do that, they’ve expanded their portfolio to include the [...]

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - The Snake + instore gig

Thursday, 9 April 2009, 21:17 | Category : Live music, Reviews
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A recent review in the Observer described Wildbirds & Peacedrums as “on their way to becoming the White Stripes in reverse”. It’s one of these comments that might make you think “oh yeah…” before passing on without thinking. But what does that mean? The guitar and drums roles are reversed? In reality, the Swedish husband-wife [...]