These arms of mine

Sunday, 31 May 2009, 14:51 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Remixing must be a tricky job sometimes, particularly if the original track is a killer. What do you do? Add some perfunctory beats? Slow it down? Speed it up? It’s surely hard to capture the spirit of the original whilst dressing it in new clothes.
If the track in question is The Big Pink’s Velvet, one [...]

Found in translation

Thursday, 28 May 2009, 14:34 | Category : Good new stuff
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Need No Water Records, who brought us the excellent Wytchwoods EP by Blacklands earlier in the year, have come up with something else quite special. This time it’s not one lovely 7 inch, but two. The first actually came out in February and featured the song Robin by Belgian couple Soy un Caballo, and an [...]

From the Sublime…

Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 15:46 | Category : Video
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Go on. Watch this video and tell me that you don’t want to see this guy in action. The dude knows how to bring the party, even if it is in a bizarre and slightly sinister way. If you’re interested and live outside London, check out these dates. If you live in London, too late, [...]

Seven Songs: Left With Pictures

Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:36 | Category : Seven Songs
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Left With Pictures have a new single out. The 7 inch comprises two songs - Every Stitch, Every Line and Her Father’s Nose - which are another fine showcase for the London quartet’s agreeable chamber pop, this time with a definite spring in their step. It’s good stuff and augurs well for their debut full-length [...]

Lost Coastline

Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 23:15 | Category : Stuff
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I’ve been on holiday, away somewhere with no email, no mobile network coverage and not a whole lot going on. Which is exactly what we wanted. There was music though. One particularly sweet moment was driving back to the cottage, by the sea with the late evening sun casting long shadows across the Moray Firth; [...]

MAP May

Friday, 15 May 2009, 10:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s MAP time again. This month I’m enthusing about Blue Roses, as I have here quite a lot already. The more I hear that album, the better it gets. But there’s a lot more of good worldwide stuff here. Check it out.

Shearwater / The Cave Singers @ The Union Chapel, 12 May

Friday, 15 May 2009, 9:58 | Category : Live reviews
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It’s not very often that you get to put on your two favourite bands on the same night. So says Howard Monk, head honcho of ace London promoters The Local, who are putting on tonight’s highly promising show. They may not be my very favourite bands, but between them they were responsible for one of [...]

Jeffrey Lewis and the News

Thursday, 14 May 2009, 12:01 | Category : Video
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Jeffrey Lewis TV Episode 3 from Rough Trade on Vimeo.
You may say that this blog it turning into The Daily Jeffrey Lewis. I’d say no, but it is the Weekly Jeffrey Lewis. This week’s installment comes courtesy of the folks at Rough Trade, where we see our Jeff getting all topical on our asses with [...]

The Broken Family Band / Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards @ The Scala

Thursday, 14 May 2009, 8:37 | Category : Live reviews
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Music aside, gigs like this make me feel good. By making me feel young. Last time I was at this venue I was surrounded by teeny tiny teenagers rushing the stage at a No Age gig. This time it’s more about the receding hairlines and middle-aged spread, and yeah, I feel better. That’s not to [...]

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Friday, 8 May 2009, 12:07 | Category : Reviews
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In today’s cut-throat world of music, it pays to have a champion. The world of young male singer-songwriters doesn’t seem to be as crowded as the corresponding female market, but every little helps. In the case of Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, he has a champion in the shape of TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone [...]