I care because you do

Thursday, 11 June 2009, 13:56 | Category : Songs
Tags : , , ,

If like me you loved Alela Diane’s recent To Be Still album, you may also like The Silence of Love by Headless Heroes, a collaborative covers project which has Alela providing vocals. The record came out at the end of last year and features covers of songs by greats like The Jesus and Mary Chain [...]

Fanfarlo - Reservoir

Wednesday, 10 June 2009, 23:15 | Category : Reviews
Tags :

Shockingly, I almost let this one pass me by. I’d picked up a couple of their singles last year, but when Fanfarlo’s debut album was released (digitally) in February I was slow to move. More fool me, because I almost missed out on what I’m sure will be one of my albums of the year. [...]

God Help The Girl

Tuesday, 9 June 2009, 21:14 | Category : Good new stuff
Tags :

You don’t need me to tell you about God Help The Girl. You’ll have read about it on a dozen other blogs, seen the website or even Stuart Murdoch’s blog at the Guardian. But here we go, it’s appearing here because I like it and I’m quite excited about what’s to come later this month. [...]

Omar Souleyman / Group Doueh @ The Dome, 29 May 2009

Monday, 8 June 2009, 23:02 | Category : Live reviews
Tags : ,

Last Friday brought a few surprises. First was the queue. I knew the gig was sold out, but I wasn’t quite expecting the long queue which looked amusingly out of place in this quiet Tufnell Park junction. A passerby may have assumed that this it was some hot young starlets drawing the crowds to the [...]

Dub stars

Wednesday, 3 June 2009, 14:45 | Category : Songs
Tags :

This is one of the many reasons I love independent record shops. I was in Pure Groove the other day buying some records and threw in the latest Casiokids 7 inch to make up the numbers. As I did, the guy behind the counter suggested listening to the b-side at 33rpm. So I did, and [...]

New Cave Singers

Tuesday, 2 June 2009, 21:20 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
Tags :

Although I may have seemed a bit disparaging about new songs from The Cave Singers in my recent gig review, it was just because on the night, I wasn’t feeling them like I thought I would. There was one very pleasing stomper in the Dancing on Our Graves vein, and a whole bunch of others [...]

The final countdown

Tuesday, 2 June 2009, 15:29 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
Tags :

It’s gloriously sunny outside. Blue skies, sunglasses, sweaty bodies and ice cream. What do you want to hear? Gloomy rock music? Weird folk music? Maybe, but right now I’m in the mood for funky beats, silly lyrics, keyboard twirls, cheesy guitar solos and a rolling groove. Maybe something that sounds like CSS back when they [...]