Singles Going Steady 34: Hope of the States

Saturday, 18 July 2009, 12:59 | Category : Singles Going Steady
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Yesterday, the Guardian announced the death of the CD. They weren’t the first to do this, and they certainly won’t be the last. But a closer look at the article, it’s really about CD singles. Of course, this isn’t surprising. The CD single has always been a crappy format, and to hear that Florence and [...]

She Keeps Bees @ The Britannia, 1 July 2009

Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 16:20 | Category : Live music, Live reviews
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The Britannia is becoming one of the best places for free live music in London. In addition to it being a good bar, having a critically acclaimed menu, and one of London’s best beer gardens (that’s a proper beer garden, rather than a beer patio like most london pubs) backing onto Victoria Park, there’s been [...]

MAP July

Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 13:13 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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I wasn’t really prepared for this month’s Music Alliance Project. I came backfrom holiday several days past the submission deadline, then had a mental scramble to decide what to include for England. Normally it’s a stand-out from my previous month’s blogging, but I was hardly very prolific in June so I was scratching my head [...]

Catching up

Tuesday, 14 July 2009, 23:36 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music
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At the weekend a friend asked me what was new in the world of music. After over a week away on holiday in Dorset with no internet and none of my usual media exposure, music had taken a back seat and the question left me a bit thrown, and I didn’t really answer it. It [...]

Half way house

Tuesday, 14 July 2009, 22:56 | Category : Lists
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I know, this should have been done two weeks ago at the year’s true halfway point, but I’ve been on holiday, and y’know, busy. For what it’s worth, here are my favourite albums of the year so far, in a top-tenular fashion. It’s based on a combination of what I’ve admired and (much more so) what [...]

M. Ward @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 30 June 2009

Friday, 3 July 2009, 23:33 | Category : Live reviews
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It’s not like I expect to go to gigs and hear bands do a perfect recreation of their album’s songs on stage. That would just be too boring. That said, I wasn’t quite ready for the M. Ward live experience on Tuesday night. I’m sure the muddy sound mix for the first few songs didn’t [...]