Twi the Humble Feather

Tuesday, 18 August 2009, 12:11 | Category : Songs
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We all know that the classic British pagan horror flick The Wicker Man was disastrously remade by Neil LaBute in 2007, to almost universal disdain. Now, if the film had been properly remade in America, keeping the lo-fi creepiness of the original, surely the ideal soundtrack would be provided by Twi the Humble Feather. [...]

Meursault live tracks

Monday, 17 August 2009, 23:51 | Category : Live music
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Quick post, because it’s late. Not that I need to say much, because I’ve previously bestowed all due praise on Meursault, because they’re great. They played live on BBC 6 Music a week or so ago, as guests of fellow Edinburgh man Vic Galloway, standing in for Marc Riley. Since then Marc’s been playing Nothing [...]

MAP August

Saturday, 15 August 2009, 13:04 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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When the call for submissions came for this month’s Music Alliance Project, I was firmly steeped in Scottish muisc, and had to reluctantly drag myself away to think about what English bands to suggest. Problem was, I couldn’t think of any. Thankfully, this roughly coincided with the arrival of the promo of the new album [...]

Seven Songs: Theoretical Girl

Thursday, 13 August 2009, 23:26 | Category : Seven Songs
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Theoretical Girl, aka Amy Turnnidge, has been around for quite a while (first appeared on this blog in February 2007, a whole life ago for me now), but has just released her debut album. Whatever took her so long, it seems to have been worth the wait. Back then I had her down as an [...]

‘Yo Mamma

Thursday, 13 August 2009, 21:06 | Category : Songs
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There’s no hard feelings with me. Even though Norway handed out a mighty ass-whipping to Scotland last night, I’m still featuring a Norwegian band today. Just as well that I don’t care very much about football then. Even if I did, Scotland fans have to learn to roll with the punches. Anyway, after the mighty [...]

The xx - xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009, 23:12 | Category : Reviews
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Their album hasn’t even been released yet, and already there’s chat about a Mercury Prize nomination next year for South West London four-piece The xx. How’s that for a big up for your new record? Although such talk is cheap, if it did actually happen, it would show the Mercury judges with a rare lapse [...]

Sunshine on a rainy day

Monday, 10 August 2009, 23:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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Left With Pictures have revived one of their old songs and re-recorded it as their new single. They’ve obviously had an eye on the seasons though, because here’s a song arriving slap bang in the middle of August, which couldn’t say ’summer’ more if it came with a free pair of sunglasses, aftersun and one [...]

A moment in time

Friday, 7 August 2009, 23:24 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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We had the video. Now we’ve got the song. Not only that, but four remixes too. Unusually for so many mixes of the same song, they’re all good, mainly because they keep the pulsing heart of the song, and tinker around on the edges. Some more beats here, a little squirt of synth there. The [...]

First impressions: The Big Pink

Friday, 7 August 2009, 16:13 | Category : Good new stuff
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A Brief History of Love, the new album by The Big Pink isn’t out till September, but you can listen to the whole thing this week at the band’s website or using the widget below. I’m a bit behind on this one, so it’ll only work until the end of the weekend, but that may [...]

Seven Songs: Dent May

Thursday, 6 August 2009, 21:30 | Category : Seven Songs
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This week got off to a good start. Monday lunchtime rolled round and it was time to pop off to Pure Groove for a lunchtime set by Dent May, accompanied by His Magnificent Ukulele and his band, who are pretty magnificent too, in their own way. About 20 people were gathered, over coffees and drinks [...]