End of the Road Festival 2009

Wednesday, 30 September 2009, 22:58 | Category : Festivals, Live reviews
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This is a review of a music festival, but it may not be be much like the other reviews you read in newspapers or other, cooler music sites. These are mainly about the bands, as the writer flits from performance to performance, trying to cram as many short reviews of different acts without being too [...]

Alan Pownall

Thursday, 24 September 2009, 15:09 | Category : Good new stuff
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Alan Pownall has been hovering on the edge of my consciousness for a while now. He got pushed further in, when he got bigged up by Marcus Mumford after a support slot at the Borderline gig last month. Then this week, two mp3s arrived. One which shows off a nice line in downtempo acoustic folkiness, [...]

Richard Hawley - Truelove’s Gutter

Thursday, 24 September 2009, 0:35 | Category : Live music, Reviews
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A new Richard Hawley album is always a big event in the Growl household. We’re both fans, but Mrs Growl especially so. She was the one who ran to the main stage at End of the Road when Bob Lind announced that Hawley and Jarvis were to be backing him up on a few songs. [...]

Seven Songs: Maps

Tuesday, 22 September 2009, 23:04 | Category : Seven Songs
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When James Chapman’s debut Maps album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize back in 2007, words like ’shoegazing’ were used a lot to describe his dense guitar-layered electronica. With his new album Turning the Mind however, the descriptions aren’t going to be quite the same. Mainly because he’s dispensed with the guitars this time around, [...]

After the Gold Rush

Tuesday, 22 September 2009, 13:36 | Category : Good new stuff
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There was a tiny piece of rejoicing round Daily Growl way today at the news of a new album from Canadian songstrel Basia Bulat. The Rough Trade folks won’t be putting it out until 25 January next year, but in the meantime, a new track is doing the rounds. It’s a direct continuation from her [...]

To Be Still

Sunday, 20 September 2009, 0:05 | Category : Video
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I saw Alela Diane at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday night, and now that gig can join End of the Road in the review queue. In the meantime, here she is, playing To Be Still on Jools Holland this week with her dad backing her up. Sweet.

Seven Songs: Piney Gir

Saturday, 19 September 2009, 0:01 | Category : Seven Songs
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There have been a few highly anticipated returns this year, but I’ve not been interested in the likes of Muse and Arctic Monkeys. One of the returns that I have been looking forward to however, was Piney Gir. The Kansas girl, transplanted in London, has been through various musical incarnations in her time, moving effortlessly [...]

MAP September

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 23:23 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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So here’s this month’s international digest, a day late, but there’s good reason for that. Unlike previous months when I’ve been casting around for who to include, this month I didn’t have any doubt. Beth Jeans Houghton. Not only because she’s ace and because she did a recent Seven Songs for me, but also because [...]

Return to centre

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 22:44 | Category : Festivals, Lists
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I’m back from holidays and End of the Road Festival. Good times were had, and plenty of sun. I’m playing catch-up with all things blog-related, wading through hundreds of promo emails looking for the good stuff, and getting back into work and normal life again. Busy busy busy. I’ve got a bunch of blog posts [...]

Seven Songs: Treetop Flyers

Sunday, 6 September 2009, 23:06 | Category : Seven Songs
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There’s a clue in the name. You’d expect a band who take their name from a Stephen Stills song to be channelling a some classic 70s American rock, and you’d be right. The sepia photos and artwork only serve to confirm this. So listening to their freewheelin’ Americana conjures up names like Neil Young and [...]