The Welcome Wagon @ Shoreditch Church, 1 September 2009

Sunday, 6 September 2009, 0:43 | Category : Live reviews
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It’s not every minister of religion who gets a song written for them by one of the most feted singer-songwriters around. But that’s exactly what happened to the Rev Vito Auito. Vito’s Ordination Song was written by his friend Sufjan Stevens for, and performed at at Vito’s ordination into the Presbyterian Church. It also ended [...]

Your heart on the line

Friday, 4 September 2009, 0:04 | Category : Video
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Mumford & Sons / Little Lion Man video

Here’s the video that wasn’t shown at the Mumford & Sons gig last week. On the night it didn’t matter. All we wanted was another blistering set from Marcus and the boys. But the video is out now. It’s an odd choice for a single. Not that it [...]

Seven Songs: Lulu and the Lampshades

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 0:26 | Category : Seven Songs
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Luisa Gerstein loves cycling. I thought I was going to have to wait till next week for the answers to my seven questions because she’s cycling around Europe just now. But like a true star, she found time to reply from somewhere over there. It seems that she likes to write songs on her bike [...]

Forest Fire - Survival

Tuesday, 1 September 2009, 23:53 | Category : Reviews
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Scruffy, hirsute young hipsters making melodic Americana can be found on every street in Brooklyn, so it’s a feat for any of them to stand out. Forest Fire do, because they ply an impressive trade in ragged, soulful countrified rock, where blissed-out grooves meet gorgeous harmonies, achingly melancholic melodies and sometimes startling lyrics (like “tonight [...]