Indian summer

Friday, 30 October 2009, 0:07 | Category : Good new stuff
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We Brits like to talk about the weather. This week the chat has all gone like “isn’t is amazing - it’s the end of October and it’s so warm” and “oh, have you heard, it’s going to be 21C this week”. Especially today as we sat outside and ate lunch. This is all good, not [...]

Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London

Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 17:36 | Category : Reviews
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People use words like ‘legend’ a bit too loosely in this business. Does being able to play an instrument really well, or releasing loads of albums, or having cult appeal really make someone a legend? How about actually creating your own type of music,  inventing your own musical instrument, and being the main man of [...]

Reach for the stars

Tuesday, 27 October 2009, 14:06 | Category : Video
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This week’s award for a low-budget video featuring amateur cheerleaders, rudimentary graphics, cardboard stars and big smiles all round goes to Piney Gir for her upcoming single Say I’m Sorry. 26 November, folks.

Seven Songs: Nancy Elizabeth

Monday, 26 October 2009, 14:14 | Category : Seven Songs
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Just when you thought she couldn’t get much more stripped down, Nancy Elizabeth does exactly that. Her 2007 album Battle and Victory was a beautiful, minimal affair, but one garnished with a host of exotic instrumentation. For the follow-up, Wrought Iron, the Wigan-raised, Manchester-based singer songwriter has cut away all possible fat and created a [...]

Up and away

Saturday, 24 October 2009, 0:25 | Category : Remixes
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Unlike these people, I don’t care much for remixes. But every so often one comes along and shouts down my prejudices like an angry Question Time audience. Since their remix of Grace Jones’ Williams Blood became one of my favourite things of last year, it was always likely that another Aeroplane remix would hit the [...]

Emily Barker

Friday, 23 October 2009, 22:35 | Category : Good new stuff
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If you’re in London and looking for a good gig to go to, you can do far worse than checking out what The Local has on offer, because they always put on good stuff. If you look at their website just now, you’ll see the name Emily Barker quite a lot. She’s an Aussie who [...]

Feet to the sky

Thursday, 22 October 2009, 23:45 | Category : Video
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Lulu & the Lampshades‘ new single is out next week. Watch them play it in a bandstand, then go to see them launch it at Passing Clouds in Dalston next Monday. There are three more songs in their ace Bandstand Busking session too.

Broadcast and The Focus Group

Thursday, 22 October 2009, 16:08 | Category : Reviews
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Or to give it the full title Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age.
The new Broadcast album isn’t really the new Broadcast album. It was 2005 since we last heard from Trish Keenan and James Cargill, and their fourth ‘proper’ long-player arrives next year. But in the meantime we have [...]

Seven Songs: Rose Elinor Dougall

Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 23:08 | Category : Seven Songs
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I used to wonder why The Pipettes weren’t huge. So much about them - three attractive girls, polka dot dress ‘uniforms’, sparkling pop songs, synchronised dancing - shouted Saturday night TV entertainment rather than sweaty indie dives. So I can only assume it was the lack of a major label advertising budget that prevented them [...]

Singles Going Steady 35: David Holmes

Tuesday, 20 October 2009, 22:56 | Category : Singles Going Steady
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It’s been a while, so I’m having another glance at the rotting tower of CD singles in the corner of this room to see what’s next in line. Before I leave the H’s, I need to post this tune by David Holmes. I own nothing else by the Northern Irish DJ, producer and friend of [...]