Seven Songs: Alan Pownall

Friday, 27 November 2009, 22:35 | Category : Seven Songs
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Alan Pownall doesn’t give too much away about himself. Do a Google search and see what you find. But although there may not be very much info out there just now, expect more to come your way soon. When all the press and blogs get in a tizzy about their tips for 2010, expect Alan’s [...]

Stairs to Korea

Friday, 27 November 2009, 0:59 | Category : Good new stuff, Video
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Last Wednesday, there was another quality lunchtime gig as part of Pure Groove’s week-long ale festival. This one’s certainly worth a mention becauce (1) Stairs to Korea is long overdue an appearance on this blog and (2) he’s great.
Lunchtime drinkers, eaters and loafers were treated to a one-man battery of effects, good tunes, wry lyrics [...]

Jeremy Warmsley on Acres, Acres

Thursday, 26 November 2009, 15:16 | Category : Interviews
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You may have heard that Jeremy Warmsley has a new band called Acres, Acres. You may have listened to the four excellent songs on their myspace or downloaded one of them from my previous post or from bandcamp. You may even be interested to find out more about the new band, in which case ta-da: [...]

eagleowl - Sleep The Winter

Thursday, 26 November 2009, 12:47 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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eagleowl’s website proclaims that they “believe in doing things right, rather than doing things fast”. That suits me just fine - I’m happy to wait, especially if their output continues to be as brilliant as this. Their 5-track EP For the Thoughts You Never Had was one of my favourite records of 2008. Now, about [...]

Two good

Monday, 23 November 2009, 23:38 | Category : Good new stuff, Video
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Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago from KMS on Vimeo.
An arty trailer for a new album maybe sounds a bit pretentious, but when the band is as awesome as Shearwater, we’ll let them off with anything. If the new album The Golden Archipelago is even a fraction as good as their gig at the Union Chapel [...]

Seven Songs: Line & a Dot

Saturday, 21 November 2009, 1:18 | Category : Seven Songs
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Today’s Seven Songs comes from someone you probably haven’t heard of, but I think you should. Line and a Dot - who is more ordinarily Sarah from Northampton - was first pitched to me by a small indie label called Things to Make and Do as new female folk artist along the lines of Elliot [...]

More cup action

Saturday, 21 November 2009, 1:13 | Category : Video
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Here’s another video of Lulu and the Lampshades playing You’re Gonna Miss Me aka Cups, for no other reason than this band make me very happy. Watch the rest of their ace bandstand busk here.

Seven Songs: Sparrow and the Workshop

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 23:56 | Category : Seven Songs
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Sparrow and the Workshop are one these bands who you might find hard to pinpoint exactly what you like about them, but you like them anyway. They remind me of The National, not because they sound anything like them, but just because they’re great without doing anything obviously radical or different. The more obvious comparisons [...]

Internet Forever

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 23:30 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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Rough Trade has a new Indiepop compilation out. Rather than look to past lo-fi classics like they did on their previous collection, these are current artists carrying the torch for proper DIY music with good tunes. Internet Forever aren’t on this comp, but they really should be, mainly because there are few other bands out [...]

Seven Songs: The Miserable Rich

Wednesday, 18 November 2009, 17:17 | Category : Seven Songs
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The first time I saw The Miserable Rich, one of the stand-out songs from their set was the cover of Hot Chip’s Over and Over. Usually the best cover versions are those which totally re-interpret a song and somehow keep the spirit of the original intact, and their version certainly did that. Look it up [...]