Mat Riviere - FYH

Thursday, 10 December 2009, 14:04 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Ah, Christmas time. Time to max out on musical cheese, from these knackered tunes wafting out along your local high street to the guady singalongs at office Christmas parties. Want an antidote to all this? Try Mat Riviere. His new single FYH has wonky electronics, deadpan vocals, insistent thrum, sort of like a lo-fi Interpol [...]

Seven Songs: The Wave Pictures

Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 13:30 | Category : Seven Songs
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Although I’ve spent a lot of time bigging up The Wave Pictures in the past, I’m afraid I’ve been a bit lax this year. It’s not like East London’s kings of scruffy lo-fi pop haven’t been busy, they’re still plying their excellent trade in the capital’s seedier venues, and they had an album - If [...]

Euros Childs - Son of Euro Child

Monday, 7 December 2009, 22:09 | Category : Reviews
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Euros Childs sounds like a man cut loose. He’s no longer constrained by such things as record labels, which leaves him free to mess about with keyboards and do whatever the hell he likes. This is generally a good thing, so he gets to play around with grumbling synths, silly lyrics and song titles, childhood [...]

Declaration

Monday, 7 December 2009, 22:08 | Category : Video
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These New Puritans return, all tooled up and ready to settle old scores.

New Shearwater - Castaways

Friday, 4 December 2009, 17:29 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Forgive the multiple Shearwater post mentalism lately, but I’m excited about the new album The Golden Archipelago. I’m not even fazed by the prospect of a concept album about “man’s impact on the natural world”, because the past two records have been along these themes and they’ve been excellent. The first proper taster is the [...]

Seven Songs: Jesca Hoop

Thursday, 3 December 2009, 23:56 | Category : Seven Songs
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Jesca Hoop has come with celebrity endorsements, from none less than Tom Waits himself, for whom she apparently used to work as a nanny. Well, if she not only comes with the great man’s seal of musical approval, but has been trusted to look after his kids, that’s good enough for me to give her [...]

Sparrow and the Workshop @ The Slaughtered Lamb, 24 Nov 2009

Thursday, 3 December 2009, 17:42 | Category : Live reviews
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The Slaughtered Lamb is one of the nicest little gig venues in London. A quick glance at the picture above might have you thinking that’s it’s some fearsome rock dive, but no. It’s more like watching a gig in a big living room - a particularly awesome kind of living room with a bar, lots [...]

Ellie Goulding - Roscoe

Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 14:16 | Category : Live music
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This post is totally mercenary. I don’t rate Ellie Goulding, and will be deaf to the masses of hype and fluff that’s going to be whizzing about very soon. Neither am I a fan of Midlake, although I’m happy to admit that Roscoe is a great song. You may then think that this post is [...]

Seasons fleetings

Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 14:02 | Category : Stuff
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OK, so it’s December. End of the year. And in blog-land time for LISTS. If you care about such things, I’ll be starting mine next week, probably. Albums first, then gigs and songs. And of course it being the end of the decade, I’m going to have to do something for that. A list of [...]

I Was a King @ Pure Groove

Tuesday, 1 December 2009, 22:51 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music
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A week past Friday I went back to Pure Groove for the fourth lunchtime that week to see I Was a King. The main reason I loved this gig was that after a few scuzzy riffs and harmonies, I was no longer in a cafe bar in Smithfields, London. I was younger, pimplier and worse-dressed, [...]