Brutal or boring?

Friday, 22 January 2010, 23:57 | Category : Video
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Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos! from Los Campesinos! on Vimeo.
There’s something about Los Campesinos! that doesn’t quite agree with me. I mean, I loved You! Me! Dancing! as much as the next literate lovelorn indie fan, but the three albums that followed have left me a little cold. That includes their new one Romance [...]

Young and Lost Club competition!

Friday, 22 January 2010, 13:09 | Category : Competition
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The excellent Young and Lost Club records have long been a fertile breeding ground for great new music, and occasionally the stars of tomorrow. In the past they’ve put out the first records by Noah and the Whale, Johnny Flynn and Fear of Flying (who as you know became White Lies) who have all gone [...]

Stairs to Korea - All of Your Friends

Tuesday, 19 January 2010, 23:56 | Category : Live music, Video
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He’s back! Awesome bearded one-man band and king of the offbeat tweets, Stairs to Korea returns with another single on the all conquering Brainlove records. All of Your Friends was the highlight of the set when I saw him recently, and is another in the gradual drip-feed of fine pieces of lo-fi electronics and ace [...]

Go Green

Monday, 18 January 2010, 23:42 | Category : Live music
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It’s too late to talk about the BBC’s Sound of 2010 now, but I can talk about the artists who I nominated, since none of them were popular enough to make the list. The longest shot of all three votes was Liz Green, the publicity-shy, Manchester-based singer songwriter has only released two seven inch singles [...]

MAP January

Sunday, 17 January 2010, 0:00 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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I’m not in this month’s MAP, though the eagle-eyed among you may want to query that. “Look”, you say, “a little Daily Growl entry for England, just like usual”. But no my friends, no. Because of all the hospital shenanigans at the start of the month, I never got round to submitting a track for [...]

Don’t look back

Saturday, 16 January 2010, 21:20 | Category : Remixes, Songs
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The last time I came across Zombie Zombie, they were soundtracking my late-night drive to dystopia. I’m pleased to bump into them again, this time bringing their excellent Krauty electronics to bear down upon a song by their fellow-countrymen Yeti Lane, and inject their space pop with the heebie jeebies.
mp3: Yeti Lane - One One [...]

Jay Reatard RIP

Friday, 15 January 2010, 21:36 | Category : RIP
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There have been the odd occasions where I’ve passed up opportunities to see musical legends and then regretted it when they passed away. Similarly, there are many times when I could have gone to see Jay Reatard, but didn’t. But then, when someone is only 29, you always expect there will be another chance. So [...]

Catch me if you can

Friday, 15 January 2010, 0:20 | Category : Remixes
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I’m easing myself back into proper blogging with this pleasing little oddity, an Alan Pownall remix by cool kids Monarchy. Like the Pet Shop Boys, it manages to stay on the right side of cheese, and it’s goodness is largely due to the quality of the original song. It won’t be for everyone, but it’s [...]

50 tracks of 2009

Monday, 11 January 2010, 23:59 | Category : Lists
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Right, this 2009 stuff has to stop here. There’s a whole lot of reasons (well one big one) why this list is so late, but no need to go into that, and now I just want to get it over with. So no double-checking to see if it really is the one I wanted. It [...]

New Year: unfinished business

Monday, 4 January 2010, 23:18 | Category : Stuff
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Hello again and Happy New Year. Hope you’re enjoying the nice cold weather. Before I begin in earnest, I’ve got some unfinished business. A combination of apathy then some unexpected stuff happening last week meant that I never got round to posting my top tracks of 2009. So at the risk of being too retrograde [...]