Wildbirds & Peacedrums go large

Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 13:17 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums are good enough on their own. They’ve given me two of my favourite albums of the past couple of years, with their raw and exciting music, stripped down to the awesome core of drums and voice. But even although they’ve always thrown the odd exotic instrument into the mix, they’re now expanding [...]

Willkommen back

Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 7:59 | Category : Live music
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Given that the bands which make up Brighton’s Willkommen Collective share so many members, it’s surprising that there’s so much diversity. Take for instance The Leisure Society and Sons of Noel and Adrian, who are about to head out on tour together. The Leisure Society are the ones with the stirring, sweeping and melancholy tunes, [...]

Mulatu Steps Ahead

Saturday, 27 March 2010, 0:11 | Category : Reviews
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Mulatu’s on a roll. Last year was a good one for the legendary Mr Astatke, what with the brilliant collaboration with The Heliocentrics, followed by a blinding career retrospective compliation later in the year. He’s not wasted any time and he’s already got a new album coming out. In the latter part of last year, [...]

Dry The River

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 22:38 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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If you’ve been on the excellent Black Cab Sessions website lately, among recent songs by more established names like Laura Marling, Shearwater, William Orbit and The Maccabees, you’ll have come across a band called Dry The River. You’ve likely not heard of them before and if you have you’ll probably not have actually heard what [...]

A new Fanclub?

Wednesday, 24 March 2010, 13:06 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music
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I don’t really do news on this blog, but for me this is no ordinary music news. And even better, it’s the most appropriate follow-on from the previous post on Alex Chilton. Yes, five years from Man-Made, my actual teenage heroes Teenage Fanclub are releasing a new album. This may not be a terribly long [...]

RIP Alex Chilton

Monday, 22 March 2010, 13:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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I couldn’t let this one pass without some kind of tribute. After all, the first CD I ever bought (not my first ever album kids - I’m not that indie) was a combo of Big Star’s first two albums #1 Record and Radio City. Boy, that makes me feel old. It was way back the [...]

Alessi’s Ark - Soul Proprietor

Friday, 19 March 2010, 21:33 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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I don’t think that EMI ever really knew what to do with Alessi’s Ark. Less than a year after the release of her debut Songs From the Treehouse, Alessi Laurent-Marke has parted company with the label who seemed to do very little to promote her album. Despite this, it’s been a busy year for Alessi, [...]

Brighten the corners

Friday, 19 March 2010, 0:42 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Emit Bloch is the sort of dude who you might expect to have been born on a cattle ranch in Utah, where he learned guitar on a porch watching a cowboy pluck Hank Williams songs. Then you hear the story about him recording his album for £6 on a dictaphone and the myth of a [...]

The Ruby Suns - Fight Softly

Wednesday, 17 March 2010, 23:24 | Category : Reviews
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What would you do if you were The Ruby Suns? Although your last album was a spectacularly sunny shot of tropical psych-pop, it went largely unappreciated, only for Animal Collective to come along a year later with a similar recipe and take all the praise and record sales. So where next? Credit is due - [...]

March MAP

Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 23:44 | Category : Music Alliance Pact, Uncategorized
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This month I’m back on MAP after the previous two paternity ghostwritten jobs. So my first selection of the year is the irrepressible Stairs to Korea. How could I not have chosen him? Regular readers will know who I mean, and the true nerds may even recgonise the blurb cut and pasted from previous blog [...]