Django Django

Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 12:54 | Category : Good new stuff
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It’s shaping up to be a good year for old Beta Band fans. Not only do we have the long-awaited return of Steve Mason. And surely we’re due another Aliens album? But even better than these, we have Django Django. Since the various members of the great defunct outfit won’t be wanting to retread former [...]

Outside Broadcast

Saturday, 13 March 2010, 0:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’ll be no surprise to anyone that having a new baby in the house is not conducive to a gig-going habit. But although night-time pursuits are off the agenda for now, any withdrawal symptoms I have are being staved off by Pure Groove’s lunchtime gigs. A couple of weeks ago I went to see Broadcast [...]

Victoria & Jacob

Thursday, 11 March 2010, 14:21 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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Victoria & Jacob are messing with you. They almost had me fooled. Take a look at the picture and remember their name. You’re thinking whimsical acoustic-folky stuff aren’t you? No? What’s that - electro pop? Surely not?  Well, not quite, that’s a bit misleading. Don’t expect to throw any dance moves, but do expect to [...]

Fall down dead

Tuesday, 9 March 2010, 23:53 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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When it’s time for the lo-fi indie pop Olympics this year, it looks like the Americans are the early favourites. They’re already got the established big litters like Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Vivian Girls strutting around like the medals are theirs already. The new blood is on the way too as [...]

Name game

Saturday, 6 March 2010, 1:07 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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There are loads of ways to reinvent a band, but surely the easiest is to just change the name. It worked for the  Kaiser Chiefs. It may well work for Ex Lion Tamers who obviously thought a new name would suit them better, so called themselves Wild Palms. Good move.  Thankfully they’ve opted to leave [...]

Dark Knight

Thursday, 4 March 2010, 1:18 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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Drivetime. The time to leave work, get into the car and turn on the radio. There a DJ will keep you lightly entertained with smooth MOR tunes and some inane chat all the way home. I like to think there’s another reality where people will slide in a Mat Riviere CD and as their car [...]

Save BBC 6 Music

Thursday, 4 March 2010, 0:01 | Category : Stuff
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So it’s official. The rumours were true. The BBC wants to kill 6 Music. No surprise after last Friday’s leaked story, but it’s been interesting to actually see the report that recommends the closure, and infuriating to see Mark Thomson trying to justify it on TV today. The problem with the report and what Thompson [...]