Seven Songs: Darwin Deez

Friday, 28 May 2010, 23:46 | Category : Seven Songs
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I’m a bit sheepish about this one. Mainly because Darwin Deez is a star and answered by seven silly questions super-quick and it’s taken me a month to post them up. So apologies to the curly haired one. Although I’m a slowcoach, speed is the order of the Deez game right now - you have [...]

Shjip stream

Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 23:56 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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I’ve never really got along with Mystery Jets. Maybe it stems from the day I was trapped in the old Rough Trade shop in Covent Garden while they played one afternoon. That shop had only a narrow spiral staircase as an exit and my escape was blocked by scores of keen teens, so unimpressed of [...]

A quick word with: Woodpigeon

Friday, 21 May 2010, 11:31 | Category : Interviews
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Woodpigeon’s new album Die Stadt Muzikanten is probably their best yet. Or at least their most consistently good. Even though it clocks in at a hefty 16 tracks, there’s little let-up in the quality. We know what to expect from Mark Hamilton and his merry band of Calgary musicians - sweeping string-laden indie-pop with bolstered [...]

Seven Songs: Matthew and the Atlas

Thursday, 20 May 2010, 21:58 | Category : Seven Songs
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Let’s not have any mention about Mumford & Sons here. OK, I’ve just mentioned them, but only to make the point that in the wake of the success of Marcus Mumford & Co, there’s the danger that any young man wielding a banjo is going to be compared to his more famous peers. I’ve not [...]

A quick word with: Quack Quack

Thursday, 20 May 2010, 12:39 | Category : Interviews
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It’s rare these days to stumble across a band you’ve never heard of before, and come away breathless and gaping at the mouth, but that’s exactly what happened at End of the Road last year when my friend and I wandered into The Local tent and witnessed the live spectacle that it Quack Quack in [...]

May MAP + the evil of Google

Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 23:56 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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In this month’s MAP, I’m talking about the awesome Archie Bronson Outfit. You can see that below, along with the other 30 hand-picked tunes from around the world. But there’s a dark shadow cast over this month’s edition in the shape of the increasingly evil Google. On Friday evening, the day before this edition was [...]

Sound of Silver

Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 12:54 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes, Video
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More Silver Columns firsts. After their first gig and first recorded live footage recently, now we have the no-longer-mysterious duo’s first official video. It’s not for their first single though - Cavalier is their third, out on Moshi Moshi next week. The previous two records have been lower key affairs, but now Adem and Johnny [...]

Daniel Bjarnason - Processions

Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 12:46 | Category : Reviews
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Sorry I’ve been absent from here for so long. Normal life has taken over, squeezing out all blogging time, and only allowing for the odd Tweet here and there. But now I’m back with a backlog of interviews, reviews and other good new stuff to report to y’all.
Since you last heard from me, I’ve done [...]