Cloud Control

Thursday, 22 July 2010, 16:54 | Category : Live music, Video
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Cloud Control from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.
Have you been on the Black Cab Sessions website lately? I drop by regularly and there’s always something brilliant going on. The latest session comes from Cloud Control - an Australian band I’d never heard of before - who bring handclaps and some lovely harmonies to a trip [...]

Seven Songs // Bear Driver

Thursday, 22 July 2010, 16:44 | Category : Seven Songs
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Last year, Bear Driver did well for a band with only one single under their belts, playing both Reading and End of the Road festivals. I missed them at the latter of course, and as has been the case every year of the festival now, bands I missed have a habit of cropping up the [...]

Gruff Rhys vs. Tony Da Gatorra

Thursday, 22 July 2010, 0:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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The next installment in the ongoing adventures of Gruff Rhys. The last two years have seen him go from sports car-inspired electropop to huge psychedelic rock jams in his day job with Super Furry Animals and now back to teaming up with Brazillian eccentric Tony Da Gatorra playing huge psychedelic rock jams. Sort of. With [...]

Swarm Nights

Thursday, 22 July 2010, 0:04 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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Not Squares - Release the Bees from Bright Stem on Vimeo.
Here, Belfast’s premier synth destroyers return, having ditched their guitars, clutching a well-thumbed copy of Let’s Make it RAVE, and a cheap graphics package, and somehow contrive to make it awesome.
mp3: Not Squares - Bi Ki Na (Me Me Wee Wee WeeMix)

Richard Youngs - Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits

Friday, 16 July 2010, 11:44 | Category : Reviews
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This review first appeared on Bearded Magazine.
Glasgow has long been celebrated for its independent music – plenty hot new bands, artists and scenes have come out of there in the past few decades, but you can be sure that no media flurry about music in that city will ever mention the name Richard Youngs.
There [...]

July MAP

Thursday, 15 July 2010, 23:53 | Category : Music Alliance Pact
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Now here’s part 2 of Wet Paint Day here on The Daily Growl. There are no more tracks from the new album - just the same one but this time it’s been distributed across 33 blogs worldwide. It’s this month’s Music Alliance Pact of course, and along with bigging up Wet Paint internationally, here’s the [...]

A quick word with… Wet Paint

Thursday, 15 July 2010, 16:26 | Category : A quick word with...
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If, like me, you were one of the people who enjoyed the scuzzy, fuzzy slacker rock of It Rots, the debut album by East London band Wet Paint, then rejoice! They’ve recorded a new album which is out sometime soon. Not sure exactly when, but the main thing for now is that I’ve got a [...]

A bad week for live music

Thursday, 15 July 2010, 0:11 | Category : Live music
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Yesterday, for propably the last time, I went down to Pure Groove in Smithfields. Since it opened there in 2008, I’ve been there many times – to buy records, to drink coffee and most of all for their excellent instore gigs. Their lunchtime shows have sustained me with live music when getting out to gigs [...]

Seven Songs // Wilder

Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 23:04 | Category : Seven Songs
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It’s always nice when people give me more than just song titles for Seven Songs. I appreciate everyone who does it of course, and I know artists are busy and all that. But extra effort is always pleasing. If I were to measure bands by this criteria, Wilder would be top of the charts. Three [...]

Seven Songs // Perfume Genius

Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 16:54 | Category : Seven Songs
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It’s been much publiclised lately that the songs on the Perfume Genius debut album Learning come from a dark place. And certainly, the simple beauty of these piano ballads is underscored by raw emotion and pain, but that’s what makes them so compelling and no doubt why the album has been so acclaimed. When I [...]