Paris is burning

Friday, 26 November 2010, 16:54 | Category : Remixes, Video
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Percussive Jumping. Cowbell. Feather head dress. Pew drumming. Pentecostal fervour. General madness. This is the best music video I’ve seen in ages. The song’s out now on Big Dada. Get it here.

Family Fodder - Classical Music

Friday, 26 November 2010, 15:15 | Category : Reviews
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This review first appeared on The Line of Best Fit.
“Make it strange / Every way / That you can” is a lyric on the new album by Family Fodder that could easily be band’s manifesto. But they’re too clever to set this out up front. Although this line’s in the sixth track, by the time [...]

Winds of change?

Friday, 26 November 2010, 15:10 | Category : Video
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New Go! Team = similar to old Go! Team, except perhaps in even more vivid colour. This is a good thing. Except for my poor eyes. Welcome back.
The new album Rolling Blackouts is released on 31 January.

Seven Songs - Bellowhead

Friday, 26 November 2010, 15:07 | Category : Seven Songs
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It’s freezing outside, so here’s something to warm you up, because it’s pretty hard to listen to Bellowhead’s big band folk and not try to shake a bit of leg. I did earlier, and though the results weren’t pretty, I do feel warmer now. They may play songs that are centuries old, but these are [...]

New Gruff Rhys

Friday, 26 November 2010, 14:36 | Category : Live music
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February seems too far away. There’s a lot of chilly weather between now and then. So we’re just going to have to wrap up warm in our thermals and coats and wait for Hotel Shampoo, the new solo album from Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys. But before then, TONIGHT in fact, I can look [...]

Here’s Jonny

Friday, 12 November 2010, 23:17 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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One of the first gigs i saw after I moved to London was Teenage Fanclub supported by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci at Brixton Academy. It was a great gig, with both bands at the top of their game. It was the fag end of Britpop, a scene which neither band had played a part in, but [...]

Welcome to the Hotel Shampoo

Friday, 12 November 2010, 1:04 | Category : Video
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If your new album is going to be called Hotel Shampoo, what better way to publicise it than to make a hotel out of hotel shampoo. Gruff Rhys, you are still my hero.
mp3: Gruff Rhys - Shark Infested Waters
This song is available on 12 inch vinyl now. Order via the Gruff Rhys website shop. The [...]

Let’s Wrestle - In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s

Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 1:08 | Category : Reviews
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Thank goodness for reissues. Not something I’d usually say, since so many are lazy repackagings to squeeze more money out of old fans. However, they might just sometimes win some new ones. So I’m grateful that Full Time Hobby have re-released Let’s Wrestle’s debut album In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s, which first came [...]

Seven Songs: Micah P Hinson

Friday, 5 November 2010, 18:01 | Category : Seven Songs
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I find it hard to believe that Micah P Hinson has released his fifth album. It feels like no time ago since I first saw him, alone and a little nervous onstage at the 12 Bar Club back in 2004, just before the release of his amazing debut The Gospel of Progress. The last time [...]

Seven Songs: Yuck

Tuesday, 2 November 2010, 17:43 | Category : Seven Songs
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For ageing indie kids like myself, Yuck are a glimpse back to formative times. Back in the early 90s, I was all about shoegaze, American indie rock like Dinosaur Jr and the classic West-coast inclined jangly guitar pop coming out of my native Glasgow. The remarkable thing about Yuck is not only that they manage [...]