Late lists

Thursday, 30 December 2010, 1:30 | Category : Lists
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Yeah, I know. It’s nearly the end of the year and I haven’t fulfilled my blogger’s duty of posting my end-of-year lists. It’s been a good year generally, but not a great one for this blog. The arrival of a second junior Growl and a busier time at work has meant that sometimes weeks have [...]

(Xmas) Song of the Week: Santa Claus on a Helicopter!

Thursday, 23 December 2010, 17:16 | Category : Christmas
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I know you’re all fed up of hearing the same old Christmas songs every year. And these indie versions always seem to lack sparkle. How about an Xmas song like none other you’ve heard? Just click above. AMAZING. I’ve been listening to this all week.
By the way, I first heard it on this excellent podcast, [...]

A quick word with… James Mathé

Thursday, 23 December 2010, 16:52 | Category : A quick word with...
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James Mathé has already been on here recently with a song of the week - a demo of the excellent ‘The Load’ off his latest EP. Given that he’s been a big Daily Growl favourite under his former guide Barbarossa, I was obviously interested in asking him a few questions about the change in name, [...]

A quick word with… The Wave Pictures

Thursday, 23 December 2010, 16:09 | Category : A quick word with...
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This interview also appears on The Line of Best Fit.
It may not figure much in the glut of seasonal indie tunes clogging up the internet at the moment, but The Wave’s Pictures‘ ‘I Love You Like a Madman’ is one of the best Christmas songs ever. A sweet and funny tale of staying at the [...]

A quick word with… Not Squares

Thursday, 9 December 2010, 13:36 | Category : A quick word with...
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Belfast’s self-proclaimed party band Not Squares has just released its first album. I’ve not seen them live, but by all accounts their boast is not an idle one. Certainly the recorded version kicks hard. Its release has been perfectly timed to coincide with the coldest weather for ages. Now people across the land will be [...]

Seven Songs: Sky Larkin

Wednesday, 8 December 2010, 7:30 | Category : Seven Songs
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Here’s the second Seven Songs with a Leeds-based band in a couple of days. Mind you, this one should have been here months ago, so apologies to Sky Larkin, particularly since they had the decency to all pitch in and give me seven songs each. Their second album Kaleide, released back in the summer, is [...]

Song of the week: James Mathé - The Load

Tuesday, 7 December 2010, 14:41 | Category : Song of the Week
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Perhaps I shouldn’t be starting a new feature on here, especially since I struggle to keep everything else going, but what the hell, why not? This has been prompted by my Song of the Day piece for The Line of Best Fit last Friday, in which I talked about the excellent demo version of ‘The [...]

Gruff Rhys @ Toynbee Studios, 26 Nov 2010

Tuesday, 7 December 2010, 0:45 | Category : Live reviews
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This review was first published on The Line of Best Fit.
“The second best thing about this keyboard” Gruff Rhys tells us, after proudly showing us a red light running across the keys, “is that it has a beat which sounds like Gangster’s Paradise by Coolio.” He plays it. “Now I’m going to speed it up”. [...]

Seven Songs: Vessels

Monday, 6 December 2010, 19:00 | Category : Seven Songs
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It’s been a long time since Vessels were on this blog. Too long really, so by way of redress, here’s a Seven Songs I did recently with the Leeds-based post rock quintet. They’ve got a new single out; ‘Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute’ which continues the band’s tradition of creating songs with an impressive sense of [...]

Meursault / Eagleowl @ The Luminaire 30/10/2010

Friday, 3 December 2010, 18:02 | Category : Live reviews
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“Maybe Meursault have gone rock” joked my friend as we stood waiting at the Luminaire, noting all the electric guitars on stage. But three songs into their headline set, the jest proved prophetic when Neil Pennycook said “this is our new direction” before launching into the full-on guitar onslaught of ‘Flittin’. This is definitely a [...]