Phosphorescent back in the UK

Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 13:31 | Category : Covers, Live music
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Here’s one I missed at the tail end of last year. Phosphorescent sneaked out a digital-only live EP, with a few tunes from their touring of last year’s awesome Here’s To Taking it Easy album, as well as this Leonard Cohen cover. It’s worth posting not just becasue it’s great and Matthew Houck makes it [...]

The Flowerpot Sessions

Friday, 27 May 2011, 12:40 | Category : Live music
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About a year ago, I interviewed Kev Jones, one of the men behind Communion music. One of the things he enthused about that day was the week-long run of gigs that he was going to be putting on at the now-defunct Flowerpot venue in Kentish Town. It wasn’t meant to be just a few nights [...]

Lau vs. Adem - Ghosts EP

Friday, 27 May 2011, 1:08 | Category : Remixes, Reviews, Video
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Your first impression of Lau may be of pretty traditional folk music, but they’re an adventurous bunch who are keen to explore the boundaries of their music. After their last full album Arc Light in 2009, they’ve embarked on a project to record three EPs with different people, showcasing different influences of their sound. The [...]

The horror, the horror

Thursday, 26 May 2011, 16:50 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes
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So there’s been plenty of internet chat about how the new Horrors song sounds like Simple Minds. There’s a lot of truth in this, and for the record I really like it. I’d never have imagined saying that about a Horrors tune, but there you go. Now if only their new album could end up [...]

King Post Kitsch

Thursday, 26 May 2011, 8:05 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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It’s always worth sitting up and paying attention to anything new coming out on Song, By Toad Records, and this is no exception - especially since it’s been their first release in what seems like ages. So we have Glasgow-based King Post Kitsch who have just released their debut EP Don’t Touch My Fucking Honeytone, [...]

The Cornshed Sisters

Monday, 23 May 2011, 0:30 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Before I leave this End of the Road-related theme, let me mention The Cornshed Sisters. I’m always intrigued by the application bands that make it onto the festival’s bill each year. That’s the unsigned artists who apply to play, and out of about 1400 applicants, only eight are successful. Listening through this year’s batch, apart [...]

Gold and Yellow

Friday, 20 May 2011, 20:01 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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More good news since I’ve been away. A new album from Jolie Holland is due at the end of June on Anti- records. The taster track ‘Gold and Yellow’ bodes well for the intriguingly-titled Pint of Blood. Her launguid drawl and goregous melancholia still kills me.
The only live date I can find for her at [...]

Beach Slalom

Thursday, 19 May 2011, 7:53 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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A couple of weeks ago, some spurious online survey declared Bournemouth to be the happiest place to live in Britain. Whether or not that’s true, who cares, but there’s certainly something about Bos Angeles which suggests smiles are happening. And not just the smirk that accompanied the choosing of their name. Apparently they met whilst [...]


Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 16:51 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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Every year, when End of the Road Festival reveal their line-up, among the old and new favourites, there’s always a bunch of bands I’ve never heard of before. After Monday’s announcement, I was wondering who Diagrams were. The answer came today right into my inbox. Turns out they’re from London and play snazzy psychadelic pop [...]

I will return, I promise

Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 12:06 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music, Songs
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OK, I’m not going to go on any more about my 2011 blogging absence. There have been good reasons, mainly to do with various illnesses and real life taking over, but let’s move on. Let’s talk about comebacks. Not this paltry one of mine, but long-time Daily Growl fave Beth Jeans Houghton. She’s been AWOL [...]