The Returns of the King

Monday, 29 August 2011, 1:47 | Category : Stuff
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Last week, in a BBC 6 Music interview with King Creosote and Jon Hopkins about their Mercury-nominated album Diamond Mine, Kenny Anderson mentioned his songbook. Now there’s a thought. I’m trying to imagine a songbook big enough to hold all the songs written by one of the most prolific songwriters of our time.
Even though I’m [...]

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Saturday, 27 August 2011, 0:16 | Category : Reviews, Video
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A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the new project combining the talents of Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and LA-based composer Dustin O’Halloran. It seems to bring together what they’re both best at, and form something greater than the sum of their parts. So there’s definite traces of SOTL’s ambient guitar-washed drone, [...]

Michael Kiwanuka - I’m Getting Ready

Friday, 26 August 2011, 0:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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On his debut release, there was a distinct folk element to his retro soul music, but on his new EP Michael Kiwanuka brings that right to the front, and in doing so stakes his claim to be the young British Terry Callier. Which is really saying something. The I’m Getting Ready EP is made up [...]

Liz Green - Displacement Song

Wednesday, 24 August 2011, 0:06 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music, Songs
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When I was unexpectedly asked to contribute to the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll, I was a little taken aback and with a short deadline to get tips back to the man at the Beeb, I stuck to the artists I was particularly obsessed with that week. One of these was Liz Green - an [...]

Beirut - The Rip Tide

Monday, 22 August 2011, 23:55 | Category : Reviews
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Until now, you’d have been excused for thinking that there were two Beiruts – one the creator of lush, brass-fuelled Balkan or Mexican sway-alongs (see the first two and a half albums) and the other the purveyor of obtuse bedroom electronics (Realpeople Holland and the Rough Trade digital EP). But somehow, on Zac Condon’s fourth [...]

Low: ‘Especially Me’

Sunday, 21 August 2011, 0:38 | Category : Video
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The arrival this week of a new Low video for ‘Especially Me’ allows me a moment to talk about C’mon, an album that I’ve failed to mention here yet, despite it being one of my favourites of the year so far. Low are masters of shifting things enough with each release to keep things fresh, [...]

Seven Songs: Oh Minnows

Saturday, 20 August 2011, 0:50 | Category : Seven Songs
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In the couple of months since I last blogged Oh Minnows, Chris Steel-Nicholson has released his debut album For Shadows. It’s an impressive calling card, full of the synth-led psych-pop I was expecting, but also a few suprises, such as noisy shoegazy guitar, and an inclination to veer from the experimental to the anthemic.
It’s been [...]

Everything in its right place

Thursday, 18 August 2011, 14:01 | Category : Songs
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Us music bloggers usually take ourselves too seriously, and the rush to be there first is a tiresome tyranny we impose on ourselves. I know all this, and even though I always tell people that for me, blogging is a hobby, nothing more, I still find myself succumbing to this old nonsense. So when Everything [...]

Radiohead - Live from the Basement

Thursday, 18 August 2011, 12:47 | Category : Video
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Yeah, we have been waiting for a while for this, and yeah, we’re excited that it’s now here. But it’s been up since yesterday, the ‘0 views’ suggests that no-body has watched it all the way through yet. That’s not going to last long though. For me, part-way through, it’s sounding very good.

New Blitzen Trapper

Friday, 12 August 2011, 15:36 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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I know there’s always been a strong country rock element to Blitzen Trapper’s music, but on this new tune, they take that to the next level. And sitting right where I am today, in what I’ve renamed Country Friday, it’s suiting me very well indeed.
mp3: Blitzen Trapper - Love The Way You Walk Away
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