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 [...]

New year, new Danielson

Tuesday, 11 January 2011, 18:17 | Category : Good new stuff
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The other old favourite that I’m hugely looking forward to seeing return this year is Danielson. Towards the end of last year, news came out about Daniel Smith’s new album The Best of Gloucester County; last week brought the exciting unveiling of the first available track from the record.
The song ‘Grow Up’ continues pretty much [...]

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 [...]

Is Tropical - South Pacific

Friday, 29 October 2010, 16:34 | Category : Good new stuff, Video
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Is Tropical are already responsible for the debut single of the year, in the shape of the awesome When O When, so it was going to be hard to top that with their follow-up. Sure enough, it doesn’t quite reach previous heights, and some of the rough edges have been smoothed out, but that’s not [...]