Another quick word with… Dan Michaelson

Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 15:46 | Category : A quick word with..., Covers, Interviews, Video
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It’s funny to see Dan Michaelson still referred to as ‘former Absentee singer’, especially now that the release of his third album sees his solo output surpass his former band’s by 50%. But let’s not dwell on the past. The good news is that Dan’s new record Sudden Fiction is excellent; a stripped-down, melancholic late [...]

Phosphorescent interview

Wednesday, 12 January 2011, 8:47 | Category : Interviews
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It’s been a good twelve months for Phosphorescent. As the end of year polls came flooding in towards the end of 2010, a whole load of praise was heaped on Here’s to Taking it Easy (No.25 in the TLOBF 2010 list, No. 5 in the Rough Trade Shops list). In the eight months since it [...]

Interview // Round Ron Virgin

Friday, 6 August 2010, 12:44 | Category : Interviews
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Even in the age of mass digital media, the best music recommendations still come directly from friends’ tip-offs. And sometimes it’s just as well. If I’d never been personally told about the album Cowabungler by Round Ron Virgin, I’d probably have overlooked it, or been put off by the dreadful double pun whammy. But I [...]

Interview // Kev Jones of Communion

Monday, 12 July 2010, 15:07 | Category : Interviews
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The casual observer would be forgiven for thinking that there’s a terrible crisis in the music industry at the moment. What with all your illegal downloading and file sharing, not to mention the recession, it’s lean, difficult times for everyone involved in music.
Not really. Anyone who’s got more than a passing interest in music knows [...]

Interview // The Monroe Transfer

Wednesday, 30 June 2010, 23:53 | Category : Interviews
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When I meet Nick Gill in a back street in Aldgate, he’s in remarkably fine form for someone who’s been up ill the previous night. It’s impressive enough that he’s made it in for work and I would have understood if he’d cancelled, but spurred on by a love for his job (old-style printing), he’s [...]

A quick word with: Woodpigeon

Friday, 21 May 2010, 11:31 | Category : Interviews
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Woodpigeon’s new album Die Stadt Muzikanten is probably their best yet. Or at least their most consistently good. Even though it clocks in at a hefty 16 tracks, there’s little let-up in the quality. We know what to expect from Mark Hamilton and his merry band of Calgary musicians - sweeping string-laden indie-pop with bolstered [...]

A quick word with: Quack Quack

Thursday, 20 May 2010, 12:39 | Category : Interviews
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It’s rare these days to stumble across a band you’ve never heard of before, and come away breathless and gaping at the mouth, but that’s exactly what happened at End of the Road last year when my friend and I wandered into The Local tent and witnessed the live spectacle that it Quack Quack in [...]

A quick word with: Sparrow & The Workshop

Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 12:33 | Category : Interviews
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It’s taken me a while to get into the new Sparrow And The Workshop album. Not because it’s weak - far from it. I’m sure that it’s one of the best debuts I’ll hear all year. The problem I initially had was that after falling in love with the Glasgow-based three piece’s two EPs last [...]

A quick word with: Dignan Porch

Friday, 9 April 2010, 21:10 | Category : Interviews
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There’s a lot of great fuzzy lo-fi indie pop around at the moment, but one mark of quality among the masses is Captured Tracks - the Brooklyn label run by Mike ‘Blank Dogs’ Sniper. He’s already snagged our Veronica Falls and Spectrals, and the latest noisy Brits to release something on his label are South [...]

Caitlin Rose interview

Friday, 19 February 2010, 23:30 | Category : Interviews
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I had heard good things about Caitlin Rose before, but my first live encounter was still startling. Sandwiched between two Local stalwarts at their Christmas bash in December, her voice stood out starkly - pure, clear and strong, singing her fine songs and a few choice covers, all with a distinctly country feel. The set [...]