Blog Sound 2012

Monday, 5 December 2011, 23:59 | Category : Good new stuff, Lists
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Just over two years ago I was asked, for the one and only time, to contribute to the prestigious BBC Sound Of poll. This annual poll has become enough of an milestone to ensure that the main business of plenty labels and PRs for the past few months is to get their artists onto that [...]

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 [...]

50 tracks of 2009

Monday, 11 January 2010, 23:59 | Category : Lists
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Right, this 2009 stuff has to stop here. There’s a whole lot of reasons (well one big one) why this list is so late, but no need to go into that, and now I just want to get it over with. So no double-checking to see if it really is the one I wanted. It [...]

Top 10 gigs of 2009

Thursday, 24 December 2009, 11:54 | Category : Lists
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This was a decent year for gigs, which means that I can actually do a top ten gigs this year, without listing almost all the gigs I went to. However, it’s the calm before the storm. The anticipated arrival of Baby Growl No.2 in early February means that the first half of next year will [...]

Albums of the year: top 10

Thursday, 24 December 2009, 1:04 | Category : Lists
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10. M. Ward - Hold Time
The sixth album by Matthew Ward saw him hitting a rich vein of form. It’s slick without being overproduced, familiar without outstaying its welcome. It’s not bright and shiny and it’s definitely not the cool sound of 2009. It’s just Ward knocking out some great rock ‘n’ roll and classic [...]

Albums of 2009: 20-11

Saturday, 19 December 2009, 1:04 | Category : Lists
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Finally, I’ve got round to compiling my albums of 2009. I’ve got a top 20. Not a top 10 because there’s always more than ten records I’d like to mention. Not a top 30 or 50 because there seems little point in grading anything any further. Basically, ten albums I really liked and ten more [...]

Return to centre

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 22:44 | Category : Festivals, Lists
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I’m back from holidays and End of the Road Festival. Good times were had, and plenty of sun. I’m playing catch-up with all things blog-related, wading through hundreds of promo emails looking for the good stuff, and getting back into work and normal life again. Busy busy busy. I’ve got a bunch of blog posts [...]

Mercury mundanity

Wednesday, 22 July 2009, 12:15 | Category : Lists
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Ah, the Mercury prize. Every year, providing the opportunity for music fans to complain about how it’s a bad representation of British music, because it doesn’t contain X, Y and Z albums - and what’s that one doing on there? It’s crap. And so on.
This year, as with every year, the list contains albums I [...]

Half way house

Tuesday, 14 July 2009, 22:56 | Category : Lists
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I know, this should have been done two weeks ago at the year’s true halfway point, but I’ve been on holiday, and y’know, busy. For what it’s worth, here are my favourite albums of the year so far, in a top-tenular fashion. It’s based on a combination of what I’ve admired and (much more so) what [...]

The Daily Growl Festive Fifty

Tuesday, 23 December 2008, 23:20 | Category : Lists
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So, this year I thought I’d have a go at doing a Festive Fifty, folllowing in the footsteps of the great John Peel and some other estimable bloggers. However, it’s been a bit of a strange and unsatisfying exercise. I’m sure that when it comes to deciding the top 50 albums and songs of the [...]