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 [...]

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 [...]

Help Mazes solve the mystery of the cover version

Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 0:46 | Category : Covers, Good new stuff, Songs
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If you’re a fan of the fuzzed out tunes of Mazes, you may be interested in this. You may well have picked up the demo version from their blog earlier in the year, but here’s the live studio version, recorded on BBC 6 Music last Thursday. And here’s the mystery. It’s a cover of a [...]

Crocodiles and Dan Treacy

Monday, 18 October 2010, 12:54 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music, Songs
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I wonder how many MGMT fans were curious enough to check out the bloke referred to in Song for Dan Treacy, off the Brooklyn duo’s latest album. Probably not many, but those who did may have been introduced to the weird, wonderful and often troubled world of The Television Personalities. That world is probably better [...]

Le Volume Courbe

Saturday, 9 October 2010, 0:02 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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There’s not usually much French music on this blog. Nothing francophobic, just that I don’t really go for smooth sophisticated pop or sweaty club bangers. There are always exception to this though and Le Volume Courbe is one of them. A four-track EP will make its unassuming way into the world next month, showing off [...]

Yuck - Rubber

Thursday, 7 October 2010, 12:41 | Category : Songs
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Yuck are turning out to be one of the most fascinating bands around at the moment. Fresh from releasing an EP as their side project / alter ego Yu(c)k, which showcased their quieter side, they’re cranking up the volume on their upcoming single Rubber. It all starts off pleasantly, but the fuzzy guitar soon turns [...]