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 [...]

Support your local indie record label

Wednesday, 10 August 2011, 23:39 | Category : Stuff
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So I had been planning my return to blogging after my holiday on Monday when London went mad. For most of the past couple of days, my latest witterings about my musical likes have seemed irrelevant. And yesterday’s music news has only been about one thing - the fire at the Sony warehouse in Enfield [...]

The Daily Growl and the CGI puppy

Friday, 3 December 2010, 12:52 | Category : Stuff
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I definitely don’t do the cute dog thing, and I really don’t like this new Andrex ad at all (animals doing human things is always wrong). BUT at 0.31 secs, check out the shop sign behind the dog. Amazing.

Save BBC 6 Music

Thursday, 4 March 2010, 0:01 | Category : Stuff
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So it’s official. The rumours were true. The BBC wants to kill 6 Music. No surprise after last Friday’s leaked story, but it’s been interesting to actually see the report that recommends the closure, and infuriating to see Mark Thomson trying to justify it on TV today. The problem with the report and what Thompson [...]

Baby, you’re my light

Monday, 1 February 2010, 1:33 | Category : Stuff
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I’ve not been very busy on here recently. Some of you may even have wondered where I’ve been. The picture above may provide some clues. I had so much stuff to post last week, but it never happened. But I make no apologies for further absence, I’m happy with the way things are just now. [...]

New Year: unfinished business

Monday, 4 January 2010, 23:18 | Category : Stuff
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Hello again and Happy New Year. Hope you’re enjoying the nice cold weather. Before I begin in earnest, I’ve got some unfinished business. A combination of apathy then some unexpected stuff happening last week meant that I never got round to posting my top tracks of 2009. So at the risk of being too retrograde [...]

Seasons fleetings

Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 14:02 | Category : Stuff
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OK, so it’s December. End of the year. And in blog-land time for LISTS. If you care about such things, I’ll be starting mine next week, probably. Albums first, then gigs and songs. And of course it being the end of the decade, I’m going to have to do something for that. A list of [...]

It’s story time

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 23:07 | Category : Stuff
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Stories are a big part of my life these days. Bedtime stories mainly, but stories at any part of the day really, as Growl Junior whets her vast appetite for books. So with two years of being softened up by children’s stories, it’s perhaps no surprise that I love the the b-side to Aidan Moffat’s [...]

Lost Coastline

Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 23:15 | Category : Stuff
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I’ve been on holiday, away somewhere with no email, no mobile network coverage and not a whole lot going on. Which is exactly what we wanted. There was music though. One particularly sweet moment was driving back to the cottage, by the sea with the late evening sun casting long shadows across the Moray Firth; [...]

Love Leaf

Friday, 10 April 2009, 23:36 | Category : Stuff
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There’s a lot of love at Daily Growl Towers for The Leaf Label. The Leeds-based record company has put out a lot of excellent stuff over the last few years. Its earlier days were spent as a purveyor of quality leftfield electronica, and although they still do that, they’ve expanded their portfolio to include the [...]