Camden: then and now

Monday, 27 April 2009, 22:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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It was the Camden Crawl at the weekend. I wasn’t much interested in this year’s festival, but it’s the perfect time to mention a CD I found the other day when clearing out a bunch of old stuff. The free Camden Crawl compilation from 1997.
Things were different then. No big-name headliners. No cider sponsorship or [...]

Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want

Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 23:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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Another American artist I’ve discovered lately is Papercuts. The San Franciscan, known to his mates as Jason Quever has already released one album - Can’t Go Back - in 2007. This week sees his second long-player You Can Have What You Want hit the shops.
As I’ve discovered, Quever is another man of many talents. As [...]

MAP March

Monday, 16 March 2009, 14:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Gosh, is that another month gone already? Looks like it has, so it’s time for another Music Alliance Pact, where the world’s blogs come to The Daily Growl, courtesy of the hard work of MAP organiser Jason Pop Cop. This month he’s outdone himself by providing HTML script to make this post super-easy and also [...]

New Various Production

Thursday, 5 March 2009, 22:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something to change the pace of things round here a little. Back in 2006, I loved the debut album by London duo Various Production, then simply trading under the classification-taunting name Various.
Since then, they’ve continued to to do their thing, which is a heady mix of thundering dub, swirling beats, bleeps and glitches and [...]

Essie Jain

Friday, 6 February 2009, 0:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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Today I’m calming things back down. Quite a lot calmer. Essie Jain is a British singer-songwriter resident in New York, who seems to be a wee bit prolific. It’s impressive enough that her debut album We Made This Ourselves in 2007 was followed by her second, The Inbetween in less than a year on her [...]

Snow good

Monday, 2 February 2009, 23:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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I know this is of little consequence to almost everywhere else in the world, but we had SNOW in London today. We’ve had snow before, but it’s usually the crappy kind that never lies and only makes the place dirty and slippery. Last night we had the proper white stuff, the like of which I’ve [...]

MAP December

Tuesday, 16 December 2008, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hey people, here’s the December edition of the Music Alliance Project, which is thankfully free of Christmas cheese. This month we’re up to 21 countries - it just keeps on growing! Scroll down for my contrubution - this month continuing straight on from Mumford & Sons with their mate Jay Jay Pistolet.
ARGENTINA – Zonaindie
Banda [...]

The evil empire strikes again

Tuesday, 11 November 2008, 12:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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Yes, it’s happened again. In the past week, I’ve had two more DMCA-related deletions from this blog. I wouldn’t even mind if it was a fair cop, but the posts that were targeted make no sense at all. One of these was on Glasvegas from last year using demo mp3s that were freely available on [...]

Lambchop @ The Union Chapel, 3 November 2008

Monday, 10 November 2008, 17:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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I was having a chat with a friend recently about the value of consistency in music. Is consistency a good thing and when does it just get boring? How much are we comforted by a familiar sound and how much do we want our favourite artists to try something new? Answers in the comments if [...]

Fireworks Night - A Mirror, A Ghost

Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 23:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s the 5th of November, the night when people all over Britain celebrate the gruesome death of some Catholics in 1605. Or just go and build a bonfire and watch some fireworks going off. It’s also a good day to release a new album. Especially if your band’s name is Fireworks Night.
Fireworks Night have been [...]