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 [...]

Echo Lake

Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 14:38 | Category : Covers, Songs, Video
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Echo Lake - Alisa from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.
This afternoon I’ve been listening to Echo Lake, mainly because they’re the support band at tonight’s Early Years gig at CAMP Basement. On the evidence of the songs on their Soundcloud, they’re pretty much the perfect support band for The Early Years, with their dreamy [...]

The return of The Early Years

Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 13:59 | Category : Live music, Video
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You may not noticed, but I’ve been away for a while. I’m not the only one though. The Early Years were one of my favourite bands a few years back, but after seeing them at a few memorable gigs (notably their support slot at this amazing Electrelane Scala show), they seemed to disappear completely. But [...]

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Saturday, 27 August 2011, 0:16 | Category : Reviews, Video
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A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the new project combining the talents of Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and LA-based composer Dustin O’Halloran. It seems to bring together what they’re both best at, and form something greater than the sum of their parts. So there’s definite traces of SOTL’s ambient guitar-washed drone, [...]

Low: ‘Especially Me’

Sunday, 21 August 2011, 0:38 | Category : Video
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The arrival this week of a new Low video for ‘Especially Me’ allows me a moment to talk about C’mon, an album that I’ve failed to mention here yet, despite it being one of my favourites of the year so far. Low are masters of shifting things enough with each release to keep things fresh, [...]

Radiohead - Live from the Basement

Thursday, 18 August 2011, 12:47 | Category : Video
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Yeah, we have been waiting for a while for this, and yeah, we’re excited that it’s now here. But it’s been up since yesterday, the ‘0 views’ suggests that no-body has watched it all the way through yet. That’s not going to last long though. For me, part-way through, it’s sounding very good.

Get some Civil Civic before it’s too late!

Monday, 25 July 2011, 23:49 | Category : Good new stuff, Video
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You’ve got to love Civil Civic. Not just because they write their own ace press releases. Not because their third member is a drum machine. And not just because they are providing us with a steady stream of scuzzy, noisy electronic rock goodness from their Dalston base. That’s not all. You really do have to [...]

Up and away

Thursday, 30 June 2011, 17:05 | Category : Video
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These fresh-faced kids may look like they’re fresh out of high school, but they’ve also created one of the sparkliest pop tunes of the year. Now they’ve got a suitably sparkly video to go with it.
Londoners - Givers hit our town next week for their first UK shows. Check them out at the following dates. [...]

Lau vs. Adem - Ghosts EP

Friday, 27 May 2011, 1:08 | Category : Remixes, Reviews, Video
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Your first impression of Lau may be of pretty traditional folk music, but they’re an adventurous bunch who are keen to explore the boundaries of their music. After their last full album Arc Light in 2009, they’ve embarked on a project to record three EPs with different people, showcasing different influences of their sound. The [...]

James Mathe does Lenny Kravitz

Friday, 1 April 2011, 12:07 | Category : Video
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The main reason I do this blog is to get people interested in the music I like. When this happens, it’s always good and probably results in a few extra CD sales for the artists concerned. Sometimes though it takes a different, even better direction. Back in 2006, I unwittingly introduced fellow blogger Neil from [...]