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The Unthanks - Last

The Unthanks - Last

Recently I watched Barbara Dickson perform as part of the Radio2 Folk Awards. As she sang the song My Donald three things occurred to me. Firstly, just what a great song it is. Secondly, I...

Review posted on 9th March 2011

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

'You won't find a girl in this damn World that will compare to me.' 'The West Country Girl' with 'A crooked smile and a happy heart shaped face', 'A glove of bones at her wrist'...

Review posted on 10th February 2011

Grouplove - Colours

Grouplove - Colours

'Carpe Diem', 'Follow your heart', 'Your dreams can come true', 'If you think you can you will, if you think you can't you won't'. Whatever mantra, seemingly idealistic vision or self development ideology the five...

Review posted on 4th February 2011

Thirteen Senses - The Loneliest Star

Thirteen Senses - The Loneliest Star

Three and a half years ago Thirteen Senses posted on their web-site that they had started to record songs for their new album, the follow up to their second, 'Contact'. Although some of the new...

Review posted on 3rd February 2011

The Duke Spirit - Kusama

The Duke Spirit - Kusama

The Duke Spirit are somewhat of an enigma when it comes to measuring success against the quality of their output. Since forming in 2003 The Duke Spirit have produced two very good albums, 'Cuts Across...

Review posted on 3rd February 2011

Joan as Police Woman - The Deep Field

Joan as Police Woman - The Deep Field

The Deep Field represents only the third full length album from Joan As Police Woman. (You can get a forth but only at the live shows). Ostensibly the vehicle and work of Joan Wasser, Joan...

Review posted on 27th January 2011

Jil Is Lucky - Jil Is Lucky

Jil Is Lucky - Jil Is Lucky

Seasoned traveller and musician Jil Bensenior is the frontman for the five piece French band Jil Is Lucky. Having taken up the guitar at 7 he started playing in smoke filled French bars with his...

Review posted on 20th January 2011

Jonny - Jonny

Jonny - Jonny

A Celtic partnership the likes of this hasn't been heard of since Van Morrison (Yes I know he's not Scottish) dueted with Tom Jones. Two giants of music from Scotland and Wales collaborating on a...

Review posted on 19th January 2011

Spokes - Everyone I Ever Met

Spokes - Everyone I Ever Met

If you are still lucky enough to be a young student who has the pleasure of indulging in a spot og poetry you may have had an assignment that goes a little something like this...."For...

Review posted on 17th January 2011

Jon Hopkins - Music From The Film Monsters

Jon Hopkins - Music From The Film Monsters

'What's that coming over the hill, is it a.....' Monsters is very much the creation of its director, Gareth Edward's. He devised its concept, wrote it, shot it and did the effects. Although produced on...

Review posted on 13th January 2011

Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home

Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home

'Walking Far From Home' is the first single to be released from the new album 'Kiss Each Other Clean' by Indie Folksters Iron & Wine. Sam Beam, lead singer, song writer, producer etc. is the...

Review posted on 13th January 2011

Tu Fawning - Hearts On Hold

Tu Fawning - Hearts On Hold

Portland Oregon's credibility as a musical hotbed of emerging talents is further enhanced by the latest offering from the North-West territories. Tu Fawning may be made up of four of the regions most respected individual...

Review posted on 13th January 2011

Wyatt - What A Wonderful World

Wyatt - What A Wonderful World

A cover version by an elder statesman of never overly popular music arguably best known for his interpretation of Costello's Shipbuilding was unlikely to be troubling the higher reaches of the festive charts. 'What A...

Review posted on 5th January 2011

Belle And Sebastian - Write About Love

Belle And Sebastian - Write About Love

Prolific purveyors of finely captured real life pop, Belle & Sebastian, have little left to prove after 7 previous studio albums, various artistic off shoot activities and the nurturing of some unique talent along the...

Review posted on 16th December 2010

Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now

Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now

If we take a moment to examine the historical evidence of the double J partnership I think you may conclude that it has had a mixed bag of results. Jam & Jerusalem! Jack & Jill....

Review posted on 15th December 2010

We Sell Seashells - Be Excellent

We Sell Seashells - Be Excellent

Welcome to the land that time forgot, a time when it was acceptable to wear cloaks, dress like a flower and write whole albums about Kubla Khan. Leeds 5 piece We Sell Seashells don't seem...

Review posted on 8th December 2010

Jagga - Modern Day Romance

Jagga - Modern Day Romance

Modern Day Romance is the debut single release from East Londoner Jagga (First name Mick? I'm stupid and immature I know). Not to be confused with a planet from Star Wars, a South African Fashion...

Review posted on 8th December 2010

Hiatus - Save Yourself

Hiatus - Save Yourself

Save Yourself is the latest single taken from the album 'Ghost Notes' by Hiatus, a.k.a Cyrus Shahrad. Billed as the of 'Embodiment of Middle Eastern melancholy and cinematic electronica' it is due for its digital...

Review posted on 8th December 2010

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Mentored by Brian Eno. Signed by Domino Records after a tip off from former Coral guitarist Bill Rider-Jones. Supporting Interpol and chosen as support, to both fan and influence Nick Cave, for Grinderman. Already feted...

Review posted on 8th December 2010

Napoleon IIIrd - Christiania

Napoleon IIIrd - Christiania

Holmfirth is the home of Last Of The Summer Wine and now also a 'Crackpot from Leeds', a.k.a James Mabbett, a.k.a Napoleon IIIrd, a former member of the band Little Japanese Toy. You'd be unlikely...

Review posted on 8th December 2010

Mark Sultan - $

Mark Sultan - $

Although not being chased down in an elaborate man hunt by an inept detective like Tom Hanks, as Leonardo Dicaprio was in 'Catch Me If You Can', you still have to admire the sheer number...

Review posted on 2nd December 2010

Julia Stone - Julia Stone In The Memory Machine

Julia Stone - Julia Stone In The Memory Machine

Although she may have shed a stone, Julia has lost no weight with her latest release. Deciding to take a brief time out from the Sydney sibling partnership and ditch young Angus for a solo...

Review posted on 1st December 2010

Mike Marlin - Stayin' Alive

Mike Marlin - Stayin' Alive

After spending most of his adult life thus far in the musical wilderness, Mike Marlin, not as he may sound a specialist fisherman, has decided it's time to share his songs with the world. To...

Review posted on 29th November 2010

Miles Kane - Inhaler

Miles Kane - Inhaler

Liverpudlian puppeteering former rascal Miles Kane ventures forth into the solo spotlight with his new single, 'Inhaler'. The single serves as an amuse-bouche to precede both his up coming tour, supporting the Courteeners, and his...

Review posted on 29th November 2010

Tim Kasher - The Game Of Monogamy

Tim Kasher - The Game Of Monogamy

Thankfully I have never needed to go through marriage guidance, or counselling, or couples therapy or whatever the current buzz words are for failing relationships deemed in need of some external help. I think I...

Review posted on 26th November 2010

Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Sounding like she was named after a Midwest trucking company but looking like a Million Dollars, Taylor Swift, brings us more heart breaking tales of personal woe on her latest release 'Speak Now'. Laying bare...

Review posted on 25th November 2010

Bob Marley - Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae 1975-1976, The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Bob Marley - Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae 1975-1976, The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Thirty five years ago the King Of Rock n' Roll was still alive. The King Of Pop was still under parental supervision and the God Father of Soul was still entertaining his flock. Punk was...

Review posted on 22nd November 2010

The Diamond Sea - Second Move

The Diamond Sea - Second Move

Second Move is the debut album from Leeds based trio The Diamond Sea. The groups name is taken from a Sonic Youth track of the same name, but there is where any similarities end. Although...

Review posted on 10th November 2010

Munich - Where Are You Now?

Munich - Where Are You Now?

All male Brighton 5 piece Munich already sound like they've been compiled as someone's idea of a dream super group. With a line up that includes Weller, McKeown, Holmes, Howland and Slade you'd be forgiven...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

Jon Thorne - Watching The Well

Jon Thorne - Watching The Well

'Watching The Well' is an album written by Lamb bassist Jon Thorne. It is played by Jon Thorne and Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson, a man considered by Thorne to be his long term mentor. The...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

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