Hellllllllllllllloooooooo Broooooooklyn!!!! Yes, it’s yet another band from that NY borough to kick off our post-Bank Holiday week. ‘Dressed in Dresden’ has a similar chord progression to ‘Clash City Rockers’ but this is very much a more modern sound drawing from peers in their vicinity like LCD Soundsystem and Telepathe. With added disco-funk and a… Read more »

Posted on May 5th, 2009

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File under “another-SXSW-band-I-didn’t-see-but-were-apparently-awesome”, Ume are from Austin themselves and will rock yer face. Their Sunshower EP is out now. I bought it from eMusic.

Posted on April 10th, 2009

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You know the way Myspace has those genre descriptions on the band pages? Well Ribbons‘ Royals would fit right well under “Melodramatic Popular Song” perfectly. I have to admit, we received this into the State office late last year but no-one ended up reviewing it and it sat in a pile of CDs for months… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2009

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I was pleased a couple of weeks ago when a previous tip of mine The XX were announced as support to The Big Pink on April 18th in Crawdaddy. As it happens, The XX have had to cancel their slot but I’ve become increasingly enamoured with The Big Pink’s mix of shoegaze, rock and electronica…. Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2009

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‘Rich Doors’ is one of those weird, shapeshifters that sounds like a tune morphing from one radio station to another. It starts on a breakfast AM show, then onto a dance station before skiffling onto a glitch-hop niche show before stopping by at that weird electro specialist that no-one listens to, a late night cosy… Read more »

Posted on April 1st, 2009

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I got a whiff of the Theophilus This Charming Mixtape and far from being a hip-hop cover set of Smiths songs, it’s an eclectic primer of what the Brooklyn kid does served atop tracks from Amadou & Miriam, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, Bill Withers, Squarepusher, some quality electro and an ill-advised rework of Whitney Huston’s ‘I… Read more »

Posted on March 31st, 2009

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All of a sudden, I’m feeling a bit of a buzz around David Michael Stith or DM Stith as he is more commonly known. The Sunday Times and The Observer featured him over the last two weekends. Shane and Jim mentioned him too. He sounds like Daniel Rossen and more specifically, Rossen’s Dapartment of Eagles… Read more »

Posted on March 9th, 2009

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If I had to pick one artist as “one to watch” for this year, it would most definitely be Marina and the Diamonds. I’ve only heard five of her songs but every one has a unique charm and a propulsion towards something magnificent. I bought her debut 7″ from Pure Groove and it came signed…. Read more »

Posted on February 24th, 2009

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They’re Norwegian! They’ve got weird cartoon heads! They’ve got a really funky synth line! As Aidan Walsh might have said – “Can’t sing, can’t play, go a long way!” The song is called ‘Fot i Hose’ and is hypnotic. The band are signed to Moshi Moshi. http://www.myspace.com/casiokids

Posted on February 16th, 2009

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I must commend Analogue on their recent free CD – most excellent stuff (and I’m not the only one who thinks so). In a recent freebie post, this song popped up twice as recommended by Paddy and Colly. ‘Left for Dead’ is one of those unassuming pieces of music which quietly invites itself for tea… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2008

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Trust me. that artwork is way better than seeing a press shot of this husband and wife duo from California. They are not deformed or anything. I just think this represents the music much better than a boring press shot ever could. The name is apt as the music is full of Middle Eastern scales… Read more »

Posted on October 2nd, 2008

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Those saddened by the demise of The Immediate may soon be rejoicing as Conor O’ Brien steps out from backing band duties for Cathy Davey to release an EP under the moniker of Villagers in December or January. Two songs are posted on his myspace at the moment – ‘The Meaning of The Ritual’ which… Read more »

Posted on September 30th, 2008

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