Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
FOLK hero Seth Lakeman is coming to Loughborough University this Autumn as part of a mammoth new UK tour.
The West Country-born singer, touring to promote his third album Poor Man's Heaven, has pencilled in a town date on November 11.
A spokesman for singer-songwriter Seth said: "This is Seth's largest headline tour to date.
"Seth's critically acclaimed third album Poor Man's Heaven charted at number eight in the UK on it's release earlier this month, an unprecedented achievement for a so-called 'folk inspired' artist.
"Poor Man's Heaven represents a progression for Seth's sound – while remaining firmly rooted in folk, it moves from a more acoustic-based feel to a fuller, rockier sound, underpinned as ever by emotive lyrics and story telling, this time with a strong coastal theme.
"It is also the closest representation on record of Seth's live show yet, capturing the rhythmic, raw energy seldom seen in any other acoustic band."
For more information on tickets, which cost £16 each, click here.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Just a quick post to let you know that the Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice Ashemobile Soundsystem Appeal has come to an end.
The drive for readers to donate their cassette tapes has come to a halt because the Ashemobile is dead - long live the new Ashemobile, which has a CD player in it.
Although don't expect a higher quality of review from now on, people!
Thanks to everyone who donated to the appeal - in total I received one tape.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Because, make no bones about it, this is music that positively screams "how's your father?".
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
THE Mercury Music Prize 2008 shortlist has been announced as follows -
- Adele - 19
- British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
- Burial - Untrue
- Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
- Estelle - Shine
- Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
- Neon Neon - Stainless Style
- Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep In The North Sea
- Rachel Unthank And The Winterset - The Bairns
- Radiohead - In Rainbows
- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
- The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
YOU may remember that spiffing Belton band The Young Knives came to Ashby-de-la-Zouch not long ago for a special gig, reviewed here and captured on camera here on this very blog.
Well the show was made into a one-off late night TV special, that you can see for your very eyes here.
I DON'T normally post about unsigned Loughborough bands, but for an amateur act, Blindfolds Aside are an incredibly slick outfit and worth checking out.
The band, who have released a new four-track EP this week through their myspace site, shift from pummelling riffs to melodic sections with consumate ease.
Opening track Waking The Wookie is remisicent of this year's Download headliners Lostprophets, before Minotaur's brutal riffing gores its way over the speakers.
Bands of Blindfolds Aside's ilk can often falter when the volume drops, but It's Colder On The Other Side Of The Pillow shows the Loughborough band can handle both sides of the soft-loud dynamic, and EP closer The Adventures Of Dr Dogbottle And Trenchfinger has the feel of a furious live favourite.
It's no surprise on this showing that Blindfolds Aside are attracting label interest – they really are a must-see band.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
ALTHOUGH Beautiful Future is Scottish rockers Primal Scream's ninth album, the number of hits here show they are not a thing of the past.
Sadly the album still has a lot of the trademark Primal Scream filler, the sub-Rolling Stones droney tracks best forgotten.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
NOT content with releasing their debut album Instant Coffee Baby this year, Wymeswold band The Wave Pictures are putting out a six-track EP next month.
Just Like A Drummer, which is released on August 4 on Moshi Moshi Records, features the title track alongside five new songs.
And to cap it all, rumours abound that their sophomore album will be released before 2008 is out!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sadly, this sunny Sunday evening as I write this, I don't have a hammock to hand, so I'm over compensating, so do forgive any typos that ocur...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
FOLK visionary Jim Moray is as slippery as his eel-like moniker would suggest.
For example on this album Jim Moray's experimental leanings are mainly sated by a collaboration with Bubbz, a British rapper.
And I don't mean he's traditional sword dancer...
That said, overall he is still more Seth Lakeman than Patrick Wolf, and Low Culture has more moments of folk than moments of 'what the folk?' in it.
Interesting, individual and easy-on-the-ear, Low Culture deserves high praise indeed.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
TALK about a persecution complex.
From American foreign policy to ghetto life to the setup of the record industry, Immortal Technique doesn't so much have a chip on his shoulder but several King Edwards taking root.
His aggressive, techically tight flow of diatribes is backed on The 3rd World by snarling, brutal hardcore backing beats from Slim Shady's number two, DJ Green Lantern.
As well as presenting it in a professional way, it's obvious that Immortal Technique, real name Felipe Coronel, really does have a lot of sense to say, in between the macho posturing and threatening to shoot people.
As a result this really is an album full of hooks - it's just a few jabs that are needed in between.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Despite the trio - often paradoxically referred to as a Scottish Nirvana - having just unlocked the charts with their latest album and major label debut Puzzle, their previous label Begger's Banquet are releasing this collection of singles from their three previous albums, without the Biff's consent, to fulfill contractual obligations.
But despite the bitter back story, the quality of the group's back catalogue can only leave a sweet, sweet taste in the listener's mouth.
From the grungey dirge of Justboy and Questions And Answers through to the twisting, melodic metal thrashouts of There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake and Eradicate The Doubt, this chronological chart of the band's rise is a great starting point point for listeners only familiar with Puzzle.