Monthly Archives: March 2011

John Grant – St George’s Bristol

  In the space of a week or so  I have seen (or should that be  ‘heard’?) three of my favourite current vocalists: Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Roddy Woomble and now John Grant. Like Mr Garvey, being of a certain ‘stature’ … Continue reading

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Elbow – Cardiff Arena

Elbow Villagers Sometimes my pessimism can be proved to be so misplaced. Worries that Elbow’s Build a Rocket Boys might be some post – Mercury sellout were groundless and the sense of mild despair that they were to play the … Continue reading

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Roddy Woomble – Impossible Songs and Union Chapel Show

Roddy Woomble Seonaid Aitken Sorren Maclean Jack Cheshire A Roddy Woomble related release is always an object of much expectation for me, be it an Idlewild, McCusker Drever Woomble concoction or this his second proper solo offering. There is something … Continue reading

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Auditorium – Be Brave

Auditorium rather perversely started out as a single person project by Spencer Berger although now out on the road he is augmented by the talents of Chris Littler, Justin Hogan his sister Elizabeth and girlfriend Daya Wolterstorff. These are deceptively slight … Continue reading

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Bird Names – Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun

  Way back when God was a boy (or maybe a girl) I clearly remember buying Gong’s Camembert Electrique album when it was released in the UK in 1974 (at the princely sum of 59p, the price then of a … Continue reading

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The Decemberists and Blind Pilot – Bristol

The Decemberists Blind Pilot The slightly inglorious but rather familiar surroundings of the Bristol Academy was the place to finally catch up with two bands who have been on my list for a little while – Blind Pilot and The Decemberists The Lad and I turned … Continue reading

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Totally For Free – Brown Recluse, Ruby Coast, White Denim , Robin Pecknold and Chums

Cruising  through a few sites, and especially Austin Town Hall, I stumbled across a few for free and gratis downloads of a couple of bands, and being a  sucker for something free of course I partook, and just for the … Continue reading

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Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!

Suffice it to say that this is a fine, fine album. There are many reviews around that go through track by track, describe the intricacies of the playing, the production qualities and so forth  much better than I could, so … Continue reading

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Her Name Is Calla – Maw EP

. Those fine fellows Her Name Is Calla are shortly to embark upon a welcome European and UK tour. It would be well worth anyone’s time and cash to run along to any (or indeed all if that were possible) of their … Continue reading

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Bravo Brave Bats – Green EP

What a difference six months make. It was only in October 2010 that Bravo Brave Bats released their inaugural Red EP; full of that fire-in-the-belly, hurry-up-Harry-ness of a band wanting to get itself out there and be heard. But here we are with another, this time … Continue reading

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