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Cold Specks – Blank Maps

The world is full of soulful singers who aren’t soulful. Just watch the X-Factor to understand me; or rather don’t, unless your want to lose your soul. So, under the impression that Cold Specks was fronted by a soul singer, I sat down to listen to ‘Blank Maps’ with some trepidation. But my apprehensions were… Continue reading Cold Specks – Blank Maps

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Tu Fawning – Anchor

‘Anchor’ is the latest single from Portland, Oregan based quartet (two men, two women; imagine Abba as German nihilists) Tu Fawning. Tu Fawning have made a name for their selves with moody, stark, indie based rock whose influences are diverse. ‘Anchor’ opens with menacing drums that evoke marauding Vikings (think theme tune to Mastermind) which… Continue reading Tu Fawning – Anchor

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This Many Boyfriends – (I Should Be A) Communist

Ah, jaunty, toe-tapping indipop that takes you to a musical time before the Berlin Wall came down. The Leeds foursome, This Many Boyfriends, have been compared to The Smiths and The Housemartins, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If Morrissey had decided to throw out his complete works of Oscar Wilde and gone for a… Continue reading This Many Boyfriends – (I Should Be A) Communist

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Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune Favours The Brave

There is a moment, whilst watching Dan Mangan’s short documentary, that I wonder how anybody could fail to be inspired by the beauty of the Canadian landscapes that are home to this indie-folk songwriter. But, of course, if this were true, all lands of beauty would be filled with artists and no artisans, and the… Continue reading Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune Favours The Brave

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The Monochrome Set – Platinum Coils

To paraphrase Jane Austin, it is a truth universally acknowledged that The Monochrome Set are the most undervalued of all British pop/rock bands. They emerged at the end of the ‘70s, born from The B-Sides (their twin brother running off to a rise and fall and rise again as Adam Ant) and released a slew… Continue reading The Monochrome Set – Platinum Coils

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Memoryhouse – The Slideshow Effect

There are aids to memory; little props that scatter the stage of our mind to recall moments from our lives and the greatest of these are smell, taste, music and images. Smell is the most mischievous for it crosses our paths from nowhere and sends the mind into a paroxysm of remembrance. Similarly taste, like… Continue reading Memoryhouse – The Slideshow Effect

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Jeffrey Lewis – Geek Chic and the Comic Book Soul

Geek Chic and the Comic Book Soul Jeffrey Lewis first entered my musical vista when a friend recommended his 2007 release ‘12 Crass Songs’ – which does exactly as it says on the tin. I would have feared a Nouvelle Vague type recording (not that I dislike Nouvelle Vague exactly, in fact I love some… Continue reading Jeffrey Lewis – Geek Chic and the Comic Book Soul