SONGS OF CHRISTMAS #3: Slow Club — ‘Christmas TV’

Each day, up to Christmas Eve, we shall post a Christmas-themed tune, with a little bit on the background artist and track. We count 30 glorious songs in all (give or take one or two).

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Tom Veck vs Lana Del Rey (and check out the brilliant cover of the latest issue of Maxim)

Producer Tom Vek likes to keep himself hidden from the spotlight. Retro-modern threatre-pop artist Lana Del Rey doesn’t. Or does she? And therein lies the intrigue of this particular female artist. Continue reading

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Cavan alt.rock two-piece Juggling Wolves share new single ‘Mercury’

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Recorded at Cheese Leg studios, Cavan ‘Mercury’ is the new single from earnest alt-rock two-piece Juggling Wolves. The debut and self-titled LP from where this track comes is due December 14. ‘Mercury’ is a long if impressive seven minutes of songcraft musicianship, that recalls the likes of Elbow and Turin Breaks.

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BEST OF 2014: The 15 best music videos of 2014

Was a good year for music videos was 2014. Okay we know we probably say this every year but honestly, twas an especially imaginative year this year. Below find a selection of our favourites counting down from whatever to one.

We’re not going to describe what’s going on in each vid (you can see that for yourselves), or give our own interpretation (you can use your own imaginations). Anyhoo, bloody enjoy! Music’s great too by the way.

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SONGS OF CHRISTMAS #2: Clinic — ‘Christmas’

Each day, up to Christmas Eve, we shall post a Christmas-themed tune, with a little bit on the background artist and track. We count 30 glorious songs in all (give or take one or two). Continue reading

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Listen to two cuts off PAN-released new Afrikan Sciences LP ‘Circuitious’

It’s been another good year for electronic label PAN. Top LPs put out by the label this year include offerings from Objekt, Lee Gamble, and now Afrikan Sciences a.k.a. Eric Porter Douglas, whose new double album ‘Circuitious’ is expected December 9. ‘Circuitious’, according to Douglas, reflects “live, improvised sets combining multiple turntables, upright bass, and a command center of digital tablets and controllers.” Below you can listen to two of the record’s seventeen cuts, ‘The Image’, and the recent single and title-track.

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EARTHS — ‘The Tragedy of Process’

By John Hartley

It must be quite soul-destroying to be a band in Scotland sometimes. The mainstream music press seem loathe to travel beyond Manchester, and even then that’s if they can be bothered to escape London. The result is that for every Trash Can Sinatras or Belle And Sebastian we get a Menswear or Beady Eye.

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SONGS OF CHRISTMAS #1: Freddie King — ‘Christmas Tears’

In Belfast the seasonal market and tree is up at City Hall (well, it has been for over a week), lights and decorations have started to appear in streets and houses, and shoppers have again begun to behave a little more bonkers than usual. A good time, then, to start playing those Crimbo-flavoured tunes. Each day, up to Christmas Eve, we shall post a Christmas-themed tune, with a little bit on the background artist and track. We count 30 glorious songs in all (give or take one or two).

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