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    Thursday, January 31, 2008

    What have the unions ever done for us?

    Seeing as Life of Brian is my favourite comedy and I'm a newly appointed trade union committee member, i would like this, wouldn't i?

    Bye bye Rudy!

    Good to see an end to Giuliani's campaign last night. Check out this disgusting fearmongering campaign message if you need a reminder why.

    And must say I am dissapointed and surprised Edwards didn't endorse Obama in his bowing out speech. Can't wait for Super Tuesday. The illogical part of my brain is still hoping Obama can work a miracle.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008

    Cherry Ghost

    Another one that i didn't get around to last year - Cherry Ghost, whose debut album, Thirst for Romance reminds me of Doves, Richard Hawley, Elbow and Oasis mixed with a US alt country influence - although i can't see the Wilco comparisions most reviews have mentioned.

    I particularly adore 'People Help the People' though - this is the kind of track Noel Gallagher would sell his granny for - shameless, sentimental, big chorus, stadium anthem stuff. A classic.

    People Help the People, Cherry Ghost

    Cat Power Jukebox

    First super album of 2008 - predictably - Cat Power's Jukebox. She's done it again. Superb stuff. Its still got that late night, bluesy soul thing that the Greatest had but a little rockier in places. Who else could cover New York, New York and not sound like a twat?

    A couple of Mp3s from the album are available on the Matador site.

    Monday, January 28, 2008

    Stephanie Dosen

    If you don't like sensitive female singer songwriter schtick, look away now.

    Stephanie Dosen sounds like Harriet Wheeler from the Sundays only smoother. Her folky american songs could be described as Joanna Newsom-lite but that would be a bit harsh. There's some excellent songs on the album and her voice is pretty superb. Ok its all a little lilith fair and terribly tasteful but she is good.

    Her debut album is called A Lily for the Spectre.

    And here she is on Jools Holland, which is where i first heard her. Jools returns for a new series on friday with his 200th show and a lineup that includes Radiohead, Feist and Cat Power. Jools, you had me at Radiohead!

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008

    Aesop Rock - The One That Got Away

    A little bit of unfinished business from last year's Top 50 albums of the year. The major omission was Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass - a hip hop masterpiece - not a bad track on this record.

    Aesop Rock, video for album title track - None Shall Pass

    He plays Crawdaddy on February 2.