- Recommended albums! Archie Bronson Outfit's Coconut, in which their guttural blues-fuzz gains psychedelic wings. We did a TLOBF review, look it up. Mat Riviere's Follow Your Heart, out yesterday, messing up dark digital loops and electronics overlaid with stentorian commanding vocals. Takes a while and some effort, but the bedroom whirl like a darker Casiotone For The Painfully Alone reaps rewards. Love Ends Disaster!'s City Of Glass, only out through their own auspices at the moment, sounding much like what the second Bloc Party album should have done. Tindersticks' best and most cohesive album in years, Falling Down A Mountain. Sambassadeur's European, much like Camera Obscura but little the worse for that. Pavement's Quarantine The Past, because we're sensible.
- Funny how, when it was revealed, the identity of Summer Camp took people like us by surprise when on reflection and close listening (especially Round The Moon) that of one member should have been blatantly obvious. Here's the video to their forthcoming Moshi Moshi 7".
Note one of the increasing prevalences of 'Viral' in the video title there. You can't just make a clip go viral through willpower. (Although being a secretive retro-modern blog band helps, s'pose)
- The Deirdres' post-twee pop cacophony came to a close early last year, since when two friendly but seperate camps have emerged. Of Mice And Mental Arithmetic, who also include factions of the less widely lauded Lardpony, have taken on a Canadian hue, so while there's still evident joy and gang vocals there's newly hidden depths to the way everything is arranged. Meanwhile Haiku Salut are three of the female members, an accordion, keyboards and lots of instrumental intrigue.
- Random Myspace find of the, er, period: Cocos Lovers, a Deal based octet of family members and spouses bridging the gap between the rousing nu-ness of your Noahs and Mumfords and the traditional folk end of the Spiers & Boden/Lau/Carthy family type, all reels with modern twists and warm harmonies.
- Christ alive, look at this.
Our quasi-Gabriel is Lone Wolf, a project of Leeds' Paul Marshall, recently signed to Bella Union and with Napoleon IIIrd and members of Grammatics and Duels in his live band.