Archive for the ‘Brit pop also-rans’ Category

Cerys Matthews announces tour and new LP

July 20, 2006

Cerys_matthewsCerys Matthews is the most unlikely of pin-ups. She fronted a dodgy indie band, went to rehab and has a gutter like gob. She reached fame with Catatonia and then ducked out of the lime light to clean herself up, move to Nashville and record a country album.

After decent reviews, Matthew is now back with a newbie called ‘Never Said Goodbye’, to be released on 21 August. She’s also got a tour lined up.

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Reid all About it! Mary Chainer goes solo…

June 27, 2006

JimreidJim Reid, one half of legendary fuzz-rock duo The Jesus and Mary Chain, is a very busy man. His new solo single, Dead End Kids, is imminent, whilst his other side project, Freeheat, have just released their debut album, Back On The Water.
The single will also feature Dead End Kids (Demo Version) along with a cover of Bob Dylan’s If You’ve Gotta Go, which has been getting rave reviews from his recent live gigs.

If you’re quick about it, you can also get an exclusive recording of Jim covering The Beatles’ And Your Bird Can Sing by grabbing the July issue of Mojo, which features an excellent CD of various artists recreating Revolver for the 40th anniversary of its release. It’s well worth a listen – Jim turns the song into a spooked-out, stripped-down, twangy country ballad. Awesome.[Sean]

Lost Classic? Cardigans ‘Life’

June 12, 2006

Cardigans_lifeIt’s easy to dismiss The Cardigans. ‘Lovefool’ was a bit of a waste of time, but a pop behemouth nonetheless. The hit big with ‘My Favourite Game’ and ‘Erase/Rewind’, but by then, I imagine those who dug the early work of the Swedish group had long gone home. That’s because their first dent in the charts was a glorious kitschy 60’s sugar coated pop treasure. That album is ‘Life’.

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Lost Classic? Cardigans ‘Life’

June 12, 2006

Cardigans_lifeIt’s easy to dismiss The Cardigans. ‘Lovefool’ was a bit of a waste of time, but a pop behemouth nonetheless. The hit big with ‘My Favourite Game’ and ‘Erase/Rewind’, but by then, I imagine those who dug the early work of the Swedish group had long gone home. That’s because their first dent in the charts was a glorious kitschy 60’s sugar coated pop treasure. That album is ‘Life’.

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Lost Classic? Cardigans ‘Life’

June 12, 2006

Cardigans_lifeIt’s easy to dismiss The Cardigans. ‘Lovefool’ was a bit of a waste of time, but a pop behemouth nonetheless. The hit big with ‘My Favourite Game’ and ‘Erase/Rewind’, but by then, I imagine those who dug the early work of the Swedish group had long gone home. That’s because their first dent in the charts was a glorious kitschy 60’s sugar coated pop treasure. That album is ‘Life’.

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Just who are The Chavs?

June 7, 2006

ThechavsHave you heard of a band called The Chavs? Well, if not, and you’re a fan of The Charlatans and/or The Libertines, you’ll be interested to know that Carl Barat and Tim Burgess have formed a ramshackle outfit, along with Martin Duffy from Primal Scream… and some bloke from Razorlight, to seemingly play random gigs, and do covers of The Pogues.

Whether they plan to release anything is anyone’s guess, but check their MySpace site for all the info.[Mof Gimmers]

Brett Anderson in solo LP shocker

May 30, 2006

Brett Brett Anderson (Suede and The Tears) is to release a solo album. The self-titled record will be available next year and features strings and lutes (!), apparently!

Fear not – Anderson hasn’t gone all medieval on our ass – the new album has been described by its creator as ‘having a Scott Walker feel’, which is fine by us. Anderson co-produced the record and also played electric guitar on it. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait. It’s got to be better than that last dodgy Suede album…[Sean Hannam]

Q&A with former Hurricane merchant

May 30, 2006

Alex_lowe_1Not too long ago, the record label known as Creation was the best thing ever to happen to spotty indie kids. One outfit on McGee’s plaything was Hurricane (latterly #1 after the Beastie Boys DJ got uppity). The singer from the group (and former boxer if I remember rightly) Alex Lowe is back on track and releasing  solo records. So Sean Hannam had a little chat with him.

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Q&A with former Hurricane merchant

May 30, 2006

Alex_lowe_1Not too long ago, the record label known as Creation was the best thing ever to happen to spotty indie kids. One outfit on McGee’s plaything was Hurricane (latterly #1 after the Beastie Boys DJ got uppity). The singer from the group (and former boxer if I remember rightly) Alex Lowe is back on track and releasing  solo records. So Sean Hannam had a little chat with him.

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Q&A with former Hurricane merchant

May 30, 2006

Alex_lowe_1Not too long ago, the record label known as Creation was the best thing ever to happen to spotty indie kids. One outfit on McGee’s plaything was Hurricane (latterly #1 after the Beastie Boys DJ got uppity). The singer from the group (and former boxer if I remember rightly) Alex Lowe is back on track and releasing  solo records. So Sean Hannam had a little chat with him.

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