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Roy Ayers is back

Roy Ayers is back

Vanguard Online June 15, 2020 1

Roy Ayers is a legend of 1970s American soul. His signature tune is ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’. My personal experience of Roy Ayers’ work came through the play he got on Giles Peterson’s WorldWide

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Ten years ago, on Vanguard Online

Ten years ago, on Vanguard Online

Vanguard Online June 13, 2020 2

Ten years ago on Vanguard Online we were going a bit Duke Special bonkers. We reviewed one of his albums, interviewed him twice in the space of a month and reviewed a show of

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Mark Radcliffe, recently recovered from cancer, writes a folk epic on England in the times of coronavirus

Mark Radcliffe, recently recovered from cancer, writes a folk epic on England in the times of coronavirus

Vanguard Online May 24, 2020 0

Mark Radcliffe, Radio 1 DJ, who has recently recovered from cancer, has released an epic sixteen minute song about England under the times of coronavirus. Its an incredibly poetic piece, a brilliant attempt at

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JahWobble and co. produce a stunner for 2020

JahWobble and co. produce a stunner for 2020

Vanguard Online May 5, 2020 1

I’ve missed the boat here a little, but judging from the number of views Jah Wobble’s single has received on YouTube so have you. In early 2020 a collaboration of artists led by Jah

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Twee Scottish indie with a twist (of a knife)

Twee Scottish indie with a twist (of a knife)

Vanguard Online April 30, 2020 0

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of The Just Joans is an album drawing on two traditions. First, the stripped back lo-fi early 90s indie. You know, casio keyboards, lightweight guitar and strongly foregrounded lyrics.

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Uncertain but flavourful: The Strokes are back

Uncertain but flavourful: The Strokes are back

Vanguard Online April 24, 2020 0

I first became aware of The Strokes in 2001 when they made a big splash in the UK with Is This It and their signature tune Last Nite. The whole alternative rock scene, which

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Lucille Bogan did not find musical inspiration by staring at bowls of fruit

Lucille Bogan did not find musical inspiration by staring at bowls of fruit

Vanguard Online April 21, 2020 0

A couple of years back, after listening to the seemingly innocent Four Clefs ‘I Like Pie I Like Cake’ (circa 1941) I was thinking that, perhaps, before the advent of rock n roll, before things

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Victims of coronavirus from the world of music and comedy

Victims of coronavirus from the world of music and comedy

Vanguard Online April 12, 2020 0

Coronavirus is claiming lives around the world. The reach of coronavirus has been of such a scale that it has claimed several victims from the world of music and TV. To date thirteen people

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Dreaming of a different world for women – Sahar Ajdamsani’s poetic Iranian folk piece

Dreaming of a different world for women – Sahar Ajdamsani’s poetic Iranian folk piece

Vanguard Online December 11, 2019 0

Dreamy World is a beautiful folk-style song, composed by Giovanni Amighetti with spoken word by Iranian singer Sahar Ajdamsani. It very much reminds me of the Greek folk music of Nikos Mamangakis. Wistful, beautiful,

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Kid Methuselah’s unofficial fan club register thrills for 2019

Kid Methuselah’s unofficial fan club register thrills for 2019

Vanguard Online December 11, 2019 0

Vanguard Online is the only music website that is committed to tracking and reporting on the movements of the mysterious Kid Methuselah on a two yearly basis. In 2017 we asked “can you make

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