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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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Sultry, late night, star twinkling disco – eating itself for over 10 years

Sultry, late night, star twinkling disco – eating itself for over 10 years

Vanguard Online December 9, 2019 0

In 2008 J Davey released a sultry, late night disco track called ‘Might As Well’. A few weeks ago, in 2019, eleven years later, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, put out Dissolution. Its a faster track

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Lucas Santtana – Ninguém Solta A Mão De Ninguém

Lucas Santtana – Ninguém Solta A Mão De Ninguém

Vanguard Online November 26, 2019 0

‘Ninguém Solta A Mão De Ninguém’ takes its title from a phrase widely used during the military dictatorship rule of Brazil in the 1960s, which translates as “hold on tight to each others’ hands”.

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A jazzy mashed potato from 1984

A jazzy mashed potato from 1984

Vanguard Online November 25, 2019 0

Dissolution aint a bad title for Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s short album. What seems to be being dissolved here is the basic structure of an 80s pop song. We are left with a sub-conscious rendering

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Nu jazz from Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

Nu jazz from Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

Vanguard Online November 13, 2019 0

I was a regular listener to Giles Peterson’s Worldwide show in the early twenty-first century. The nu-jazz sound of Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst would have fitted beautifully on Peterson’s show. Their album These

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