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Top 30 albums of 2011

15 Dec


Top spot: Josh T Pearson


Everyone else is at it…so here it goes…

1)       Josh T Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen

2)       King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

3)       The Horrors – Skying

4)       The Crookes – Chasing After Ghosts

5)       Half Man Half Biscuit – 90 Bisodol (Crimond)

6)       The Antlers – Burst Apart

7)       The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You

8)       I Break Horses – Hearts

9)       Hannah Peel – The Broken Wave

10)   Cat’s Eyes- Cat’s Eyes

11)   Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

12)   Art Brut – Brilliant! Tragic!

13)   Slow Club – Paradise

14)   Cashier No 9 – To The Death Of Fun

15)   Marc Carroll – In Silence

 16)   We Were Promised Jetpacks – In The Pit Of The Stomach

17)   Emmy The Great – Virtue

18)   Milk Maid – Yucca

19)   EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints

20)   Anna Calvi – Anna Calvii

21)   S.C.U.M – Again Into Eyes

22)   Times New Viking – Dancer Equired

23)   Admiral Fallow – Boots Met My Face

24)   Sophie Madeleine – The Rhythm You Started

25)   Metronomy – The English Riviera

26)   The Computers – This Is The Computers

27)   Yuck – Yuck

28)   Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells – Everything’s Getting Older

29)   British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall

30)   Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves


Blue Blood on Bonfire Night

3 Nov

Forget bonfires this Saturday and get yourself down to The World’s End for a night of Blues-influenced rock at the first Blue Blood night.

The free gig features Dirty White Fever (Dominic Knight from 80s Matchbox playing dark blues with a solid drum groove), Hollowmoon (Beautiful psychedelic blues rock with a political edge), Dead Whisky (Self-described as dirty sweaty strip club blues) and Thee Mouldous Hypotenuse (the solo project from the Screaming Speakers front man)

For more info, go to the Facebook page:

News: Stuart Newman releases new single

28 Sep

Brighton singer-songwriter Stuart Newman’s new single is available for free download…and it’s bloody good.

(We’re Living In) Another Dimension combines a bizarrely brilliant array of vocal layers – with his trademark deep and occasionally eerie style at the fore – along with a humdinger of a tune which unexpectedly bursts into a heaving mass of choppy guitars towards the end.

This is by far and away the best thing Newman has produced so far. If he keeps on exceeding expectations like this, he’s going find himself in a dimension of his own.

Have a listen here:


26 Sep

My latest piece on Brighton bands for thefourohfive is about Cinemascopes. Read it here:

News: Good Weekend Festival

14 Jul

Eddie Argos brings Art Brut to headline the Good Weekend Festival later this month.

The event brings together a passionate group of people keen to support the music industry through live music events, with a team of producers, sound and lighting technicians and creative minds volunteering their skills and experience from their respective industries.

Set in picturesque parkland at Vicarage Farm in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, just a stone’s throw from Winchester, the festival site is easily accessible from Junction 7 of the M3 with regular trains from across the country stopping at nearby mainline stations in Basingstoke and Winchester.

And whether you’re into Rock, Indie and Alternative, or the sounds of Dubstep, Breaks, Ambient and Electro, there’s an impressive line-up. From well-loved cult bands to up-and-coming artists and producers, right down to local grass-roots talent, there is something for every music lover.

Joining Art Brut are Parker, Lulu and the Lampshades, Hot Club de Paris, Worship and Charlie and the Martyrs among others.

Held on Friday, July 22 and Saturday 23, tickets are £40.

Go to for more information

News: The Duke Spirit

23 May

In preparation for the arrival of their third LP Bruiser, The Duke Spirit are stopping off in Brighton as part of their UK tour.
Leila Moss and co play Audio on Friday, June 3, with tickets priced at £10. Doors are at 7pm and support comes from The Computers.
Check out this preview of Bruiser:
And get tickets for the gig here:

News: The Lovely Eggs

17 May

Quirky indie popsters The Lovely Eggs are playing at the Horse and Groom, Brighton, this Sunday (May 22).

The gig is free and doors are at 8pm.

It’s bound to be better than sitting in front of the gogglebox trying not to think about work the next day.

Not convinced? Have a butchers at this, it’s a belter.

News: Tom Williams and the Boat date

8 May

With the annual three-day new music shindig that is The Great Escape rapidly approaching, the Latest Music Bar has got in the on the act by holding a Great Escape Party on Friday.

The Manchester Street venue has scored quite a coup in lining-up the rather fine Tom Williams and The Boat to headline.

They’ve been (rightly) lauded by the likes of BBC6 Music and The Fly and will be well worth checking out if they don’t clash with any of your Great Escape ‘must-sees’.

Redtrack, Daughter and Get People provide the support.

Time: 8pm – 2am
Price: £4 on the door before 9pm , £5 after, free to Great Escape wristband holders.

Send us your Brighton music, comedy and entertainment news

15 Jan

Got some Brighton and Hove music/comedy/entertainment news? Then let us know.

This is a not-for-profit site set up to promote and celebrate live music, comedy and entertainment in the city.

If you have a gig to plug, a review to submit or live photos we can use, drop us an email to

Or if you’re in a local band and want us to feature one of your songs, get in touch with us.

Or if you run a site and want us to link to your pages, email us.

Arab Strap duo confirm Brighton gig

15 Jan


Celebrated miserablists Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have announced details of a Brighton show.
The Arab Strap duo will be performing individual sets at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse on March 6.
Middleton will appearing under the guise of Human Don’t Be Angry.

You can buy tickets here:  

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