David Wiffen – Songs From The Lost And Found

Friday, 30 January 2015, 19:50 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard It’ s been almost two years since Nick Warburton in a Strange Brew interview shone a spotlight on David Wiffen. Little known in England the country of his birth, this Canadian singer-songwriter has been covered by artists as diverse as Tom Rush, Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, and The Byrds. His first […]

Fruits de Mer Podcast

Monday, 26 January 2015, 19:58 | Category : Podcasts
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Fruits de Mer Records label chief Keith Jones joins Strange Brew host Jason Barnard to play a selection of tracks from and which inspired the world’s smallest vinyl-only psychedelia/progressive rock/acid-folk/krautrock/R&B/spacerock record label! Schizo Fun Addict – Theme One (Single A-side, Fruits de Mer, 2008) Tír na nÓg – Love Is Like A Promise (Forthcoming Single A-side, […]

Jeff Christie – For All Mankind

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 14:15 | Category : Articles, Leeds
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It’s 45 years since Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ topped the charts around the world and it’s that country rock sound and their self-titled debut album that band leader and songwriter, Jeff Christie, is best known for. However, the long player’s follow up ‘For All Mankind’, including its title track, moved the band’s sound forward, nearer towards Jeff’s British contemporaries […]

Games For May – Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo Records – Live

By John Blaney The best things in life are worth sharing, and for the last couple of years Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo have been sharing bands as fast as our records have been flying out the door. When the respective label bosses began exchanging emails something bigger was bound to happen. Buoyed by […]

The Moon Band

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 20:19 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard The Moon Band are certainly a duo I expect big things from upon hearing their debut single ‘Cedar People’ b/w ‘Home’. Psych-folk is probably the nearest label that you can be applied with both tracks sitting neatly alongside material from period comp ‘Gather in the Mushrooms’. Both Nicholas Tomlinson and Renee Forrester are clearing very […]

French Boutik – Mieux Comme Ça

Friday, 2 January 2015, 21:00 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard One band I always listen out for with interest is Paris based collective French Boutik. Their latest EP is the double 7″ release Mieux Comme Ça which features three original songs plus an excellent new version of a Madness track. The title track, ‘Mieux comme Ça’, echoes some of the band’s sound from their last […]