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  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.29

    23 sept. 2012, 13h05m

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Gordon wrote about his love for Marcel Carné's epic contribution to French cinema 'Les Enfants Du Paradis'. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the soaring, majestic, slightly melodramatic, 80s sounding pop of Glasgow band Father Sculptor. Read the article here.

    In rememberance of Hiroshima Day, Griff introduced us to the work of Turkish poet Nâzim Hikmet and the musical interpretation of his work 'I come and stand at every door' by This Mortal Coil. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the unexpected brilliance to be found in the work of comedy songwriter Graham Fellows' creation Jilted John. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote in praise of the emotional power of early UK synthpop, in the form of B-Movie, The Human League, John Foxx, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Passage and Ultravox. Read the article here.

    Griff got excited about the release of the 9-song album Echo by Irish musician and composer Niamh de Barra. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about 'Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook', a handbook for direct action. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Gordon continued exploring the early world of electronica, covering such artists as Cabaret Voltaire, Boards of Canada, Lisa Lashes, Tidy Boys and M/A/R/R/S. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Gordon opened up his box of 60s nonsense once again to bring us some of the most obscure, whacked out and downright demented examples of 60s Pop and Rock, such as 13th Floor Elevators, The Crystal Chandelier, Jimmy Cross, John Trubee, The Monocles and Sunday Funnies. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Griff took a foray into the world of gaming with his exploration of Jordan Magnuson's experimental, minimalistic 'notgame' Loneliness. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Gordon introduced a new generation to the melancholy delights of Norman Cohen's 1967 short, documentary film, 'The London Nobody Knows' . Read the article and download a copy here.

    Griff celebrated the latest work from prolific Glasgow rapper Loki. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Griff wrote about intelligent and witty, socially consious rappers Captain of the Rant and The Ruby Kid who both feature on the compilation album 'Anti Copyright & Censorship Compilation Vol 1' released by the A Better Tomorrow netlabel. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Griff wrote about the new single, and forthcoming album, from melancholic, Swedish folk-rockers Turn Off Your Television. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Griff wrote about the release of the new album 'Reject' by Scottish hip hop band, and Streetlamp favourites, Stanley Odd. Read the article and download a copy here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.28

    27 jui. 2012, 10h53m

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Ray wrote about the Scottish cycling campaign Pedal on Parliament. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the book The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, first book to properly address the subject of female homosexuality in the UK. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the arrest of Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Irina Loktina, all members of the Russian riot grrrl band Pussy Riot. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Glasgow-based video artist Katy Dove and her band Muscles Of Joy. Read the article here.

    Ray wrote about a video installation at Glasgow's Tramway by artist Antonia Hirsch based on Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote lovingly of 'the greatest city in the world', i.e. Glasgow, covering such diverse things as artists Karla Black, Craig Johnston Lis Rhodes and Emily Jacir and musicians Laurel Halo and Sister Vanilla. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and the Reel News film 'GREECE: Our Present Is Your Future'. Read the article here.

    Gordon gave us the second part of his own personal overview of the recording output of Momus. Read the article here.

    Gordon gave us a personal look at the phenomenon of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, particularly Terry Gilliam's cinematic version of the book, and about it's effect and influence on his own life. Read the article here.

    Ray wrote about the cultural history of the Tour de France and featured music by Jacques Dutronc. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the Riot Grrrl Berlin compilation More Music - Less Macho and featured music by Edith Crash, Executive Legs and Punk Rap Princess. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the otherworldy music of Finnish musician Violeta Päivänkakkara. Read the article here.

    Gordon took us on another wander through Glasgow, covering the Barras market, George Penman's Jazzmen and Pedro Almodovar! Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the twee-punk sound of Brighton's bentcousin. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the new EardrumsPop single by Lowpines. Read the article here.


    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.27

    30 mai 2012, 18h53m

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Griff wrote about mellow, post-rock Swedish indie-rockers Turn Off Your Television. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the Streetlamp team's week of culture as they visited the events laid on for Glasgow's International Festival of Visual Arts 2012. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about The Sleeping Cinema - an evening of surrealist cinema projected on to the ceiling while the audience sleep below - by Glasgow artist Alexander Storey Gordon. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about all-girl, pop-punk trio The Tuts. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about retro-Sci-fi, surf-Punk band Man or Astro-Man?. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about The Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and Glasgow May Day. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the brilliant Luna Moth and their new album 'Shadows Casting Trees'. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Finnish indie-surf band Eva on the Western Castle Island. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Plutonian Ode by Philip Glass and went on to talk about Faslane Peace Camp and their fight to make Scotland nuclear free. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the evolution of the Blondie song, Heart of Glass, from rough demo to smoothly produced pop hit. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.26

    25 avr. 2012, 8h31m

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Gordon traces the career of Björk, from Crass records obscurity to world reknown. Read the article here.

    Griff laments the loss of short-lived, riot grrrl band Stereowoolf. Read the article here.

    Gordon writes the first installment in his series of articles chronicling the career of maverick musical genius Momus. Read the article here.

    Griff follows up Gordon's Momus piece with an article on one-time Momus collaborator, and fascinating artist in her own right, Anne Laplantine. Read the article here.

    Griff writes a tribute to feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, following her recent death. Read the article here.

    Gordon provides an elaborate hoax for April 1st with his invention of Give Daddy The Knife, Cindy! Read the article here.

    Griff examines The John Holmes Prick Parade, an exhibition by artist Emily Moran Barwick. Read the article here.

    Ray discusses the bystander effect, the lonesome death of Kitty Genovese and the music of Phil Ochs. Read the article here.

    In the first of a two-part article examining his life in the 1990s, Gordon tells us of the personal meaning in the songs of Scott 4. Read the article here.

    Griff enthuses over the classic, 60s inspired, girl/boy indiepop of Chalk and Numbers. Read the article here.

    The Streetlamp celebrates its second Birthday. Happy Birthday to us! Read the article here.

    In the second part of his article examining his life in the 1990s, Gordon reminisces over the music of Pernice Brothers. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.25

    14 mars 2012, 13h29m

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Griff wrote about the capitalist estabishment's latest assault on the working people of Greece. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about indie-rock band Magnetic Island and their unexpected cover of Au Pairs' classic track 'Headache for Michelle'. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the music of Conflict and how it remains profoundly relevant even 30 years after it was recorded. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the early origins of the twee pop genre and traces it back to Trixie's Big Red Motorbike. Read the article here.

    Gordon gave us his thoughts and feelings on the sad and untimely death of Davy Jones of The Monkees. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about his love of 1980s, low-budget, indie movie Desert Hearts. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about wonderful, Argentinian indie, mini-orchestra Julio y Agosto. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the good old off-kilter, skewiff, politically incorrect, brain-frying exploitation movies available from Something Weird Video. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the thoughtful, literate and intimate song-writing of Robin Warren-Adamson and his musical vehicle Wise Children. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.24

    11 fév. 2012, 17h47m

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Gordon wrote about the solo output of The Stranglers members, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Hugh Cornwell. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about art project 'The Great Wall of Vagina' and featured some of the feminist punk of Ex Best Friends. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about excellent, although little-known, Brazilian folk-pop band Mykonos Flame. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the All Tomorrow's Parties series of independent music festivals. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about singer/song-writer Stephen Harrison and his recent diversion into contemporary folk. Read the article here.

    Gordon writes, and not for the first time, about The Smiths. Although, surprisingly on this occasion he's come to bury not praise them. Read the article here.

    Gordon continues to surprise by writing about English folk's reclusive genius Anne Briggs. Read the article here.

    Gordon writes about 'a trio of duos' Psychic Dancehall, Tennis, and Big Deal. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about kid's TV show Adventure Time and its wonderful lo-fi closing theme written and performed by Ashley Eriksson. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the brilliant new album 'Fast Forward' by Swedish post-punk pop girls Liechtenstein. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the sublime, dreamsoaked, pure, indie-pop of Ireland's Land Lovers. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the retro-pop of all-girl Ukrainian trio The Refrigerator Cuties. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The 2011 Streetlamp Festive Thirty

    11 jan. 2012, 21h24m

    The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 Streetlamp Festive Thirty.

    These are the Streetlamp contributors' combined favourite thirty pieces of music to feature on the blog this year. We considered for inclusion ALL of those songs which have featured, regardless of their date of release. This means that the list is decidedly not a narrow 'Best music of 2011' but should includes some old and some new music and should be thought of as a 'Best of The Streetlamp 2011'.

    The artists who made it into this year's list are:


    Anton Rothschild
    ZuKrewe
    Olympic Swimmers
    Alice Martineau
    palms on fire
    Syd Lane
    Shampoo
    Golden
    The Lovely Eggs
    Los Punsetes
    Kaleidoscope
    Soda Shop
    Gaffa
    Doble Pletina
    The Spook School
    The MacDonald Sisters
    Murder Mystery
    Vivian Girls
    Birdie
    The Moth & The Mirror
    Club 8
    Berlinist
    Two Wounded Birds
    Columbus & Crusoe
    First Fatal Kiss
    Life Without Buildings
    Laura Hocking & The Long Goodbye
    Parallèles
    Stanley Odd
    Elizabeth City State

    I hope you'll find time to visit the blog and see which songs made it into the list .

    Griff
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.23

    10 jan. 2012, 22h28m

    Hi All,

    Here's the latest very belated update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Gordon wrote about Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Streetlamp favourite Syd Lane and her interpretation of Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides, Now'. Read the article here.

    Griff caught up with numerous new releases from various Streetlamp alumni, including Stanley Odd, Vizual Pupil & Th!nK, Kevin P. Gilday, New Orleans Swim Team and The Spook School. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote of his love of Spaghetti Westerns. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about Penelope Spheeris' US Punk movie 'The Decline Of Western Civilization'. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the foray into the world of the Christmas song by Philadelphia singer/songwriter Bill Ricchini under the name of Summer Fiction. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about Punk/Rock supergroup The Greedy Bastards. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Transmission the new album from melancholic Swedish indie-rockers Mellow Dramatic Avenue. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about the music of songwriter Jeremy Coleman, including his indiepop quartet Murder Mystery. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Russian indie band Childish. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about pop punk band The Dickies. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about Streetlamp favourite Kate Bush. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about website 'the kitten covers' and sombre Russian chanteuse julia vorontsova. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about accused US soldier Bradley Manning and a wonderful song inspired by his story written by folk duo Cabin of Love. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about classic punk band The Damned. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about Cocteau Twins unexpected foray into Christmas music. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.22

    19 nov. 2011, 20h09m

    Hi All,

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Gordon wrote about three bands; Club 8, Olympic Swimmers and Cinnamon. All fine purveyors of sublime, dreamy Pop music. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the Occupy Movement and an anthem specially written for them; 'I'm A 99' by Nomadic Firs. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about 1929 Russian silent film 'The New Babylon', which tells the true tale of the Paris Commune of 1871. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote a piece celebrating 50 years of political satire and investigative journalism in Private Eye magazine. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about Edinburgh-based hip-hop duo, Vizual Pupil + Th!nk. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about Health charity SANE's 'Black Dog Campaign'. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about pop's winter queen Laura Watling. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about two great European feminist pop-punk bands, First Fatal Kiss and Gaffa. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote about what 'A Bit of the Other' by The Pastels means to him. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the merging of international and Brazilian folk-styles and rhythms of new band Mykonos Flame. Read the article here.

    Griff and Ray wrote about energetic UK cycling campaign iPayRoadTax.com and featured a couple of videos to accompany bicycle related songs by Feel It Robot and David Rovics. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens
  • The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore - No.21

    17 oct. 2011, 18h16m

    Hi All,

    Here's the latest update from The Streetlamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore music blog:

    Griff wrote about the slyly-humorous spoken-word songs and poetry of Glaswegian Kevin P. Gilday. Read the article here.

    Gordon wrote rather movingly about the work of the late Alice Martineau. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about his excitement at the release of this year's second EP release by Scottish hip-hop outsiders Stanley Odd. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about excellent young Russian indie-pop garage band palms on fire. Read the article here.

    Gordon gave us 'A Nippy Sweeties/Musical Prozac Hybrid', in which he delved into the weirder Sixties records in his collection to bring us;
    Jan & Dean
    Albert DeSalvo & the Bugs
    The Jelly Bean Bandits
    The Driving Stupid
    The Brain
    Oshun
    The Fee Fi Four Plus Two
    Jason Crest
    The Unfolding
    Walham Green East Wapping Carpet Cleaning Rodent And Boggit Extermination Association, and
    Friday's Keepers
    Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about the hard-hitting documentary film, The Canary Effect, which was written directed and produced by US alt-pop act The Bastard Fairies. Read the article here.

    Gordon took another opportunity to display The Streetlamp's impeccable left-wing credentials, and to reclaim the 1980s, with a piece on 'Imperfect List' by Big Hard Excellent Fish. Read the article here.

    Griff wrote about art inspired by the suicide of Evelyn McHale, which included work by Parenthetical Girls and Anton Rothschild. Read the article here.

    Hope there's something among that lot that appeals.

    As always, feedback or tips on any new music we've missed is appreciated.

    Griff/sighrens