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Mercury vs Neptune Part 7: Paul Weller vs 65daysofstatic

This is going to be the last Mercury vs Neptune that I do, for the winner is announced tomorrow evening, and I am not up for a 24 hour album-reviewing marathon. I mean it might be fun, but these actually … Continue reading

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Mercury vs Neptune Part 6: The xx vs Rolo Tomassi

It’s curious how these two shortlists have aligned. I’ve been pairing them up by the order on which they appear on the list (see those here: https://tjdizzle.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/mercury-vs-neptune/), but some of them are starting to look like they were picked to … Continue reading

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Mercury vs Neptune Part 5: Kit Downes Trio vs Ikonika

Here’s the thing with this one. Kit Downes Trio’s ‘Golden’ isn’t on Spotify, and is also apparently not to be downloaded anywhere. Seriously. I even stumbled across a web-forum seemingly devoted to providing free illegal download links for albums, including … Continue reading

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Mercury vs Neptune Part 4: Foals vs These New Puritans

Foals are an Oxford band, and These New Puritans are a Southend-on-Sea band. Both are on their second albums, and both are apparently considered departures from their debuts (though this applies more to These New Puritans). Please welcome Foals’ ‘Total … Continue reading

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Mercury vs Neptune Part 3: Mumford and Sons vs Four Tet

I’m not expecting to hear many sonic similarities between these two. Mumford Sons are a pop-folk band with a banjo, whereas Four Tet is one man, Kieran Hebden, making electronica/techno/whatever exactly you call it. Mumford and Sons sing (with harmonies … Continue reading

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Mercury vs Neptune Part 2: I Am Kloot vs The Fall

Hmmm. it seems, following some basic investigation, that fewer of the albums in these lists are on Spotify than I had assumed. I had to wander halfway down the list until I found another pair that were both streaming on … Continue reading

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Mercury vs Neptune Part 1: Fuck Buttons/Biffy Clyro

Told you I’d do these first. Now, some disclosure. I actually have ‘Tarot Sport’ already; I like it quite a lot, and have seen Fuck Buttons twice in the last year. So they have the edge. But I’m going to … Continue reading

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