February Album Review (part 2) – Peace, the Districts, the Bots, Father John Misty

- March 1, 2015 3:14 AM | Categories:

Having featured four very impressive albums from the girls yesterday, today it's the boys turn. First of all, boys in a band – Peace, with Happy People, their second album. Their debut, In Love, was number 2 in my personal chart of 2013, so I’m a fan, and this is a very enjoyable album. They’ve got a classic indie sound, which takes some of the dance- influenced Madchester Stone Roses / Happy Mondays sound and blends with a bit of Oasis-like tuneful straight-on swaggering rock, but all presented in an engaging and not too serious manner. That’s why their live […]

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February Album Review (part 1) – Marika Hackman, Susanne Sundfør, Rae Morris and Rhiannon Giddens

- February 28, 2015 12:19 AM | Categories:

The big question we are asking this month – why is all the most interesting music being made by women? I’m not talking super-obscure stuff; I’m talking fairly or very successful artists. If you look over the last couple of years, then we have had Lorde, Lykke Li, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sharon van Etten, Laura Marling, EMA, Angel Olssen, Bork (back again), Baby Mellor. All of them are making music that has an edge to it, pushes at the boundaries in some way. Even in the mainstream, I would argue that Jessie Ware and Ella Henderson are just that […]

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Down the Procurement Pub with Proxima, UNISON, eWorld, the LPP and Blur

Peter Smith - February 27, 2015 7:31 AM
This week’s picture shows me having a beer. I know that is not a desperately unusual picture, let’s be honest, but it is the best I could do this week. The photographer was a w... more ▸

Q: Are you wasting time and money on technology RFPs? A: Probably!

Sheena Smith - February 27, 2015 4:33 AM
Greetings from Chicago, land of forever winter. We have several new free research downloads (including the one responsible for the title of this post), some others you should downl... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Feb. 23 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - February 27, 2015 2:26 AM
Before your weekend begins, check out the most noteworthy and popular posts this week from the Spend Matters Network. Spend Matters discusses vendor management system and spend man... more ▸

GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards – the Winners!

Peter Smith - February 27, 2015 1:30 AM
Nancy Clinton and I were at the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards held in the glittering surroundings of the Midland Hotel, Manchester last night. It was a very enjoyable ... more ▸

This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Nancy Clinton - February 27, 2015 12:26 AM
Public Spend Matters Europe is continuing to receive a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article every day so the volume of divers... more ▸

IQNavigator: From Strength to Strength – 2015 Company and Solution Outlook pro

Jason Busch - February 26, 2015 2:20 AM
IQNavigator is a vendor management system (VMS) provider in the midst of an important transition, which includes “doubling down” on a focus on technology R&D in part by continu... more ▸

SM Talks to Coupa CEO and ZenPurchase Founder Following Merger pro

Thomas Kase - February 25, 2015 2:22 AM
Following up on the earlier reports on Coupa's announcement that it is acquiring ZenPurchase – a recent startup focused on collaborative sourcing – I had the pleasure of speaki... more ▸

Procurement Organization and Structure – Why It Matters For CPOs Plus

Peter Smith - February 24, 2015 2:42 AM
I spoke earlier this month at a half-day workshop event organized by Oracle and Enrich. The topic was “Future-Proof Procurement – what does the future-proof structure and strat... more ▸

Procurement and Insider Trading: What You Need to Know pro

Thomas Kase - February 23, 2015 2:46 AM
Procurement has increasing access to multiple levels of insider information. And just as we have seen enforcement impacting procurement and supply chain activities centered on FCPA... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Feb. 16 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - February 20, 2015 2:17 AM
It's Friday! Time for this week's edition of the Best of Roundup - giving you the latest and most noteworthy articles published around the Spend Matters Network. ... more ▸