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News: Joni Mitchell celebrates the 50th anniversary of ‘Blue’ with a remastered set of her four Reprise albums

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Album Review: black midi – Cavalcade

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Album review: Masayoshi Fujita – ‘Bird Ambience’: a marimba and electronica masterclass for meditative thought

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  Most people remember the time they heard ‘the’ album – the one that became their moment of musical epiphany. And most people also remember the first time they fell in love. Mine were one and the same. 1993, I was an awkward 13-year-old with a record collection that was pretty much made up entirely …

A lot of sports teams celebrate their greatest ever player by retiring their number. Pittsburgh Steelers retired the number 70 shirt in honour of Ernie Stautner, the Green Bay Packers did the same for  Paul Hornung’s number 5  shirt,  Shaquille O’Neal‘s #34 shirt hasn’t been used again at the Lakers, and Paulo Maldini‘s number 3 shirt will retire with …

When I was a student, I had a brief (roundabout a month I think it was) romantic liaison with one of the most beautiful girls I had met, up to that point. She was a half Italian, part-time model, and just for those few brief weeks I became her Lyle Lovett, and she my Julia Roberts (youngsters, …

Everyone likes a decent holiday, don’t they. Me, I love visiting places- it’s just the getting there that bothers me. You see, I’m scared of flying. Not just scared though, like properly terrified. I have to go to America sometimes, and in the weeks running up to it, I can barely sleep, become sullen and irritable, in …

I’ve done a few things over the years that have absolutely terrified me, like asking a good friend of mine if she wanted to be more than that, in a bar full of drunken friends all cheering and jeering me on. After doing that I reckon I could face down a hungry lion with a …

I used to do my homework to John Peel. There, I said it. I know it’s sort of expected for everyone involved in music just about to say that. But its true. I used to make tapes of the songs on his shows I liked, and then stop the tape if I didn’t like the …

The Greek Islands in the brochures, always seem to look so beautiful and tranquil. Behind that though and everyone realises that they can be party Islands as well. When I had just started work (i.e. was desperately broke) I spent an entire day with my then housemate searching for deals on Teletext holidays (those were the …

I think it was when I first heard Nic Jones’ Penguin Eggs album that I realised how good Folk music could be. Before that point I’d always imagined it being a desolate wasteland of Morris Dancers, knitted jumpers, roll-ups and unkempt facial hair. As someone who spent his formative years trying to look like I …

So let’s get this straight. Acting as a father figure to his dead brothers children, who (it turned out) may or may not have been illegitimate, and were both discredited and then disappeared. He assumes control, much to the anger of his brothers friends, who in turn attack him, at first failing (and suffering a horrible …

I was in hospital this one time,  I suppose I would have been about eight at the time, when I was told to stay still. Being in hospital was nothing new – me and my brother had bad asthma and we spent at least a couple of weeks incarcerated every winter. In some ways I …