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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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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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Album Review: DMA’s – The Glow plus tour news

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October 4th. A day that, in 1957, saw the launch of the Sputnik Russian Space Satellite, the first artificial craft to circumnavigate the Earth, and gave rise to what became know as the space race. It was also the day that Mexico became a republic, that the Orient Express first ran, and the first meeting of the …

I’d like to say sorry to the people of Norman Road. You see, I left home at 17 to go to one of these old-fangled (you know, back in the days when the arts mattered) sort of music colleges. I’d never been lived away from home up until that point, and during the days I …

When I was younger, in those halcyon days shortly after punk, there was a certain word that stuck fear into our very beings, that was only whispered  in hushed huddles around the back of the Science block. We feared that, at the very mention of it we would be ostracised by our peers and left …

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 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 …

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 …

For me it wasThe Elephants. It was somewhere in Denmark, and they were Danish. They were (outrageously) below the bill than the band I was in, and so I wandered out to watch them, and was instantly blown away. On my return, the first things I did was buy their album, bang onto everyone I …