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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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The celebrated American Poet Robert Frost noted that “There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” To be fair to most teachers these days, quail shot …

Savages. You had us with your darkly brilliant debut album. All that post-punk Magazine and Gang of Four type stuff, dragged into the modern, and given that feminine touch. Somehow it seemed somewhat cooler, somewhat darker that their predecessors. Certainly it got us and a lot of other observers excited about it. Savages themselves formed …

I used to love the Harlem Globetrotters. I remember growing up they used to occasionally be on World of Sport or Grandstand, one of them anyway. They were cool and funny and had these outrageous skills that (it seemed to me) no other team had, and certainly no-one would attempt in a ‘proper’ game. Along …

We served notice about All-girl London five-piece Fake Club about a month ago when they first released current single “Beauty Queen”.  Well now they’ve put out a video for it.  It’s everything that you should expect: fast-paced, in-your-face, brash and ballsy, and cut up with unhealthy doses of pop and TV culture. The live sections were …

Names. It was the thing that caused the most consternation in our house upon the birth of my daughter. I liked the flowery names; Daisy, Poppy – stuff like that. My wife, however, like very traditional names like Elizabeth and Rachael, and needless to say, we hated eachothers choices. In the end, after a browse …

The only experience I had as a youngster was rather a random one. As a budding young musician, I used to have to go, every Christmas, to the local posh hotel, where in the midst of Christmas Parties, Weddings and Events, we would play some carols, and, as the youngest I was sent out at …

It was an inauspicious start. It was a Saturday morning at a hall somewhere in the town I grew up in that was usually used by the St Johns Ambulance. But, it was a disco, and I had been invited to spin the famous wheels of steel. Well, when I say invited – the residents …

So the retirement didn’t last as long as you’d think(you’d think retirement lasts forever, at least in my neck of the woods it does).  We’re the better for it if “Came Back Haunted” is any indication as to what NIN 2.0 is offering.  This song seems to encapsulate all the best bits of every NIN …

I stumbled on The Family Cat. The record shops I frequented all had it. I picked it up so many times, mainly because it had something that appeared fantastic. The Family Cat is such a fantastic name for a band, and the artwork on debut mini-album ‘tell ’em we’re surfin’ is utterly brilliant. So I …

We have this cleaner. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not one of those rich families that mention to everyone that they’ve got a cleaner because that means we must therefore be middle class. We actually need a cleaner. I seem to have bred (and I know they’ll be some argument about this) two of the …