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Mojo

Issue 318 - May 2020

    COVER STORY: FOO FIGHTERS Twenty-five years on, Dave Grohl and co return to the mid-’90s’ post-Kurt crunch, when success was far from assured. Plus! US alt-rock’s broader crisis, the Foos’ new film (with Ringo!) and new album news.

    1970: THE GREAT DIVIDE James Taylor or the MC5? Supine singer-songwriters or revolting rockers? Jon Savage relives 1970 – the first year rock seriously considered its past, and future.

    ART GARFUNKEL The eccentric top end of the disharmonious duo rues his Bad Timing and regrets S&G’s untaken Irish direction. “I’m trying to be normal,” he insists.

    MARGO PRICE Obscurity and family trauma were the neo-outlaw country star’s formative ordeals. But neither is success stress-free: “I still don’t know why I’m here!”

    JARVIS COCKER Sex, cave art, Britpop: an eclectic smorgasbord of topics is served by the ex-Pulp frontman, back with his best music since the mid-’90s.

    JOHN ENTWISTLE Fellow musicians regarded The Who’s bassist with awe; fellow carousers thought him unfellable. But the rock star life he loved had his number in the end.

    THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN How the battling bros of ’80s UK indie survived the Psychocandy shitstorm to prove doubters wrong on Darklands: “We thought, Let’s make an album about the songs.”

    PUNK IN LONDON Sheila Rock’s photographs of Lydon, Strummer, Siouxsie (and incinerated human remains?) recreate a scene shot through with innocence and idealism.

    Genre pick of the week Cover of Issue 102 by Shindig!.

    Shindig!

    Issue 102

      Features

      Barnabus Warwickshire ’70s heavies unearthed

      The Hollies Bobby Elliott’s Californian memories

      Neil Innes The remarkable career of a singular talent

      Rod McKuen The many sides of a true musical maverick

      Supersister Brilliantly bonkers prog, Dutch-style

      Regulars

      Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the turntable

      Thoughts & Words Your letters, tweets and emails

      It’s A Happening Thing Espers, The Sonic Dawn, Michael Rault, A Girl Called Eddy, Eyelids, elvinyl, Pink Floyd, Jack Sharp, Saba Lou, competition

      Happening Right Now Brand new music from The Small Breed, Extraa and Magick Brother & Mystic Sister

      Family Album The Rain Parade’s influential 1983 LP Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

      Deep Cuts Sixties Cat Stevens

      20 Questions Graham Day’s modest recollections of The Prisoners and beyond

      Reviews The best in reissues, new releases, books and live shows

      Vinyl Art Astrud Gilberto’s I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do

      Third Man Books Present

      Maggot Brain (Issue #2)

        OVER FEATURE is a three-parter on MOONDOG. Our editor’s phone interview with him from 1998, some amazing never-before-seen-images, and crucially this series of archival interviews from 1953.

        SHANA CLEVELAND The singer-songwriter / La Luz leader’s hand-written / illustrated tour diary chronicles a European tour with her own newborn baby, and it’s really unlike anything you’ve seen or read before. 

        GAINESVILLE RIOT ‘88 On tour supporting ‘Bug,’ the immense DINOSAUR JR’S laconic wall of sound helped to start a riot at their show in a Florida university hall. Thankfully our old pal Kevin Arrow was there with slide film in his camera to capture the event. These images have never been seen before.

        The Wire

        Issue 434 - April 2020

          Inside this issue:
          Thundercat: Schooled in jazz, funk, punk and more, the flamboyant bassist, vocalist and songwriter brings mischief, mirth and melancholy to that most misunderstood of genres – fusion. By Phil Freeman. Plus essays on fusion past, present and future by Greg Tate and John Morrison.

          Gal Costa: Ahead of a rare UK live date, the Brazilian musician and vocalist discusses bossa nova, tropicália, political engagement and remaining open to the unexpected. By Russ Slater.

          Jarboe: The erstwhile Swans vocalist and Neurosis collaborator returns with an intimate collection of reflective songs inspired by her travels. By Claire Biddles.

          Roger & Brian Eno: With a collaborative album in the can, the Eno brothers discuss the anatomy of ambient music. By Philip Clark.

          Invisible Jukebox: William Gibson: Can the visionary science fiction author hack The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Emily Bick


          The Wire

          Issue 433 - March 2020

            Inside this issue:

            Cinema For The Ears: The innovations of contemporary electronic and experimental music are increasingly informing the sound of modern cinema – Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, Fatima Al Qadiri, Bobby Krlic and Colin Stetson discuss their involvement in this audiovisual evolution. By Dan Barrow, Abi Bliss, Lara C Cory and Steph Kretowicz.

            Resetting The Rhythm: Percussionists Eli Keszler, Tim Barnes, Will Guthrie and Claire Rousay are drumming up new worlds of possibility. By Joshua Minsoo Kim.

            Yeah You: Daughter-father duo Elvin Brandhi and Gustav Thomas demonstrate the eternal power of the rant via their ramshackle lo-fi assemblages. By Tristan Bath.

            Invisible Jukebox: Seb Rochford: Will the Pulled By Magnets drummer take a beating from The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by André Vida

            Unlimited Editions: SWP Records

            Unofficial Channels: Casserole protests

            Nappy Nina: The Brooklyn based MC reckons with her jazz inheritance. By Madeleine Byrne

            John T Gast: Tales of a techno misfit. By Meg Woof

            Sightless Pit: Avant metal’s boldest converge. By Phil Freeman

            Dali de Saint Paul: Bristol based vocalist connects industrial improv and geopolitics. By Al Cameron

            Global Ear: Maputo: A scene without an industry in Mozambique’s capital. By Tom Faber

            The Inner Sleeve: Elaine Mitchener on Burning Spear’s Hail HIM

            Epiphanies: Jeff Mills recalls the instructive funk of schoolyard body music

            Shindig!

            Issue 101

              Features

              Hypnotic Bridge Sampler Contemporary psychedelia to download and keep

              Chris Darrow Remembering the country-rock pioneer

              The Box Tops The Memphis blue-eyed soul hitmakers

              Tangerine Dream Peter Baumann discusses the kosmiche German’s early ’70s ascension

              The Beach Boys The end of pop stardom: the Brother years

              Regulars

              Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the Shindig! turntable

              Thoughts & Words. Your letters, tweets and emails

              It’s A Happening Thing.

              Jonathan Wilson, Cornershop, King Khan, Mapache, Heliocentrics, The New Tweedy Brothees, RPM Records, Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters, Le Beat Bespoke

              Happening Right Now.

              Brand new music from Emile, Moon Attendant and The Homesick

              Family Album MGMT’s career-changing 2009 album Congratulations

              Reviews. The best in reissues, new releases, books, DVDs and live shows

              Vinyl Art. Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends

              Mojo

              Issue 317 - April 2020

                JIMI HENDRIX The Guitar God’s 1970 began with a bang, but, tragically, he wouldn’t see Christmas. Billy Cox, Juma Sultan, Eddie Kramer and more remember where he was and where he was going: “The universe was open for him.”

                COVERMOUNT CD: Heavy Soul Vol.2. Psych funk and black rock with a touch of Hendrix by Funkadelic, Betty Davis, Ike & Tina Turner, Shuggie Otis, Love and more.

                IAN DURY The ’70s’ unlikeliest pop star was also one of rock’s all-time most original writers and performers. Twenty years since his departure, MOJO salutes him.

                BAUHAUS It’s “Spinal Tap on steroids” as the godfathers of goth rock lift their coffin lids. But will their afterlife survive to fulfil their 2020 tour dates?

                FRAZEY FORD The ex-Be Good Tanya draws poignant country-soul from the fallout of a wild childhood and adolescent trauma. “It’s cliché,” she says, “but music saved my life.”

                DIRE STRAITS Eyewitnesses recall the creation, impact and aftermath of Brothers In Arms – the album that invented CD – and how butane, and tennis with Sting, played a part.

                JOE BROWN The pioneering rock’n’roller – provider of licks to Eddie Cochran and ukulele to George Harrison – is going stronger than ever. Jim Irvin pays a visit.

                RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Back at the pop coalface after bittersweet nights at the opera, a craftsman unveils his songwriting heroes: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and his mum Kate.

                TERRY ALLEN The Texan singer-songwriter’s Texan singer-songwriter is also a respected visual artist and first-rate raconteur, adored by David Byrne and Kurt Vile. 

                Mojo

                Issue 316 - March 2020

                  MARKING 40 YEARS SINCE their epic final album, Closer, and Ian Curtis’s tragic suicide, Joy Division’s surviving members revisit their 1980, while MOJO’s covermount CD, Atmospheres, traces the band’s fertile milieu and legacy through Wire and A Certain Ratio to Idles, Jehnny Beth and Black Country, New Road.

                  Also in this issue: how The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway spelt the end for Peter Gabriel’s Genesis; Curtis Mayfield’s early-’70s bid for autonomy; The Black Crowes’ battle royale. Plus: Beastie Boys, John Prine, Peter Green, The Necks, Maria McKee, Mosey Sumney, Hank Williams, Tame Impala, Etta James, The Chocolate Watch Band, Neil Innes RIP, and Brian Jones… on acid!

                  Gareth Ashton

                  Manchester; It Never Rains.....

                    In 1976, a brand new, exhilarating musical revolution was beginning to gather momentum in London, instigated by grown ups, but embraced and spearheaded by a dissatisfied youth, bored of the stagnant stench of a music industry that said, and meant, nothing to them. 200 miles North up the M1 was a city that was primed ready and able to play it’s part in the growth of punk rock in the U.K; Manchester.

                    This book aims to explain why punk was the ideal natural musical progression in the city, as told by the people who were there at that embryonic stage before it entered into mainstream consciousness. In a time when hairstyle and dress sense defined your personality, nailing your colours to the mast of a grey and monochrome backdrop. Where people’s indifference to difference was measured in punches, and intolerance of tolerance was metered out in kicks. Working class kids from the inner city council estates who found escape from their surroundings in music and fashion. Not off the peg fashion, but homemade ingenuity, glamour through austerity, there’s nothing like a bit of individuality to make the natives restless.

                    Manchester has been the home of many musical firsts; Halle Orchestra, Top Of The Pops, Sex Pistols on television, Independent record release. An infamous gig that spawned a plethora of bands, writers, photographers, artists. It was home to The Electric Circus, Pips, Rafters, Band On The Wall, venues which are all (predominantly) fondly remembered as memories of a well spent youth.

                    The book charts those protagonists from their early life growing up, socially and musically, the impact that punk had on their lives, including the bands that sprung up from it, how it allowed them to express their beliefs, and how it’s ideology has stayed with them up to the present day. The time line is between the early 1960’s until December 1977 (ish). The story is predominantly told through the words of the subjects, after hours of editing face to face interviews and emails, interspersed with my narrative connecting and introducing the differing topics and chapters.

                    It is a social history document as well as a musical coming of age memoir, a time capsule of days of which we will never again see the like.

                    Shindig!

                    Issue 99

                      Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                      Piccadilly Records

                      End Of Year Review 2019

                        Back in the day (the late 90s!), confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead. 

                        Now over two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now comes packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, Genre charts, staff charts, Celeb charts, and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush perfect bound artwork by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). 
                        The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

                        This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. 

                        Lubomyr Melnyk

                        Continuous Music : Selected Works

                          Erased Tapes presents Continuous Music: Selected Works, the first printed collection of scores from prolific pianist and Continuous Music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk, making his unique technique available to piano lovers all around the world. This first volume contains selections from each of Melnyk’s releases on Erased Tapes, including Corollaries (2013), Evertina (2014), Rivers and Streams (2015) and a very special handwritten score of Pockets of Light, serving as an entry point to his technique. Continuous Music Selected Works also contains a previously unreleased score, The Moving Window, plus detailed notes from the composer himself. Every copy comes with audio recordings of all six pieces including a new version of Butterfly, specially recorded for the reader. Melnyk’s mission with this sheet music book is for musicians and piano enthusiasts to gain a greater love and understanding of the instrument, while being inspired to delve further into the world of Continuous Music.

                          “This music offers you a new dimension of your own self that you did not know existed … a delightful place where you feel the total freedom of the music opening up before you, a vast open plain where you can sail and frolic freely anywhere you wish to go … Your ship is awaiting you, and the sea is endless and at peace … there are no dangers, and no reefs to shatter your journey … only the open, endless water for your discovery.” Only Parasol and Pockets Of Light are what Melnyk calls “pure” Continuous Music. The other four works are in a standard notation format and include Evertina, Awaiting, a hybrid of Butterfly — a mixture of both regular and Continuous Piano — and The Moving Window, containing elements of both worlds. Since Continuous Music is very different to standard piano music, it has been challenging to present it in a readable and playable notation as there are simply too many notes. Instead, Melnyk developed a new method of notation that can give a clear and immediate impression of the piece; “a notation that lets the music live in your fingers, a notation that offers you Freedom instead of Conformity!

                          “ Although his scores might look daunting at first — some pages are reminiscent of the avant-garde notation of composers like John Cage, Cornelius Cardew or George Crumb — these pieces offer the pianist a great degree of freedom to formulate their own personal vision of the moment they are playing. A particular kind of improvisation is a key part of performing this music and a technique that Lubomyr uses himself. Melnyk’s scores therefore are a unique combination of traditional notation, text and the occasional use of slightly more avant-garde symbology. Importantly, the written scores of Lubomyr are a fascinating insight into his mind, character and personality. “Do not be dismayed by any difficulties you might face in learning these pieces! It is more important that you use these notations to help you generate a living piece of music, rather than playing every note on the page…As the (in)famous pirate Jack Sparrow once said: “They are more a ‘guideline’ … than a ‘Book of Rules” — Lubomyr Melnyk.

                          Fuzz Club Magazine

                          Issue 2

                            Issue #2 of the Fuzz Club Magazine is packed with a story about digging cables and brit-pop bullshit by Will Carruthers, interview with Lumerians, The Gluts and Oliver Ackerman, Patrick Clark traces the history of krautrock, an extract from Craig Dyer's first novel, Jared Artaud writes about his time with Alan Vega and lots more. As with Issue 1, this is a beautifully printed, perfect-bound A5 mag with glossy pages and a soft-touch/matte laminated cover.

                            Fuzz Club Magazine

                            Issue 1

                              Issue 1 clocks in at 96 pages and includes interviews/features with the likes of Holy Wave, The Telescopes, RF Shannon, Nicholas Wood (The KVB/Saccades), The Oscillation, The Third Sound, Routine Death and Sherpa The Tiger, art spotlights on Olya Dyer of The Underground Youth and photographer Lilly Creightmore, João of 10 000 Russos reflecting on the singular legacy of Mark E. Smith and recalling a torturous interview with the man himself, a primer on the Swedish psych scene, Christian Bland, Al Lover and Bob Mustachio on the history of Levitation/Austin Psych Fest and an in-depth retrospective on 1988 as a pivotal moment in the early years of shoegaze.

                              Thom Yorke

                              I See You - Crack Magazine Present (A Zine) Curated By Thom Yorke

                                As a companion piece to the 100th Issue of CRACK Magazine, which featured Thom Yorke on the cover, the magazine have worked with Thom on a limited edition zine, entitled I See You.

                                Centred around resistance, pressure and panic in 2019, Crack Magazine and Thom Yorke have collaborated on a special limited-edition zine which unites the thoughts and messages of eight artists and activists chosen by Thom. All eight are asked the same set of questions written by Thom and the disparate answers are presented together alongside a patchwork of visual fragments from each interviewee’s world.

                                The zine features pioneering synth legend Laurie Spiegel, prominent global warming activist George Monbiot, Edinburgh poet and writer Harry Josephine Giles, New York contemporary artist Amy Cutler, fashion designer Jun Takahashi, director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino, experimental musician Kali Malone and Brooklyn-based artist Christian Holstad.

                                Featuring an exclusive foreword note from Thom, as well as artwork from Stanely Donwood and Dr Tchock the zine serves as an expansion on the themes explored in his cover story for Issue 100 of Crack Magazine – an assessment of anxieties, futures, sustainability and opposition.

                                All profits from the zine go to Greenpeace. Approx 100pg.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Magazine Info: 100pg perfect bound book, foil blocking on the cover. Solid colour 3 edges.

                                Phil Taggart

                                Slacker Guide To The Music Industry

                                  What do Biffy Clyro, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, and George Ezra all have in common? Aside from selling a truckload of records and defying the gloomy predictions about the music industry, they've all given up their hard-earned wisdom to contribute to the one-stop-shop for everything you'll ever need to break into the frightening world of being a professional musician - Phil Taggart's The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry. With contributions from some of the most successful names in the business - and the behind the scenes label bosses, managers, promoters and marketers who made it happen for them - BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart has shared his industry expertise to give even the most basic beginner a road map to success.

                                  But this is no scam or ‘get rich quick' scheme - Phil Taggart's The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry uses the knowledge of the people who've navigated the difficult waters of the music industry to ask all the questions you never even knew you had to ask, such as: At what point do I need a manager? What is sync? What does a sound person even do, anyway?! This book can't teach you how to write a killer song, or what moves to pull on stage, but it is brimming with invaluable advice that you'll need when you want to take your career to the next stage.

                                  Phil said: “There are so many moving parts to the music industry to get a handle on when you are just starting out - hopefully the last few years gathering the great and the good of music together for this book will help a little bit and free up some brain space to focus on what’s important… playing and performing.”

                                  Phil Taggart's The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry is Phil's first book, and he's poured all that experience into every page, drawing from the expertise of some of the key names in the business. Illustrated by the talented Jack Smith, this comprehensive 364-page guide has chapters including: Building a Fanbase, Music Videos, Management, Image, Publishing, Distribution and Streaming, PR and many more.

                                  Gold Flake Paint

                                  Issue Three

                                    Big Thief, Weyes Blood, Cate Le Bon, Jamila Woods, The Tallest Man On Earth, Nilufer Yanya, Heather Woods Broderick, Charly Bliss, The Mountain Goats, Laura Stevenson, Self Esteem, Patience, The Get Up Kids, Partner, Ben Seretan, Christelle Bofale, Claire Cronin and more.

                                    Reviews of The National, Lomelda, WH Lung, Tacocat, Lydia Ainsworth, Rosie Tucker, Joanna Sternberg, and more - Plus personal essays, new music recommendations, and photography. 

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: Another thoroughly essential issue of the stunning GFP print run. Beautifully written and immaculately presented, this goes to show how nice physical magazines really can be. Lovely.

                                    Various Artists

                                    Mexican Summer: Five Years (Book And 10" Vinyl)

                                      Fall 2013 marks the five-year anniversary of Mexican Summer and Software (Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never's Imprint), and with this milestone comes Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 256-page, 11”x11” hard-cover book limited to a one-time edition of 1,000 copies. The book includes unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists.

                                      Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, craft paper wrap, three interior paper stocks and an integrated 10” sleeve.

                                      The sleeve houses a 10” record of unique collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers Of Fortune, and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Quilt and Bobb Trimble, and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain & Ashrae Fax).

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Hardback Book Info: Beautiful 256 page book comes with a limited edition 12" featuring 5 exclusive tracks.

                                      Jon Savage

                                      This Searing Light, The Sun And Everything Else - Joy Division: The Oral History

                                        Jon Savage's magisterial oral history is the last word on Joy Division and a must-read for any fan.

                                        Joy Division emerged in the mid-70s at the start of a two-decades long Manchester scene that was to become much mythologised. It was then a city still labouring in the wake of the war and entering a phase of huge social and physical change, and something of this spirit made its way into the DNA of the band. Over the course of two albums, a handful of other seminal releases, and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life.

                                        In This searing light, the sun and everything else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades worth of interviews with the principle players in the Joy Division story: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Paul Morley, Alan Hempsall, Lesley Gilbert, Terry Mason, Anik Honore, and many more. It is the story of how a band resurrected a city, how they came together in circumstances that are both accidental and extraordinary, and how their music galvanised a generation of fans, artists and musicians. It is a classic story of how young men armed with electric guitars and good taste in literature can change the world with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist.

                                        This searing light, the sun and everything else presents the history of Joy Division in an intimate and candid way, as orchestrated by the lodestar of British music writing, Jon Savage.

                                        Will Carruthers

                                        Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands

                                          I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.

                                          Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands tells the story of one of the most influential, revered and ultimately demented British bands of the 1980s, Spacemen 3. In classic rock 'n' roll style they split up on the brink of their major breakthrough.

                                          As the decade turned sour and acid house hit the news, Rugby's finest imploded spectacularly, with Jason Pierce (aka Jason Spaceman) and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) going their separate ways. Here, Will Carruthers tells the whole sorry story and the segue into Spirtualized in one of the funniest and most memorable memoirs committed to the page.

                                          Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

                                          Beastie Boys Book

                                            Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.

                                            With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.

                                            Viv Albertine

                                            Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

                                              A new edition as part of the Faber Social Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.

                                              SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
                                              ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
                                              MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR

                                              In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar.

                                              A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

                                              A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.

                                              Cultural Bulletin

                                              Issue A - Winter 2018/19

                                                Cultural Bulletin is a biannual publication and website that looks at independent cinema, experimental music, conceptual design and contemporary art. Issue A reflects on the past year in music and cinema and talks to protagonists within these and other creative fields.

                                                Issue A features:
                                                OK-RM (design)
                                                Ian Bonhote (director of documentary McQueen)
                                                Tom Townend (cinematographer for You Were Never Really Here)
                                                Barry Adamson (musician, film composer)
                                                Hanyo Van Oosterom (musician – The Chi Factory)
                                                Ruth Bate (artist)
                                                Fanny Agren (photography)
                                                Rory Cook (poet)

                                                In Review – Music:
                                                Vanligt Folk
                                                Accolytes
                                                Steven Julien
                                                Suba
                                                Enhet För Fri Musik
                                                Tropa Macaca
                                                H.Takahashi
                                                Modern Blonde
                                                Jenny Hval
                                                The Field
                                                7FO
                                                Never
                                                Scott Gordon
                                                Waveform Transmission

                                                Film:
                                                McQueen
                                                Sicilian Ghost Story
                                                Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)
                                                Beast
                                                Les Gardiennes
                                                Apostasy
                                                Call Me By Your Name
                                                Jeune Femme
                                                Western
                                                General Magic
                                                The Wound
                                                You Were Never Really Here
                                                Cold War
                                                Funny Cow
                                                Lucky

                                                Rob Chapman

                                                Psychedelia And Other Colours (Hardback Edition)

                                                  In the summer of 1965 the informal parties that Ken Kesey was holding at his house in Palo Alto California were about to evolve into what became known as the Acid Tests. These spontaneous anarchic gatherings spread their tentacles far and wide until an entire generation seemed to be under their spell. Fifty years on from the Merry Pranksters multimedia mayhem, acclaimed author Rob Chapman explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD, from the earliest experiments in painting with light and immersive environments to the thriving avant-garde scene that existed in San Francisco long before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium. In the UK, he documents an entirely different history, and one that has never been told before. It has its roots in fairy tales and fairgrounds, the music hall and the dead of Flanders fields, in the Festival of Britain and that peculiarly British strand of surrealism that culminated in the Magical Mystery Tour.

                                                  Sitars and Sergeant Pepper, surfadelica and the Soft Machine, light shows and love-ins - the mind-expanding effects of acid were to redefine popular culture as we know it. It's a story that you think you know, but no one has laid out the narrative quite like this before. Chapman documents psychedelia's utopian reverberations - and the dark side of its moon - in a shimmering day-glo portrait where the sublime, the sinister and the just plain silly co-exist in imperfect harmony.

                                                  Includes a foreward by Andrew Weatherall.


                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Hardback Book Info: Hardback edition. 656 pages, 16.5 x 4.1 x 24.1 cm.

                                                  Everett True

                                                  The Electrical Storm

                                                    My name is Everett True. You may not know who I am, so I will attempt to introduce myself. I released the first record on Creation Records, and then fell out heavily with the label’s founder Alan McGee—so heavily in fact that he was in denial for 30 years he ever released a brace of records by me.

                                                    I was the first music critic to write about Sub Pop Records, and to this day do not understand why Tad and Dickless didn’t get to be the biggest bands on the planet. Entertainment Weekly reckoned I was “the man who discovered grunge” (1992) but that would imply that I lifted up a rock and there it was underneath, scuttling

                                                    busy. Kurt Cobain called me the “biggest rock star critic in the world”, but he was being sarcastic doubtless. Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev called me “our generation’s Lester Bangs,” but frankly I’m better than that. I founded two self-published magazines in the 2000s—Careless Talks Costs
                                                    Lives and Plan B Magazine. One sold enough to keep several of us off the dole for several years, the other didn’t. Both were fantastic, mostly down to other contributors aside from me. =

                                                    I have written several books, a couple of which are still in print (the ones on the Ramones and Nirvana). The Electrical Storm (illustrations by reclusive French genius Vincent Vanoli) is a collection of stories from my life. A collection of short stories, with the names often omitted because I am intrigued as to whether they stand up without a famous name attached. If you think about them enough, mostly it is obvious who they are about.

                                                    I have long been a proponent of DIY culture and so, rather than going for the big bucks, I crowdfunded the book via Indiegogo.

                                                    Otherwise known as Grunge: My Part in its Downfall, being an attempt to recollect a life probably best forgotten, the life of Everett True. Sad racy stories. Downbeat enthusiasm. Funny, cruel, clever, brutally honest ... once you’ve read this, you will never be able to take music criticism seriously again. Like you ever did.

                                                    Nick Soulsby

                                                    We Sing A New Language: The Oral Discography Of Thurston Moore

                                                      We Sing A New Language is the first definitive account of Thurston Moore's work across many hundreds of collaborations, solo recordings and guest appearances. While his long tenure in Sonic Youth speaks for itself, his friends and colleagues reveal his other achievements, collecting a wide variety of creative enterprises whose unifying thread is Thurston Moore's passionate devotion to music.

                                                      Spanning 1978 to the present day, Nick Soulsby's book invites the reader inside the creative process, capturing each key shift and development in Moore's work from his time with Glenn Branca's guitar orchestras to his wholehearted embrace of free jazz in the mid-nineties.

                                                      The polar opposite of those that calcify their young fame into a tired monument, Thurston Moore has allowed himself to remain creative and innovative; keen to experiment, willing to relinquish control and unafraid to take chances. It's a unique achievement and one that finds worthy celebration in We Sing A New Language.

                                                      Ian Tilton & Claire Caldwell

                                                      Set In Stone - Ian Tilton's Stone Roses Photographs

                                                        THE STONE ROSES - The legendary band that helped define the exuberant mood of the ‘MADchester’ movement in the late 1980′s. They gave some unforgettable performances, released two albums and eventually split in 1996. Photographer IAN TILTON knew them from the beginning and was along for the ride. His pictures document every key moment in the hectic first life of the band that was eventually to reunite at the end of 2011.

                                                        From their first TV appearance to the famous Spike Island gig, Tilton’s iconic images caught the spirit of the band and the flavour of the times. The best of those vibrant pictures, over 400 including some never before published, have been collected together in ‘SET IN STONE – Ian Tilton’s Stone Roses Photographs’ along with comprehensive background notes to each photo shoot.

                                                        Kris Needs

                                                        Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story

                                                          “We were living through the realities of war and bringing the war onto the stage... Everybody hated us, man” Alan Vega

                                                          Born out of the city's vibrant artistic underground as a counter-cultural performance art statement, opposing the war by mirroring its turmoil, Suicide became the most terrifyingly iconoclastic band in history, and also one of the most influential. By the time the punk scene they're usually associated with came out of CBGBs in the mid-seventies, Suicide had already been causing havoc in New York’s clubs for several years.

                                                          Working closely with the author, Rev and Vega explain the influences and events which led to the birth of Suicide and their early struggles. They invoke another world and era, peppered with smoky jazz clubs, Iggy Pop in his new-born Stooge persona and even suffer an attack from beat guru Allen Ginsberg.

                                                          Along with interviewing major figures in the Suicide story, the author reaches back into 40 years chronicling and interviewing major players in New York’s musical history, including Blondie, Jayne County, James Chance and the New York Dolls. While the city changes around them, it all adds up to the definitive account of the lives and times of this unique duo.

                                                          Barry Miles & Chris Charlesworth

                                                          David Bowie Black Book

                                                            Back in print due to popular demand; the David Bowie Black Book remains one of the most elegant books about the iconic superstar ever to have been published.

                                                            Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer, Pierce Marchbank, and with text written by former NME journalist and cultural commentator, Barry Miles, the David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best-selling Bowie book.

                                                            Wolfgang Flür

                                                            Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot

                                                              Wolfgang Flür was vital cog in the Kraftwerk machine, galvanising the group’s electric drum sound throughout the 1970’s and propelling the rhythmic backbone of iconic albums such as Autobahn and Electric Café.

                                                              I Was A Robot is a detailed, evocative account, written in Flür’s no-nonsense style. It takes us from his youth into the band’s formation and touring of their influential works, laying bare the acrimonious break-up and court cases that later followed. This book is the final word on Kraftwerk, their continued influence and what it felt like to be a Man-Machine.

                                                              ”This is a first-hand account of human life inside the robot factory. A world that I could barely have imagined as a 16-year-old Kraftwerk fan stranded in a suburb on the wrong side of the river from Liverpool. A window into a world that I could never have imagined.” Andy McCluskey, OMD

                                                              ”Kraftwerk is a myth. Wolfgang is for real. Thus handsome elder statesman of Electronic Music gives a lot of useful inside information about the Men-Machines.” Rudi Esch, ELECRI_CITY

                                                              Rudi Esch

                                                              Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School Of Electronic Music

                                                                Just like Memphis for Rock'n'Roll, Dusseldorf is regarded as the Mecca for electronic music. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia became the centre of an analog electronic movement which changed the course of all popular music to come.

                                                                Electri_City is the oral account of the city's most influential bands, including Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Die Krupps and many more. This history uncovers the myths and reality of the bands emerging from the artistic backdrop of a wealthy, modern, post-WWII German city; the conditions that fostered such a creative explosion.

                                                                Interviews include Daniel Miller (Mute Records), Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey (OMD), Martyn Ware (Human League), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Rusty Egan (Visage) Ryuichi Sakamoto and producer, Giorgio Moroder.

                                                                Johnny Rogan

                                                                The Byrds - Requiem For The Timeless: Volume 2

                                                                  One of the most ambitious and expansive rock biographies ever written, Requiem For The Timeless, Volume 2 continues this epic study of the Byrds. Rogan’s previous Byrds book was highly acclaimed (“This is at least the best biography of a group ever written” Q).

                                                                  The second volume focuses on the solo careers of the deceased members of the band, including co-founder and songwriter Gene Clark, cult figure Gram Parsons and the acclaimed guitarist Clarence White. Taken as a whole, these obituaries confirm that the Byrds were not simply a legendary group but something closer to a movement that defined LA rock.

                                                                  Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

                                                                  All Gates Open - The Story Of Can

                                                                    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN. It consists of two books.

                                                                    In Book One, Rob Young gives us the full biography of a band that emerged at the vanguard of what would come to be called the Krautrock scene in late sixties Cologne. With Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay - two classically trained students of Stockhausen - at the heart of the band, CAN's studio and live performances burned an incendiary trail through the decade that followed: and left a legacy that is still reverberating today in hip hop, post rock, ambient, and countless other genres. Rob Young's account draws on unique interviews with all founding members of CAN, as well as their vocalists, friends and music industry associates. And he revisits the music, which is still deliriously innovative and unclassifiable more than four decades on. All Gates Open is a portrait of a group who worked with visionary intensity and belief, outside the system and inside their own inner space.

                                                                    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording. There is an oral history of the band drawing on interviews that Irmin made with musicians who see CAN as an influence - such as Bobby Gillespie, Geoff Barrow, Daniel Miller, and many others. There are also interviews with artists and filmmakers like Wim Wenders and John Malkovitch, where Schmidt reflects on more personal matters and his work with film. Extracts of Schmidt's notebook and diaries from 2013-14 are also reproduced as a reflection on the creative process, and the memories, dreams, and epiphanies it entails. Can Kiosk offers further perspectives on a band that have inspired several generations of musicians and filmmakers in the voices of the artists themselves.

                                                                    CAN were unique, and their legacy is articulated in two books in this volume with the depth, rigour, originality, and intensity associated with the band itself. It is illustrated throughout with previously unseen art, photographs, and ephemera from the band's archive.

                                                                    Tim Burgess

                                                                    Telling Stories

                                                                      Telling Stories by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is one of the decade's most revealing rock books

                                                                      'Clear, honest. An unusually frank and well-written rock memoir' The Times

                                                                      The Charlatans. Madchester. Britpop. Taking on the world. Here are the highs, the lows, the joys, the agonies, and the stories of what it's like to be in a rock band, as told by front man and survivor, Tim Burgess.

                                                                      'Like the best bits of every cautionary rock star tale . . . there is armed robbery and smuggling. There's serious fraud. There are near and actual death experiences, divorce, industrial cocaine consumption and magnificent cameos from Madonna, Alan McGee, Ronnie Wood, Joe Strummer, LA drug dealer Harry The Dog, and Joaquin Phoenix. A minor classic' Q

                                                                      'A vivid read' Independent on Sunday

                                                                      Gold Flake Paint

                                                                      Issue Two

                                                                        GoldFlakePaint's new music journal
                                                                        Issue Two, Winter - Released January 25th 2019

                                                                        Over 100 pages, beautifully curated and designed.

                                                                        Issue Two features: Sharon Van Etten, The Twilight Sad, Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst, Lucy Dacus...

                                                                        Plus Martha, Tiny Ruins, Jessica Pratt, Advance Base, Damien Jurado, Free Love, Mat Riviere, Kat Gardiner, personal essays, photography, new music recommendations, and more.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: A beautifully written and perfectly presented waltz into the physical realm for the legendary Gold Flake Paint. Featuring interviews, articles and curios all presented with flair in a beautiful package. Finally in-store! Get 'em while you still can.

                                                                        Graham Jones

                                                                        The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen

                                                                          ‘The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen is the story of the vinyl revival through the eyes of those who made it happen, the independent record shops. It explains why more than a hundred more record shops have opened since 2009, and how others have gained the reward from their hard work. Budget turntables, manufactures, supermarkets, chain stores, clothes shops, pressing plants and even the government are among the many who have benefited from their efforts.

                                                                          Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. This book guides you around the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by our much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters. It is perfect for vinyl fans to keep with them on their travels around the country.

                                                                          Intriguing anecdotes include:
                                                                          ** The shop manager who sold his vinyl collection to save his life.
                                                                          ** Record shop owner wins £148,000,000 and sets up his dream shop.
                                                                          ** The shop where John Lennon cried.
                                                                          ** How an international rock star was mistaken for a motor vehicle.
                                                                          ** Rock star offers to be best man after a proposal of marriage takes place in a record shop.
                                                                          ** The shop where a customer saves the day by giving world famous band a lift to the stadium in his Ford Focus.
                                                                          ** The record shop who attracted a huge crowd for a signing by world famous soul singer only for him to send one of his backing singers to fill in for him.
                                                                          ** The Buckinghamshire record shop who pretended they were in Yorkshire.
                                                                          ** The record shop blown up by a bomb.
                                                                          ** The shop owner who sold his house to buy more vinyl.

                                                                          Brix Smith Start

                                                                          The Rise, The Fall, And The Rise

                                                                            The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start.

                                                                            Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world – This Nation's Saving Grace, The Wonderful and Frightening World Of ... – Brix spent ten years in the band before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E. Smith.

                                                                            But Brix's story is much more than rock 'n' roll highs and lows in one of the most radically dysfunctional bands around. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the '60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s.

                                                                            What emerges is a story of constant reinvention, jubilant highs and depressive ebbs; a singular journey of a teenage American girl on a collision course with English radicalism on her way to mid-life success on TV and in fashion.

                                                                            Too bizarre, extreme and unlikely to exist in the pages of fiction, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise could only exist in the pages of a memoir.

                                                                            Shindig!

                                                                            Issue 72

                                                                              Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.
                                                                              Available version

                                                                              Into the darkness, the early days. In this issue, we look at how four working class lads from the tough Aston district of Birmingham defined heavy metal and brought the Dark Side to the masses.

                                                                              Chris Hewitt

                                                                              Martin Hannett, His Equipment And Strawberry Studios

                                                                                This 175 page A4 sized new book covers Martin Hannett and the equipment he used for producing sounds with Joy Division and early New Order plus for Happy Mondays, Buzzcocks, Nico, Magazine, Stone Roses and U2. It also covers Strawberry Studios which was opened and initially used by 10CC for their best albums and singles and block booked by Factory and Hannett from 1979 for many of the post punk recordings. There’s also a section on Hannett and Tosh Ryan's Rabid Records and Absurd Records, which were an influence on Tony Wilson of Factory Records.

                                                                                The book was conceived originally as a companion book, about Martin Hannett’s equipment, to Chris Hewitt’s other book “Martin Hannett - Pleasures of The Unknown” and the DVD “Martin Hannett - He wasn’t just the 5th member of Joy Division”. As material was being collected for this second book on Hannett, the project expanded to include a lot about his work at Strawberry Studios, Stockport and subsequently a section about Strawberry Studios in the years before Martin Hannett started to hire the place and then another section developed about the Rabid Records HQ on Cotton Lane in Withington, Manchester. Rabid was probably the first punk label to put bands into Strawberry Studios. If Rabid and Factory couldn’t afford to record the whole session at Strawberry Studios then they would use Pennine in Oldham and Cargo in Rochdale. Martin Hannett would bring the tapes to Strawberry for final mixing.

                                                                                The headstone at Martin Hannett’s grave in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery states “Creator of The Manchester Sound”. He certainly created the Manchester punk / post punk sound and a lot of that he created in Strawberry with his array of electronic toys shown in this book. You could also credit Strawberry Studios with creating the earlier pre-punk Manchester sound. Graham Gouldman obviously wrote material for Herman’s Hermits / The Hollies, Eric Stewart was a Mindbender and when they recorded as Hotlegs and then 10cc they clearly put Manchester on the map and the studio was also used pre-punk by Manchester area bands like Barclay James Harvest and Sad Cafe. The common thread running through Strawberry Studios operation, Factory Records operation, Martin Hannett and Tosh Ryan’s Rabid / Absurd Record labels operation, was that they all believed that bands and the music industry should not have to go off to London to record and put records out. They believed in the bands from Greater Manchester towns as a force to be reckoned with and wanted to create a Manchester-based music industry. As 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Strawberry Studios and the 40th of Rabid Records we can be thankful that these musical pioneers in Manchester Rock laid those foundation stones

                                                                                Gwen & Michael Riley Jones

                                                                                The Piccadilly Records Book

                                                                                  Celebrating 25 years as Manchester’s leading independent record shop, this book asks ‘What makes Piccadilly Records so special?’

                                                                                  Whilst music is the heart of Piccadilly Records, the soul is most definitely the people.

                                                                                  Self-published by Piccadilly Records’ Michael and Gwen Riley Jones, this photo-book is a celebration of people, place and music.

                                                                                  Alongside current and ex-staff, the book features a host of Manchester musicians and DJs including Johnny Marr, Marc Riley, Tim Burgess and Duncan Wallis (of Dutch Uncles) and regular customers, all of whom have played an integral role in the history of the shop.

                                                                                  ‘This book is a testament to the Piccadilly Records attitude to business. It’s not about just the staff who work there or the ‘pop’ stars and DJs that pass through. It’s about the music lovers that come in on a regular basis putting money through the tills and buying all those inspiring albums.” Richard Hector-Jones

                                                                                  Graham Jones

                                                                                  Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Records Shops

                                                                                    Graham Jones has 30 years experience as a record company sales rep. Over the years he has collected a huge number of funny anecdotes. He relates the best of them here in his new book "Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Record Shops". The anecdotes come from people who have been often pleased and sometimes bemused to be stationed behind the record shop counter.

                                                                                    The book contains over 200 amusing anecdotes and requests gathered from independent record shops past and present along with tales from HMV, Our Price, Music Zone, Virgin and classical music stores too.

                                                                                    Featuring many delightful cartoons by Kipper Williams, one of the UK's most renowned cartoonists, whose artwork brings great pleasure to readers of the Guardian and The Sunday Times.

                                                                                    Graham Jones is also the author of the best-selling and widely acclaimed Last Shop Standing, the definitive account of the demise of Britain's independent record shops. Graham's book has inspired a celebrated documentary film of the same name which features many well-known musicians, including Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, Norman Cook, Johnny Marr and Billy Bragg, as well as many record shop proprietors.

                                                                                    Graham Jones

                                                                                    Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? - New Edition 2014

                                                                                      The book ‘Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops?’ is the story of how the UK went from having over 2000 independent record shops in the 1980's to just 269 by 2009.

                                                                                      Graham Jones was in the perfect position to witness their sad decline from the van tage point of a record company salesman who has travelled the length and breadth of the UK to sell stock to these shops. As he watched the tragedy unfold he decided it was important that someone documented their tales before the record shop went the way of the stamp shop, the coin shop and the candlestick maker.

                                                                                      He set off on a tour of the UK to interview 50 record shop owners to see why they had survived whilst a couple of thousand others had closed. These interviews are the basis of the book. Graham thought he was writing the obituary of the record store but Last Shop Standing became a celebration of these great cultural meeting places: a David and Goliath tale of stores managing to keep going despite the immense pressure from downloading and supermarkets.

                                                                                      In 2012 Last Shop Standing was made into a successful film featuring Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and lots of record shop owners from the book. The film has been screened all over the world and the DVD was the official film of Record Store Day 2013.

                                                                                      Recently, record shops have made an astounding comeback and we now have more record shops than back in 2009. This updated sixth edition of Last Shop Standing explains why. This edition also gives a comprehensive
                                                                                      update on the original shops interviewed. Last Shop Standing has become a piece of social history. It is also a damn good laugh.

                                                                                      Wax Poetics

                                                                                      Wax Poetics Journal 68

                                                                                        Wax Poetics is back for 2020 with Digable Planets c/o P.M. Dawn. Paperback will be in stores from the end of March.

                                                                                        Other contents include British synth-pop band the System; synthesizer futurist (and Dilla samplee) Raymond Scott; singer-songwriter Susaye Greene (Stevie Wonder, Supremes); jazz-funk icon James Mason; Brazil’s biggest band Novos Baianos; disco drummer/producer Cerrone; Rap-A-Lot Records and the Geto Boys; and hip-hop photographer Frank White.

                                                                                        The Rodeo Magazine

                                                                                        Volume 7

                                                                                          Soccer Mommy is on the cover of Volume 7, which includes interviews with Alfie Templeman, Grammy-nominated Black Pumas, The Orielles, and more.

                                                                                          It’s been fucking windy over the last week, but I think the storm has resided now. I think we’re clear, for a bit anyway. But, if you’re still forced to stay inside due to abhorrent weather conditions then Volume 7 of The Rodeo can accompany your house-bound days – if the postman doesn’t get blown over that is.

                                                                                          We are delighted to have Soccer Mommy on the cover this time around, who’s set to release her superb second album, color theory, on February 28th. She spoke to us about the making of the album, Bruce Springsteen, and the negative side of social media. It’s a fascinating, insightful interview, that’s well worth a read.

                                                                                          Elsewhere, we spoke to Grammy-nominated Black Pumas’ frontman, Eric Burton, and disco-pop outfit The Orielles. There are also interviews with some of the most exciting new bands around, including seventeen (17!!) year old Alfie Templeman, brand-new Chicago band Beach Bunny and 70s-inspired duo Tennis.

                                                                                          We also spoke to Bands FC, who have footballised music in the name of charity; and John Szuch, owner of Deep Elm records – an indie label who have just celebrated their 25th birthday.

                                                                                          As well as all of this, there’s the usual daft stuff. Volume 7 lists five guitars we’d smash up if we were The Who, revisits Alex Turner’s woeful BRIT Award speech and features another fucking festival poster featuring completely made-up bands. One day we’ll consider whether we’ve taken things too far, but today is not that day.

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          Magazine Info: Includes limited edition Alfie Templeman poster


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