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Issue 306 - May 2019

    COVER STORY: FLEETWOOD MAC The 50 Greatest Songs from every incarnation of The Band That Refused To Die, from heart-rending blues to solid gold pop. Plus: their latest unbelievable chapter told with exclusive new interviews. “It was a really bad time,” admits Christine McVie.

    COVERMOUNT CD: MOTOR CITY SOUL Detroit soul and R&B nuggets from The Temptations, The Miracles, Jackie Wilson, The Isley Brothers, The Contours, Marv Johnson and more.

    MOTOWN Launched 60 years ago on a wing, a prayer and a loan from his family repayable at six per cent, success for Berry Gordy’s soul startup was no shoo-in, writes Adam White.

    JOY DIVISION An Eyewitness Special on the making of Unknown Pleasures, extracted from Jon Savage’s five-star oral history. Plus: Stephen Morris with news of his memoir.

    FRANCIS ROSSI Status Quo’s eccentric boogie burgher on flying in the face of fashion, his poor old hooter, and life without Rick. “The show has to go on,” he tells Mark Blake.

    UK JAZZ EXPLOSION Something is stirring in the empty warehouses of east London: the most exciting generation of UK jazz musicians in decades. MOJO profiles its air-movers and rump-shakers.

    ALDOUS HARDING The oddball kiwi singer-songwriter comes of age on her brilliant new album. Now will people stop doubting her motives? “People say things like, ‘It’s a gimmick’!”

    Teenage Fanclub

    Deep Fried Fanclub

      This album is an amalgamation of TEENAGE FANCLUB’s currently out of print B-sides, rarities and also includes universally loved "Everything Flows" from their debut album A Catholic Education. Teenage Fanclub's sugary indie sound is delivered with a forthright rock approach you'd expect from Big Star or Dinosaur Jr. Celebrating a career spanning two decades this collection highlights lost gems making them available once again in a lovingly packaged LP. Featuring "Speeder" (a B-Side on "Everything Flows" and "Everybody's Fool") and none other than DON FLEMING at the helm for production duties on "Weedbreak" (B-Side from their very first single "God Know It's True"). Complete with covers of Neil Young and Beat Happening to name a few, this album is perfect for a sunny afternoon with some time to kill.

      Teenage Fanclub

      A Catholic Education

        Originally released in 1990 on Paperhouse, this is their classic debut album and it really catches that pop indie sound that flooded everyone's headphones in the early '90s. More raw sounding than their later releases, A Catholic Education doesn't really fit neatly into any category being the perfect marriage of the better aspects of britpop and the swirling dreamy guitars and melancholy pop melodies of the Big Star tradition.

        Back in stock Cover of All Good Wishes by Gulp.
        Gulp, formed by Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, Lindsey Leven and their long standing guitarist Gid Goundrey, release their new album 'All Good Wishes', via E.L.K Records. Gulp are on a journey, a state of perpetual transition. The band make mini Kraut-pop epics, informed equally by the sun flares of the Californian desert and the drizzle of pure, sweet Scottish rain and northern light. Debut album ‘Season Sun’ was a home-grown delight, a ramshackle, endlessly inventive selection of dreamy psychedelic nuggets to watch the world flash past.

        New album ‘All Good Wishes’ half-inches its title from a vintage Scottish postcard, and it’s emblematic of the changes the pair have undergone. “I think all through making this record we were looking at relocating,” Guto explains. “Whereas the first record was more of a road trip this is possibly a bit more focussed on home, and focussed on where we’re from and where we’re looking to go to. It’s partly a farewell to Wales, and hello to Scotland.”
        The record was largely built in South Wales, a three-year process that saw the band retreat to their basement for endless sonic incisions and revisions. A broader, wider, perhaps bolder experience than their debut, ‘All Good Wishes’ is rooted in fantastic pop songwriting, in creating three minute vignettes that express complex ideas in a simple, accessible, endlessly fascinating way. Endlessly restrained yet infinitely open, each Gulp track is like a world in miniature, ideas borrowed from Krautrock and electronic culture slimmed down into these infinitely enjoyable pop songs.

        Minimalist Kraut-pop with a dreamy, Cocteau Twins esque vibe, recent single ‘Morning Velvet Sky’ was a potent introduction to the duo’s ever-shifting realm. Following on from introductory cut ‘Search For Your Love’ - released on Tim Burgess’ esteemed O Genesis label - ‘Morning Velvet Sky’ was mixed by Luke Abbott, and the producer cast his eye over the record as a whole during the final mixdown in his home studio in Norwich

        From Cardiff to Norwich and onwards to the Scottish East Coast, Gulp are tracing sonic ley-lines, empowering themselves, plugging into often over-looked artistic communities to fuel their next move. “We spent a lot of time on road trips listening to music, experiencing and enjoying different landscapes” he explains. “It’s especially apt in these times to see the good side of human nature; despite what the media portrays, people are generally sound, and it’s great be reminded of that in day-to-day living.”


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Beautiful, dreamy, electro-psych-pop from the erstwhile Super Furries man and his partner. If you liked Gwenno and Jane Weaver then you'll love this. It's sublime.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Limited white vinyl edition.
        Just found a handful of these signed copies!

        LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

        Frank Sidebottom

        Cease & Desist

          Commonly known as the ‘Manx’ tape, due to the rumours of it originating in the ‘Isle of Man’, this audio cassette contains 45 minutes of rather rare and unreleased material recorded by Frank Sidebottom, seemingly between the years 1985-1989. Originally intended as a promotional item, the tape contains an ace and top selection of shed recordings, live radio sessions and audio adventures.


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Cassette Info: Limited to 50 copies.

          Genre pick of the week Cover of Lux Prima by Karen O & Danger Mouse.
          Karen O says:  “After making music for the past twenty years and embarking on making this record with Danger Mouse I knew a couple things: one was that the spirit of collaboration between us was going to be a pure one, and two was that the more I live the less is clear to me. When you create from a blurry place you can go places further than you’ve ever been. I think we both were excited to go far out.”


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Half way between the glitter-laiden dancefloor of a sweaty disco club and a smokey jazz-lounge, 'Lux Prima' is the perfect balance between downbeat electronics and pitch-perfect production courtesy of legendary producer and musician DM, and Karen O's undeniably enchanting vocal prowess. They are both in top form here, and this will undoubtedly go down as some of the best work from either of them. Lovely stuff.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive red vinyl, gatefold LP jacket + fold out poster.

          Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          LP includes MP3 Download Code.


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