October 2018

    PAUL McCARTNEY A fascinating glimpse of the conflicted man behind the Thumbs-Up Macca mask. And yes, he really does have Beatles wallpaper…

    COVERMOUNT CD: MERSEY PARADISE 14 classics of Liverpudlian pop and rock, including tracks by Deaf School, The Coral, OMD, The La’s and The Liverpool Scene.

    NILE RODGERS The R&B magician behind Chic, Daft Punk, Let’s Dance and more on Roxy, Aretha, and cleaning Frank Sinatra’s plane!

    DAVID CROSBY How the angel voice of CSNY is on a roll. If he can just keep it zipped about his pals’ choice of girlfriends...

    FATOUMATA DIAWARRA On the run from an arranged marriage in her native Mali, Africa’s newest superstar shreds like Hendrix, blends trad with mod.

    MARIANNE FAITHFULL Love and loss are the big themes of the Diva of Dark’s 21st album. Kris Needs rides shotgun throughout its writing and recording.

    THE BAND Fifty years since Music From Big Pink broke out of Woodstock to change music, its surviving players relive its creation.

    PRIMAL SCREAM The indie-dance débauchés went to Memphis in 1993 on a soul pilgrimage. The LP they made emerges in its true colours at last.

    REVIEWED Cat Power / Tom Petty / Paul Weller / Prince / Led Zeppelin / Harmony Rockets / The House Of Love / Low / Christine And The Queens / Pearl Jam / Spiritualized / Alice Coltrane / Mudhoney / Candace Springs / Richard Thompson / The Beta Band / Swamp Dogg / Bobbie Gentry / Hawkwind / Suede / Pixies / Tony Joe White

    PLUS Secret Strummer! / Lonnie Holley saves the world / Aldous Harding swaps dog grooming for album making / Graham Parker sacks The Rumour / Ian Hunter rolls out the wisdom / remembering Richard Swift / How To Buy… Dinosaur Jr / The Goon Sax and Cedric Burnside are chips off the old block(s) / Billy Gibbons’ faucet bugbears / Chris Barber’s weird masterpiece / Hawkwind meet Mike Batt and… all back to Nana Mouskouri’s!


    Call Of The Void

      CA outfit Lumerians are a prodigious force in the extra-terrestrial realms of modern psychedelia. Since forming in San Francisco back in 2006, Lumerians have traversed their way through multiple different genres - offering mind-bending adventures into everything from space rock, kraut and noise to zamrock, free jazz, drone and dub. Drawing from a range of influences, both familiar and esoteric, past and present, Lumerians conjure up sounds from far into the future. In their twelve years as a band they’ve toured with everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Killing Joke and Black Moth Super Rainbow, putting out a number of critically-acclaimed releases including two ‘official’ albums and two collections of improvised compositions called Transmission from Tellos III & IV.

      Call Of The Void is dedicated to the memory of Barrett Clark, Lumerians’ long-time friend, sound engineer and collaborator who passed away in the tragic Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland 2016. It may have taken the band four long years to put their latest album together but it was definitely worth the wait, their mystical exploratory soundscapes at their finest. Eclectic and vastly multifaceted, the album is further proof - if you needed it - that Lumerians are a singular force in contemporary psychedelia. Talking about Call of the Void, vocalist Jason Miller explains: “If ‘Transmalinnia’ represented the exploration of an alien world and ‘The High Frontier’ a voyage through space, ‘Call of the Void’ is a penetrative exploration of Earth through an alien gaze gone native - the weight of gravity, the build-up of pollution and sediment, experiences of ecstatic revelry and tragedy.” 

      Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans

      Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans

        Davey Woodward has been a prolific songwriter with his bands The Brilliant Corners and The Experimental Pop Band. An indie pop legend to some, obscure outsider to most. He approaches his fourth decade making alternative music with the same enthusiasm and single mindedness as he did in the first. Julian (guitar) had not been in a studio for over a decade. Steve (drums) was playing in a million other bands but found time. Steve knew Mark who was a guitarist. Davey said well he can play bass and piano then! Davey played them the songs. The band said they liked the songs. They told Davey the songs sounded very personal, were they? They said it reminded them of English Folk, Courtney Barnett, The Velvets, The Band and Johnny Cash. 

        Section 25


          Brand new album by the legendary Section 25.

          The band formed in Blackpool in November 1977. Initially they were a duo, consisting of brothers Larry Cassidy and Vincent Cassidy). In June 1978 they made their live debut with Phil Denton on guitar. Their debut 7", "Girls Don't Count", was released in July 1980 on Factory Records, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division. Joined by percussionist Lee Shallcross, Section 25 gradually evolved with a more electronic-dance direction from 1983 onwards, a process which culminated in the album From the Hip and remix single "Looking From A Hilltop", both released in 1984 and produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order. This second iteration of the band also featured the Cassidy brothers' sister Angela Flowers and Larry Cassidy's wife Jenny Ross. In 1986 Section 25 fell silent for more than a decade, and re-emerged with the album Part Primitiv in 2006. On 27 February 2010, it was announced that founding member, singer, and bass player for the group, Larry Cassidy, had died at the age of 56. Today, Section 25 consist of Vin Cassidy, Bethany Cassidy (Larry's daughter), Jo Cassidy, Michael Cassidy and long-time collaborator Steven Stringer. This line-up recorded "Elektra" in 2018 with guest guitar by the band's original guitarist Paul Wiggin. It is pure SXXV, without any outside influences.

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