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Americana Round-up
In the summer of 2014, Jason Isbell reunited with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, his former bandmates in Drive-By Truckers, for an in-the-round show at Muscle Shoals in Alabama. The resulting Live At The Shoals Theatre is finally due out at the begi
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Holly Macve
FOUR years after her debut, Holly Macve has finally released its follow-up. “The first was a very lonely album,” she says. “A raw, acoustic album. I wasn’t aware of the bigger sound that I could create until I toured and heard my voice in a different
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Deep Seated
TOUCHING on fragile mental health and the need for compassion, communication and communion, “Sit Down” was a No 2 hit in 1991 and yet seems custom-built for current times. Coldplay performed it after the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and it has even
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“He’s A Virus!”
JAMES worked with Brian Eno on five albums, beginning with Laid in 1993 and ending with Pleased To Meet You in 2001. “We’d been trying to work with Brian from the first album,” says Booth. “It was constant. He was massive for us, more important than
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Lupine Howls
The subdued follow-up to I See A Darkness also featured Matt Sweeney on guitar, banjo and vocals, plus a guest turn from Harmony Korine, who designed the cover of Superwolves . 8/10 Sweeney is also on hand for this reimagining of Oldham’s wonkier e
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10 Dylan Aliases
TEENAGE piano pounder Robert Zimmerman gave this as his name to Bobby Vee when he joined the pop star’s live band in 1959. Contributed several tracks to Broadside Ballads , a 1963 album celebrating Broadside magazine, the folk-scene Bible. A myst
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Ato Z
Annie Clark makes herself known. By Laura Barton T last year’s Sundance, Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein premiered a mockumentary they named The Nowhere Inn. Playing augmented versions of themselves, the film cast Brownstein as a director trying
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Introducing… DYLAN ... REVISITED
“BEING asked to cover a Dylan song is quite difficult,” admits Richard Thompson. “You think, ‘How do you do that?’ After all, his personality is so interwoven into the songs.” Despite the difficulties in reinterpreting Dylan – and the restrictions of
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Books
GO-BETWEENS drummer Lindy Morrison clattered into Tracey Thorn’s dressing room in March 1983, when the future Everything But The Girl star was preparing to support Orange Juice at London’s Lyceum with her first band, the Marine Girls. Eleven years Th
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WAXAHATCHEE Kansas City, March 27
WHEN “Fire”, the lead single from Katie Crutchfield’s fifth album as Waxahatchee, was released way back in the beforetimes of January 2020, it had uncanny cut-through. It emerged out of new-year playlists and hype parades, and quietly, determinedly r
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National Treasure
BACK in 2001, The National were just a bunch of gawky Cincinnati transplants trying to get a foothold in New York’s resurgent indie-rock scene. Nervous in front of the camera, they asked a trusted friend – Scottish photographer Graham MacIndoe, who’d
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Q&A
Dan Auerbach: “He was just so fucking cool” What was your first exposure to Tony Joe White’s music? It would have been in my early twenties probably. The first time I heard “Rainy Night In Georgia”, I instantly loved it. It sounded strange to me, l
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Q &A
This album just seems to have fallen out of you. Well, it wasn’t like starting with a blank page. I had maybe four or five songs that I started after we finished On Sunset. They were close to finished. And the rest I wrote around this time last year
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Full Moon Fever
“WE’RE gonna find the nursing home that has the best recording studio,” declares Will Oldham. “There’s probably a lot of demand.” “There should be!” says Matt Sweeney. “Fuck yes, that’d be amazing. We should start getting an eye towards that.” At th
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Damon Locks – Black Monument Ensemble
A VISUAL artist, singer, actor and educator, Damon Locks is a modern renaissance man. However, his most recent project – the uplifting and polemical gospel/jazz group Black Monument Ensemble – came into being when one strand of his artistic practice
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More Modern Classics
There are certainly accidental yet notable parallels between much of Fat Pop (Volume 1) and Womack’s Damon Albarn-helmed swansong: a classic soul album that references the past without ever seeking to recreate it. 9/10 As an honorary member of the
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A Quick One
Like a hurricane! The new UltimateMusic Guide is a deluxe and fully updated edition of our definitive guide to the work of NeilYoung. Over 148 pages we dive fearlessly into the ditch and rummage deep in the rust bucket to bring you the full story of
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Q&A
St Vincent: “No matter what hardships come, you just have to keep humming” This albumis closely connectedto your relationship with your father. Could you say a little about that? My father, like most Irish Catholic men of a certain generation, wasn
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Sleeve Notes
1 Lanquidity 2 Where Pathways Meet 3 That’s How I Feel 4 Twin Stars Of Thence 5 There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) Produced By: Sun Ra Recorded At: Blank Tapes, New York Personnel: Sun Ra (Arp, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha orga
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Sleeve Notes
6CD+2BLU-RAY BOX CD1: The Ultimate Mixes CD2: The Ultimate Mixes/Outtakes CD3: The Elements Mixes CD4: The Raw Studio Mixes 1 Mother/Take 64 2 Hold On/Take 32 3 I Found Out/Take 3 Extended 4 Working Class Hero/ Take 9 5 Isolation/Ta
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Chic Clique
Just as Chic were hitting the big time, they found time to oversee a solo debut from their singer Norma Jean Wright. Bubbling Bernard Edwards basslines and silky sequenced strings instantly mark it out as a Chic joint, and they hit rich grooves on sh
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Q&A
Dorothea Paas: “I gave each song its own unique treatment” How does it feel to be releasing your first studio album a decade intoyour career? It feels amazing! I have always had at least one part-time job while I’ve been writing, performing and rec
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Sleeve Notes
1 Smoke From The Chimney 2 Boot Money 3 Del Rio, You’re Making Me Cry 4 Listen To Your Song 5 Over You 6 Scary Stories 7 Bubba Jones 8 Someone Is Crying 9 Billy Produced by: Dan Auerbach Recorded at: Easy Eye Sound, Nashville Pe
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Sleeve Notes
1 One 2 Anything Can’t Happen 3 Container 4 Closer To Mine 5 Interlude 6 Waves Rising 7 Perfect Love 8 Frozen Window 9 Running Under My Life Recorded at: Fort Rose, Hamilton, Ontario; Palace Sound, Toronto Personnel: Dorothea Paas
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Get Carter
IT was at a folk music conference in 2014 that Polly Paulusma first had a hunch about the writer Angela Carter. “I was down in the hotel bar, listening to all these amazing folk performers singing songs of murder and blood,” she remembers. “And then
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Field Music
ON completion of their new album, the bright and poignant Flat White Moon, Field Music’s Peter Brewis came to a realisation. “I think we’ve done as many albums as Led Zeppelin did!” he declares proudly. “And sold about 80 million less…” Yet Field Mu
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A to Z
The full-spectrum wonder of My Bloody Valentine, remastered and reissued for the final time. By Stephen Troussé “MAGIC isn’t about pulling rabbits out of hats,” says Ewen Bremner as Alan McGee, fancying himself the dark lysergic mage of EC1, midw
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OSEES Levitation Sessions II, Los Angeles, April 10
THE late afternoon sun streams through the windows of the old industrial building in Los Angeles where John Dwyer’s OSees have set up for their latest livestream. Dwyer has selected a series of striking locations for these shows: a frontier town in t
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PAUL WELLER Fat Pop (Volume 1) POLYDOR
OW into his seventh decade, Paul Weller has resisted any and all invitations to write his memoir. At the last count six biographies bearing his name have been published, but ever the modernist, Weller views his creative past rather like a motorist mi
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Sleeve Notes
1 Pay Your Way In Pain 2 Down And Out Downtown 3 Daddy’s Home 4 Live In The Dream 5 The Melting Of The Sun 6 The Laughing Man 7 Down 8 Somebody Like Me 9 My Baby Wants A Baby 10 ... At The Holiday Party 11 Candy Darling 12New Yo
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