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Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard Lounge

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard LoungeMomentous all-star blues jam in Chicago...

Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings 1972 - 1982

Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings 1972 - 1982Remastered, if not remade or remodelled: Roxy’s radical motherlode...

Blur - 21: The Box

Blur - 21: The BoxHolding on for tomorrow… The definitive British band of the 1990s unveil their definitive boxset (...

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem - HandwrittenFourth album signals a slight shift. But is it in the right direction?

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo MagellanBrooklyn brainiacs go back to basics? Not quite...

Philadelphia International Records:The 40th Anniversary Box Set

Philadelphia International Records:The 40th Anniversary Box SetSleek, mammoth 10 CD box from Seventies soul’s orchestral kings...

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me BackDefinitive statement from the whip-smart, uncompromising string band...

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - reissues

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - reissuesSix core, transitional works of Will Oldham's canon remastered...

Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hotdog Streets

Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hotdog StreetsLawrence unveils his Novelty Rock masterpiece...

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy - Live From The Artists Den

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy - Live From The Artists DenRelaxed session from the Golden God of Nashville...

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee ReaperThe vanguard's first three albums are difficult, but peerless...

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The UniverseHeroic comeback album from soul giant...

Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold

Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished GoldZen and the art of twang: LA's cosmic psych cowboys return after a decade-long hiatus...

Can - The Lost Tapes

Can - The Lost TapesThis huge set of unheard cuts, forgotten by the band, restates the pioneers importance...

Patti Smith - Banga

Patti Smith - BangaSweet music, heavy issues on first collection of original material since 2004...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon RitualBlack Crowe's head music dives deep into the past...

Paul Simon - Graceland reissue

Paul Simon - Graceland reissue25th anniversary edition of Simon's surprising classic...

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars40th anniversary clean up shows the devil in the detail...

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To SoarEven the longest journeys can end up taking you full circle...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - AmericanaThe loosest group in rock reunite with Young for this dark, raw and thrilling slice of electrified...

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The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger


One bright Sunday morning, MC Taylor is driving through his patch of North Carolina, past New Hope Creek and the Eno River, over the Chatham County Line and the James Taylor Bridge in Chapel Hill, near the Haw River and the valley that he has meditated upon in song these past few years. Through...