Music Reviews

Ramones - Loud, Fast

The hits that launched a thousand punks

Sir Douglas Quintet

Tex-Mex pioneer who prefigured country rock in the Beatlemania era

John Coltrane

A sax supreme

Various Artists - 16 Classiques De 1995 À 2002

Double CD of best tracks from celebrated Sourcelab compilations

Laibach - The John Peel Sessions

Austere Slovenians' BBC recordings between 1986 and 1987

Grand Drive

Raynes Park-based champions of Americana reissued

Martin Newell - The Off White Album

1995 outing from The Independent's resident poet, with extra material

Pavement - Wowee Zowee

Reissue of US indie icons' undervalued third album

Bittersweet Nothings

Further helpings of articulate and soulful intensity from highly-acclaimed British singer-...

Jenny Toomey - Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings The Songs Of Franklin Bruno

US chanteuse covers the songbook of lo-fi LA maverick

David Tyack With Malcolm Mooney - Rip Van Winkle

Mancunian prodigy collaborates with ex-Can vocalist on latter's second solo release since 1971

Songs Of Love And Haste

'Godfather of goth' hires former Birthday Party producer Nick Launay for 'urgent' 12th album

Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea

Ex-Smashing Pumpkin man teams up with David Pajo, formerly of Slint

The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God

Godfathers of Scandinavian rock return with sleeker hi-fi sound

Common - Electric Circus

Socially conscious rapper goes psychedelic, with stunning results

Johnny Marr And The Healers - Boomslang

Sixteen years after The Smiths, Johnny Guitar goes solo

John Doe - Dim Stars, Bright Sky

Former X rocker swaps urban noise for pastoral reverie

The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow Bright Orange

Unusually potent comeback continues

Fame Academy - Mercury

Like everyone else, if I crave the society of other adults, I'll have to pretend this is abhorrent...

Adaptation - Source

New Yorker Carter Burwell scored Velvet Goldmine, which would be a coincidence (see above) if I...

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Editor's Letter

The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

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