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Dead Moon - In The Graveyard / Unknown Passage / Defiance

Dead Moon - In The Graveyard / Unknown Passage / DefiancePortland garage rock refuseniks still doing it their way. The first three albums, for the first...

The Black Keys - Turn Blue

The Black Keys - Turn BlueFollowing the triumph of El Camino, Auerbach, Carney and Danger Mouse roll the dice, play it where...

Bruce Springsteen - A Musicares Tribute

Bruce Springsteen - A Musicares TributeThe good, the bad and the ugly pay tribute to a mighty catalogue as The Boss looks on...

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country MusicAnyone for metaphysical prog country? Nashville songwriter heads for the stars...

Roddy Frame - Seven Dials

Roddy Frame - Seven DialsThe Aztec Camera-man relives his early-'80s glories - slap bass and all...

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And SupermarketsJarvis and co shoot for a happy ending...

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (Deluxe edition)

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (Deluxe edition)Pull up to her bumper! Disco diva’s 1981 new-wave masterpiece pimped out with b-sides and...

Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Groupe Electrique / The Donovan Of Trash

Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Groupe Electrique / The Donovan Of TrashThe whole wide world, captured via the lo-fi blues...

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We ThereHeart on sleeve missives on excellent self-produced third from National associate...

Hamilton Leithauser - The Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser - The Black HoursStrings, swooning, good humour. “White collar Americana” from the former Walkmen singer...

Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be KindAnother set of pulverising epics from Michael Gira...

Autoluminescent

AutoluminescentThe sad story of Roland S Howard, vividly told...

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin Hannett

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin HannettThe disorderly story of the architect of the Factory Records sound...

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And Weiss

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And WeissSoCal boho's "alternative jungle music" finds its groove...

Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light

Bobby Bare - Darker Than LightSeasoned campaigner yanks up his roots...

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday RobotsJourney through the past... The songwriter's solo debut proper is his most personal statement yet...

Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Thee Oh Sees - DropOscillating garage rock weirdness from West Coast psychonaut...

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)Swamp-pop goes Woodstock: Louisiana legend's rarely heard '72 masterpiece with The Band...

The Delines - Colfax Avenue

The Delines - Colfax AvenueRichmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin is back with a new band, a female singer and a rich collection of...

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté - Toumani & Sidiki

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté - Toumani & SidikiFather and son entwine koras in a cross-generational celebration...

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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...