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The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies

The Kinks - Muswell HillbilliesRay Davies underrated North London song-cycle, now with an extra disc of rarities...

Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family

Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the FamilyOl’ Saint Nick, playful pop alchemy, and the retro-reinvention of the Christmas album...

Bob Dylan - Complete Album Collection Vol. One

Bob Dylan - Complete Album Collection Vol. OneEvery album, and a little bit more. Something is happening…

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Jason Isbell - SoutheasternRare example of sobriety and marriage causing great country music...

The Who - Tommy (Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions)

The Who - Tommy (Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions)Another night at the opera, with demos and live versions...

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Trout Mask ReplicaNewly remastered and still astonishing...

Midlake - Antiphon

Midlake - AntiphonThe band move on with a subtle change of emphasis following Tim Smith's departure...

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 30th Anniversary Edition

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 30th Anniversary EditionThe bard's compact debut plus live counterpart...

Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...

Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...At 80, country’s king takes up with 18 assorted queens...

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew Alone

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew AloneA dark chronicle of his life and works...

Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare

Jonathan Wilson - FanfareTaking Laurel Canyon songcraft into epic territory on his second album...

Paul McCartney - New

Paul McCartney - NewYoung producers help locate classic Macca sounds....

John Martyn - The Island Years

John Martyn - The Island YearsOld and new treasures from the folk pioneer...

Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure

Kelley Stoltz - Double ExposureOne-man garage auteur arrives at his natural home...

Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long Now

Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long NowFolk-rock grande dame, still damned grand...

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - ReflektorA grand - sometimes cacophonous - inquisition into what comes next...

Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu

Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu500 albums into his career, a Syrian cult hero hooks up with Four Tet for his first trip to a...

The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2The return of the Fab Four at the Beeb and live - now with added Beatle wit...

Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe EditionServing the servants: Kurt’s caustic last stand, now spread across four discs...

Basically, Johnny Moped

Basically, Johnny MopedAn accidental visionary and "star in his own world"... the strange tale of a cult punk hero...

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Editor's Letter

White Fence, OOIOO, Ty Segall, other stuff...


One of the many privileges and occasional disorientations of working for a monthly music mag is that we hear some music so far ahead of release that it can be easy to forget when the albums actually come out. So while the world of Ty Segall-related projects might have moved on...