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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: SEEDS WE SOW

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: SEEDS WE SOWThe Mac maverick goes his own way, again. Lush and reflective...

THROWING MUSES - ANTHOLOGY

THROWING MUSES - ANTHOLOGYTwenty-one track monument to the Muses, with bonus disc of b-sides...

GENE CLARK: TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY

GENE CLARK: TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORYAt last: the fallen Byrd’s flawed classic, remastered...

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: MIRROR TRAFFIC

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: MIRROR TRAFFICThe cryptic professor of American indie leads his Jicks to a fifth...

SCREAMING TREES - LAST WORDS: THE FINAL RECORDINGS

SCREAMING TREES - LAST WORDS: THE FINAL RECORDINGSLate ’90s testament from grunge’s nearly men...

GRANDADDY - THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP 2000

GRANDADDY - THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP 2000Californians’ millennial angst, deluxed...

MADELEINE PEYROUX - STANDING ON THE ROOFTOP

MADELEINE PEYROUX - STANDING ON THE ROOFTOPSpartan but rewarding collection from the flighty New York chanteuse...

LEON RUSSELL - THE BEST OF

LEON RUSSELL - THE BEST OFTop-drawer retrospective from the super-sessioneer turned solo great...

TANGERINE DREAM - ZEIT REISSUE

TANGERINE DREAM - ZEIT REISSUEGerman synth explorers’ third goes beyond space-rock to ponder the nature of eternity itself...

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - HOUSE OF RUFUS

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - HOUSE OF RUFUSHis entire output, plus bountiful extras, all in – what else? – a beautiful, blood-red velvet box...

THE HORRORS - SKYING

THE HORRORS - SKYINGUp, up and away! Epic art-rock set from outsider heroes...

REM - LIFES RICH PAGEANT 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

REM - LIFES RICH PAGEANT 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONThe breakthrough fourth album, reissued with a trove of demos...In 1986, REM’s elevation to umpty-...

DAVE ALVIN - ELEVEN ELEVEN

DAVE ALVIN - ELEVEN ELEVENFormer Blasters man, back with more roughshod blues anthems for a lost California...

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE - FIELD SONGS

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE - FIELD SONGSPunk bluesman’s songs of hard toil in the Iowa soil...

LOVE - BLACK BEAUTY

LOVE - BLACK BEAUTYArthur Lee’s 1973 hard-rock/ funk opus, finally out from the shadows...

GILLIAN WELCH - THE HARROW AND THE HARVEST

GILLIAN WELCH - THE HARROW AND THE HARVESTThis is a reaping song! Eight years on from Soul Journey, Welch and David Rawlings return with...

DUANE EDDY - ROAD TRIP

DUANE EDDY - ROAD TRIPGuided by Richard Hawley, The Twang remains, majestically, The Thang...

BON IVER - BON IVER

BON IVER - BON IVER‘Folk’ prodigy steps outside the cabin, and engages with the world. Widescreen, intimate and...

NEIL YOUNG & THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTERS - A TREASURE

NEIL YOUNG & THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTERS - A TREASURERevisiting Farmer Neil’s hard-hollerin’ country collective, as the Archives rummage reaches that...

PAUL SIMON - SO BEAUTIFUL OR SO WHAT

PAUL SIMON - SO BEAUTIFUL OR SO WHATHarsh words, softly spoken: the gospel according to Paul...

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...