Post-rock visionaries in their prime

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Richard Thompson on the flowering of Fairport Convention

"There was a musical explosion – you could play almost anything and be accepted"

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"There’s no conceivable excuse to be whoring yourself off to any crooked corporate malarkey"

Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Neil Young

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Try as they might?and their last album of soporific dinner jazz came close?Tortoise have yet to really tarnish their ice-cool reputation, cemented with 1996’s superb post-rock touchstone, Millions Now Living Will Never Die, as shape-shifting musical modernists. “Djed” especially, their sublime 21-minute Krautrock meander, displays the Chicago ensemble’s bookish virtuosity, while “Along The Banks Of Rivers” aches to David Pajo’s maudlin twang. New guitarist Jeff Parker arrives to provide spiralling motifs on 1998’s TNT, a luxurious, laid-back affair through which Tortoise gracefully sashay, guided by editor John McEntire. TNT is a masterpiece: not at all avant-garde, just an hour of wonderful and timeless music.


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The Velvet Underground, The Black Crowes, Bunny Wailer, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Rhiannon Giddens, Laurie Anderson, Blake Mills, Postcard Records, Mogwai and The Selecter