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Arts Writer — Guardian
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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes Complete review - rickety, strange and utterly timeless — There's something winningly quaint about the security measures surrounding The Complete Basement Tapes. In order to combat piracy, there are no promotional CDs: those who wish to cast a critical ear over the 138 tracks are required to listen to them via a stream, or visit the record company's offices, taking the precaution to first pack a sleeping bag and a change of clothes.
Jul 24, 2015

In Dylan's hands 4 Strong Winds was "a kind of defeated sigh" via @guardian; 50 years ago today Bob went electric

Why Chemical Brothers's Born in the Echoes the one album you should hear this week-video — Twenty years on from their epochal debut, the Chemical Brothers return with their eighth studio album. Its perfectly mixed stew of darkly pounding small-hours dance tracks, expansive psychedelia and sparkling pop dipped in the post-disco sound of early 80s New York could only be the work of one band

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy review - sprawling, wearying punk concept album

Why Little Boots' Working Girl is the one album you should hear this week - video

Kim Kardashian on the cover of Rolling Stone? It’s the death of rock’n’roll! — Kim Kardashian has been accused of many things over the years, but this week brought a new addition to the charge sheet: killing rock'n'roll. The accuser? Sinéad O'Connor, who adduced that the presence of Kardashian and her cleavage on the cover of US magazine Rolling Stone was evidence that "music has officially died".
Jul 16, 2015

Kim Kardashian on the cover of Rolling Stone? It’s the death of rock’n’roll!

Jul 17, 2015

The day the music died. "Kim Kardashian on the cover of Rolling Stone?"

Jul 17, 2015

Today's @alexispetridis Lost in Showbiz on Sinead / Kim Kardashian's Rolling Stone cover is making me howl.…

Tame Impala: Currents review - takes psychedelic music into unknown territory — In a few weeks' time, the book Psychedelia and Other Colours is due to be published. The work of the academic Rob Chapman, it is a fantastic, exhaustive history of the genre: comprehensive but gripping, packed with eye-opening period detail and with a brilliant analysis of everything from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to the oeuvre of the Crocheted Doughnut Ring.
Jul 16, 2015

I really love Tame Impala's album (also, Rob Chapman's forthcoming book on psych, also mentioned here, is FANTASTIC):…

Ed Sheeran: a singer, an acoustic guitar, an effects pedal - a complete triumph — A tiny figure, dwarfed by the Wembley Stadium stage, Ed Sheeran peers out at the audience. "There are," he says, with an unmistakably nervous laugh, "a hell of a lot of you in here". Apparently 87,000 tickets have been shifted for the first of his three nights here, an event so momentous, he notes, that they're recording a live video of the show.

Wilko Johnson: ‘I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future’ — After guitar hero Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, his calm, philosophical acceptance of imminent death made him even more beloved and admired. And then the strangest thing happened: he didn't die. So now what? Proceed to the page:
Jul 10, 2015

RT @heblau: What happens when you get told you're going to die soon....and then don't? Wilko Johnson reflects.… #letstalkdeath

Wilko Johnson: ‘I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future’ — There's no doubt that, in person, Wilko Johnson gives what you might politely call a disconcerting initial impression. The man who answers the door of his Southend home is shaven-headed, dressed entirely in black, and blessed with a face that the casting team behind Game of Thrones understandably thought might conceivably belong to a mute, psychopathic executioner.
Jul 10, 2015

Wilko Johnson: ‘I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future’

Jul 10, 2015

'I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future': Wilko Johnson on not dying. Ace by @alexispetridis:…

Jul 10, 2015

Start your weekend right by reading this fantastic interview with the remarkably chilled @wilkojohnson…

Jul 10, 2015

Wilko Johnson: ‘I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future’. Flipping great, no more to say.…

Jul 11, 2015

I interviewed the great Wilko Johnson, who turned out to be an even more remarkable man than I expected:…

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Why Krept And Konan's The Long Way Home is the one album you should hear this week - video — UK hip-hop duo Krept And Konan came to attention releasing covers of big American rap hits on YouTube. Their major-label debut album, The Long Way Home, puts them on a level footing with their US counterparts - and they rise to the challenge in style, says Alexis Petridis
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Jul 20, 2015

RIP Dieter Moebius. You were, as Julian Cope would say, one forward-thinking motherfucker…

Jul 17, 2015

@rumkae Ha! Yeah, there's definitely a RULEBOOK for psychedelia, isn't there? "I'm sorry, it's not in the RULES Syd, so you can't DO that".

Jul 17, 2015

@littleboots Glad you liked! I'm still hungover from that night in Berlin, tbh.

Jul 17, 2015

@NicFildes yeah, not great either. But this is sort of implying he's to blame, which is something else entirely

Jul 17, 2015

@okwonga I know. Leave the poor guy alone!

Jul 17, 2015

@domholding This is the second day in a row they've run something like that. What the fuck is going on there?

Jul 17, 2015

The Times runs a second load of baseless, pointless, insinuating shit about Nick Cave. Well done, you fucking creeps

Jul 16, 2015

@sonikbeach God, if I were Melody's Echo Chamber I'd leave well enough alone, I think haha.

Jul 16, 2015

@hewsim @marcellocarlin How weird. They've got vinyl but not CD. There's definitely a CD issue, because it's in Tame Impala's online shop.

Jul 16, 2015

@marcellocarlin …given that I wrote a fucking *dissertation* on Lewis circa Blast.

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