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

Young Fathers: misfits deserving of their Mercury prize win — As ever, the 2014 Mercury prize attracted controversy and criticism. This year, however, the loudest of it came from an unlikely source. Not an upstart blogger or NME hack, but an august broadsheet rock critic, seemingly angry that the nominees weren't boring enough.

Outsiders Young Fathers scoop Mercury prize — Experimental Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers have defied the odds to scoop this year's Mercury music prize. The band, described as a "Liberian/Nigerian/Scottish psychedelic hip-hop electro boy band", saw off competition from the favourite, R&B artist FKA Twigs, former Blur frontman Damon Albarn's first solo venture, and spoken word singer and poet Kate Tempest to win the prestigious music prize for their album, Dead.

Taylor Swift: 1989 review - leagues ahead of the teen-pop competition — At 24 years old, Taylor Swift inhabits something of a unique position within the teen pop firmament.

Why Scott Walker + Sunn O)))'s Soused is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends Soused, the new collaborative album by Scott Walker and Sunn O))), which he describes as a foregone conclusion: when two such towering figures of the musical leftfield are brought together, how could it be anything other than a work of genius?

Damien Rice: ‘I went scuba diving in the brain, free diving in the brain’ — Damien Rice sits on an ornate sofa in a room above a restaurant in Reykjavik, a gaping tear in the arm of his jacket, trying to explain what he's been doing since the release of his second solo album, 2006's platinum-selling 9. He's polite enough, but it's hard to miss his discomfort.

Same but different: Hans Eijkelboom’s tribal street photography — You could never accuse Hans Eijkelboom of a lack of dedication. For his new book, People of the Twenty-First Century, the photographer and conceptual artist spent 20 years lurking around shopping centres - initially in his native Netherlands, later in America and China.

Why Jessie Ware's Tough Love is the album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends Tough Love, the new album by Jessie Ware, which he describes as classy and sophisticated

Sleater-Kinney: Start Together review - seven-album box set of near-perfect punk power — These days, Sleater-Kinney's two main protagonists, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker are, respectively, a comedy writer and actor whose US TV show, Portlandia, has been garlanded with Emmy nominations; and a mother of two, married to film-maker Lance Bangs, who occasionally makes "middle-aged mom records" with the Corin Tucker Band.

Julian Casablancas’s New York state of mind: too many white people are having brunch at the weekend — Of all the multifarious forms of entertainment laid out before us in this glittering digital age, Lost in Showbiz loves good old rock'n'roll the best. It asks you: what other art form can affect us so potently and immediately, as if it has a direct connection to the darkest recesses of our souls?

Alexis Petridis talks to Anne Briggs about her 'lost classic' folk album — Sitting outside a bar in the Scottish resort town of Oban, a roll-up in one hand and a pint in the other, Anne Briggs is doing a flatly terrible job of talking up the imminent reissue of her 1971 album The Time Has Come.
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Oct 24, 2014

@BBCJFCulture hi am currently in the US, but will follow - DM me!

Oct 15, 2014

RT @domjoly: FYI- @alexispetridis I had 1 meeting with @runaview - got on board- have now read letters sent using my name- I am no longer involved

Oct 15, 2014

@hylandian One of Louis' acts forced to sing the "for MASH get SMASH" jingle over and over again for three minutes.

Oct 15, 2014

@iamnicksimpson @girlonthenet @joemuggs Also, I'm sure they're paying for other elements of their business, e.g. PR. So why not writing?

Oct 15, 2014

Hats off to @joemuggs for this exchange with Dom Joly, who's trying to get writers to work for free for his website…

Oct 15, 2014

@shappikhorsandi NO "'ave a banana?" WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT?

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