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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

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.

David Bowie: Sue (or In a Season of Crime) - review — It says something about the position David Bowie has skilfully manoeuvred himself into over the last 18 months that the fact he's added a new track to a greatest hits collection is treated as news.

Why Underworld's Dubnobasswithmyheadman reissue is the one album you should hear this week - video — It's 20 years since Rick Smith, Karl Hyde and Darrren Emerson released one of the landmark albums of the British dance music revolution. As they release a deluxe edition of the album, and play it in its entirety at the Royal Festival Hall, Alexis Petridis reflects on the alchemy that took Underworld overground.

The 2 Bears: The Night Is Young review - pop-house hits to salve the anxieties of middle age

God Only Knows: not quite a perfect day as BBC sings its own praises — "For the first time ever," offered the excited BBC1 announcer, "the BBC is coming together to enjoy a truly unique impossible performance." He presumably meant it was the first time ever that the BBC was broadcasting something simultaneously across virtually its entire network: the "impossible performance" of The Beach Boys' God Only Knows was a pretty transparent attempt to reboot the famous 1997 film of stars singing Perfect Day.

Who does the housework? Five Guardian writers reveal all — Does any couple really split the chores straight down the middle? According to surveys for Mumsnet and Women's Hour released on Monday, working mums spend an average of 10 hours a week on household chores, while men chip in with just five hours a week.

Why Martin Carr's The Breaks is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends The Breaks, an album written by one of the great lost figures of 90s alt-rock, Martin Carr - the main songwriter of the Boo Radleys
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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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