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

Why R Seiliog's In Hz is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends the new album by the Welsh musician and producer Robin Edwards aka R Seiliog, In Hz, which he describes as being full of moments of disquieting hush that suddenly followed by warped dancefloor grooves.

Best albums of 2014: No 1 - St Vincent by St Vincent — There's a sense in which Annie Clark's career to date feels like a process of refinement, gradually paring down the clutter of fascinating ideas found on her early albums until she arrived at the music on St Vincent: self-titled, she claimed, after reading a quote from Miles Davis in which he said the hardest thing to sound like was yourself.

T Rex: The Complete Studio Albums review - proof that Bolan’s genius went beyond the hits — A few weeks before his death in 1977, Marc Bolan gave an interview to a TV reporter. In its own way, it's one of the great performances of his career. He was, in theory, on his uppers. Once a star of such importance that one of the Beatles directed a film about him, he was now presenting a teatime kids' TV show.

Films of Innocence: another of U2's misplaced grandiose gestures? — You might have thought that U2 would have had enough of springing internet-related surprises on people, following the unfortunate events surrounding the release of their 13th album, Songs Of Experience. And yet, here we are again, three months on, with the unexpected announcement of 11 "art films" - one for each of the album's tracks - being simultaneously premiered across a series of music and art websites.

Why Company by the Drink is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends the Drink's debut album, Company, which gathers together the London trio's first three EPs. He says it may appear straightforward - guitar, bass and drums, songs with verses and choruses - but the songs twist and turn in unexpected ways and the lyrics are fascinating and strange

The Charlatans: revitalised by Twitter, Transcendental Meditation and coffee — Last year, the Charlatans played a charity gig at the Royal Albert Hall in London in memory of their drummer Jon Brookes. Brookes had died a couple of months previously from a brain tumour that was first diagnosed when he had a seizure onstage in 2010.

Einstürzende Neubauten: Lament review — The centenary of the outbreak of the first world war was commemorated in a variety of ways: sculptures were made, statues unveiled, lights switched off. But for out-of-the-box thinking, you have to take your hat off to the Flemish town of Diksmuide, site of the battle of the Yser in October 1914, which decided to mark the centenary by commissioning a performance piece from fearsome German experimentalists Einstürzende Neubauten.

Why The Velvet Underground is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends the super-deluxe box set reissue of the third Velvet Underground album. He says the 1969 album is one of those records that it's hard to imagine anyone disliking. One of the six discs contains the sessions released in edited form in 1986 as VU.

Pixies: Doolittle 25 review - alt-rock milestone from US indie’s weirdest stars — The Pixies proved so influential that it's now almost impossible to imagine how bizarre they seemed on arrival in the late 80s. Their second full-length album, Doolittle, was released in April 1989, towards the end of a startling 18-month period for experimental US guitar rock.

Why Family Tree by Thompson is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends the album Family by Thompson, a collaboration between folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson, their singer-songwriter son Teddy and various other relatives. 'Sean Lennon, you know what I mean,' sings Teddy in a song about musical families
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Dec 09, 2014

@Tim_Burgess Spotted this at my daughter's primary school as part of a display about - I shit you not - bananas...

Dec 05, 2014

@joewilsonlcom xxxxx Are you all well, btw?

Dec 05, 2014

@lukefear Yeah, it's still not for me, despite its vast influence etc. etc. My least favourite Daft Punk album.

Dec 05, 2014

@nosheeniqbal You're too kind. THANK YOU x

Nov 27, 2014

@StuartMaconie @jonnytrunk Ha! you beat me to it: was about the say, the man from Magpie also made a record that appears to be about WANKING

Nov 06, 2014

@hopeformen I've just made a video about you! Out tomorrow morning.

Nov 06, 2014

This forthcoming Natalie Prass album is bloody great. Sunshine on a grey day.…

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