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Alexis Petridis

Sussex, by the sea
Arts Writer — The Guardian

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

Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker review - still changing, still full of life — Last week, Leonard Cohen felt obliged to announce that reports of his death - or at least his imminent death - had been exaggerated. "I said was ready to die recently," he told the audience at a listening party in Los Angeles for his 14th studio album. "And I think I was exaggerating.

Meet the Lemon Twigs, the New York teens who went from Les Mis to glam powerpop — It's lunchtime and the Lemon Twigs - brothers Michael and Brian D'Addario, 17 and 19 respectively - have just got up: someone from their record company had to go and wake them in order to bring them to the interview.

Pop lyrics aren't literature? Tell that to Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan — The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy struck a slightly curious note as she announced that Bob Dylan had been awarded the 2016 Nobel prize in literature. It wasn't apologetic, exactly, but she certainly seemed to be qualifying the committee's decision in a way that you suspect she wouldn't have felt the need to had the award gone to Haruki Marukami or Don DeLillo, writers also rumoured to be in the frame. — Two Door Cinema Club's second album, Beacon, was a record that, to borrow the famous assessment of David Frost, rose without trace. It reached No 2 in the UK charts and sold 100,000 copies.

Justin Bieber review - pop idol lacks bounce, despite bringing a trampoline — During the first night of a residency at London's O2 Arena, Justin Bieber has a serious announcement to make. "I'm hoping that when the songs are playing," he says, "you'll be quiet and listen." Or perhaps he says: "I'm hoping that when the songs aren't playing, you'll be quiet and listen": it's hard to tell over all the screaming.

Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos review - pop, poetry and politics collide — She has been garlanded by everyone from the compilers of the Mercury shortlist to the judges of the Poetry Society's Ted Hughes prize, but on paper at least, Kate Tempest's new album still seems like a tough sell.

Bon Iver: 22, A Million - the downsides of success never sounded so good — Last week, the Guardian printed an interview with Justin Vernon. The man who is, to all intents and purposes, Bon Iver did not seem terribly happy with his lot in life. Not for the first time, he talked wistfully about giving up music altogether - his "dream" is apparently to open a cafe - or vanishing from public.

Marilyn: ‘I sat in a room for 20 years, taking crack and watching the Alien films’ — There was a time when the very sight of Peter Robinson in public could cause uproar. "I used to walk along Oxford Street on the way to the Embassy Club on an afternoon, because they used to do a cocktail thing there at four o'clock," he says.

Sacred works, secret tunnels: Jarvis Cocker's journey into outsider art — It is early Sunday afternoon, and the northern end of Chiltern Street in London's Marylebone presents an intriguing study in contrasts. On one side of the road, brunch is being served at celebrity hangout the Chiltern Firehouse. A succession of chauffeur-driven cars arrive and disgorge passengers in search of crab-stuffed doughnuts and smoked mackerel with buttered mooli and fried eggs.

The return of Yello: ‘America thought we were black guys rapping’ — Dieter Meier is apologetic. We have to be quick with the interview, he says, because he is leaving Zurich for Cuba later today. "I'm going to buy some cacao beans," he explains. "I'm starting a chocolate factory here in Zurich." I'm sorry? A chocolate factory?
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Oct 08, 2016

@BoyGeorge That film was amazing: best thing I've seen in forever, beautiful and moving and funny and true. Hats off.

Sep 27, 2016

@MisterMarilyn That doesn’t often happen with pop stuff. You’re a hell of an interviewee!

Sep 27, 2016

@MisterMarilyn The interview’s had 48k page views in under 3 hours. It’s currently the fourth most-read thing on the whole Guardian website…

Sep 27, 2016

@andr6wmale Pitch ideas to The Guardian. Michael Hann. I’ll tell him to keep an eye out.

Sep 27, 2016

@andr6wmale You are freelancing, no? Ha, if there’s one thing I learnt in my 20s it’s that freelancing and taking loads of drugs don’t mix.

Sep 27, 2016

@divaluvva @popjustice Hahaha, well, he spent 20 years locked in a room doing heroin and crack, I’m sure details aren’t his thing.

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