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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

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?

David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) review - an artist on the edge — In May 1974, David Bowie released his eighth album, Diamond Dogs. Now it is enshrined as a classic, but at the time it received a mixed critical response: for every critic proclaiming it a work of genius, there was someone like Robert Christgau in Creem, deriding it as "escapist pessimism" and snorting: "$6.98 for this piece of plastic?"

Skepta's Konnichiwa - a Mercury prize winner few can argue with — It has been a strange year for the Mercury prize: no one could find much to complain about in the shortlist. In previous years, the shortlist has variously been upbraided for being too mainstream, not mainstream enough, too narrow or too tokenistic.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree review - brilliant music on the verge of collapse — In One More Time With Feeling, a film about both his new album and the death of his teenage son Arthur in 2015, Nick Cave gently counsels against linking the contents of the former too closely with the latter.

Bowie? Skepta? Radiohead? Our critics decide who should win the Mercury prize — The best moments of Laura Mvula's 2013 debut Sing to the Moon seemed to suggest the arrival of a unique talent - certainly more so than its advance billing as a Radio 2-friendly retro soul album. But its follow-up really bears that promise out.

Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 review - stripped back but still elusive — The cover of Jack White's first ever career-spanning compilation seems significant. Long-term watchers of the former White Stripe's career might sigh: so what else is new?

Fabric: a nightclub that thrived by taking dance music seriously — In recent weeks, a list of 26 celebrated London nightclubs that have closed their doors has circulated the internet and social media, to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. "Completely unacceptable," thundered London newspaper Metro. The list is actually slightly misleading.

You Say You Want A Revolution review: a dizzying trip to the heart of the 1960s — You might be forgiven for heaving a sigh at the subject of this V&A attempt to come up with a blockbuster pop culture follow-up to 2013's wildly successful David Bowie Is, an exhibition still touring the world three years on. It's not that the late 1960s and their attendant counterculture represent an unfertile area for exploration.

Lady Leshurr: ‘They wanted to pit me against Nicki Minaj - I wasn’t feeling that’ — Lady Leshurr has just come back from the US. She has been spending a lot of time there this year, she says: "We've been to Atlanta, LA, New Orleans, Miami, New York."

It's oh so cultural: the sharpest sounds of autumn 2016 — A digitally decadent celebration of Björk's 20-year career arrives in the capital this September. Incorporating performance, film and installations, the exhibition explores the extensive output created by the Icelandic artist, whose boundary-pushing projects are always driven by a fascination with nature, technology, sex and heartache.
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Sep 07, 2016

@ronaynemaher That mix CD he did for them is something else.

Aug 18, 2016

@Paytress @SimonRetromania It's a fabulous book - I loved it. Definitive, triumphant stuff. Brilliant research, clever, original ideas.

Aug 18, 2016

@Paytress Great Third World War fact in @SimonRetromania's new book: they were mooted as a backing band for Iggy when Mainman signed him

Jul 18, 2016

Wrote a thing about the late great Alan Vega (includes unexpected reference to, of all people, Hot Chocolate) 

Jul 14, 2016

@mick_carton ...then another ten years until it came out. 6 + 10 = 16.

Jul 14, 2016

@mick_carton No, I said it was six years between their first album and the first announcement their second album was finished....

Jul 14, 2016

@timfarron It's fantastic, innit? An album to immerse yourself in.

Jul 14, 2016

I interviewed The Avalanches and found out how they spent 16 years making an album. It's *quite* the saga. 

Feb 14, 2016

@ommbuu No, I agree completely. I really wish it wasn’t like that now. But it is, and there’s fuck all I can do about it.

Feb 14, 2016

@ommbuu @guardianmusic …I don’t see how it’s *that* different a record for having a couple of other tracks appended to it.

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