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Arts Writer — The Guardian

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

Seek comfort from the real news in the flotation tank of Kardashian drivel — This week, Lost in Showbiz comes to you with shame dwelling in its eyes, overwhelmed by an urge to unburden itself. It doubts that you have noticed, but there have been times in the past when it has been guilty of treating both the celebrity press and, indeed, the world of celebrity itself, with a certain dismissive attitude.

Ramones 40th anniversary super-deluxe edition review - rock boiled down to its absolute essence — Forty years ago this month, the Ramones played their first British gigs - in Camden Town in north London, supporting the Flamin' Groovies at the Roundhouse, and headlining at Dingwalls. They were, by some distance, the biggest shows they had ever played; moreover, they were an event.

I’m a Freak Baby: A Journey Through the British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-1972 review - grey, grim and glorious — A few years ago, the film-maker Adam Curtis unearthed two alternately bleak and inadvertently hilarious BBC documentaries about Hells Angels. One was a 1973 film positing them as terrifying threat to Britain, a sentiment slightly undercut as the film progresses by the discovery that their vice-president "Mad" John and his sergeant-at-arms, cross-eyed Karl, can't even successfully organise a weekend break on a barge near Aylesbury, let alone the destruction of society as we know it.

Suicide's Alan Vega: a punk pioneer who shoved the streets back in people's faces — In 1969, the year before he formed Suicide, a sculptor called Alan Bermowitz went to see the Stooges play live in New York. "Iggy came out and he's wearing dungarees with holes, with this red bikini underwear with his balls hanging out," he later remembered.

Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate review - soul-searching with the tang of authenticity — Three months ago, the first single from Michael Kiwanuka's second album was released. Called Black Man in a White World, it opened like an old field recording of a work song, or as Kiwanuka himself put it, "slave music": handclaps and a distorted a capella vocal eventually giving way to beautifully orchestrated, but agitated-sounding funk, backing vocals repeating the title over and over again, as if determinedly hammering a point home.

‘We lost our minds’ - how the Avalanches spent the last 16 years — Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi spent the best part of two decades making the follow up to their classic debut Since I Left You. Now - having lived through 'seven shades of shit' - they're back with its Technicolor follow-up, Wildflower. What took them so long?

Darren Hayman: No sleep till Upper Slaughter — The village hall in Maplebeck, Nottinghamshire, may be many things - its packed calendar of future events includes a yoga class, a book group, a wine tasting, and a day in which children can learn how to make poppies out of copper for Remembrance Sunday - but a regular stop on the nation's gig circuit it clearly isn't.

Roísín Murphy: Take Her Up to Monto review - still too strange for the bigtime — In 2007, Roísín Murphy signed to a major label and released her second solo album, Overpowered. The artwork featured the singer dressed in a variety of insane designer outfits - among them a dress with a lighting rig attached to it - in a succession of mundane settings: a pub, a park, a greasy-spoon cafe.

Beyond the Wizards Sleeve: The Soft Bounce review - 60s psychedelia goes acid house — Seven years ago, the Guardian interviewed Beyond the Wizards Sleeve. They were a curious musical pairing. Erol Alkan was best known for founding, aged 22, the hugely influential noughties indie/electro club night Trash; it had hosted early performances from LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bloc Party.
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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. 

May 08, 2016

@kristanreed Mate, this is how it is now. Way of the world etc. Of course, it’s not my choice, or my ideal. .

May 08, 2016

@ianrsalmon @guardianmusic Oh, I disagree - they’ve got a much lighter, more nuanced touch now, I think.

May 08, 2016

@andrewsebkhi @guardianmusic I quite agree. But this is the modern world, as The Jam would say. Sigh.

May 08, 2016

I reviewed the Radiohead album in a mad sweaty panic. TLDR: if I was that talented, frankly, I’d cheer right up : 

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