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Watchers Of Time

Where were you in '92? Those looking for a memento of Zermatt, Jean Michel Jarre's extravagant multimedia concert in Switzerland performed that year, need look no further. And don't be alarmed, if you're a fan and you weren't there, we have just the thing that will turn back the hands […read more…]

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Big Swifty

When it comes to some big name artists, the passion for the pen stroke of the famous can be everything. Then again, for a true luminary, a one-off like no other in the world of music writing, a mere autograph is not enough. Prepare to be dazzled. Calling all Frank […read more…]

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Music News

Zombies Back In The Studio

News just in that The Zombies are back from the dead and in the studio recording a new album, following their hugely successful Odessey & Oracle 40th anniversary tour, Classic Rock magazine report. Meanwhile, the dates confirmed for vocalist Colin Blunstone's solo tour are thus: Feb. 4: Chislehurst Beaverwood Club […read more…]

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The Tale Of Creation Records

Directed by Danny O'Connor, Upside Down is set to tell the warts'n'all story of Alan McGee's notorious record label, founded with Dick Green and Joe Foster in 1983. No doubt a whole lot of debauchery was involved, but what else? The Guardian elaborate…

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Jazz Goes To College

Recent pickings in The Guardian's ongoing series of  ‘50 Greatest Moments’ in music include an in-depth reappraisal of Dave Brubeck’s classic 1953 live album, Jazz At Oberlin, which gave a new lease of life to American jazz, firmly linking the cool movement with a fresh student crowd keen for inspiration […read more…]

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Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

HOT CHIP ‘One Life Stand’ [Release Date 01/02/2010]
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Hot Chip are back with the stunning fourth studio album 'One Life Stand' released 1st February 2010 on Parlophone records.

'One Life Stand' is a full-blooded leap into the unknown, an album that is awash with Hot Chip's trademark creative bravery and a searing emotional intensity from first track to last. Indeed, 'One Life Stand' is by far and away Hot Chip's most complete body of work to date, an album that is more cohesive and more soulful than 2007's ambidextrous 'Made In The Dark' and more ambitious than 2005's Mercury nominated and Grammy award nominated 'The Warning', 'One Life Stand' is an album that establishes Hot Chip as one of the most relevant and creative bands of our era.

With Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin, Al Doyle and Owen Clarke at the helm it is no surprise that they borrow, create and take inspiration from a plethora of influences. 'One Life Stand' sees a proliferation of influences as diverse as the burgeoning UK funky scene to soul music, modern R&B, Northern Soul, Gospel, Golden Age Electronica, Detroit House, Southern soul, the sounds of Arthur Russell, Prince and Theo Parish, and they all sit effortlessly alongside the band's signature pop aesthetics, wild electronics, off kilter beats and intoxicating musical experimentation in a way that only Hot Chip can execute.

The songs for 'One Life Stand' were largely written around the piano, the Wurlitzer, or the Prophet keyboard, and demoed at Alexis' and Joe's respective home studios. They were then taken to Lanark Studio which Al and Felix own and run, to be fully produced and fleshed out with the three remaining band members. In addition, recording contributions from legendary innovators of their respective fields Charles Hayward (This Heat), and Fimber Bravo (Steel n' Skin), as well as newer musicians Leo Taylor (The Invisible), and string arrangers and experimental composers Emma Smith and Vince Sipprell (Geese), were added to elevate the record further.

The finished record is Hot Chip's most up-front, coherent and melodically bold record to date; an uncluttered, warm and soulful, uplifting and heart-on-sleeve collection. Featuring the archetypal Hot Chip song, title track and first single, 'One Life Stand', built on a metronomic but pulsing groove, and reaching up to a joyously simple/naive chorus of monogamous embracement, the album is from start to finish one of love – euphoric, nostalgic, brotherly, realistic even. It is mainly a sequence of club classic stompers – from the anthemic 'Hand Me Down Your Love' to the life-affirming absurdist black humour of 'I Feel Better' – tempered with the contemplative, tender realism of 'Slush', and the romantic melancholy of 'Alley Cats'. Take it in, if you will; it's all for you.


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Music News

Hendrix New Album Unveiled

As confirmed by Planet Rock, Valleys Of Neptune is to be released on March 8th, and is said to contain 12 tracks of previously unheard Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969-70, with the original Experience line-up and bassist Billy Cox making his then debut. Click the link for full details.

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Monday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

HAWKWIND
‘Treworgey Tree Fayre 1989’ [Release Date 08/02/2010]

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Hawkwind formed in 1969 forming part of the Ladbroke Grove artistic community. Hawkwind first appeared as Group X or Hawkwind Zoo before finally shortening the name to Hawkwind and securing a recording deal with Liberty Records. The band were led by former busker Dave Brock and whilst many other members have come and gone over the bands thirty six year existence Dave Brock remains in sole command of the band that blazed a trail for what became known as Space Rock.

Initially the band built up an underground following by appearing free at many high profile festivals and events. The band enjoyed massive success both here and in America during the seventies with hit singles like 'Silver Machine' and albums such as 'Space Ritual' and 'Quark Strangeness and Charm' and managed to almost reinvent themselves at the end of the seventies briefly as the Hawklords before reverting back to Hawkwind for the eighties and beyond.

This show was filmed and recorded at the Treworgy Tree Fayre in July 1989 and the band line up at the time included Dave Brock, Simon House, Richard Chadwick, Harvey Bainbridge and Alan Davey. Special guests include Bridget Wishart and Steve Barnard. This 2-CD set is the soundtrack to the live DVD released in 2008 which contains the full audio portion of the concert and amongst the set list, the band performs key tracks such as 'Hassan I Sabha', 'Damnation Alley', 'Needle Gun', 'Ejection', 'The Golden Void' and 'Brainstorm'.

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Wild Winds Are Blowing

No, not an update on the current freezing temperatures in 991 towers, but something far more important… another prize collectible to add to your already impressive 45 stash. Prior to their reputation as being one of the loudest glam rock groups on the planet, both aurally and visually, Slade were […read more…]

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Classic album covers issued as stamps

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8444156.stm Classic album covers issued as stamps The stamps feature covers from artists including Primal Scream and David Bowie A series of classic album covers including Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and Parklife by Blur has been issued as a set of stamps by the Royal Mail. Other well-known record […read more…]

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Tuesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

EELS ‘End Times’ [Release Date 18/01/2010]
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The eighth EELS studio album, 'End Times,' is the sound of an artist growing older in uncertain times. An artist who has lost his great love while struggling with his faith in an increasingly hostile world teetering on self-destruction. Largely self-recorded on an old four track tape machine by EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett [aka E] in his Los Angeles basement, it's a "divorce album" with a modern twist: the artist equates his personal loss with the world he lives in losing its integrity. When Everett finds comfort "in a dying world," the 'End Times' he speaks of isn't about "Mayan calendar conspiracy theory bullshit," he says, but, "the state of the desperate times we live in. The bottom line-ness of it all. The end of common decency. The loss of caring about doing a good job. These are tough times. Who can you trust? Walter Cronkite is just a ghost."

While the last EELS album, Hombre Lobo tackled the subject of desire, "the before, the spark that ignites everything," Everett says, 'End Times' is about the other side: the after. And while 'Hombre Lobo' was written from the point of view of a fictional character, 'End Times' is pure real life.

Brutally unblinking, 'End Times' may be the 'Electro-Shock Blues' of break-up albums. While the 1998 EELS album 'Electro-Shock Blues' dealt with the untimely deaths of Everett's mother, father and sister, 'End Times' takes a hard look at losing love.

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