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Queens of the Stone Age - Secrets of the Sound

With the band currently working on the follow-up to their 2007 album 'Era Vulgaris', Josh Homme and co have lifted the lid on their recording process in a spoof interview with UK comedian Matt Berry,

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Glasgow teen jingle janglers Clouds, shot in 1987 by Martin Whitehead

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Norman Blake, John Charnley, Gino Lonta, Bill Charnley, Andy Brady of short-lived cool Glasgow teen jingle janglers Clouds, shot in 1987 by Martin Whitehead
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clouds - "Tranquil"

The Clouds were a Glasgow-based indie pop band from the 1980s, fronted by brothers John and Bill Charnley. The Clouds had a hit on the UK Indie Chart in 1988 with "Tranquil," (on the Subway Organisation label), reaching number 13. The released track included John on guitar and vocals, Bill on keyboard and vocals, Gino Ionta on drums, Andy Brady on bass guitar and Norman Blake on lead guitar and backing vocals.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Bangladeafy - "Say It With Your Chest"

Bangladeafy! is a band that's hard to forget after a first listen. They take a mathy, complex, progressive approach to metal without resulting obnoxious. They tow a unique line somewhere between metal and electronica, using arpeggiating synths to compliment complex percussion patterns and distorted guitars. This band is, without a doubt, carving a new path for metal in the tech age. .Andrew Strader.


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Meat Whiplash, 1985 Photography J C Brouchard

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Meat Whiplash, 1985 Photography J C Brouchard, courtesy of Sam Knee (author of A Scene In Between)
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Meat Whiplash - "Don't Slip Up"

Meat Whiplash were one of the first bands to be signed to Alan McGee's Creation Records.This was the only single the band ever released. In 1985 it spent 19 weeks on the UK Indie Singles chart and peaked at number 3. The band toured with their East Kilbride neighbours The Jesus & Mary Chain and this track sounds like it could quite easily have been on the Mary Chain's classic album "Psychocandy". Meat Whiplash was an alternative rock band from East Kilbride, Scotland.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC — Adam and the Ants Adam and the Ants

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‘THE WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING WORLD OF MARK E. SMITH’

‘THE WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING WORLD OF MARK E. SMITH’ The Fall were famously the favorite band of legendary BBC DJ John Peel—the Fall recorded a whopping 24 Peel sessions, the most of any act, and the 2005 box set containing all of them is essential listening for any Fall devotee—the second disc in particular is fucking great. The BBC documentary The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith obviously cribs its name from the Fall’s similarly titled album of 1984. The program documents the Fall’s origins, including their first recording session, which was financed by Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon, through their furtive (Brix-fueled) attempts at wider popularity in the 1980s, to their, or rather, his more or less current status as undeniably batshit punk elder. The interview features interviews with past members Una Baines, Marc Riley, and Steve Hanley as well as (of course) tons of commentary from Smith himself, virtually all of which is damned hard to understand for U.S. viewers, which of course adds to the charm and mystique of it all. 


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Siouxsie rocking with her old friend – the Vox Teardrop

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Banana: After 50 years the ultimate Warhol Velvet Underground mystery is finally (almost) solved!!

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It was fifty years ago this week that the future began with the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, and his banana. The destruction and rebuilding of rock ‘n’ roll music as it then existed commenced. This was all taking place even though only a few people knew about it at the time. The right few, as always. I have to think that anyone reading this knows the history of the Velvet Underground so I’m not going to rehash it here.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Pop Group - "Where There's A Will"

 Originally released as 7” single in 1980 and unavailable for several decades, 'Where There’s A Will' has been remastered from original tape for reissue as the opening track of The Pop Group’s compilation of rarities 'Cabinet of Curiosities'. An incendiary dance, it revels as much as it rebels. The song unleashes a feral form of torn, breakneck agit-funk with its potent urgency and savagely scathing vitality undimmed since its original release. A breathless torrent of writhing deviant disco bassline and volcanic free jazz sax, the song is electrified by Mark Stewart’s vocals, a rasping blitz of politically-charged calls for defiance and solidarity. The countercultural militant message is delivered as a hysterical, riotous spree, as Gareth Sager (guitar, sax) explains, “The group’s best attempt to mix a message with a groove plus some real free playing. If you’re really unhinged you may be able to dance to this.” The 'Where There’s A Will' video, which reworks rare footage of the band performing the song on Belgian TV in 1980, has been realised by The Pop Group’s visual collaborator, NY based artist Rupert Goldsworthy, The Pop Group formed in Bristol in 1977 out of a sense of disenchantment with the increasing conservatism of punk. Drawing on an eclectic range of influences from free jazz, conscious funk, heavyweight dub to avant-garde experimentalism, alongside contemporaries like Public Image Limited, This Heat and Throbbing Gristle, they were at the forefront of a musical period marked out by its ground-breaking innovation.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (2/2)

Factory Records released the Happy Mondays’ second album Bummed, which was the band’s first real breakthrough, and the Granada TV show Information Technology in the U.K. released an episode depicting the business decisions that went into what proved to be one of the touchstones of acid house culture. The documentary, which lasts about 20 minutes, takes us through three “Decisions,” those being “Recording Budget,” “Promotion Budget,” and “How Many to Make.” The strategy the filmmakers adopt is mostly fly-on-the-wall, so viewers have to glean information as best they can. The affable Tony Wilson is our guide through some of the process, during which we see Tony Michaelides, Factory head of PR, grumbling about Shaun Ryder and Co. failing to appear for a radio interview; the esteemed producer Martin Hannett twiddling knobs at a console while the band lays down tracks; and manager Nathan McGough patiently explaining that Happy Mondays are worth the trouble even though they are a pain in the ass. We also see the band and their friends at Central Station Design deciding on the album artwork as well as what the first single should be. (It was “Wrote for Luck.”) The program ends with a glimpse of the band playing a show at Dingwalls on January 9, 1989. In the clip, the song they are singing is “Do It Better.” Features some decent footage of Bez doing his Bez “freaky dancing.” 

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The Happy Mondays on the Staten Island Ferry, New York, 15th August 1987

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UNDER THE RADAR: Fazerdaze - "Lucky Girl"

Yet another product of the flourishing Antipodean music scene, Fazerdaze is the new project from New Zealand native Amelia Murray. Following on from her well received self-released single Little Uneasy, Amelia is set to release Morningside, her debut album, this summer on the legendary Flying Nun Records.This week she has shared the video to new single, Lucky Girl. Morningside is out May 5th via Flying Nun Records. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Baby Shakes - "Summer Sun"

This year's Best of NYC band is Baby Shakes, a power-pop/garage rock four-piece (there's a ghost member in the band) that knows how to have fun. The band's catalogue is pleasantly varied, with everything from relaxed surf rock tunes to easy rock-n-rollers to borderline punk, heavy-hitters. Though the expert guitar work of Mary Blount and Judy Lindsay is apparent, featuring harmonization, synchronized riffs, and the occasional shredtastic solo, what really makes Baby Shakes so infectious is the raw force and high energy of their songs. It's something you can pick up on even through earbuds. Be on the lookout for their new album Turn It Up out this spring. .Andrew Strader.


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Jesus and Mary Chain, soundchecking at Ziggys club, Plymouth, 1985 Photography Valerie Hicks

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Jesus and Mary Chain, soundchecking at Ziggys club, Plymouth, 1985 Photography Valerie Hicks, courtesy of Sam Knee (author of A Scene In Between)
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THE CLASSIC L.A. PUNK TV SHOW ‘NEW WAVE THEATRE’ - Episode 14

New Wave Theatre had an frenetic DIY vibe that perfectly mirrored the energy of the L.A. punk and new wave scenes.
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UNDER THE RADAR: The Magnetic Fields - "'71 I Think I'll Make Another World"

 Magnetic Fields’ main man, Stephin Merritt, is no stranger to a sizeable project, his most famous album is after all a three disc, three-hour long, 69 song opus covering almost every aspect of love you can imagine. So writing an album of fifty songs, one for every year of your life, well that seems a pretty straight forward task in comparison. Started on his 50th birthday, 50 Song Memoir, which was released on Nonesuch last week, is in many ways his musical auto-biography. A treasure trove of non-fiction events; an intimidating but brilliant collection, it’s the sort of record you feel as a listener, you probably won’t truly get your head around for many months, years, even lifetimes to come. This week to promote the release, The Magnetic Fields have shared videos for a number of tracks from the record, our favourite of which is, ’71 I Think I’ll Make Another World. Set when Stephin was six, it finds him dreaming of starting a new world, and the freedom that would come with his own planet, as he sings, “it may not start very large, but no-one else will be in charge”. Musically it builds around a gently strummed mandolin, and sonorous, soaring strings, a bit like Scott Walker if he ever did anything lo-fi. It’s a fine introduction to the 50 Song Memoir, a record which in time might just go down as Stephin’s finest work. 50 Song Memoir is out now via Nonesuch.


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UNDER THE RADAR: Feist - "Pleasure"

Leslie Feist announced this week that she’ll soon release Pleasure, her first album since Metals in 2011. “Pleasure,” the new album’s opener and title track it’s an intriguing foretaste of what’s to come: surprisingly lo-fi, bluesy, and ferocious on a PJ Harvey wave while maintaining the understated grace and fortitude that has always marked Feist’s best records. .stereogum

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UNDER THE RADAR: Kasabian - "You're In Love With a Psycho"

The Leicester band have been making all sorts of pronouncements of late, but for fans the wait is finally over. New album 'For Crying Out Loud' will be released on April 28th, with Kasabian leading with a brand new single 'You're In Love With A Psycho'. 


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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (1/2)

Factory Records released the Happy Mondays’ second album Bummed, which was the band’s first real breakthrough, and the Granada TV show Information Technology in the U.K. released an episode depicting the business decisions that went into what proved to be one of the touchstones of acid house culture. The documentary, which lasts about 20 minutes, takes us through three “Decisions,” those being “Recording Budget,” “Promotion Budget,” and “How Many to Make.” The strategy the filmmakers adopt is mostly fly-on-the-wall, so viewers have to glean information as best they can. The affable Tony Wilson is our guide through some of the process, during which we see Tony Michaelides, Factory head of PR, grumbling about Shaun Ryder and Co. failing to appear for a radio interview; the esteemed producer Martin Hannett twiddling knobs at a console while the band lays down tracks; and manager Nathan McGough patiently explaining that Happy Mondays are worth the trouble even though they are a pain in the ass. We also see the band and their friends at Central Station Design deciding on the album artwork as well as what the first single should be. (It was “Wrote for Luck.”) The program ends with a glimpse of the band playing a show at Dingwalls on January 9, 1989. In the clip, the song they are singing is “Do It Better.” Features some decent footage of Bez doing his Bez “freaky dancing.” 


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