Electronics and production - Delia Derbyshire
There’s nothing more exciting in music than an adventurous and brave spirit.
Vocals and performance - James Brown
James could sing and act as band leader. He seems pretty good at getting everyone on the same page and I like the “everything serves the rhythm” approach.
Guitar and electronics - Bjorn Copeland
Bjorn plays in a band called Black Dice. He’s got an inventive approach to the guitar and is always coming up with cool sounds. Perhaps he’d bring a geometric eye to the process here. Bjorn also makes really great visual art.
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
1/5 Mark Lanegan Band - touring from 20 January
The most intriguing performance prospect of a fairly docile January is the arrival of the Mark Lanegan Band for a clutch of shows in support of the recent masterly album Phantom Radio. Expect soul-ravaged blues fatalism as Lanegan confronts dark memories and apocalyptic visions with apparent sangfroid, his baritone croon traversing soundscapes of chugging electropop, spiralling guitars and courtly pop melancholy.
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2/5 Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night released 2 February
An album on which Dylan sings Sinatra, a performer in whose voice he claimed to hear "death, God, the universe, everything". He's eschewing the usual swaddling orchestrations in favour of relaxed small-combo versions, recorded with his own band. They're not cover versions, he explains: "They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter of fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
3/5 The War on Drugs - touring from 16 February
2014's breakout US indie band will arrive for a string of British dates. Songwriter/frontman Adam Granduciel's blending of Dylanesque vocals, stadium-pop melodies and guitar drones should appeal to fans of Neil Young and My Bloody Valentine alike, and these shows offer the perfect opportunity to check whether they’re as loud and overbearing as Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek claims in his amusing song "War on Drugs: Suck My Cock". Thankfully, music is big enough to accommodate both.
4/5 The Jesus and Mary Chain - touring from 16 February
Having bowed to the demand to perform their debut Psychocandy in its entirety – a move that places them firmly in the rock-heritage classicist ranks, rather than the punk-nihilist cadre of their original 1980s inception – the re-formed Mary Chain take their sweet white whine around the country. Expect: great tunes; loud feedback. Don’t expect: a revolution.
5/5 Nicki Minaj - touring from 28 March
Initial reaction to Nicki Minaj's new album The Pinkprint is mixed, but however its more assertively autobiographical songs transfer to the live arena, bangers like "Want Some More" and "Anaconda" suggest that her upcoming shows should pack some punch. And the flamboyant diva can surely be relied on to put on a show. But what will be the colour-scheme? Think pink.
Drums - Carlton Barrett
Carlton played with the Wailers and is known as the inventor of the one drop rhythm. I like the rhythmic bent of reggae and dub music and I like how relaxed the rhythms feel.
Bass - Cliff Burton
Cliff was the original bassist for Metallica. I like the energy of his playing and of the band in their early stages. There’s an aggression to it that I’m really into.
Lead guitar - Brian May
Brian would sing a bit and play synths as well if he’d like. “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” are certainly two of my favourite pieces of music.
Panda Bear plays the Brixton Electric, London SW9, on 4 March. His album, ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’, is out now on DominoReuse content