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Dylan Jones: 'The lack of music on television and the small size of CDs makes it hard for bands to market their image'
Saturday 16 July 2011
Twin Atlantic's "Free" is the impassioned sound of young Glasgow – fast, furious and repeatedly championed by Kerrang! magazine. The band have been around since 2007, playing festivals, getting sticky on YouTube, touring the US, and making the sort of baby pop metal that goes down well at uni. But until "Free" (the title track of their first proper album, two years on from the critically acclaimed mini-album Vivarium) they had yet to come up with a hook that might hint at immortality. As they use so much that has gone before them (their line-up, the genre, the form itself), these days groups like this – and it has to be said that there are many groups like this – find it difficult to get the traction they need.
Friday 08 July 2011
A member of roots-music group Donna the Buffalo for 20 years, the fiddler/accordionist Tara Nevins chose former Dylan sideman Larry Campbell to produce her first solo outing in over a decade.
Dylan Jones: 'Bob Dylan once kicked Phil Ochs out of his car saying, 'You’re not a folk singer, you're a journalist'
Saturday 02 July 2011
Barack Obama has never spoken of his fondness for the late Phil Ochs, and it is completely possible that he has never heard of him. One of America's foremost protest singers, he described himself as a "left social democrat", and during the Sixties became a staple at civil rights rallies, student sit-ins, and anti-Vietnam marches.
Tuesday 21 June 2011
Friday 17 June 2011
Seeking to expand his musical outlook beyond his purely gospel influences, "sacred steel" guitarist Robert Randolph hooked up with producer T-Bone Burnett, and found himself dropping $5,000 on iTunes in 18 months, catching up on things he'd never encountered (such as Chess Records).
Friday 17 June 2011
Dylan Jones:'Two Door Cinema Club look not unlike any other floppy-fringed boy band of the past 30 years'
Saturday 11 June 2011
If you see their jaunty pop promos – old-fashioned, so weirdly refreshing – or ever watch them live, County Down band Two Door Cinema Club (so named when guitarist Sam Halliday mispronounced the name of the local Bangor cinema, Tudor Cinema) sort of crouch down, curling over their instruments, as though they've possibly only just learnt to play them – carefully watching their fingers crawl up and down the fretboard, not entirely sure where they're going to end up. This is engaging, and makes them appear even younger than they are, the best boys in their class, beavering away under an imaginary glass ceiling, effervescent and jangly in equal measure. In preppy jumpers, plimsoles and sports jackets, with floppy fringes and smiles, they look not unlike Haircut 100, Orange Juice, or any other floppy-fringed boy band of the past 30 years.
Monday 06 June 2011
A one-off event paying tribute to Dylan's 70th birthday, Thea Gilmore's concert showcased her own re-recording of his John Wesley Harding album, interspersed with one or two musical and poetic asides.
Dylan Jones: 'In the Seventies, every band who wanted to leave an impression went to the Cambridge pub in the West End'
Saturday 04 June 2011
The Cambridge is still there, but it isn't the same. How could it be? The Cambridge pub sits on the north-west corner of Cambridge Circus in London's West End – in 1977, just 100 yards from the Marquee, 100 yards from the 100 Club, and only 50 yards from Central Saint Martins School of Art. From 1976 to 1980, the Cambridge was the most important pub in Soho, and every band who wanted to leave an impression usually ended up there, pumping money into the jukebox, drinking bottles of Pils, and throwing shapes in their leather jackets.
Friday 27 May 2011
A compilation of Dylan covers from various stages of her career, freshened up with four new recordings, Man in the Long Black Coat mines Barb Jungr's fascination with the septuagenarian troubadour with variable results.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
In a newly-discovered interview recorded at the height of his fame, folk legend Bob Dylan admitted being suicidal and having a heroin addiction.
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