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Dylan Jones: 'These days I never listen to any punk albums, but play The Eagles at least once a month'

I've received some pretty angry letters in my time, but even I was surprised by the negative attention I got after casually mentioning that I quite liked The Eagles. I'd simply said that while it was fashionable in the late Seventies to listen to Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols rather than any album by The Eagles, these days I almost never listen to any punk albums, but play One of These Nights and On the Border at least once a month. I've still got a Sex Pistols poster I ripped off the reception wall at the Roxy, but I honestly can't remember the last time I played "Bodies".

Edwyn Collins: The pop star who answered the call of nature

After a serious illness in 2005, post-punk pioneer Edwyn Collins found solace – and therapy – in drawing.

Coldplay inspired by Ash

Coldplay's new record features a track inspired by Ash's 'Dare To Dream'.

James Corrigan: Exuberant Ashton is a joy to watch – but his swallow dive deserves the boot

Ashton has to take note of the Italian reaction after his first try. At least one of theirnumber was visibly unhappy with his showboating

The rocksteady rise of Rastaman vibrations

An upcoming BBC documentary tells the story of reggae in Britain, from its ska roots to UB40. Elisa Bray goes uptown top ranking

Gang of Four, Rough Trade East, London

Punk poets are still a potent force

Album: Hercules & Love Affair, Blue Songs (Moshi Moshi)

Andy Butler looks like a man who has stepped straight off a sweaty Studio 54 dancefloor after a particularly debauched night in 1979.

Album: Mama Rosin, Black Robert (Gut Feeling)

The Swiss Cajun/punk trio's third album is a little more introspective – although introspective is a relative term when it comes to these lovers of the rowdy and ramshackled.

Album: White Noise Sound, White Noise Sound (Alive Natural Sound)

Like White Lies, Swansea sextet White Noise Sound are heavily beholden to the sound of Eighties indie, in their case the ponderous, looming space-rock of Spacemen 3 and razoring, distorted guitar of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Wire, Rough Trade East, London

The dial is not turned quite up to 11 at tonight's in-store show: epochal post-punk band they may be, but Wire are, still, in their fifties, and they trickle on to a bizarrely polite smattering of applause.

Japan Underground club night set to tour the UK

Someone once said that New York is the city that never sleeps. They obviously haven't been to Tokyo. Japan Underground is a music club night touring the UK next month, bringing Tokyo's music scene and alternative nightlife to London, Birmingham, Brighton and Nottingham.

Album: Wire, Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag)

There's something jarring about hearing 56-year-old Colin Newman spit a couplet as snotty and adolescent as "Fuck off out of my face/ You take up too much space".

Album: WIREed, Barked Tree (Pink Flag)

Wire's saving grace has usually been the minimalist cleanliness of their structures, which have the undemonstrative firmness and cool solidity of Barnett Newman's colour-field canvases.

Album: Various Artists, Dirty Water: the Birth of Punk Attitude (Year Zero)

Ingeniously compiled by journalist Kris Needs to include little or no bona fide punk-rock music at all, the two-CD set Dirty Water traces the development of "punk" as a notion of musical dissent, a matter of antagonistic primitivism rather than style and three-chord Stalinism.

Albums of the year: Electronica

Depending on which side you approached it from, Caribou's Swim was either the most snake-hipped indie record you heard all year, or the most appealingly fuzzy-edged house album.

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