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Vinyl is shedding its image as a retro novelty as a new generation discovers cover art, liners and great sound

Last Night's Viewing: The Apprentice, BBC1
Evidently...John Cooper Clarke, BBC4

I'd love to see the shooting schedule for the Apprentice second unit crew. After eight series, the rhetorical flourishes in the programme have become so predictable now that you feel they could film all the nuts and bolts with which the narrative is held together in a single busy day. So 10.00 to 10.30 would be spent on Karen Head Shakes and another half an hour after that on Nick's Wincing and Brow Furrowing.

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It's time for Britpop's Bright Young Things to take centre stage

New bands should take top billing at the big festivals, says Emily Mackay

Rebecca Tyrrel: Mel Gibson's defenders recollect his rare gift for simulating fart noises'

Who knew that Mel Gibson has a horseshoe kidney? This congenital disorder affects about 1 in 400 people whose two kidneys are melded together into one giant organ. The extent to which this may explain why Gibson is such a gigantic organ himself is not clear. While side effects can include kidney stones, infections and tumours, there is no evidence that it heightens the risk of misogyny, homophobia, racism or anti-Semitism. Gibson is the only known super-kidney celeb on the planet, and it would be irresponsible to draw conclusions from a study group of one.

Warner Bros is shelving The Maccabees, and writer Joe Eszterhas wrote a nine-page letter to Mel Gibson giving his detailed opinion on why the plug was pulled

Film dumped but Hollywood make 'Mad Mel' sequel

For two decades, Mel Gibson was at the top of the Hollywood tree. Building on his successes as an actor, he won an Oscar in 1996 for directing Braveheart and routinely commanded salaries of more than $20 million.

Kapil Trivedi, Mystery Jets

One Minute With: Tim Lott, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Album: Graham Coxon, A+E (Parlophone)

Regrettably, the more intriguing acoustic explorations of 2009's The Spinning Top appear to have been but a momentary aberration for Graham Coxon, as A+E finds him reverting to the lo-fi strategies of earlier solo outings.

How Soon Is Now?, By Richard King

To the younger generation of music fans, "indie" is a genre, a ubiquitous term used to describe artfully scruffy purveyors of white-boy guitar pop. In the late Seventies and Eighties, however, it was an abbreviation of "independent", used to distinguish the small, self-financed, artist-friendly record labels - the type started in garages, garden sheds and behind the counters of record shops - from their corporate counterparts.

Soldier killed in Afghanistan blast named

A soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan was named today as Captain Rupert Bowers.

On song: on her latest album, 'Metals', Feist has steered clear of commercialism to explore more intimate subject matter

Time to show her creative metal

When Apple used her quirky 1234 in an ad, Feist's popularity soared. Now she's ready to go  deeper, she tells James McNair

On song: on her latest album, 'Metals', Feist has steered clear of commercialism to explore more intimate subject matter

Leslie Feist: 'Metals has been about me regaining my self respect'

When Apple used her quirky 1234 for an ad campaign, Feist's popularity soared. But now she’s ready to go a little deeper, she tells James McNair

Album: We Are Augustines, Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Oxcart)

Brooklyn trio We Are Augustines' debut album sounds like it's been pieced together with spare parts from various other big indie-rock bands.

Florence Welch took the Best Solo Artist award

Florence Welch beats Adele in double NME award triumph

Adele’s run of award-winning success has finally been brought to an end after Florence + The Machine triumphed with a double win at the NME awards.

Caught in the Net: The stripping-down of Justin the Bon

For a while now, UK label 4AD have been presenting artfully shot videos of bands from their roster performing their music in studio settings – with the likes of Gang Gang Dance and St Vincent appearing at 4ad.com/sessions.

The pop stars hooked to the silver screen

Cinema's styles and stories have been a rich resource for singers such as Lana Del Rey. It's a fertile attraction, says Gillian Orr

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How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

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