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Saturday 29 December 2012
The Holy Grail of audiophile pop: The Beatles' entire output re-pressed on 180g vinyl, 16 records accompanied by a lavishly bound hardback book, all packaged in the sturdiest of boxes.
Saturday 15 December 2012
When Elektra's Jac Holzman first commissioned future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye to compile Nuggets, back at the start of the Seventies, the intention was simply to collect overlooked Sixties gems worthy of rescue from oblivion.
Sunday 11 November 2012
This is another one of those indispensable compilations where you can only marvel at the heroic dedication of the man who put it together.
Sunday 21 October 2012
Maybe it's no coincidence that the cover of this Brazilian modernist's latest shows a world dissolved by a rain-washed car windscreen.
Thursday 18 October 2012
The club drug Mexxy - which has been blamed for a series of deaths this year - is to be made illegal.
Sunday 19 August 2012
The drugs that made them Savages
Sunday 05 August 2012
Not usually considered one of the world's top labels, Vanguard – set up in New York in 1950 by the blacklist-busting Solomon brothers – struck gold with the folk, blues and old-timey revivals of the 1960s, celebrated in this terrific four-CD collection.
Sunday 10 June 2012
Sooner than you could say "one-hit wonder", Sam Sparro sank from the public eye.
Saturday 12 May 2012
Saturday 05 May 2012
Psychedelia and sunshine fuel a classy reinvention
Friday 10 February 2012
Friday 13 August 2010
You'd never guess from Alive As You Are that Darker My Love's Tim Presley and Rob Barbato were once part of The Fall: this third album from their Los Angeles quintet shows that the kind of psychedelia they're interested in is not the garage psych-rock beloved of Mark E. Smith, but a more refined strain rooted in the sylvan harmonies and cosmic sentiments of West Coast alumni such as The Byrds and Grateful Dead.
Friday 17 July 2009
"Black has yet to score a chart hit, which is a shame given the flashes of genuine talent on show. It's these flashes, however, that highlight the shortcomings of some of the other tracks, leaving plenty of room for improvement for that difficult second album." - musicomh.com
Friday 10 July 2009
Smith's notion of finding the men who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972 is brilliant, necessary (only nine of the 12 are still alive) and wonderfully realised. The ironic thing about this brief adventure is that it was only the straightest of individuals who made the biggest trip of the psychedelic era.
Sunday 24 February 2008
Unfashionable, unloved and barely even functioning as a group, LA's Radar Bros might wish to consider changing their name to Under the Radar Bros. Big shame. Because 12 years and five albums in, 'Auditorium' is head brother Jim Putnam's finest hour, the point at which his love of 1960s psychedelia and country music merges effortlessly into one harmonious, happy/sad celebration – think early Floyd, Midlake and 'Friends'-era Beach Boys. Wikipedia-sourced aside: Putnam's father, Bill, is widely credited as being the "father of modern recording", pioneering the use of echo chambers. Daddy would be proud.
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