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Maybe when you are Brazil’s most revered percussionist (Vasconcelos has played with Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny among others) you feel obliged to stretch the bashing-and-tapping-things envelope. For there doesn’t appear to be any musical reason for what sounds like underwater conga playing or, for that matter, rigorous crisp packet shaking.

The top 40 album releases reveals that the tastes of the British public are nothing if not eclectic

Well, it is jubilee year... Queen's 'Greatest Hits' is Britain's best-selling album of past half-century

Kings of camp rock join Beatles with two entries in Top 40 – but the Stones are nowhere to be seen

Sir Paul warns One Direction over becoming 'the next Beatles'

Sir Paul McCartney has warned chart sensations One Direction about the "pressure" of being the next big thing.

Usher's new single Climax has an intense beat

The Jayhawks, The Barbican, London 

The Jayhawks are one the great unsung American bands of the 20 century. Gary Louris and Mark Olson, the chief songwriters and mainstays of this sensational country-rock act, are comparable to Squeeze luminaries Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, only without the hits and acclaim.

The Jayhawks at The Barbican, London 

The Jayhawks are one the great unsung American bands of the 20 century. Gary Louris and Mark Olson, the chief songwriters and mainstays of this sensational country-rock act, are comparable to Squeeze luminaries Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, only without the hits and acclaim.

Suited and booted or nearly naked? Savile Row has both types

It's war between the old buffers and the buff boys

US brand Abercrombie & Fitch stands accused of lowering the tone of London's Savile Row – again

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Murder!.

Will Engelbert join these Eurovision greats - or disasters?

As the 75-year-old crooner steps up as this year's hopeful, we take a look at the UK's hits and misses

Engelbert Humperdinck has been chosen as the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest

Engelbert Humperdinck to tackle Eurovision

Veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, whose last top 10 hit was 42 years ago has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Album: Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom (Mercury/Hear Music)

Why, Paul, why? The flinch-inducing title, lifted from Fats Waller's "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", suggests that McCartney lacks anyone to tell him when he's had a terrible idea.

Album: The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time (Rounder)

It is spectacular bad timing, now that such as Jonathan Wilson, Dawes and Kalli are spearheading a full Laurel Canyon country-rock revival, for The Jayhawks to release their most insipid, uninspired album in years.

Album: Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, True Love Cast Out All Evil (Chemikal Underground)

America's very own Syd Barrett, 13th Floor Elevators founder Roky Erickson virtually invented psychedelia and garage-rock before drug abuse and paranoid schizophrenia left him committed to a mental asylum for years.

Album: Barney Wilen and His AFRB, Dear Prof Leary (MPS)

Completely mad 1968 European free-jazz/acid rock mash-up, with French saxophonist Wilen (he played with Miles Davis) leading a double trio – one jazz, one rock – with Joachim Kuhn on keyboards and Aldo Romano on drums among the musicians.

Album: The Avett Brothers, I and Love and You (American Recordings)

The man can even make Gogol Bordello sound great.

Album: The Jayhawks, Music from the North Country, (Sony)

In an ideal world, a best of the Jayhawks would shift so many copies that the second-hand racks would be full of them, like a 21st- century Best of the Eagles. In reality, this genre-defining alt.country act will probably shift a few thousand units of this rareties, out-takes and track after glorious track of mega-hits-that-never-were collection and then go back to obscurity wondering what they hell they have to do to break through to the other side. This appalling state of affairs can be rectified. The Jayhawks' future is in your hands.

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