Album review: The Mountain Goats, All Hail West Texas (Merge)

All Hail West Texas may be the quintessential Mountain Goats album. An expanded reissue of a 2002 release, it was the last in their classic lo-fi style, featuring just head Goat John Darnielle making one-take recordings onto a broken boombox. The chief virtue is the immediacy that courses through tracks like “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” and “Fall of the Star High School Running Back”. Darnielle's tableaux of Texas characters like the piratical “Jenny” and the drifter of “Distant Stations” are sketched with skill.

Debt collection companies can be persistent

Britain in debt: Half of UK adults 'living on financial edge'

A nation of Britons 'living for now' are infact living on the edge when it comes to finances

Toyota stopped sending money to the Food Bank, and instead sent its engineers

The firms who reckon time is the new money: Companies offering staff and services instead of cash to charities

Corporate social responsibility is now being encouraged by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Today’s school leavers are becoming 'savvier' in shopping around for alternative career routes

Traditional three-year university is not only path to top, CBI tells teenagers

Teenagers should be told to drop the idea that a traditional three-year university degree course is the only route to a top job, Britain’s businesses warn today.

Michael Gove visits Durand Academy School in Stockwell in 2011

Scaled down: State boarding school planned in countryside for inner-city pupils drops sixth form for now

Durand Academy says it still intends to submit proposals for a sixth-form block at a later stage

Professor Dallas Willard: Philosopher who championed the cause of evangelicalism

Professor Dallas Willard: Philosopher who championed the cause of evangelicalism

People have more control over their feelings than is often realised, he believed

William Shatner: The Star Trek actor starred in a science fiction film called Incubus in 2003, which was made entirely in Esperanto – but with English subtitles – in an attempt to promote the language

Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton? Esperanto speakers launch new drive to gain international recognition

Language was devised 125 years ago, but to be fair it has had an up and down history

Increasing numbers of primary school children permanently excluded over disruptive behaviour

Numbers reveal 200 excluded for assaulting an adult and 120 for assaulting a classmate

The Most Rev Justin Welby

Welby denounces ‘evil’ and ‘inexcusable’ attacks on Muslims

The Archbishop of Canterbury declared that he does not want to live in a “monocultural” society as he condemned “unacceptable” and “inexcusable” attacks on Muslims over recent weeks.

Most offences involved parents using fake addresses

School cheats: Checks on lying parents top 1,000

Number of families who provide a false address for their children soars

Instead of expensive gifts for teachers, how about parents thank them? It means more, and it's free

Why have we got ourselves into the silly position of thinking that every teacher has to be bought a present at the end of every school year?

Leafy encounter: Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones give subtle performances in Drake Doremus's 'Breathe In'

Film review: Breathe In (15)

Love lessons in a strictly minor key

Under the moves pupils would be ranked and placed in ten per cent bands on a national scale

Nick Clegg denies schools will be 'exam sausage factories' under plans to test five-year-olds and rank primary school pupils

Nick Clegg denied that plans to test five-year-olds and rank primary school pupils would turn the education system into an “exam sausage factory”.

Teachers are only human - any school reform measures must take account of this

Experience shows you should not underestimate the extent to which the accountability system encourages teachers to act in certain ways

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 17 April 2015
Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence