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Vocals - Ari Up
She was the lead vocalist of The Slits and she has such an incredible, weird voice. She's amazing and always does a good job.

Album: Joan As Police Woman, Cover (Reveal)

Cover is Joan Wasser's Pin-Ups, a compilation of cover versions that reveals much about her approach to music.

Caught in the Net: Tender is the night for Blur

As the hype surrounding Blur's summer reunion reaches a crescendo, it's worth noting something Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth said in 2007 while surveying the reunion tours of contemporaries The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.

Caught in the Net: In search of a Hook

I'm a bit behind on this one, but you can't keep up with them all. Hook and the Twin are an interesting new duo, whose first single "Race for the Bone" has been getting a decent amount of attention. It's a neat package of minimal, angular post-punk sounding funk that comes on like ESG in their early Eighties heyday; though this is less a South Bronx story and more an east London one, predictably enough. But don't hold that against them. It's a fine tune and can be picked up on iTunes or heard on their MySpace, www.myspace.com/hookandthetwin. Look out too for the rather strange video for the song made by graphic artist William Hall, which utilises lashings of an odd "non-newtonian" sludge called oobleck, which I'm told is made from corn syrup and water – tinyurl.com/ktyr4b. Another song by the band can be picked up for free from RCRD LBL – tinyurl.com/l4627k. Called "Transport", it's a nice effort which follows in a similar vain as the previous track, but also has more of a robotic electronic chug to it. They play at Bar Music Hall in London tonight.

Album: Sonic Youth, The Eternal, (Matador)

You really have to hand it to Sonic Youth: album number 15, with the band's mainstays all in their fifties really is some time for a band to hit their peak.

Credo: Kim Gordon

Singer and guitarist, Sonic Youth, 55

My Fantasy Band - Alison Mosshart, The Kills

Vocals - Captain Beefheart
Captain Beefheart, or Don Van Vliet, to give him his real name, is the greatest. He sounds haunting, forceful, confident and humorous, of the future and of the past, all wrapped up in one whip of the tongue.

Chuck Palahniuk talks sex dolls, strippers and the one subject he won't write about

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The sunshine boys: Brooklyn's Nada Surf have bounced back with an album of upbeat pop

Their latest album might be called Lucky but Nada Surf's 15-year career has been anything but. Even their name causes misconceptions: it's so redolent of Californian sunshine that at least one rock encyclopaedia has listed them as natives of Los Angeles – yet they hail from Brooklyn.

The Twilight Sad, 100 Club, London

“It means a lot you came out tonight. We don’t expect it, a small band from Glasgow. We’ve been down a few times and you didn’t come then,” The Twilight Sad’s singer James Graham says wryly. Perhaps it’s the former Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton’s recent endorsements of the band that have lured the sizeable crowd.

Cult Classics: 'Histoire de Melody Nelson', Serge Gainsbourg (1971)

Considered in the UK to be his best recording, Histoire de Melody Nelson continues, thematically, where Gainsbourg's hit "Je t'aime moi non plus" left off. Technically a concept work (albeit barely 28 minutes long), it was recorded in London.

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