Hazel Sheffield ventured to Bristol this July to witness the third anniversary of local indie + promoters Howling Owl. Label co-founder Joe Hatt offers an update on the interesting interim months. "The article certainly ruffled a few feathers in Bristol, but we knew it would and it comes with the territory; seeing our little world in print way, way, way outweighed any grumblings. The whole weekend Hazel was there for was a real culmination of all the work everyone has put in over the past three years, and we were proud to show outsiders the monster we've created.
June 1990. I hate my job, the office, the walls, most of the people, the sheer pointlessness of it all and even after a year of working here I don't really have much of an idea of what it is I'm supposed to be doing. Files folders, searches, phone calls. The smoking room, a small windowless office filled with half-seen fag jockeys creating skysworth of smoke clouds that cling to my cheap suit and 'fro, is the only respite from the whiny superior and daytime radio one with it's wallpaper pop and songs about summer. Yuck.
This week's NME looks at 11 of the UK's thriving DIY scenes. But why is DIY important? How do you get involved? What challenges does it face in 2014?
This could well be the cleverest music of the video of the year so far. Ever wanted to see you favourite album covers come to life? Roy Kafri, a visual effects artist, singer and beatboxer from Israel, at your service. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beastie Boys, Lou Reed, Run DMC, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Françoise Hardy, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, and more.
23-year-old Brooklyn newcomer Mitski Miyawaki releases her new album 'Bury Me At Make Out Creek' on November 11, an album that doesn't flinch once detailing the maddening brutalities of love and the far-flung fringes of insanity it pushes us towards. "One word from you and I would jump off this ledge, baby," she pledges sternly over melancholy keyboards on woozy, last-dance-at-prom slow grind 'First Love / Late Spring', after yearning for "a love that falls as fast as a body from a balcony' over noise-pop guitars on 'Townie'.