With this year's Record Store Day (April 19) fast approaching, we spoke to Chuck D about his stance on the event. Here, the [a]Public Enemy[/a] man and Record Store Day Ambassador outlines his vision for the future of music retail: "I come from DJ culture. We DJs recognise the importance of records and the importance of music culture. Independent record stores have enhanced the curation of records and music as it's matured. The stores we musicians were influenced by are places that breathed life into us as music-makers, as well as music collectors.
Baltimore’s Jenn Wasner isn’t just one of crunchy American indie’s most prolific new voices – she’s one of its most reliable too. Since 2011, she’s released albums fronting grungey brooders Wye Oak, post-Cocteau dream-poppers Flock Of Dimes and dancey ’90s throwback Dungeonesse – all great records, but each curiously overlooked, at least compared Maryland peers Beach House, Animal Collective et al. Now back in the Wye Oak saddle, her latest release, ‘Shriek’, should see her and collaborator Andy Stack finally get the credit they deserve.
One of the highlights of Coachella last weekend was Arcade Fire inviting Debbie Harry up on stage for a special rendition of ‘Heart of Glass’ at Coachella. It was one of those rare moments when a live version trumps its studio recording. And it got us thinking - what other live tracks show up their original versions?
It’s been 20 years since the release of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ eighth album, ‘Let Love In’, a record notable not just for Nick’s slicked back mullet on the cover, but for the way he faultlessly treads the line between poet and pervert. Featuring ‘Red Right Hand’, which has been covered by everyone from Arctic Monkeys to FIDLAR, the LP's status as a classic is uncontested.
This week on NME.com we've been asking readers for the records that changed their lives. Every music fan has a record that impacted them so profoundly they can't imagine their life without - and musicians themselves are no different. Here's Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on his, Gravediggaz' brilliant hip-hop trip, '6 Feet Deep'... I first heard '6 Feet Deep' in the fall of 1997 from my older brother Joel.