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Richard Russell

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

XL's Richard Russell: 'Bobby Womack Was The Real Thing'

In the week he was due to play in London and headline Womad, XL Records boss Richard Russell remembers soul star Bobby Womack, who died on June 27 aged 70 My initial experiences with Bobby were as a fan. In the ’80s I used to listen to a DJ on Radio London called Robbie Vincent, who had a soul show. That was the first place I heard Bobby. His career had multiple phases. There was the ’70s phase, songs such as ‘Across 110th Street’, but he was also a big name in the ’80s. I got to know him through his big records at the time, which were ‘The Poet’ and ‘The Poet II’.


Anne T. Donahue

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

Why I'm Gutted Beyoncé's Involved In The 50 Shades Of Grey Movie

I, like billions of other people on this planet, love Beyoncé. I think her music is wonderful, her persona is brilliant, her work ethic is beyond, and I respect the shit out of her dedication to feminism. Which is why I’m so disappointed that she’s involved in 50 Shades of Grey. Now look, I know we’ve all got to get paid. I know that Beyoncé’s also got to get paid, and I know Beyoncé wouldn’t be Beyoncé if she didn’t align herself with high-profile brands or films or whomever else she chooses to work with. Beyoncé is a businesswoman.


Euan L Davidson

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Commonwealth Games' Portrait Of Scottish Music Sucked - It's Scotland's DIY Scene That's Thriving

The Commonwealth Games began on Wednesday (July 24) in Glasgow with an opening ceremony that seemed like it had been bought in a rush at a Falkirk petrol station. Dancing Tunnock Teacakes! A twee version of ‘500 Miles’! Tartan everywhere! Rod Stewart pranced about for a bit looking like the offspring of a parrot and a garden broom. Susan Boyle was there. John Barrowman’s singing was probably the most offensive Celtic Park had ever heard and the whole thing was a patriotism fest saccharine enough to make even First Minister Alex Salmond vote no in September.


Gary Jarman

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Cribs' Gary Jarman: 'Why The Ramones Sucked Me In Like No Other Band'

I am sitting backstage before the evening's Cribs show (Liverpool, July 11), hanging out, drinking, listening to records, talking nonsense. The usual backstage routine. As it is our first UK show of 2014, I am catching up with our sound guy who I haven't seen since last year sometime. He has recently had a baby daughter and tells me that there is only one band she will listen to. The Ramones. I tell him I think that's fucking rad.


NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Who Are The Greatest Bassists Of All Time?

Poor bassists. Unless you're a four-string plucking frontman like Paul McCartney, virtuoso maverick like Squarepusher or irascible motormouth like this week's NME cover star Nicky Wire, life as a bass player is routinely one spent in the shadows compared to your bandmates, shoved to the back of music videos and overlooked in interviews. A drummer might get to unleash a wild drum solo live. If a bassist does it, he's gonna look like he's attempting the Seinfeld theme.

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