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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Record Store Day 2014: A Guide To All The Instores

Record Store Day 2014 is nearly upon us and, on top of all the limited edition releases, rarities and special events, a host of record shops across the UK are throwing a load of free gigs for your pleasure. From East India Youth to The Wedding Present, TOY to Edwyn Collins, there's a veritable smorgasbord of celebratory line-ups up and down the country to tempt you down to your local vinyl trader on Saturday April 19.


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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Public Enemy's Chuck D: 'Why I'm Backing Record Store Day 2014'

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.


Al Horner

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wye Oak, 'Shriek' - Track Exclusive

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.


Jack Chown

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Explosive Live Versions That Are Better Than Their Originals

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?


Leonie Cooper

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Rank The Albums

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.

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