This week’s cover stars Oasis exclusively present the NME Special Collectors’ issue, with free songbook and companion CD-ROM. The issue features a 25-page songbook, plus the chords and lyrics to four new tracks from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’, including ‘The Shock Of Lightning’. Buy your Collectors’ Edition of NME on UK newsstands from today (September 17).
In News this week, the Arctic Monkeys reveal their plans to release a live DVD, ‘Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo’, recorded in Manchester at their final gig of 2007, on November 3. The film, which will make the big screen, will run for a limited time at selected UK cinemas next month. The piece is directed by The Mighty Boosh’s Richard Ayoade.
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Homoerotic noiseniks, The Big Pink are the focus of Radar in this week’s issue of NME that hits shelves today. Named after The Band’s debut 1968 album, this outfit has been carefully pieced together by Milo Cordell – the man behind Merok, the boutique label behind the first-ever singles from the Klaxons and Crystal Castles. We say: "They’re the most exciting band in London since well, probably the time Milo discovered the last one."
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Big-mouthed and big-hearted Detroit Social Club are debuted in the latest edition of NME this week. What’s so great about them? Huge BRMC blues riffs, bags of northern soul and a swagger on the right side of arrogant. Go to one of their shows and tell us you’re not blown away by ‘Sunshine People’ or forthcoming debut single ‘Rivers And Rainbows’.
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Lippy rapper Lele [Speaks] makes her debut in Radar in the September 17 issue of NME, which hits shelves this week. The former Topshop wage slave might look like a UK Hayley Williams but lyrically she has more in common with the urban skank of Lily Allen. She told NME: "My raps are my diary, they’re my thoughts. We are pro-women, but not slaggy women – we’re pro- er, being a lady!"
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Florida’s finest god-fearing straight-talking lesbian rap duo, Yo Majesty get philosophical in this week’s edition of NME, dated September 17. "This is real lifeâ
Alexis from Hot Chip dressed as ‘knight of the realm of the soul’ on the Main Stage at this year’s Bestival – reviewed in this week’s NME on sale now. Despite it raining most of the weekend, causing stages to shut and sets to be cancelled (and a mass exodus caused by Amy Winehouse’s poor performance), the Bestival philosophy of ‘Increase The Peace’ remained true.
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The Mighty Boosh, who are set to publish a new book, ‘The Mighty Book Of Boosh’, have given NME a sneak peek of what fans can expect in this week’s issue of NME, out today. "It’s going to be incredible," Julian Barratt tells NME. "Poetry, prose, prose, poetry, tales of jazz." Head to NME.COM/WIN to win a copy of ‘The Mighty Book Of Boosh’ now.
My Music in this week’s new issue of NME sticks the microphone in the ear of Glasvegas’ James Allan, who shares his top musical picks including tearjerker ‘Ebb Tide’ from The Righteous Brothers ("This takes me to another place.") and guilty pleasure Starship’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ ("Hearing this was one of the first times I remember feeling quite euphoric over a music piece.")
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In this week’s Collectors’ issue of NME, we invite Oasis to spill their minds one by one. "Noel’s got the say in this band. He’s the man. I’m quite happy with that," quotes a mellow Liam. Noel on the other hand, tackles knife crime. "If you’re not in the kitchen chopping a tomato, you’re fucking going to jail." For the full story, check out the Special edition of NME.
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In 12 Steps this week we take French dance duo Justice and trace links between them and Kanye West, John Lydon and even Rihanna. Get proof that everything’s connected in this week’s NME – on sale from September 17.