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Amadou & Mariam

Bamako to Birmingham (Because)

The main message here seems to be about living life to the full and enjoying the moment.



The Membranes

What Nature Gives... Nature Gives Away (Cherry Red)

You need to hand it to The Membranes, a band that has been making difficult, awkward, occasionally bewildering music since at least 1981.



The Twistettes

A Strange Play (Traffic Cone)

During this high summer period



Vanishing Twin

The Age Of Immunology (Fire)

About a month ago I was reading a feature on Vanishing Twin in the Metro papers’ ‘new band’ page in an article that made much of their bid to become the 21st century Stereolab



The Divine Comedy

Office Politics (Divine Comedy Records)

Ever wondered why the Divine Comedy are so adored? ‘Office Politics’ probably has the answers.



Rev Magnetic

Versus Universe (Rock Action)

Rev Magnetic is the new band led by the legendary Luke Sutherland



Duncan Lloyd

Outside Notion (Afternoon in Bed)

Duncan Lloyd is one of Maximo Park but let us not have preconceptions here



Foxtrap

Foxtrap (Greedy Manager)

Released earlier this year, this album gathers together previous single and EP tracks, and is an absolute corker…



Snide Rhythms

Welcome to Music Industry Fantasy Land (T-shirt)

“Nothing’s good and nothing’s free, all hail the mediocrity,” goes the refrain of ‘No App Ally G’,



Kevin Armstrong

Run (Wishing Tree)

While the name Kevin Armstrong may not be known to many readers, the list of people that he has played with over a career stretching nearly forty years is pretty impressive. It includes, amongst others, Iggy Pop, Prefab Sprout and Sinead O’Connor. Perhaps the two artists that most connect with this collection of songs are […]