itm? # 23 details

is this music? issue 23 is in shops now and includes: an interview with cover star James Yorkston, plus: Frightened Rabbit, Remote Sound, Freeheat, Scunner, The Needles, Green Peppers, Thee Moths & BMX Bandits. We chat to Twitch and Wilkes: better knows as the men behind Glasgow club Optimo, plus there’s an interview with Paul from Chemikal Underground Records (plus a competition to win copies of their new retrospective DVD). And, we have mini-features on We Were Promised Jetpacks and We Are The Physics. As ever we have a full range of reviews, including singles from Q Without U, National Park, Broken Social Scene, Young Knives, Futuro…

Albums covered include Freestyle Master, Sleepy Jackson, Magoo, Luxury Car, Eagles Of Death Metal, MJ Hibbett, Dawn of the Replicants, Magoo… Live, we’ve been out and about – looking back at T on the Park and the Wickerman festival, and offer up-to-the minute coverage from T on the Fringe : Michael Franti, Horrors, Lambchop, Tom Verlaine…

And of course, the legendary FREE covermount CD: Odeon Beat Club,
Mouse Eat Mouse , Green Peppers, Spare Snare, Thee Moths, Beerjacket, Freeheat , The Just Joans, Jack Butler& TheNeedles. all for £3.

Available in all good record shops (Avalanche, Monorail, One-Up, Grouchos, Missing etc), branches of HMV & Virgin throughout Scotland, Borders UK-wide, and Cargo-supplied indie record shops throughout the UK.

Or online at

Hilights include:

Duglas T Stewart: “I think it’s exciting being in a band twenty years on and still having these moments in which you realise you’ve never done anything like that before.”

Ben Lurie on forming a band with Mary Chain man Jim Reid: “Jim woke up one morning after a very long night and Freeheat was scrawled in lipstick down his arm. This seemed like a sign.”

Scott from frightered Rabbit on their hailng as DIY FOlk Rock. ‘DIY Folk Rock’. “But isn’t all music DIY?… well, at least they didn’t call us shite!”

“It’s all about putting on a show – there isn’t enough of it out there right now.” – Scunner on their reason d’etre

“I’m sending it to friends and family around the world, and there’s no note on it this time saying ‘excuse the dodgy lyric on track 11’.” – James Yorkson on his satiscation with his new album.

“This year’s Wicker would have had Eavis looking on proud, safe in the knowledge that ye olde festival spirit is being kept alive and well” Clarke Geddes on the Wickerman’s lineup (and indeed the warm organic pear cider”

Twitch on the “cult f the DJ”: “Too many big egos, people were getting paid too much money for what is ultimately just playing records.”

Jim Gellatly on the slow death of Top of the Pops: “Surely a mainstream pop programme should be about, erm, mainstream pop,“

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