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Long Live Vinyl
Britain’s last great alternative music movement or
Proceeds from Record Store Day releases by U2, Bowie and the Manics will be donated to the War Child charity
Long Live Vinyl’s essential picks for the month ahead
REVEL IN THE DRAMA BELLA UNION 3 APRIL
#10 BORDERLINE RECORDS, BRIGHTON
An invented scene? A derivative blind alley? A catch-all for any mid-90s UK band with guitars? Britpop was something, yet no two people agree exactly what. Michael Stephens revisits “the last big movement in alternative music” to find some songs that will live forever and other tunes not good enough…
WRITER BEN WARDLE STARTED INDOLENT RECORDS OUT OF HIS OFFICE AT RCA IN THE EARLY 90S, JUST IN TIME FOR BRITPOP. HERE, HE REMEM BERS THOSE HEADY DAYS
OPINION
The Bella Union boss recounts the story of how the back-in-the-studio Texans Midlake became a valued and best-selling member of his label’s family
The relationship between vinyl and streaming is a complex one, but, as Huw Baines discovers, they are both committed to working things out
Could the journey that you go on to procure your vinyl collection be just as important as the act of owning it? Pete contemplates one of life’s imponderables
Thurston Moore launches a brand new record shop in leafy Stoke Newington
Pet Shop Boys, The Beloved and the Thompson Twins released some of the most quintessential 80s 12" singles. But what would Neil Tennant, Jon Marsh and Tom Bailey say were their own inspirations?
Jon’s so committed to his vinyl, he owns five turntables…
THE CHARLATANS
12 tracks on rotation as Storm Dennis did its worst, best enjoyed with a can of Buxton Stormbringer, a tumultuous full-bodied stout with rich coffee and malt flavours
Classic Cocteaus albums are back on vinyl
John Earls meets the Wisconsin five-piece at the centre of shaking up Saddle Creek’s sound
With their new album, I Am Moron, due out in April, the two-piece psych-punk band’s singer Holly Ross picks out 10 records she simply couldn’t live without…
Jethro Tull’s fifth studio album was something of a
The New York City songwriter and comic book artist tells Gary Walker why he’s captivated by this collision of sunny 60s pop and nightmarish tales of death, witches and black butter…
The musical polymath tells Felix Rowe about recording his new album in Nashville, producing Father John Misty on acid and stepping into the shoes of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour
FEATURES
Tame Impala’s majestic new album The Slow Rush sees Kevin Parker absorbing sounds and production techniques from everything available to him. Despite becoming a festival headliner, he tells John Earls he still isn’t fully happy with what he’s achieved in the past decade
Having predicted Brexit and environmental collapse from day one, Cornershop were determined to stay positive on their first mainstream LP for a decade. John Earls hears from Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres about how that’s been tough to achieve
Three albums in, Newcastle’s Lanterns On The Lake were burnt out and needed a break. They return refreshed, leaner and not afraid to speak from the heart on their strongest record yet. Gary Walker hears why they’ve never been happier
Nadia Reid’s third LP, Out Of My Province, is both her best and most ambitious yet, expansive, warm and open. She tells Jonathan Wright how the record’s songs came to life on the road and in the studio
The term may have been a tenuous catch-all that bands turned their noses up at, but the mid-90s Britpop boom saw the UK music scene at the centre of a feelgood factor not witnessed since the 60s. Ben Wardle is mad for it…
The holy grail is Oasis’s 1993 one-sided 12" white
A colossal global hit early in Radiohead’s career threatened to destroy the band when they had barely even got started. For their second album, The Bends, as Neil Crossley explains, they dug deep to create a soaring, deeply textured record that would unexpectedly elevate them to new heights
Hear the words Sire Records and you’re probably imagining CBGB’s legendarily revolting toilets. But the imprint that came to define Carter-era New York is a whole lot more than just punk, with many chapters to its meandering 30-year run. Gareth Murphy, ghostwriter of Seymour Stein’s autobiography, tells the bigger story
The third album from the lesser known Illinois alt. rockers Hum is in rare supply. Glen Bushell boosts demand
MTV Unplugged was the most talked-about series in the channel’s history, selling 100 million albums. With it came landmark performances from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton and R.E.M. As the show’s albums get a relaunch, John Earls speaks to Unplugged’s creator and the artists who made it a sensation
Immortalised on the cover of an Oasis LP, the Golden Mile survivor defiantly stays ahead of the curve. Huw Baines finds out how
Taken from the music journalist and broadcaster’s pitch-perfect childhood memoir, this chapter sees our nine-year-old protagonist enter a record shop for the first time with enough pocket money to buy two 7-inch singles
Del Day wonders whether guitar music as we know it is dead. Now, his shelves are flooded with albums by a new, more refined crop of players
Brazil is a goldmine destination for the adventurous collector, as Russ Slater observes
REVIEWS
The Allman Brothers’ improvised, often inspired, blend of rock, blues, country and jazz receives the lavish 10LP boxset treatment. Ben Wardle tunes in
DANGER IN THE PAST/CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE
EMERGENCY WARD
HERE ARE THE SONICS!!!
SHINE
ODESSA/MILK AND SCISSORS
THE GOOD WILL OUT/DRAWN FROM MEMORY/IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN
THE KAREN DALTON ARCHIVES
STRANGE BOUTIQUE/LOVE ZOMBIES
HOW DO YOU FEEL
WHIRLPOOL
TEENAGE SNUFF FILM/POP CRIMES
TAPE ARCHIVE ESSENCE 1973-1978
DEVIANTS III
BOB STANLEY AND PETE WIGGS PRESENT THE TEARS OF TECHNOLOGY
THE ADVENTURES OF KINDAICHI KOSUKE
SMOKERS DELIGHT
THE LIGHTHOUSE
WESTERN
PARASITE
SEX EDUCATION SEASONS 1 & 2
Dury’s new album has been described as “a 10-song gaze into the black hours and the characters and behaviours that swirl around them”. Who is Jonathan Wright to argue?
TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES
HEAVY LIGHT
ENGLAND IS A GARDEN
ALL VISIBLE OBJECTS
REJOICE
EYELET
SUDDENLY
RUINER
BEAT POETRY FOR SURVIVALISTS
MANCHESTER CALLING
LAND OF NO JUNCTION
EVERY BAD
SHEFFIELD
THE COMMON TASK
I AM NOT A DOG ON A CHAIN
COLLECTOR
NAVARASA: NINE EMOTION
925
LOCAL HONEY
CITIZENS OF BOOMTOWN
THUMB WORLD
DEAP LIPS
BIRTHMARKS
SAD HAPPY
SAINT CLOUD
PAUL REES
DAN FRANKLIN
BOB GELDOF
PAUL ZOLLO
A timeless speaker that brings high-quality sound and vintage styling to your home
Celebrating its 25th year in turntable manufacture, AVID HIfihas built an astonishing range of audiophile products with unique engineering principles. Everything stems from Conrad Mas’ determined quest to build the perfect turntable. Gary Walker and John Pickford visit the company’s Cambridgeshire HQ to find out whether he’s succeeded
Paul Rigby takes a close look at this manual turntable aimed squarely at the lifestyle user
John Pickford runs the rule over a fully-featured deck with classic styling and an excellent tonearm
A tender ballad about fast-track urban gentrification closes out Sound Of Silver. Gary Tipp seeks planning permission
Record Store Day celebrates its 13th birthday this