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Some irreversible catastrophes have happened. I know we’re supposed to be positive, but I also need to make space to feel negative. If you don’t know there’s an emergency, you can’t react to it

For his latest album, Twelve Nudes, Ezra Furman revisited his punk-rock roots. In doing so, he channelled all his energy into a collection of songs that confront the issues of living in a broken society. He found the experience both liberating and cathartic. Huw Baines listens to his rallying cry

Furman acknowledges punk rocker Jay Reatard and Canadian poet Anne Carson as the album’s spiritual heroes

Way back in the mid-90s, Joe Strummer sent a fax containing his thoughts on Bruce Springsteen to a filmmaker who was assembling a documentary about New Jersey’s favourite son. The legendary Clash frontman’s excitement popped in all caps as he described the liberating power of the Boss’s music for those who woke each day under slate grey British skies. “Just when you need some spirit and some proof that the big wide world exists, the DJ puts on Racing In The Street and life seems worth living again,” he wrote. “Life seems to be in Cinemascope again.”

In the early months of 2018, Ezra Furman released a record that sent him hurtling along a highway through the sort of widescreen rock ’n’ roll wilderness that captivated Strummer.

It’s a rare feat for an artist to ensnare that sense of abandon so completely, but Transangelic Exodus was just that: a rare feat. After turning the key in a red Camaro, Furman drove all night, lipstick smeared and thrift-store dress dancing in the wind, rattling through songs that coalesced into a sparkling concept album turned road novel turned queer outlaw romance.

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Issue 31 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! It was The Beatles' last stand and remains one of the greatest albums ever made. Issue 31 of Long Live Vinyl brings you the inside story of Abbey Road, including interviews with some of the key figures who were in the studio with the Fab Four back in 1969. You'll also find an in-depth look at the making of the amazing new 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and an expert collector's guide. Elsewhere, our packed interviews section features chats with Ezra Furman, Metronomy, Hiss Golden Messenger and Fionn Regan about their new albums. We round up 40 Essential Southern Soul records you need to own, tell the story of the legendary Decca label on its 90th birthday and dig deep into the making of R.E.M.’s ninth album, Monster. If that's not enough, Long Live Vinyl has the most comprehensive range of album and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand, as we run the rule over new releases from Pixies, Bon Iver, Wilco, Blur and Liam Gallagher, as well as the awesome new AVID Ingenium P&P turntable. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…