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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1 IDLESJoy As An Act Of Resistance Partisan Records

Blisteringly political and disarmingly honest, the Bristol punk outfit’s perfectly realised second album was one of the vinyl events of the past year

It certainly is, with his nearest and dearest bandmate Joe laughing: “Bowen waxes lyrical about his mindfulness apps all the time,” quickly adding: “I’m very grateful for that. Honestly, it really is life-changing.”

Bowen continues: “Being around a like-minded group of men has helped a lot.The fact that we’re able to be so honest with each other has led us to break through that kind of masculine barrier that’s created by the everyday and your upbringing.”

LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE

It’s not an understatement to say that this band matter. From BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who Joe cites as their “saviour”, advocate and friend, to Black Mirror writer and journalist Charlie Brooker and John Grant, there’s a lot of love for Idles in the world today. Nowhere more so than in the ‘AF Gang’ created around the band. Centred on a warm and welcoming Facebook group with thousands of members, AF Gang is a place where people can not only share their love of Idles but can also turn to people for support – people they may not have met in real life but who are ready and willing to listen. Working under the umbrella of ‘All is Love’, which Idles have commandeered as their own mantra, it’s a space where people can share their fears and hopes and feel not judged but supported. It feels way bigger than your usual music fan club.

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Now on sale! Inside our end-of-year review special we announce the top 100 new albums of 2018, voted for by an expert panel of music writers, record shops, festival organisers, bands, and label bosses; plus Idles, Low and Boygenius sit down to tell us how they made three of the year’s outstanding records. The awards don’t stop there, as we name Long Live Vinyl’s first Record Shop Of The Year, with more than 8,000 readers helping us find the nation’s favourite store. If you’re on the lookout for a new turntable, amp, speakers or headphones this Christmas, you won’t want to miss our Gear Of The Year feature. Elsewhere this issue, we round up 40 essential krautrock classics to add to your collection, take an in-depth look at PJ Harvey’s 1993 album Rid Of Me and meet Ian MacKaye, the man behind legendary Washington D.C. label Dischord Records. If all that’s not enough, our newly expanded reviews section is packed with new albums, reissues, boxsets and hardware to add to your Christmas list. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers!