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    To my ears, The Queens of the Stone Age came out of nowhere, hitting hard with the brilliant named “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”, a pulverising hymn to the group’s favourite substances that simply wiped the floor with their peers. The single opens the...

  • Violent Femmes
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    32 years later I can still vividly remember my first encounter with Violent Femmes. Sitting watching my favourite weekly music show with my mum in the other corner of the living room, the band kick off with a two note bass line played on a...

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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s debut album is a wonderfully individual set of songs. From the opening fair ground organ and big top style sales pitch of the title track, you know you are in for something out of the ordinary. What first grabs your...

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    I vividly remember the first time I heard Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian. I had been living in Bogota for over a year, and been pretty much steeped in Salsa and Manu Chao for most of that time, when a compilation CD came through the...

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      In this era of endless group reformations and nostalgia, one of the most interesting and talented stars of the 80s and 90s indie scene seems to have slipped through the net. Julian Cope started life as singer, songwriter and bass player in the Teardrop...

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        This album restores the two minute pop song to its rightful place. Each track is a perfect act of distillation-thumbnail sketches of a time and a place, a comical incident, an intriguing character. Evan Dando’s voice is both honeyed and cracked, giving emotional...

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    I first heard this band on an NME Punk’s Not Dead compilation from the early 2000s, an album that lined up punk’s newest heirs- The Hives, The Strokes and Part Chimp (really!) – against the original lords of the manor, with fairly predictable results, at...

  • Yes by Morphine
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    Rock music increasingly seems a tired art form offering diminishing returns: the weight of the past almost overwhelmingly stifling. Just occasionally a band discovers an original angle, adding a new element or removing an until then omnipresent one with startling results. Morphine  pulled this trick...

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    Welcome to Dig In the age of the ubiquitous playlist and the killer Tarantino soundtrack, it it easy to forget the thrill of a new album release from your favourite band, or a thrift store discovery that stops you in your tracks. In the days...