Tombs. Photo by Jason Hellmann

Album Review: Tombs – Path of Totality (Relapse)

Metal is a domain to which language connoisseurs should flock—not necessarily to listen to the music, but to revel in the imaginative prose that often surrounds descriptions and/or reviews of… Read more

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Album review: Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther)

There’s a moment near the close of “Vomit,” the lead single off Girls’ excellent new sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, where waifish frontman Christopher Owens, buoyed by a gospel… Read more

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Album Review: Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk (Audio Wave Reissue)

A stalwart 1961 Blue Note recording, The Cat Walk features pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Laymon Jackson, energetic drummer Philly Joe Jones, and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams. Pearson does more than… Read more

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Album Review: Miranda Lambert – Four the Record (Sony Nashville)

Dear Miranda Lambert: You will likely never read this review, but if you do, please take away just one thing: More showing, less telling. Few artists possess a voice with… Read more

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Classic Recordings: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black Universal Republic  (Vinyl) By Paul Rigby It still seems rather frustrating to her many fans that the name ‘Amy Winehouse’ is synonymous with excessive… Read more

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Album review: Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)

One might be better off not knowing the backstory to this album. Yet pop-culture secrets aren’t well kept in 2011, so let’s get it out of the way: Only in… Read more

Recording Peter Gabriel's New Blood at AIR studios. Photography: York Tillyer

Video: Peter Gabriel records Red Rain at AIR studios

Peter Gabriel and his New Blood orchestra recording Red Rain at AIR studios. You can read an interview with Dickie Chappell, Peter Gabriel’s engineer here. Read more

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Jamie Cullum’s sonic top 10

Singer, songwriter, pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Cullum is one of Britain’s best-loved musicians and currently on BBC Radio 2. Here is his sonic top 10. Keith Jarrett – The Koln… Read more

Dickie Chappell, engineer. Photography: York Tillyer

New Blood interview with Peter Gabriel engineer, Dickie Chappell

To celebrate the launch of Peter Gabriel’s New Blood album, and its exclusive Society of Sound sibling, Half Blood, we have an interview with famed Peter Gabriel engineer, Dickie Chappell.… Read more