Rough Trade recommends: Gary Clark Jnr – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

I am not one who is impressed with guitar virtuosity. In fact I find too much twiddling really off putting, and maybe some of Gary Clark Jnr.’s debut had too… Read more

Sarah Cracknell - Red Kite

Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite

I guess Sarah is best known for being the singer in pop sophisticates Saint Etienne, but she has had a pretty active solo singing career too: one previous album, Lipslide… Read more


Rough Trade recommends: Nadine Shah – Fast Food

In reality she is of Norwegian Pakistani parents from the deepest North East England, but in my dreams she is really the bastard offspring of Nick Cave and Polly Harvey.… Read more


Rough Trade recommends: Smoke Fairies – Wild Winter

I love Christmas music – my collection grows every year – but this has real longevity. Asked by RT to record an album of Christmas songs the girls have come… Read more


Rough Trade recommends: Wayne Cochran – Goin’ Back to Miami

After all the years that I have been selling records there are still things out there waiting to be discovered and I just love it when something new to me… Read more

Rough Trade Recommends Wrong eyed jesus

Rough Trade recommends: Jim White – …Wrong-Eyed Jesus!

This month’s selection was Rough Trade’s Album of the Year in 1997 but it has just been re-released on vinyl (with download) as part of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label… Read more

Rough Trade recommends Delines' Colfax

Rough Trade recommends: The Delines – Colfax

Will Vlautin is a busy man – his main band Richmond Fontaine have released 10 albums of dark modern country, and he has also written 4 novels. The latest, The… Read more


Rough Trade recommends: St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City

Hot out of the deep south of the US come the latest soul band who are about to break big. Coming on like the Alabama Shakes – not that surprising… Read more


Rough Trade recommends: Divided And United – Various Artists

Nearly 150 years after the Civil War ended, America is still both fascinated and haunted by the events that tore the country apart while  defining a vision of this nation… Read more