Music Archive (176)

Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:35

Courtney Love -The Riot Grrrl Has Mellowed

Written by Alan McGee
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In case you haven't heard, Courtney Love is back with a new album called Nobody's Daughter. It's been five years in the making and, considering the hype and controversy surrounding Love, it's likely to be an interesting cultural event. In fact the first single, Skinny Little Bitch, appeared online recently and, I have to admit, it's a great song.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:33

Beyoncé – Alan McGee Says Move over Madonna

Written by Alan McGee
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Can we call time on Madonna's position as postmodern, ironic, feminist leader of the free music world? Don't get me wrong, she's fantastic. I love her back catalogue and her Bowie-like reinventions. Nonetheless, as we move into a new decade, the Madonna-as-high-art concept is finished. Done. Kaput. She's moved from Warholian pop genius to victim of the tabloid TMZ culture.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:31

Jay-Z – McGee Says His Blueprint Is Working

Written by Alan McGee
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Today sees the UK release of Alicia Keys's Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down, but you'll already know the song. Jay-Z's original version appeared on The Blueprint 3 last year (as Empire State of Mind, featuring Alicia Keys) and I've been addicted to it ever since. Who wouldn't be? With its huge hook, grandiose orchestration and shout-out to New York, the song isn't just an instant hip-hop classic, it's one of the best pop songs of the last 10 years.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:28

John Lennon - The Missing Tapes

Written by Simon Wells
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While it’s somewhat incongruous to imagine a Beatle aged 70, 2010 indeed marks the seven decades since John Winston Ono Lennon first saw daylight. Things have already got off to a quick start; Sam Taylor-Wood’s critically applauded “Nowhere Boy” has done brisk business in these first few days of the year, while a host of documentaries will no doubt emerge on and around October 9th to celebrate Lennon’s auspicious birthday. To all intents and purposes, “Nowhere Boy” was a smart move, with Lennon’s childhood undeniably the only element of his life not entirely dissected over the years.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:27

Dub Be Good To Me - Dub Reggae Classic Albums

Written by Alan McGee
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I had an interesting conversation with a friend about dub reggae. Dub, like jazz, world, tropicalia, lounge or classical, can present a total conundrum to the outsider. Curious about the genre but completely at a loss as to where to start, he asked me which dub albums would make a good primer.

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