Music Archive (176)

Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:14

Mogwai - Does Isolation Make The Best Art?

Written by Alan McGee
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Mogwai's The Hawk is Howling is fantastic. I've had it on repeat since Stuart sent me a copy in August 2008 . With this album and their tour with the mighty Fuck Buttons, they're set to own September 2009.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:11

Cyndi Lauper - All Hail Queen of Queens

Written by Alan McGee
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We all know New York is going off at the moment, and one manifestation of the city's new-found confidence seems to be a new-found love of Cyndi Lauper – the original queen of Queens. Lauper's iconic image and quirk-fuelled pop has taken hold again in music, whether it be the 80s-tinged pop that is presently engulfing Britain or the echoes of her influence in stars like Karen O and Santigold in the US.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:10

Dancing to A New Afrobeat - Hiplife

Written by Alan McGee
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Everyone is going Afrobeat crazy. There's Vampire Weekend, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, and Mi Ami, not to mention many Nigerian compilations on Strut and Mississippi Records and, of course, there are rumours of Franz Ferdinand heading to Africa for inspiration. African music seems to hold sway again in popular culture, and one blog has captured this cultural change more than any other. Awesome Tapes from Africa is compiled and run by Brian Shimkovitz an ethnomusicologist who was granted a scholarship to investigate the music of Africa.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:09

Flowered Up Memories of Liam.

Written by Matteo Sedazzari
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ZANI were sad and shocked to hear about the untimely death of Flowered Up’s lead singer Liam Maher. ‘Flowered Up’ were a gang of lads from Camden, and contemporary rivals to Madchester’s acts ‘The Stone Roses’ and ‘The Happy Mondays’. The ‘faces’ of the London club  scene in their day they took their street style and attitude to the stage, and became a musical force to be reckoned with. Yet despite their popularity they never really hit the big time, although they provided some great songs that captured England’s Sub culture.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:08

Mark Hollis - Wherefore Art Thou ?

Written by Mark Hollis
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The story of Hollis and his band Talk Talk has to be one of the more interesting of the synth pop era. Initially hailed in the music press as a poor man's Duran Duran (they shared the same producer, a similar name and toured with their new romantic counterparts), they took Neil Young's comment about travelling off of the middle of the road straight to the ditch more to heart than their peers.
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