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George Martin (1926-2016)

In some ways it seems entirely fitting that the death of Beatles producer, George Martin wasn’t accompanied by a burst of dramatic orchestration, a piccolo trumpet solo or a tumultuous crescendo of instruments followed by a dramatic final chord played on three different pianos. That’s because a really good producer is one you barely know is there. They sit quietly in the background as unassuming and supportive as the gentle whir of the tape as it purrs along to the Continue Reading

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Death of David Bowie

  So there we have it: the death of David Bowie, trending in its now customary fashion along the volatile cardiac graphs that characterise Social Media. It’ll probably reach a peak over the next few days when the waves on the Cultural ECG monitor practically shoot off the screens. It’s been a long time coming. 69 years to be precise but it arrived with no less shock and awe than Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust combined. Last night’s News 24 Continue Reading

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Breaks – Big Deal Interview

BiG DeaL !! SiGNED, SEALED, DELiVERED ~ YOUR NEW BEST BAND!! Crud’s Alan Sargeant pokes and probes the industry mechanics of ROUGH TRADES ‘s latest signing, the BRAKES. Here’s how they got signed. Here’s how they celebrated. Here’s how they intend to f**k it all up. Just sign here boys…. Here’s the deal. Here’s the BiG DeaL. That shitty four-piece you’ve been in with your mates since Year 8 eventually managed to get some daft industry type to hand over Continue Reading

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Badly Drawn Boy Interview

The ‘shambolic’ subtext of nu acoustic guru, Damon Gough, a.k.a Badly Drawn Boy was an affectionate enough tribute one would have thought. But think again. This is a man who holds court with one hand and plays beautifully realised music with the other. Northern Crud plays host to Northern Man Damon Gough is almost invisible as he wanders onto the stage at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on a warm October night. Shuffling in from the wings, he Continue Reading

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Mull Historical Society Interview – Colin talks about Loss

With the Mull Historical Society’s new single ‘Watching Xanadu’ out in January, James Berry unravels the mystery of another minor pop classic by going straight to the source itself. Colin McIntyre of talks to Crud about his album ‘Loss’. To follow on from their debut album ‘Loss’ released in October last year, the Mull Historical Society (well Colin, to all intents and purposes) release their new single ‘Watching Xanadu’ on 28 January. This is the fourth single off the album, Continue Reading

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The Strokes Interview – A Luck back at 2001

Fed up with the hype? You and The Strokes both. Stroke’s guitarist Nick tells Crud there’s more to The Strokes than seventies reference points and Lou Reed. Crud offers a look back at the highs and lows of 2001 beginning with an interview with Stroke fret-man, Nick Valensi. Strokes guitarist, Nick Valensi seems a bit fed up describing his music and explaining the concepts and reasoning behind the sound of The Strokes. “What bothers me is when people stick to Continue Reading