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Adem Coordinates — Where The Stars Are At

James Berry asks ADEM, ‘Where’s Your Head At?’18/08/2004 5 months on from its release, Adem’s barren ‘Homesongs’ still remains one of the most enduring, slight and altogether pretty albums of the year so far. We expect it to stay like that. And when we say pretty, we don’t mean 90 minutes of preparation, the right lights, expensive jewellery and well-applied foundation. We mean seconds after waking, bunched pigtails, freckles, an unknowing smile and a healthy glow. This ex-Fridge man’s debut Continue Reading

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Mogwai @ London Astoria, October 2003

Without words and without safety nets, Mogwai are can still pack the London Astoria two nights on the trot? How do they do it? James Berry has the answers …03/11/2003 We don’t like change. Only when there is none we inevitably lament its absence, as if the flipside is always worth aspiring to more. Long gone are times when these bullish Scottish post-rockers struck you between the eyes like a spitting Mount Vesuvius jutting crudely into a pastel mainstream. They Continue Reading

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White Light Motorcade Interview

‘Thank You, Goodnight’ released in June in the US/ ‘Its Happening’ EP in the UK. With an album out in the USA already, an EP in the UK ready to burn and a stack of old ‘Zep, Stone Roses and MC5 re’cuds at the ready, Sid frisks the White Light Motorcade.05/04/2003 The debut EP by another guitar slinging new sensation hits the well stuffed racks of your local record stores this week. Nothing new there then, at the minute we Continue Reading

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Hot Hot Heat Coordinates —  Where the Stars Are At!

James Berry asks HOT HOT HEAT , ‘Where’s Your Head At?06/03/2003 Any US readers sensible enough to own a copy, or those in the UK with it on import, already know that it’ll take a number of seriously epoch defining albums to shift Hot Hot Heat’s ‘Make Up The Breakdown’ from the higher reaches of 2003’s retrospective lists when they arrive. Remember when the world and its extended family went stir-fry for The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ on the basis 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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The Coral — A Skeleton Interview

Easy on the accolades and superlatives. Grizzily scouse skinna-ruppers, The Coral are about to NOT change history or the face of Rock n’ Roll. What they are about to do is release a very very fine EP. Assessing the potentially plump success of scouse, pirate band, The Coral, the NME wrote: “The best new band in the country: it’s one sentence we never tire of writing”. And never tire they do. And let’s face it, if you predict the best Continue Reading

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While SOAD are currently in the process of working on their next album the band manage to buck the inevitable with the release of a 16-track compilation album of unreleased music called “Steal This Album”. Within the past year System of A Down have become metal superstars. Their sophomore album, “Toxicity” has now sold in excess of 4-million copies worldwide and they have inspired hundreds of bands with their original “schizophrenic” sound. The Los Angeles based rockers have gone from Continue Reading

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Polyphonic Spree – ‘Hanging Around’

First off we heard ‘Soldier Girl’, a throbbing mass of beautifully woven big love turning up out of the blue like a ray of sunlight for the damned. We were very happy to have it. Then we saw them jammed onto an already extended stage at London’s Camden Monarch, truly a vision of one-size-fits-all salvation in white robes, a cartoon caricature of all the good things you’ve done in life. We were sold. Then we saw them taking Leeds Festival Continue Reading

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Apples in Stereo Interview

Stripped Down to The Core. Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo talks about giving up the retro rock fetish for something new. By Allan Martin Kemler20/09/2002 In a year rocked by terrorism, accounting scandals and a lingering recession, the view of the world that popular culture chooses to reflect back to its public seems to bear little resemblance to the day-to-day reality of most Americans’ lives. As the encroachment of ever-increasing media consolidation threatens to further constrict the information Continue Reading

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The Montgolfier Brothers Interview

Will talks to Salford Poptones veterans, The Montgolfier Brothers about The World Is Flat and their ‘lucrative friend’ , Alan McGee. Interview by Will Jenkins.27/08/2002 Salford is a city with a strong community spirit that is inherently born out of the strong partisanship of Manchester. As one of the first active industrial cities in the world, the area has always considered itself to be a place with a modern outlook merely because of the enormous changes that have altered the Continue Reading