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#nowplaying #RollingStones Out of our Heads on #vinyl with unboxed red Decca label #instavinyl #vinyligclub

#nowplaying #RollingStones Out of our Heads on #vinyl with unboxed red Decca label #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Time For Another Vinyl Challenge: The New Oasis Box Set Costs £116.99. What Could You Buy Instead?

White vinyl. Limited edition of 300 copies. Ultra-vinyl. Picture disc. All wonderful. All valuable (well, sometimes. That Bon Jovi picture disc might just be past it’s sell by date - and you’ll never shift those Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris records now). 

Time For Another Vinyl Challenge: The New Oasis Box Set Costs £116.99. What Could You Buy Instead?

White vinyl. Limited edition of 300 copies. Ultra-vinyl. Picture disc. All wonderful. All valuable (well, sometimes. That Bon Jovi picture disc might just be past it’s sell by date - and you’ll never shift those Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris records now). 

More Cowbell: London Two Piece Bear Their Skeleton Soul

Stoke Newington duo Cowbell are set to release their second album, “Skeleton Soul” on Monday 29th September.

#RyanAdams onstage at Shepherds Bush Empire: photo

#RyanAdams onstage at Shepherds Bush Empire: photo

Johnny Depp hiding underneath a hat - onstage with Ryan Adams in London on Thursday: photo

Johnny Depp hiding underneath a hat - onstage with Ryan Adams in London on Thursday: photo

Johnny Depp Joins Ryan Adams Onstage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Johnny Depp Joins Ryan Adams Onstage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Johny Depp joins Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire Last night
Johny Depp joins Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire Last night

Johny Depp joins Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire Last night

Gig goers had a surprise during the encore to Ryan Adams’ show at Shepherds Bush Empire last night as Johnny Depp slung on his guitar and joined the band. Sporting a wide-rimmed trilby, Depp threw some impressive shapes and even pulled off a guitar solo during set closer “Kim”.

Johnny Depp and Ryan Adams

Despite such a Hollywood…

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"Later….With Jools Holland": A Focus Group Shares Their Thoughts…

“Later….With Jools Holland”: A Focus Group Shares Their Thoughts…

Later with Jools Holland BBC2

Later with Jools Holland BBC2

When producers of Jools Holland’s long running TV show Later… were brainstorming a couple of years ago for fresh impetus and ideas, something appeared to go awry.

TV Centre was closing, so the show required a vibrant new home. But where could they go that was fresh, buzzy and exciting? Hoxton perhaps? Shoreditch? Manchester?

Nope.

They went to Maidstone, Kent: a place where (with apologies to…

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Sep 8

Early Candidate For Music Book of the Year: “Beatles With An A” by Mauri Kunnas

Early Candidate For Music Book of the Year: “Beatles With An A” by Mauri Kunnas

Beatles with an A Mauri Kunnas cover

Beatles with an A Mauri Kunnas cover

In the year after the release of Mark Lewisohn’s 1,800 page Proustian Beatles biography “All These Years”, (merely part-one-of-a-trilogy) most Beatles writers have, quite justifiably one suspects, thrown down their pens in despair, turned to drink, or begun to dust off their Rolling Stones records and collect stories on The Beatles’ main rivals.

However, this year, two writers have noticed a…

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Sep 3

Remember Smash Hits Magazine…?

Remember Smash Hits Magazine…?

Smash hits cover ian dury.png

Smash hits cover ian dury.png

Let’s compare Smash Hits to its modern day equivalent……

It’s very tempting to look at how things were with either misty-eyed nostalgia, or like one of the Four Yorkshiremen in that Monty Python sketch (“Luxury! Kids today don’t know they’re born!”) One thing that appears to have been much better in the eighties is the pop music magazines, at least if a comparison of the ones I glanced over today…

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Pop Music: A Bluffer’s Update on the VMAs, X-Factor and the Grande v Royal Blood Chart Battle

Pop Music: A Bluffer’s Update on the VMAs, X-Factor and the Grande v Royal Blood Chart Battle

vma 2014 MTV

vma 2014 MTV

It has been a busy week in the world of pop.

At the weekend (and on TV on Monday) was the MTV VMAs – Video Music Awards – traditionally the scene of all manner of unpleasantness generally involving pop stars cavorting with snakes.

In previous years viewers have witnessed the unedifying spectacle of Britney Spears and a white Python (Python Regius), whilst two years ago it was the turn of Miley…

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Royal Blood ‘s debut album in white #vinyl: Rough Trade exclusive 800 copies #LittleBeauty #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Royal Blood ‘s debut album in white #vinyl: Rough Trade exclusive 800 copies #LittleBeauty #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Now a “House of Ho” restaurant, in Old Compton St, Soho - the 2i’s Coffee Bar #birthplaceofBritishrocknroll

Now a “House of Ho” restaurant, in Old Compton St, Soho - the 2i’s Coffee Bar #birthplaceofBritishrocknroll

Up Your Game With Personalised Rock T-Shirts

Up Your Game With Personalised Rock T-Shirts

rock_legends t shirts cult zeros

rock_legends t shirts cult zeros

With Prince gently encouraging fans to wear purple at recent shows and Arcade Fire requesting fancy dress be worn by the audience for their latest tour, it appears that even rock stars are wearying of the traditional audience attire / uniform of jeans and black t-shirt.

Although perhaps not as tricky as that impossible fashion quandary “Smart Casual” *, trying to get the Well Dressed Rock Fan to…

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$903 For Your Vintage Rock Concert T-Shirt? Yes Please…

$903 For Your Vintage Rock Concert T-Shirt? Yes Please…

Eddie Iron Maiden t shirt 1985 New York

ebay auction t shirts metal vintage

One of the problems of not having a time-machine (and there are many) is the difficulty in predicting exactly which bits of accumulated old tat you should throw disdainfully in the nearest skip, and which you should wrap in linen and ceremonially preserve in a casket in the loft with full military honours.

The Egyptians had the right idea, squirrelling away all manner of treasures in the tombs…

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Just got this #ZZTop t-shirt printed by #CultZeros. Mid-life crisis or the greatest T-shirt ever? You decide…

Just got this #ZZTop t-shirt printed by #CultZeros. Mid-life crisis or the greatest T-shirt ever? You decide…