Issue 36 / April 2009

Featured in this issue…

The Stone Roses The inside story of indie's fateful visionaries

"And I'll never come here again, And we will never come here again, And we will never play here again..." As The Stone Roses chimed this warning all across the flip side of their 'Sally Cinnamon' single in May 1987, few could predict the melodic sea change that was about to drench the indie scene...

Marianne Faithful Rolling Stones' chanteuse

Over the course of her forty-five year career, Marianne Faithful has led many lives. From virtuous to vilified, juvenescent to junkie, stigmatized to survivor, she has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows the fame can often cruelly bequeath.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Texan art rockers craft their finest album in some time

Conrad Keely is straight off the plane, but looks anything but dishevelled, despite some major delays at the opposite-end airport. He sloshes his drink gently in its glass, smiles broadly, and welcomes all questions. The man seems comfortable, content; pleased as punch, even.

Dan Deacon Treading the thin line between genius and insanity

They say there is a thin line between genius and madness. Baltimore based electro oddball Dan Deacon doesn't just tread this line, he rides a unicycle along it whilst balancing a cake on his head and juggling eight kittens.

Brighton Port Authority Norman Cook's latest project

Charles Darwin, long before he popped his scientific clogs, said: "In the long history of humankind, and animal kind too, those who have learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively has prevailed".

Thom Yorke An extract from a new biography of the singer

In retrospect, its lucky that Thom didn't become a star at 18. He was already talented enough that it was entirely possible. He had an enormous pile of songs, many of which would turn up in various forms years later.

Pet Shop Boys The electro-pop pioneers and Brit award winners

With their arms raised sky-high towards the deluxe ceilings of Shoreditch House, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are swirling their hips around repeatedly while spluttering enthusiastically about the gig they attended the night before. Seeing 80s icon Grace Jones has left the British legends stunned...

Album Spotlight

Velvet Underground & Nico

Velvet Underground & Nico

Personality Clash

The Coast Vs Born Ruffians

The Coast Vs Born Ruffians

  • Clash Essential 15 The best pop picks from the Clash stereo
  • Bowman's Blog Edith tells all
  • Private Passions Underworld's Darren Emerson on computers
  • Planet Robb John Robb highlights some unexplored musical areas
  • Rock And Rules Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
  • Local Heroes Disco Drive talk Italian house
Album Reviews
  • Bonnie Prince Billy "Beware"
  • Black Lips "200 Million Thousand"
  • The Decemberists "The Hazards Of Love"
  • Peter Doherty "Grace/Wastelands"
  • Loney Dear "Dear John"
  • XRABIT & DMG$ "Hello World"
  • Twisted Wheel "We Are Us"
  • Doom "Born Like This"
  • U2 "No Line On The Horizon"
  • Dananananaykroyd "Hey Everyone"
  • Filthy Dukes "Nonsense In The Dark"
  • Dan Deacon "Bromst"

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