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 Alexis Late

A knot in my heart: The Raincoats at the Feminist Library Summer Benefit, London, 2 July 2016

A knot in my heart: The Raincoats at the Feminist Library Summer Benefit, London, 2 July 2016

Photo by Amber Bateup. It’s hard to talk about The Raincoats. I’m writing this from a teahouse in London, trying to figure out why that is. I can’t find the right phrase to describe the knot in my heart that tightens when I think about them. It’s the kind of knot that holds you together. […]

 Everett True

Name and shame | The great bands that should never have reformed

Name and shame | The great bands that should never have reformed

This line. It might be thin, so thin that it can’t be seen by the human eye so I can only give you a representation, but it exists – believe you me. Here. Here’s a reminder. OK. Let’s get on with the chart. Reminder: to qualify, the band needs to have been great in the first […]

 Everett True

It’s a thin line | Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great

It’s a thin line | Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great

Here’s the line. It’s thin. Above it we find bands like Mission Of Burma, The Go-Betweens and Sleater-Kinney. (Wire are momentarily disqualified for not really splitting.) Below it, we find bands like The Sex Pistols, Pixies and Swervedriver. Like this. Got the idea? Good. Now we move on to a more extended pie chart. As Lucy Cage […]

 Lee Adcock

So. That NME List. Let’s Talk.

So. That NME List. Let’s Talk.

As we all know, I’m just a hack when it comes to music criticism. Not one of those professional, illustrious NME editors at all. However, I can say that I know a thing or two more about sample selection and “science” than the self-righteous blokes ($10 wager that they’re ALL blokes) who compiled this so-called […]

 Everett True

THE TEN GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE | A RESPONSE

THE TEN GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE | A RESPONSE

Nothing matters more than the all-conquering Top 10.

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THE TEN GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE

THE TEN GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE

Right! I’ve thought long and hard about this, agonised and whittled down to final ten but here, at last, I think I’ve burned down to a list of solid gold excellence.

 Everett True

A surprisingly insightful Everett True interview from 2009

It is worth bearing in mind that writing – like any art performed in the public arena – is part-performance, so it’s worth having a persona that you can slip in and out of.

 Everett True

I wasn’t always this cool (my first record)

Suddenly, I understood why people loved pop so much

 Everett True

two discussions around the notion of ‘authenticity’ in pop music


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Authenticity, pah! It’s as bad as real music! No such thing.

 Princess Stomper

Producers that make (or break) the band

Band-members are like the ingredients of a cake: get it wrong, and the result is bland or sickly.