John Clarkson speaks to Chris Thomson, the frontman with the Scottish group the Bathers, about the reissue of their classic trilogy of '90's albums on the German label Marina Records, and 'Sirenesque', their forthcoming first album in twenty years.
London-based singer-songwriter Eugene Coyne talks to John Clarkson about his fifth album and 'pop metal' record, which is the first of his records that he has written and recorded on the electric guitar.
Anthony Strutt talks to Love guitarist Johnny Echols about his friendship with their front man, the late Arthur Lee; their relationship with Elektra Records and the making of their first three classic albums
Owen Peters talks to Ian Mitchell from Oxford-based alt-folk trio Little Red about his band's three EPs to date and his label All Will Be Well Records
Interview with Joe Murphy and Jules Dakin
Owen Peters talks to Joe Murphy and Jules Dakin, the co-owners of London-based indie label Blang Records, about its recent tenth anniversary and 'Lucky Dip', a new celebratory compilation album which features acts from throughout its history
John Clarkson speaks to former Sleepingdog front woman and Dutch-born singer-songwriter Chantal Acda about her second solo album 'The Sparkle in Our Flaws', which is her first release on Glitterhouse Records
A Place to Bury Strangers
Anthony Strutt catches up with original and founder member, Oliver Ackermann from New York-based noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers to talk about their just released fourth album, 'Transfixiation', and life for the band since leaving Mute Records
John Clarkson chats to Simon Berridge , the front man with London-based indie trio Bromide, about his confessional new album, 'I Remember', and label, Scratchy Records
John Clarkson speaks to Richard Knox, the owner of Gizeh Records, about Shield Patterns, the electronic duo that he has formed with Manchester-based singer-songwriter Claire Brentnall; their debut album, 'Contour Lines', and his growing label
John Clarkson speaks to Jamie Sutherland, the singer with much acclaimed Edinburgh-based alternative rock seven-piece act Broken Records about their first album in four years, 'Weights and Pulleys', which they have released on their own label
Paul Waller talks to Sebadoh co-founder and drummer Eric Gaffney about his years in the band, his veganism and recent split single with Alasadir Roberts which he has released on new label, Happy Soul Records
Mineral are an electronic quartet with members in both Dublin and Paris. Anthony Strutt chats to front man Craig Walker about his group's debut album 'Plastic Ekohastric', which is being released on former Creation Records owner Alan McGee's new label 359 Music
John Lennon McCullagh
Anthony Strutt speaks to 15-year old singer-songwriter John Lennon McCullaugh, who is the first signing to ex-Creation Records boss Alan McGee's new label 359 Music, about his debut album, 'North South Divide'
John Clarkson speaks to Richard Knox, the guitarist with Leeds-based post-rock act Glissando’s second album, ‘The World Without Us’, its difficult making and his growing label, Gizeh Records
Interview Part 2
In the second part of our two part interview with Duglas T. Stewart from Scottish indie legends BMX Bandits, Anthony Strutt talks to him about the band's years on Creation Records and change of direction in recent years with the addition for the first time of a female co-singer, Rachel Allison
Interview Part 1
In the first part of a two part interview, Duglas T. Stewart, the front man with Scottish group BMX Bandits, speaks to Anthony Strutt about groundbreaking indie pop guitar band, and it early years in the late 80s on influential record label 53rd & 3rd Records
Interview Part 2
...while in the second part he talks about fronting his own short-lived group Apple Boutique, who had a single out on Creation Records, and working with both Lush and the Jesus and Mary Chain
Bad Weather California
Jamie Rowland chats to Chris Adolf, the front man with Denver-based band bad Weather California about their second album which has just been released on Akron/Family’s Family Tree Records, touring and playing back-up for Daniel Johnston
Saint Marie Records
John Clarkson talks Wyatt Parkins and Anthony Davis from the flourishing Texas-based independent label Saint Marie Records about the reasons for the rapid rise and success of their label which, despite being just over a year old, has already over twenty acts signed to it
Pete Fij/Terry Bickers
Peter Fij was the front man in Adorable and Polak, and Terry Bickers the guitarist in the House of Love and Levitation. The new duo, who will be playing the next Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night, reflect on their years on Creation Records and forthcoming debut album, 'Broken Hearted Surgery'
Dreams to Fill the Vacuum
The Sounds of Sheffield 1978-1988
Proud Sheffielder Fiona Hutchings checks out the latest curated collection from Cherry Red Records promising plenty of punk and post punk gems, including twelve previously unreleased tracks.
Adrian Janes examines ‘Ork Records; New York, New York’, a well-produced double CD package which tells the story of influential 1970’s punk/new wave label Ork Records
Tony Gaughan finds essential new five CD box set 'Creation Artefact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85', which focuses on the early years of the seminal label
Oxford music luminary Ian Mitchell has decided to set up a new kind of record label, All Will Be Well Records. Owen Peters meets him to find out all about it.
Megaphone Records re-issue the acclaimed 1997 masterpiece, 'The Magical World of the Strands', by Michael Head and the Strands. Keith How re-discovers its magic and 'The Olde World', an accompanying release of new recordings.
Malcolm Carter reflects upon acclaimed English singer-songwriter Mickey Jupp, who has just had a CD box set, 'Kiss Me Quick, Squeeze Me Slow', that looks over his career released on Repertoire Records
Interview with Vinita Joshi
Mark Rowland talks to Vinita Joshi, the owner of Rocket Girl, which now has released over a hundred records, about her long-standing London-based label which she has run since 1997
Len Bright Combo
The Len Bright Combo were a short-lived garage/punk band fronted by Stiff Records' Wreckless Eric. Malcolm Carter examines both their albums, 'The Len Bright Combo' and 'Combo Time', which have recently been reissued by Fire Records
Former Creation Records boss Alan McGee talks to Anthony Strutt about his new record company 359 Music, and why he has decided to start another label
American alternative rock duo Royal Trux have been remembered for recording albums that were as eccentric as they were sometimes unlistenable. Andrew Carver reflects upon their first four albums which have just been reissued by Domino Records
Interview with Bruce Iglauer Part 1
In the first part of a two part interview, Bruce Iglauer, the the president and founder of Alligator Records, the largest contemporary blues label in the world, talks to Lisa Torem about forming his label, which was first founded in 1971
Tommy Gunnarsson examines new Glasgow-based indiepop label Bubblegum Records which was formed earlier this year, and the four EPs and one album that it has already released
Chris O' Toole looks at new bi-annual publication 'Loops Magazine', whivch is being published in a joint venture between Domino Records and publishers Faber
Safety Meeting Records
Anthony Strutt profiles New Haven, Connecticut-based label Safety Meeting Records and three of its latest releases by Crooked Hook, Quiet Life and the Mountain Movers
Laughing Apple/Biff Bang Pow
Anthony Strutt profiles the career of Alan McGee's 80's bands the Laughing Apple and Biff Bang Pow !, who have had singles recently re-released on Edition 59, the offshoot of German label Vollwert Records
'Communications 1978-1992' is a new four CD box set dedicated to Factory Records. Anthony Dhanendran examines Factory Records' massive influence and its history
Malcom Carter profiles the career of BBC Radiophonic Workshop and soundtrack composer John Baker, who has just had two retropsective compilations released on Trunk Records
Distant Noise Records
Anthony Strutt profiles new ambient and post rock label Distant Noise Records, whose releases come out once a month and which are each limited to just a hundred copies
American pop anglophile has recently had re-released on Pink Hedgehog Records two of his albums, 1995's 'Waterbugs and Beetles' and last year's 'Drug Free'. Andrew Carver examines both of them
Domino Records Exhibition
Art Vinyl Gallery, London, 5/4/2007
At the Art Vinyl Gallery in London, Dominic Simpson attends an exhibition dedicated to the cover artwork of Domino Records
All Will Be Well Records
Jericho Tavern, Oxford, 13/11/2015
Owen Peters enjoys a showcase gig from new label All Will Be Well Records at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford, which featured six of their acts and included a remarkable performance from singer-songwriter Louise Petit
Banquet Records, Kingston, 7/1/2014
...and finds them equally on form at a show at Banquet Records in Kingston
Union Chapel, London, 12/6/2009
Despite main act the Leisure Society having their stage time drastically cut, Ben Howarth finds much to be impressed about at a showcase evening at which the rising Wilkommen Records presented all its current roster of acts at the beautiful Union Chapel venue in London
Luminaire, London, 21/1/2009
Signed to Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records, American singer-songwriter has been making an increasing impact in Britain. Guest reviewer Charles Howarth watches her play a emotive set to an entranced audience at the Luminaire in London
Pure Groove Records, London, 15/2/2008
At the tiny venue of Pure Groove Records, possibly north London's smallest record shop, Sarah Maybank is both impressed and scared by upbeat Australian teenage five piece Operator Please's professionalism and musical talent
Dublin Castle, London, 30/1/2007
The Headlines are a new five piece band from Manchester. At a support date at the Fierce Panda and Pointy Records-sponsored Club Fandango at Dublin Castle in London, Olga Sladeckova finds their music radiating with energy
Kelp Records Showcase
Barrymore, Ottawa, 1/5/2004
Canadian label Kelp Records has just celebrated it tenth anniverary. At a gig to celebrate this at Barrymore's in Ottawa, Andrew Carver watches excellent performances from five of its best acts
100 Club, London, 27/3/2003
Recently signed to new major label Temptation records. Indie guitar band Medium 21 have just finished playing a major British tour. Olga Sladeckoba watches them and support band the Capes on its last night both play energetic sets
Six by Seven
Sheffield Leadmill, 23/11/2002
Despite recently being dropped by Mantra Records, shortly after releasing their critically acclaimed third album, 'The Way I Feel Today', Six by Seven have lost none of their passion.. Denzil Watson catches them in intense form at the Sheffield Leadmill
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
The New Acoustic Movement has a lot to answer for. Not only did people start taking it seriously, they actually started buying Alfie records. Is this what happened to Romo? You were all wearing Boots mascara and dancing to Ultravox five years ago ,you che
Adrian P examines Giant Sand’s much-cherished 1991 studio album once more, which Fire Records have rebooted once more with a renewed double-disc edition.
Hangman's Beautiful Daughters
Smashed Full of Wonder
In our 'Re:View'section, in which we look at albums and records from the past, Dixie Ernill reflects on an excellent new compilation of forgotten 80’s garage band Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters.
Erick Mertz examines 'Beautiful Despair', a 'lost' Television Personalities from 1990, which has finally come out on Fire Records.
Jelly Roll Morton
Complete Library of Congress Recordings
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers re-evaluate records from the past, Andrew Hare takes an academic look at the self-proclaimed founder of jazz Jelly Roll Morton's 'Complete Library of Congress Recordings' which was re-released as an 8 CD box set last year
Re : View-Various
Conceived and compiled by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman together with Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye in 1972, 'Nuggets' is the definitive compilation of 60s rock and pop underground music. Now re-released, Geraint Jones assesses it abiding impact
Re : View-Brilliant Corners
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series. in which writers re-examine records from the past, Dixie Ernill looks back nostalgically on Bristol indiepop band the Brilliant Corners' excellent 'Fruit Machine' mini-album
Re : View-V/A
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers lookk back on albums of the past, Andrew Carver examines 'Vancouver Complication', a classic 1979 punk compilation, which has just been reissued on Sudden Death Records with extra tracks
Re : view-Killers
Released in June of this year, Las Vegas’ act the Killers debut album, ‘Hot Fuss’, has brought the band much acclaim and continues to sell well. Anthony Strutt explains why it is one of his records of the year
Re : view-Punishment of Luxury
In the latest in our 'Re : view' series in which our writers look back on records that they feel deserve a second evaluation, Dave Toynton examines 1970's punk band Punishment of Luxury's lost classic, 'The Laughing Academy'
Re : View-Dashboard Confessional
The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
An odd encounter with a Vagrant records sampler plunged Jonjo McNeill into the beginning of a love affair with emo group Dashboard Confessional. He writes about the hold the band's second album 'The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most' has on him
Re : View-Tables
Shady Whims and Obstacles
In the latest in our 'Re : view' series in which our writers look back on records that they feel deserve a second evaluation, Tommy Gunnarsson examines Norwegian indiepop band the Tables' debut album, 'Shady Whims and Obstacles'
Re : view -Public Image Ltd
Notoriously difficult, Public Image Ltd's second album, 'Metal Box', was one of the most seminal records of the late 70's. Jon Rogers looks at its impact twenty five years on
In 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland examines some of the best soul records available on Bandcamp.
In his new series 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland goes orienteering through the Bandcamp wilderness to find its hidden gems and begins by profiling the latest releases of Nottingham label Gringo Records.
Dave Goodwin and record collector Pete Smith share memories and essential tracks from Northern Soul imprint Grapevine Records.
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' takes us on a tour of the records that mean the most to her from 1979, the year of her birth.
In his regular 'Vinyl Stories' column Dave Goodwin investigates five Northern Soul compilation albums that have been reissued through Club Soul/Charly Records on vinyl.
Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Chicago-based writer Lisa Torem finds ‘Bitten by the Blues’ about the Windy City label, Alligator Records, to be a compelling, frank and informative read.
The Most Dear Records of All Time
In his regular 'Vinyl Stories' column Dave Goodwin discovers the most expensive records in the world.
The Stiff Records Story
in her regular 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Richard Balls' book ‘Be Stiff’, which is about the rise and fall of Stiff Records, imbues a classic, cultural relevance and that its heroes made an indelible mark on pop/punk music.
Dave Goodwin in 'Vinyl Stories' talks to Stuart Avis, member of Brighton prog/electro collective Servants of Science, about his love of Sparks, their records and their associated memories.
Dave Goodwin in his regular column 'Vinyl Stories' speaks to multi-musical man, Stereogram Records owner and Cathode Ray frontman Jeremy Thoms about his vinyl records.
Sam Phillips, the late owner of Sun Records in Memphis, brought Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to fame. Lisa Torem reflects on a new book that explains the back stories behind the man’s ingenuity.
Planet Vinyl A Natural History Part 2
In last month's Vinyl Stories we took ourselves from the very start of the record to the point of vinyl's world domination. In part two of Dave Goodwin's journey into this rise of the vinyl record he examines the trends and fortunes of in-demand records with the help of an old friend called Jimmy
In his regular 'Vinyl Stories' column Dave Goodwin talks to Pennyblackmusic writer Fiona Hutchings about her passion for Madness, Queen and Mark Morriss whose records are amongst her favourite albums
Under the Radar
In the second in his new column 'Under the Radar', in which he will examining the great but often under-rated, Keith How investigates Cambrian Records, the micro-label of Welsh guitarist Toby Hay
In 'Vinyl Stories' Dave Goodwin talks to Anthony Strutt, one of Pennyblackmusic's oldest writers, about his favourite vinyl records, which include LPs by the Doors, the Pretenders, the Smiths, the Cure and the Beatles
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Keith How reflects on some of his favourite tracks released by German ambient/jazz label ECM Records
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
Despite being uninspired by their earlier records, Malcolm Carter in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' finds much to recommend on Deacon Blue's three recent albums
How Times Change
Dave Goodwin in 'Vinyl Stories' looks back on the record shops of 1970's and 1980's Nottingham by way of five records that shaped those years for him
Vinyl Stories 1
In the first part of a two-part 'Vinyl Stories' dedicated to David Bowie, Dave Goodwin speaks to Pennyblackmusic writers John Clarkson, Lisa Torem and Carl Bookstein about some of their favourite Bowie records...
Factory Records Memories
Nicky Crewe reflects on what she both remembers and does not remember about knowing from her teens Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and working the door at the legendary Russell and Hacienda clubs
John Lennon McCullagh
Bill Gray photographs sixteen year old singer-songwriter John Lennon McCullagh, who was the first signing to ex-Creation Records boss Alan McGee's new label 359 Music