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Live

100 Club, London, 27/5/2004

Features - 100 Club, London, 27/5/2004

Tennessee pop rock act the Features recently played a headlining British tour. In the newly air-conditioned and now smoke-free London 100 Club, Daniel Cressey finds them able to maintain a distinct edge


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Interviews

Interview Janette Mason - Interview

London-based producer, arranger and keyboardist Janette Mason talks to John Clarkson about her forthcoming EP ‘Wall to Wall Bowie’ which features on vocals David McAlmont and Sam Obernik and reworks five of David Bowie’s songs as jazz torch ballads.


Interview Alice Cooper - Interview

Alice Cooper talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new album ‘Detroit Stories,’ which, in homage to the infamous blue-collar city and his home town, includes new and classic covers, and features original band members.


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

In our fifth interview with them, John Clarkson talks to Johny Brown, Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn from London-based alternative/indie rock band the Band of Holy Joy about their remarkable latest album, ‘Neon Primitives’.


Black Sedan
Interview Black Sedan - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to author, publisher and broadcaster Mark Hodkinson about his musical project Black Sedan’s debut album, ‘Adventure Lit Their Star’, which features forty other contributors, including Charlie Chaplin, and took over two years to record.


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to London-based alternative rock group the Band of Holy Joy front man Johny Brown about their latest two albums, ‘The Clouds That Break the Sky’ and ‘Funambulist We Love You’.


Rothko
Interview Rothko - Interview

Mark Beazley talks to John Clarkson about the return of his bass/ambient project Rothko and thir second album of this year, ‘A Young Fist Curled around a Cinder for a Wager’, which features Band of Holy Joy singer Johny Brown


Blang Records
Interview with Joe Murphy and Jules Dakin Blang 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


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown, Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about the making of their band's latest album, 'The Land of Holy Joy'.


Black Site
Interview Black Site - Interview

The Black Site are a new raw blues/avant-garde rock duo which features ex-members of Madam and Sophia. Dominic Simpson talks to them about their forthcoming appearance at our next Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night


Monster Magnet
Interview Monster Magnet - Interview

Lisa Torem chats to Dave Wyndorf, the front man with New Jersey rockers, about their new album 'Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol', which features alternative versions of songs from their previous album


Dodson and Fogg
Interview Dodson and Fogg - Interview

Malcom Carter talks to singer-songriter and author Chris Wade about his 60's-influenced band Dodson and Fogg's sixth album and new concept record, 'In a Strange Slumber', which features a guest appearance from 'The Young Ones' actor, Nigel Planer


Band of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about his group's life-affirming new album, 'Easy Listening'


A Little Orchestra
Interview A Little Orchestra - Interview

John Clarkson chats to Bobby Barry and Natalie Hudson from the ten-piece A Little Orchestra about their debut album 'Clocks', which features contributions from Darren Hayman, ballboy's Gordon McIntyre, the Loves' Simon Love and Swedish singer-songwriter Lisa Bouvier


Band of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about his group's two new albums, 'How to Kill a Butterfly' and 'The North is Another Land'; writing plays and his group's new radio show


A Band Called Quinn
Interview A Band Called Quinn - Interview

Louise Quinn from Glasgow electronic group A Band Called Quinn speaks to John Clarkson about appearing in Edinburgh in a controversial modern version of the 1728 play 'The Beggar's Opera' and their new album, which features the songs that they wrote for it


Willard Grant Conspiracy
Interview Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview

At a show in Edinburgh, Robert Fisher from the Willard Grant Conspiracy speaks to John Clarkson about the split reaction to his band's last album, 'Pilgrim Road', and their just released eighth album 'Paper Covers Stone', which features both reworked old songs and also new material


Dot Allison
Interview Dot Allison - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Scottish-born songwriter Dot Allison about her recently released fourth solo album, 'Room 7½', which features appearances from both Paul Weller and Peter Doherty


Steve Wynn
Interview Steve Wynn - Interview

Solo artist and ex-frontman with the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn recently toured Europe with his side project Danny and Dusty, which also features Green on Red frontman Dan Stuart. After speaking to Stuart, Anthony Strutt now speaks to Steve Wynn about Danny and Dusty's new album, 'Cast Iron Soul'


Original Silence
Interview Original Silence - Interview

Original Silence is an improvised alt rock/jazz formed by Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, and which also features Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and producer Jim O' Rourke. Mark Rowland talks to him about it, and 'The First Original Silence', the band's debut CD


Hugh Cornwell
Interview Hugh Cornwell - Interview

Former Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell has recently published his autobiography 'A Multitude of Sins'. With both a three CD new live album out, and also a single CD which features some of its highlights, he chats to John Clarkson


Profiles

Kasai Allstars
Félicité Kasai Allstars - Félicité

Maarten Schiethart reflects on new film 'Félicité' and its accompanying soundtrack, which, curremtly touring European cinemas, is set in the Congo,and features the Kasaï Allstars in several bar scenes.


Big Star
Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More Big Star - Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More

Mark Rowland enjoys DVD tribute concert 'Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More' which features Big Star members Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer and also guests including REM's Mike Mills, Robyn Hitchcock and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy


Sharon Signs To Cherry Red
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

Anthony Dhanendran examines 'Sharon Signs to Cherry Red', an eclectic new double CD retrospective which features indie label female artists from 1979 to 1985


Scarlet Page
Interview Miscellaneous - Interview

Nick Dent-Robinson chats to rock photographer Scarlet Page about her current exhibition ‘Resonators', which features photographs of around forty guitarists including her father, Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page


Sheila Rock
Interview Sheila Rock - Interview

Dave Goodwin talks to acclaimed photographer Sheila Rock about her new book ‘Punk+’, which features her classic photos of the 70's punk era


Profile
Jesus and Mary Chain Part 3 Jesus And Mary Chain - Jesus and Mary Chain Part 3

In the second third of his occasional series, about the Jesus and Mary Chain, who have recently had all their albums reissued, Anthony Strutt examines their fourth album, 'Honey's Dead'


Profile
Jesus and Mary Chain Part 2 Jesus And Mary Chain - Jesus and Mary Chain Part 2

In the second part of his series, and wth all of their studio albums having been recently reissued in double CD editions, Anthony Strutt reflects upon the Jesus and Mary Chain's 1989 third album, 'Automatic'


Profile
Jesus and Mary Chain Part 1 Jesus And Mary Chain - Jesus and Mary Chain Part 1

With all six of their studio albums having been recently reissued, Anthony Strutt in a new series looks back on the career of Scottish alternative group the Jesus and Mary Chain and begins by looking at their first two albums, 'Psychocandy' and 'Darklands'


DVD-Klangbad/Faust
Avant-Garde in the Meadows/Live at Klangbad Festival Faust - Avant-Garde in the Meadows/Live at Klangbad Festival

Dominic Simpson finds much to recommend on a new double DVD which features two films, one about the pop avant-garde music festival Klangbad curated by the German experimental group Faust and the other which captures a rare live performance by them


DVD
Lizard in a Woman's Skin Miscellaneous - Lizard in a Woman's Skin

Anthony Strutt examines 1971 Italian horror film, 'Lizard in a Woman's Skin', which has just been restored on DVD, and features a psychedelic soundtrack from Ennio Morricone


DVD-Calexico
Live from Austin, Texas, 13/9/2006 Calexico - Live from Austin, Texas, 13/9/2006

The ‘Live From Austin, Texas’ series of DVDs features previously unreleased performances from selected Americana bands. Malcolm Carter is impresseed by the latest in the series, which is a recording of a Calexico show from 2006


Sonic Cathedral
Interview Miscellaneous - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Nathaniel Cramp, the owner of London-based record label and shoegazing club Sonic Cathedral, which has just released its first compilation CD and album, which features tracks from all its singles to date


DVD-Herman's Hermits
The Hilton Show Hermans Hermits - The Hilton Show

Herman's Hermits new DVD, a concert film which which filmed on an Australian tour in 1966, features both the original and also a modern version. While there is much to recommend in the old film, he finds a lot less so in the new version


Levellers
Chaos Theory Levellers - Chaos Theory

The Levellers' new two disc DVD, 'Chaos Theory', features a disc of a live concert at Reading Hexagon, and another disc of extra material. Helen Tipping finds that it makes both excellent and entertaining viewing


Live

Jesus And Mary Chain
O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017 Jesus And Mary Chain - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017

Noise rock pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain turn in an excellent career-spanning set at the O2 Academy, Liverpool in support of recent LP ‘Damage and Joy’. Richard Lewis reviews.


Jesus And Mary Chain
Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017 Jesus And Mary Chain - Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017

Richard Lewis finds the Jesus and Mary Chain, who are currently touring 'Damage and Joy' their first new album in nineteen years, to be on formidable form at a near-capacity Manchester Academy


Stewart Copeland
The Invention of Morel, Chicago, Illinois, 24/2/2017 Stewart Copeland - The Invention of Morel, Chicago, Illinois, 24/2/2017

Lisa Torem watches Chicago Opera Theater's exciting telling of 'The Invention of Morel' which features the collaboration of former Police drummer Stewart Copeland with British playwright/director Jonathan Moore


Jesus and Mary Chain
Rock City, Nottingham, 22/2/2015 Jesus And Mary Chain - Rock City, Nottingham, 22/2/2015

Anthony Strutt at Rock City in Nottingham watches the Jesus and Mary Chain play an enjoyable but over-rehearsed show to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'Psychocandy', their seminal debut album


Band of Holy Joy
Tiger Lounge, Manchester, 27/9/2014 Band Of Holy Joy - Tiger Lounge, Manchester, 27/9/2014

Bill Seagrave watches the Band of Holy Joy play an atmospheric and inventive set at the Tiger Lounge in Manchester


Chameleons Vox
Broadcast, Glasgow, 27/5/2014

Tony Gaughan watches Chameleons Vox, which features original Chameleons bassist Mark Burgess, in an excellent show play all of Burgess' former band's 1982 classic debut album, 'Script of the Bridge' at Broadcast in Glasgow


Chris Farlowe
(Solid 60's Silver Show) Playhouse, Edinburgh, 24/2014 Chris Farlowe - (Solid 60's Silver Show) Playhouse, Edinburgh, 24/2014

John Clarkson at the Playhouse in Edinburgh is impressed by the Solid Silver 60’s Show, which now in its 29th year features original 60's artists, and which included a strong set from blues legend Chris Farlowe


Jim Reid/Story One
Cavern, Exeter, 29/10/2005 Jesus And Mary Chain - Cavern, Exeter, 29/10/2005

Jim Reid was one of the seminal figures of the late 80's and early 90's as the frontman with the Jesus and Mary Chain. At a disastrous show at the Exeter Cavern, Ben Howarth watches hin fall prey to an unresponsive audience


Jim Reid
12 Bar, London, 19/4/2004 Jesus And Mary Chain - 12 Bar, London, 19/4/2004

Former Jesus and Mary Chain star Jim Reid rarely plays gigs these days. In what is possibly his last performance , Olga Sladeckova sees him affect a in-part JAMC reunion with former drummer John Moore at the tiny London 12 Bar


Violet Indiana
London Borderline, 8th October 200 Violet Indiana - London Borderline, 8th October 200

The London based band, Violet Indiana, which formed just under a year ago, and which features ex-Cocteau Twins member Robin Guthrie on guitar and Siobhan de Mare on vocals, started their first ever UK tour by playing the London Borderline on the 8th Octob


Albums

Jefferson Airplane
Sweeping Up The Spotlight: Live at the Fillmore East 1969 Jefferson Airplane - Sweeping Up The Spotlight: Live at the Fillmore East 1969

Lisa Torem finds that this Jefferson Airplane live album, which was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1969 and features hits and fillers, exemplifies the Summer of Love experience.


Graham Day and the Forefathers
Good Things Graham Day and the Forefathers - Good Things

In our 'Re:View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past. Fiona Hutchings examines Medway garage rockers Graham Day and the Forefathers reissue of their 2014 album 'Good Things' which features three bonus tracks.


Terry Dolan
Terry Dolan Terry Dolan - Terry Dolan

Carl Bookstein examines San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Terry Dolan’s posthumously released self-titled 1972 debut album which features fine songwriting and a cast of brilliant musicians


Re : View -Jesus and Mary Chain
Stoned and Dethroned Jesus And Mary Chain - Stoned and Dethroned

In the latest in our new 'Re :View' series, in which we look back upon albums that we feel deserve re-evaluation, Olga Sladeckova reflects upon the Jesus and Mary Chain's underacknowledged masterpiece, 'Stoned and Dethroned'


Jesus and Mary Chain
Psycho Candy Jesus And Mary Chain - Psycho Candy

When East Kilbride’s The Jesus And Mary Chain surfaced early in 1984 it changed music forever for me. Before that I’d hated the eighties mainstream music and really only listened to 60’s stuff and als


Features

Isley Brothers
The Image That Made Me Weep Isley Brothers - The Image That Made Me Weep

As part of our new series 'The Image That Made Me Weep', we are inviting a different guest with each edition to write of a music photograph that has had an impact on them. Scottish singer-songwriter Roy Moller writes of a 1960 photo of the Isley Brothers which also features his photographer father.


Band Of Holy Joy
(With Moon Under Water and Dream Maps), Water Rats, London, 17/1/2020 Band Of Holy Joy - (With Moon Under Water and Dream Maps), Water Rats, London, 17/1/2020

We profile our next London Pennyblackmusic Bands' night which will take place with The Band of Holy Joy, Moon Under Water and Dream Maps at the Water Rats on the 17th January, 2020.


Band Of Holy Joy
(With the Cathode Ray), Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, 10/12/2017 Band Of Holy Joy - (With the Cathode Ray), Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, 10/12/2017

We profile our next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with The Band Of Holy Joy and The Cathode Ray on the 10th December at the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh.


Bob Boilen
Your Song Changed My Life Bob Boilen - Your Song Changed My Life

In her 'Raging Pages' column Lisa Torem reflects on American author and NPR host Bob Boilen's new book, which features 35 interviews with songwriters and musicians on their inspirations


Band of Holy Joy
(With the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son), Macbeth, London, 9/1/2015 Band Of Holy Joy - (With the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son), Macbeth, London, 9/1/2015

Dominic Simpson looks back on our first Bands' Nights of 2015, which at the Macbeth in London, saw sets from the Band of Holy Joy, the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son


Soundtrack of Our Lives
The Jesus and Mary Chain Jesus And Mary Chain - The Jesus and Mary Chain

In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column in which our writers describe the personal impact of music in their lives, Anthony Strutt writes of discovering the Jesus and Mary Chain in the mid 1980s


Moby
Live The Hotel Tour Moby - Live The Hotel Tour

Sarah Johnston examines Moby's new live DVD, which was filmed at at a venue in Belgium and features footage from a tour to promote his recent 'Hotel' album


V/A
Give 'Em the Boot Miscellaneous - Give 'Em the Boot

Anthony Strutt examines Dutch punk label Hellcat's new DVD 'Give 'Em the Boot', which features footage of some of the best bands on their roster including Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Rancid, Horrorpops and the Dropkick Murphys


Firewater
Profile Firewater - Profile

Firewater features members of the Jesus Lizard, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, Soul Coughing, and Laughing Hyenas. With both the bands' two albums to date out for the first time in Britain, Mark Rowland profiles this exciting new American group







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