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Union Of Knives
Glaswegian musician Chris Gordon talks to Cila Warncke about the return of his electronic project Union of Knives after an absence of almost fifteen years.
Swedish electro songstress Jenny Wilson talks to Cila Warncke about confronting the shattering reality of sexual violence and finding reasons to hope on her new album 'Exorcism'.
Lily Hiatt's third album has won praise for its country-rock blend. Cila Warncke gets to know her through the medium of her favourite listening for different frames of mind.
Country-tinged Irish duo The Lost Brothers talk to Cila Warncke about desert rambles, cheap guitars and the places they call home.
Trembling Blue Stars
Cila Warncke chats to Oisin Leech from Dublin-based Americana duo the Lost Brothers about their just released fourth album, 'News Songs of Dawn and Dust'
Cila Warncke chats to David Gedge from indie rockers the Wedding Present about his decision to move permanently to America and band's new album, 'Valentina'
Cila Warncke chats to Oisin Leech from Dublin-based folk duo the Lost Brothers about his influences and the things which are most important to him
Quiet, unprepossessing, non-drinking and incurably romantic, Bobby Wratten is the antithesis of the stereotypical rock star. Cila Warncke talks to one of the nicest men in rock about his long serving group, Trembling Blue Stars
Rosie Wilby is unique – not just because she is a renaissance-woman media mogul in the making – but also because she is astonishingly patient and empathetic for a woman who seems to have more ‘hats’
David Gedge, founder of Cinerama and erstwhile The Wedding Present front-man didn’t lean back on the sofa and put his hands behind his head. Nor did he stroll into the café, order a coffee – black –
It is to be feared that Huw Bucknell, driving force behind the delightful, addictive tunes of The Spanish Amanda, has missed his calling not once, but twice. When he is not scrawling out pop gems the
The world of music is full of stereotypes, one of which says that in order to be a real artist you have to struggle miserably. The only alternative, apparently, is “selling out” which is a privilege
Last April Cila Warncke for an article at Pennyblackmusic spoke to several people who worked in production and behind the scenes in music about the devastating impact that the Coronavirus crisis was starting to have on them. A year on she revisits them and others in the same situation to find out where they are now.
Production Crew Confront Covid
Harold F. Eggers
The news that Q magazine was closing this year after a 34-year run due to Covid-19 sent shock waves through the music community. Ex Q editorial assistant Cila Warncke talks to other former work colleagues about their fond memories of the influential magazine.
Cila Warncke writes of the devastating impact of the Coronavirus crisis on those behind the scenes in music.
Cila Warncke reflects on Townes Van Zandt's manager and business partner Harold F. Eggers' new biography about the gifted but emotionally unstable Texan singer-songwriter.
Long-term fan Cila Warncke pays personal tribute to Prince's maverick and eccentric genius
Honestly, I didn’t even want to go to the Cinerama concert. It was the last day of my life as I knew it, and it wasn’t going well. With nine people crammed into our 5-bedroom flat, we’d had to arrange a shower schedule – which meant I woke up at 6:4
New York Knitting Factory, 21st May 2001
House Of Love
Cila Warncke examines Bobbie Gentry's striking 1968 album which showcases an unexpected diversity of country music.
Cila Warncke finds that an outsized 20th Anniversary Edition four CD re-release of Gomez's Mercury Music Prize winning 'Bring It On' captures the brash charm of their youthful debut
In our ‘Re:View’ section in which we look back at albums from the past, Cila Warncke examines the House of Love’s seminal 1988 eponymous debut album, which has just been re-released in a three CD edition
In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic writers about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our long-term American writer Lisa Torem.
In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she chats to Pennyblackmusic writers about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke speaks to our Irish writer Eoghan Lyng.
In the second in her new series, 'A Life in Music', in which she will be talking to a Pennyblack writer about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke speaks to Fiona Hutchings,
In the first in a new series, 'A Life in Music', in which she will be talking to a Pennyblack writer about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke chats to Nicky Crewe.
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Cila Warncke reflects on ten of her favourite Memphis soul songs.
In our series 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different one of our writers or photographers writes of a favourite photograph, Cila Warncke reflects on a photograph by Anton Corbijn of Joy Division at Lancaster Gate Underground Station in November 1979.
Ever-fresh nostalgia on first album in seven years from influential alt. rock group Throwing Muses
Twelfth album from Nebraskan folk-pop singer Josh Rouse which takes a wrong turn around 1985
Fine latest album recorded in Nashville from Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens, who takes his influences from American roots music
Sincere and heartfelt blues/folk tribute on collection of original and cover songs from John Oates, who attempts to disprove that there are no second acts in American lives
Shovels and Rope
Irresistible country, blues, gospel, and garage rock on second album from South Carolina husband and wife duo, Shovels and Rope
Excessive and often unlistenable three CD/DVD box set from influential 90's electronic act, The Orb
Disconcerting but highly impressive combination of bluegrass, Americana and old-fashioned country on fourth album from veteran Clerkenwell-based group, Foghorn Leghorn
Anthemic fourth album from Editors, which takes a rip-roaring but unflinchingly raw and intense look at an emotionally devastating love affair
Patchy, but touching and ultimately compelling live album from Pulp, recorded before their chart success, at the Town and Country Club in London in 1991
Bittersweet and darkly romantic third album from Dublin-based Americana/indie duo, the Lost Brothers
Self-indulgent and over-intense latest album from psychedelic rockers, Spiritualized
Awe-inspiring retrospective which collects together all of highly regarded Sarah label signing Brighter's singles
Nightmares On Wax
Disappointing fifth album from laidback former kings of electronica, Nightmares on Wax
"Inoffensive...but also totally unnecessary" slab of indie pop, with Smiths and Wedding Present influences, from German group, the Groovy Cellar
Refreshingly "relevant" and "of-the-minute electro-techno workout" from dance maestro Terry Scott, aka Percy X
"More-British-than-Brit-Pop" and "delightfully mellow" debut release from Australian four piece, reminiscent in parts of both Oasis and Mercury Rev, which manages to be "comfortably familiar without sounding overly derivative."
"Slick" and "poppy", but ultimately unconvincing indie pop in the style of the Lucksmiths from Australian group, recording in London
"Stolid, but unremarkable" psychedelic trance, which conjures up memories of Ibiza pre-the Summer of Love
Unnecessary cover by German industrial metal outfit of Nancy Sinatra's classic hit 'These Boots are Made for Walking'
Wilfully hip, but disappointing and messy debut album from San Jose neo-wave noise pop artists Xiu Xiu
Would Be Goods
Unsaisfactory "pastiche" from a Boston based trio who have "been so busy nicking Portishead’s atmospherics that they have forgotten to borrow any of their pathos."
Latest CD from American electronic artist Carl Martin aka Transient whose "soulful ambience evokes enough of open skies, early dawns, and sweeping vistas to soothe and entice all but the most entrenched urbanite."
"Raucous, not-quite-four-minute melange of neo-punk noise" from much touted New York-based trio
Barely eleven minutes of airy pop, the 'Emmanuelle Béart EP' will keep you entertained between entrée and dessert if you are picnicking (on a summer’s afternoon, of course) in the garden of a minor no
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