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Adrian Janes


Interviews



Legendary singer and songwriter and former Family frontman Roger Chapman talks to Adrian Janes about his long career and his first album in seven years ,'Life in the Pond'




Xan Tyler
Mad Professor
Jah Wobble

Singer-songwriter and musician Xan Tyler speaks to Adrian Janes about her new album 'Clarion Call' upon which she has collaborated with dub pioneer Mad Professor.
Adrian James chats to acclaimed dub produce/remixer Mad Professor about his long career and work on Xan Tyler's new album 'Clarion Call'.
Acclaimed musician and songwriter Jah Wobble talks to Adrian Janes about his time as the original bassist in Public Image Ltd, his musical and philosophical heroes and his band the Invaders of the Heart.




Ist Ist
Audra
Zoe Howe
Celeste Bell

Andy Keating of Manchester's Ist Ist talks to Adrian Janes about the band's influences, music and future.
Adrian Janes speaks to singer and bass player from Arizonian post-punk band Audra about their fourth album and first release in ten years, 'Dear Tired Friends'.
Music writer Zoë Howe talks to Adrian Janes about ‘Dayglo: the Poly Styrene Story’, which is about the late X-Ray Spex vocalist and songwriter Poly Styrene and which has been written in close collaboration with Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell.
Celeste Bell, the daughter of late X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene , talks to Adrian Janes about her mother and ‘Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story’, the new music biography which she has written in collaboration with music writer Zoë Howe.


Grand Blue Heron
Brooders
Zoe Howe
Robert Wyatt

Adrian Janes speaks to Paul Lamont of Belgian rock band Grand Blue Heron as they release their new album, ‘Come Again’.
In the wake of their exciting 2017 mini-album, Adrian Janes interviews psych-grunge maestros Brooders to ask about their influences, the Leeds scene and their progress to this point.
Music writer Zoe Howe talks to Adrian Janes about her first novel, 'Shine On, Marquee Moon', her biographies of the Slits and the Jesus and Mary Chain, and why self-publishing is punk
With the release of a collection of 1960s Canterbury Scene band the Wilde Flowers and associates, founder member Robert Wyatt reflects on those early years, his subsequent musical career, collaborations and political commitment


Morgan Delt

Adrian Janes speaks to American singer-songwriter Morgan Delt about his outstanding new self-titled debut album


Profiles



Adrian Janes examines Swedish academic Per Nilsen's new book which provides a gig-by-gig account of The Stooges' chaotic career.




Miscellaneous
Alison Moyet
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous

Adrian Janes reflects on two new books on 1970's punk, one on the legendary Roxy Club and the other on punk fanzines and writing
The reissue of Alison Moyet’s first four albums gives Adrian Janes the chance to reappraise a versatile singer whose initial embrace of blues and electronica grew to include many other influences
Adrian Janes finds that the thirtieth anniversary reissue of Alex Cox's film about the tortuous relationship of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen depresses as much as it compels
Adrian Janes finds that the Punk 1976-78 exhibition in the British Library, though by no means exhaustive, succeeds in conveying something of the fraught circumstances in which the punk movement arose in the UK and the excitement and great creative energy it unleashed


Live Reviews





Vive Le Rock Awards
Gang Of Four
Cardigans

Adrian Janes finds UK rock magazine Vive Le Rock’s awards once again paying punky homage to heroes and icons.
Adrian Janes watches influential post-punk the Gang of Four in a show at the Borderline in London play a fiery set to promote their new album 'Happy Now'.
On the 20th anniversary tour for 'Gran Turismo', Adrian Janes shares in the Cardigans' warm embrace of their past.


Favourite Albums




Earthworks
Miscellaneous
Asian Dub Foundation

Adrian Janes assesses an expanded version of a 1997 career compilation of Bill Bruford’s jazz combo Earthworks, which covers both studio and live tracks.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Adrian Janes reflects on a new reissue of Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera’s 1975 first solo album 'Diamond Head', which mixes styles and star guests to often impressive effect.
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Adrian Janes finds that Asian Dub Foundation's superb 1998 second album 'Rafi's Revenge;, which has now been reissued, criss-crosses genres to create truly multicultural music.


Features



Tim Buckley

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In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' Adrian Janes examines the melancholic back cover photograph of Tim Buckley's 1974 last studio album, ‘Look at the Fool’.
Adrian Janes, who has written for Pennyblackmusic since 2012, reflects upon ten of his favourite acts and songs during his time writing for us.



Miscellaneous
Jeff Buckley
Miscellaneous
Autumn Leaves

In 'Ten Songs that Made Me Love...' Adrian Janes writes of ten of his favourite songs from 1967 and tracks by artists including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Doors and Jefferson Airplane
Adrian Janes in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' reflects on his ten favourite songs by Jeff Buckley
Adrian Janes, in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...', reflects on his ten favourite drum tracks
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Adrian Janes reflects on some of his favourite songs by Tim Buckley


Reviews



Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters
Lou Barlow
Derev
Kevin Hewick

Album of electronica-dominated instrumentals from former Engineers Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters is a sleek but disappointing construction.
Fourth solo album from Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh member, folky and lo-fi in style, only partly justifies its existence.
Debut from Canadian progressive band with European and Middle Eastern roots Derev is both musicianly and heartfelt
Musically varied tenth album from Leicester singer-songwriter Kevin Hewick proves a strong collection concerned both with connection and its lack


Ja, Panik
Black Pistol Fire
Gary Lucas
James Williamson and Deniz Tek

Intriguing sixth album from Austrian rock band Ja, Panik after several years’ absence, which mixes musical approaches with German and English lyrics.
Canadian duo Black Pistol Fire offer impassioned and energetic rock with some subtle twists and turns
Wide-ranging retrospective on eclectic career of guitarist Gary Lucas reflects his roles as Gods and Monsters band leader and adventurous collaborator with such as Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart
Stooges guitarist James Williamson and Radio Birdman frontman Deniz Tek team up to make solid rock


Izzy and the Black Trees
Idles
Professor and the Madman
Hermetic Delight

Varied and strong debut from Polish rock band Izzy and the Black Trees
Third incisive barrage from critically acclaimed Bristol band IDLES
Fourth album from US/UK punk rock veterans draws on 1960’s and 70’s influences to create entertaining but ultimately lightweight album
Debut album from French band Hermetic Delight who try to merge rock and pop, and at their best produce deep pleasure


Cosse
Ist Ist
Bobby Lees
SAVAK

Strong debut EP from French post-rock and noise purveyors Cosse
Strong debut album from post-punk Mancunians Ist Ist, who while they have Joy Division in their DNA reveal themselves to be no clones
Lust for life garage rock with the engine running, on Jon Spencer-produced debut from New York’s The Bobby Lees.
Outstanding fourth album in five years from melodic Brooklyn indie supergroup SAVAK who have hardcore roots


Andrew Hawkey
Audra
Richard James Simpson
Richard James Simpson

Veteran Cornish singer-songwriter Andrew Hawkey's reflections of where he’s been and where the world is going on his fourth album
Impressive fourth album from Arizona-based post-punk group Audra, their first in a decade
Second solo album from American musician Richard James Simpson who mixes soundscapes with energetic rock but rarely unites them


Filthy Friends
FTR
Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Coldharbourstores

Passionate second album from Oregon-based Filthy Friends counts the cost of human and environmental exploitation
French rock band’ FTR’s second album mixes melody, noise and strong rhythms to sometimes formidable effect
Norwegian group Hedvig Mollestad Trio skilfully blend jazz and rock in music that reaches the head before the heart
Third album from British dream-pop quartet Coldharbourstores has light and warmth but doesn’t fully catch fire






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