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John Clarkson


Interviews



Guitarist-turned-songwriter Brinsley Schwarz talks to John Clarkson about his long career and second solo album, 'Tangled'.




Kevin Hewick
Chris Connelly
Catenary Wires

Leicester-based cult musician and singer-songwriter Kevin Hewick talks to John Clarkson about his tenth solo album ‘Never Give Up on A Song’, working with the surviving members of Joy Division just after Ian Curtis’ death and also Adrian Borland and The Sound.
Edinburgh-born but now Chicago-based singer-songwriter Chris Connelly talks to John Clarkson about his new album 'The Birthday Poems', which recorded with Monica Queen, is a fictionalized account of the romance between Stella Cartwright and poet George Mackay Brown .
Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap's Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey speak to John Clarkson about the expansion of their current band The Catenary Wires from a duo into a five-piece and 'Birling Gap', their just-released third album.




Doug Hoekstra
LIpstick Killers
Real Tuesday Weld
Janette Mason

Nashville-based writer and musician Doug Hoekstra talks to John Clarkson about 'The Day Deserved', his first album in over a decade, and his return to music.
John Clarkson speaks to guitarist Mark Taylor from Australian 70s punk act The Lipstick Killers about ‘Strange Flash’, their new double CD retrospective.
Stephen Coates, the London-based songwriter and composer with The Real Tuesday Weld, speaks to John Clarkson about 'Blood', the first of three farewell albums for the group to be released over the next year, and why he has decided to finish with the band now.
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.


Lammergeiers
Cult Figures
Outsiders
Outsiders

Last Harbour and Anna Kashfi's James Youngjohns speaks to John Clarkson about his new project Lammergeiers and their debut album, 'And I Will Wake the Dawn Itself'.
Gary Jones, Jon Hodgson and Lee McFadden from post-punk band Cult Figures speak to John Clarkson about their reformation after an absence of 36 years and new album ‘DerItend'.
Bassist Bob Lawrence, in the second of two interviews with 70's group the Outsiders, talks to John Clarkson about his memories of the group and front man Adrian Borland, and their new five CD box, set ‘Count for Something'.
In the first of two interviews with 70's group the Outsiders, drummer Adrian Janes speaks to John Clarkson about his underrated group, which was the first band of the Sound's front man Adrian Borland, and their new five CD box set on Cherry Red, 'Count for Something'.


Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey
Nirvana
Jeremy Thoms
Remnants/Saloon Bar Romeos

Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap's Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey speak to John Clarkson about their current band The Catenary Wires' forthcoming third album and their three other new musical projects, European Sun, Swansea Sound and The Drift.
John Clarkson speaks to Patrick Campbell-Lyons from influential 60’s orchestral group Nirvana about his group’s career and their new vinyl box set ‘Songlife’.
Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Thoms talks to John Clarkson about the reissue of his early 1980's band the President Men's two singles and his 1990's group New Leaf's debut album 'On Safari'as well as his plans for his label Stereogram Recordings and band the Cathode Ray.
Americana guitarist and songwriter Mark Fletcher speaks to John Clarkson about both his bands, the Remnants and Saloon Bar Romeos.


Profiles



John Clarkson examines Nashville-based singer-songwriter and author Doug Hoekstra's haunting new collection of short stories.




Miscellaneous
Doug Hoekstra
Anthony Strutt
Mary O'Meara

John Clarkson examines new five-CD box set 'Big Gold Dreams', which documents Scottish punk and independent music between 1977 and 1989, and proves to be the definitive account of a definitive era.
John Clarkson reflectson 'Unopened'. the debut poetry collection of Nashville-based singer-songwriter Doug Hoekstra.
Editor John Clarkson reflects on the music writing and his own friendship with our long-term writer Anthony Strutt, who died on March 25th after a lengthy battle with cancer.
John Clarkson pays tribute to our writer and his friend Mary O'Meara who died in December.


Live Reviews





Echo And The Bunnymen
Damned
New International

John Clarkson at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh watches Echo and The Bunnymen play a gripping set which finds them reinterpreting for a new album their back catalogue with a strings section.
John Clarkson at the Hydro in Glasgow watches punk legends the Damned in a set in support of the Hollywood Vampires play a set of their classic singles and songs.
John Clarkson watches semi-orchestral Glasgow/Edinburgh band A New International at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh preview a set of songs that they are collaborating on for a pop opera and theatre production which will tour nationally next year.


Favourite Albums




Ian Dury
Hipsway
Godfathers

In our Re:View section John Clarkson examines an impressive three CD Ian Dury retrospective.
John Clarkson finds that Scottish dance/rock act Hipsway's 1986 eponymous debut album, which has just been released in a double CD thirtieth anniversary edition, remains substantial
John Clarkson examines South London-formed alternative rock band the Godfathers' eponymous and rarely heard 1993 album, which is about to be re-released for its twentieth anniversary in a double CD edition


Features



Who

John Clarkson


In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' John Clarkson reflects on a photograph of The Who taken backstage after their performance at Live Aid.
In our new series 'Tickets Rewind', in which our writers look back at their old concert tickets and the stories associated with them, our Editor John Clarkson reflects on some of his favourite gigs.



Willard Grant Conspiracy
Lou Reed
Baptiste
Miscellaneous

In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' John Clarkson pays tribute to Robert Fisher from the Willard Grant Conspiracy, who died at the age of 59 in February and who we interviewed many times and headlined our Bands Nights on four occasions
John Clarkson writes of ten of his favourite songs in the solo career of the late Lou Reed
In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column, in which our writers describe the personal impact of music upon them, John Clarkson writes about hearing in 2000 London-based indie band Baptiste's first two singles, 'A New Career in a New Town' and 'The Quiet Times'
Pennyblackmusic photographer-in-residence Matt Williams’ latest photographic exhibition, ‘Shield Your Eyes, Shield Your Pies’, opens at the West End in Centre in Aldershot on May 7th and closes on May 30th. Find out more about it here.


Reviews



Launchers
Visions of Albion
Morton Valence
Swansea Sound

Upbeat and hopeful new single from West London nine-piece reggae/ska act The Launchers
Diverse debut EP from promising Merseyside-based Americana/folk act Visions of Albion
Unusual and obscure album from London 'urban country' duo Morton Valence, which, originally released under the alias of Black Angel Drifter, is now being reissued on vinyl under their own name
Fine debut single from new indie supergroup Swansea Sound, which includes Heavenly and Tender Trap'S Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey


That Will Be Lunch
Waterboys
Eight Rounds Rapid
Fabulous Artisans

Offbeat but unique and endearing cover of classic 1976 hit by That Will Be Lunch, the project of electronic solo musician Alvin Spetz
Imaginative and literate latest from the Waterboys which proves to be an album of contrasts
Southend’s thuggy rhythm and blues kings Eight Rounds Rapid shine on their third album
Excellent first single in over five years from harmonic Scottish duo the Fabulous Artisans


Mark Eitzel
A Different Thread
Godfathers
Strokes

First-rate vinyl reissue of Mark Eitzel's controversial eighth solo album which was recorded with a group of Greek traditional musicians
Hauntingly beautiful but melancholic new EP from 'British Americana' duo A Different Thread
First-rate double A-sided single in a new line-up from alternative rock band the Godfathers, released to coincide with their 35th anniversary
Flawed sixth album and first album in seven years from much acclaimed New York band the Strokes


Cathode Ray
Vinny Peculiar
Fariña
Roy Moller and The Chain Pier Group

Fabulous third album from Edinburgh-based alt. rock band the Cathode Ray which merges punk and post-punk with pop, psychedelia, glam rock, disco, folk and reggae
Irreverent and frequently hilarious but also thought-provoking new album from singer-songwriter Vinny Peculiar about the current political landscape
Low-key but evocative return from trio Fariña with tape-only release, the soundtrack to member Mark Brend's debut novel
Fine return after a long absence from Scottish singer-songwriter Roy Moller with his new band, the Chain Pier Group


St Christopher Medal
Raf and O
STOOR
Duncan Lloyd

Evocative and versatile Americana on second album from Scottish act St. Christopher Medal
Haunting and compelling fourth album from unconventional South London-based electro-acoustic duo Raf and O
Challenging but compelling and distinctive second album from Dundee-based alternative rock group STOOR
Enjoyable third solo album from Maximo Park guitarist Duncan Lloyd upon which he experiments with an orchestral pop sound


Lonna Kelley
Mutant Vinyl
Oldfield Youth Club
Made in Minsk

Mournful but compelling seven inch vinyl only single from Arizonian singer-songwriter and Giant Sand member Lonna Kelley
Emotive hybrid of electronica, jazz, dub and reggae on debut album from Mutant Vinyl, the project of London-based musician Edwin Pope
First-rate download single from Oldfield Youth Club, the new band of the Bitter Springs' Simon Rivers which finds him reunited with his old bandmates
Challenging and unpredictable debut single from London-based alternative rock act Made in Minsk






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