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Chris O'Toole


Silver Apples

Chris O'Toole talks to Simeon Coxe from groundbreaking American 60's electronic act Silver Apples about the influence of his seminal group and its future

Bill Callahan
Tiger Lillies And Contrastate
Strange Death of Liberal England

Bill Callahan recently abandoned his Smog moniker to start releasing albums under his own name. He talks to Chris O' Toole about the change of name and also his music
Lee Underwood spent the early part of his recording career and nine years working as Tim Buckley's regular guitarist, appearing on each of his records. He speaks to Chris O' Toole about Buckley's legacy, his life since his death in 1975 and the part he played in the development of a legend
One of Britain's rising up-and-coming bands, post rockers the Strange Death of Liberal England have just released their debut album, 'Forward March'. Chris O'Toole speaks to them about their literary influences, intense gig schedule and touring with Of Montreal and the Manic Street Preachers

Asobi Seksu
Hold Steady

New York based band Asobi Sejsu have recently signed tgo One Little Inidan to release their second album, 'Citrus'. Chris O' Toole talks to the distortion-friendly rockers about drinking, gambling and music
Literary American garage rockers the Hold Steady have met with massive acclaim for their third album, 'Boys and Girls in America'. Chris O' Toole speaks to guitarist Tad Kubler about the band's increasing popularity and the inspiration for their work



Chris O' Toole finds much to recommend in the new 'All Tomorrow's Parties' film, which has been released to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the influential indie rock festival


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
The Yardbirds provided a training ground for three of the world's greatest rock guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Chris O' Toole, however, finds the DVD reissue of 1992 documentary film, 'The Story of the Yardbirds', lacking depth and quality
Chris O' Toole finds much that is appealing in the reissue of celebratory 1985 concert 'Rock 'n' Roll Jam', which saw, surrounded by an all-star cast, the billing of two of rock 'n' roll's two greatest performers , Chuck Bery and Bo Diddley
Over forty years from first forming, Chris O' Toole finds psychedelic rockers Gong remaining a vital and mercurial presence on a live DVD filmed at the three day third Cong Family Unconvention at the Melkweg in Amsterdam

Live Reviews

Black Angels
Radiophonic Workshop

Chris O'Toole finds much-acclaimed psychedelic rockers the Black Angels unconvincing at a gig at the Forum in London.
Chris O'Toole at the Science Museum in London enjoys a night of archival sound effects and TV programme soundtracks from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Chris O'Toole enjoys a wistful and understated set at the Roundhouse in London from critically acclaimed California-formed indie act Grandaddy

Favourite Albums

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Neutral Milk Hotel

In our Re:View section, in which our writers reflect on albums from the past, Chris O'Toole examines New Orleans group, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's merging of rhythm and blues, rock and traditional jazz on their debut album, 'My Feet Can't Fail Me Now'
In the latest in our Re : View column, in which writers re-examine albums from the past, Chris O' Toole examines Elephant 6 group and lo-fi psychedelic outfit Neutral Milk Hotel's 1998 influential debut album, 'On Avery Island'


Yo La Tengo
To Rococo Rot
Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now

Inspirational hip-hop influenced reinterpretations on vinyl only of lead track from Yo La Tengo's latest 'Popular Songs' album
Accessible electronica on eighth album from experimental and continously evolving Dusseldorf-based trio To Rococo Rot
Exuberant and imaginative indie rock on tenth album from Quasi, the other project of Built to Spill guitarist Sam Coomes, and Janet Weiss, the drummer for both Sleater Kinney and Stephen Malkmus
Shallow and throwaway debut album album from Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now, which in reworking several popular standards veers close to parody

Nick Cave And Warren Ellis
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Pastel Nick Cave and Warren Ellis soundtrack to faithful new film adaption of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road', which proves restricted by the film and book's macabre and desolate nature
Rewarding double live CD recorded at a gig in 1977 by influential San Francisco acid rock outfit, Quicksilver Messenger Service
Glorious and melodic folk-tinged pop on fifth album from continously underrated London-based group, the Clientele
Gloomy, but meditative and compelling stoner rock on fourth album from stoner rock duo, OM

Big Pink
Manchester Orchestra
Wooden Shjips

Stylish, but unsasisfactory debut album from much hyped electronic duo and recent 4AD signing, the Big Pink
Cerebral, but surprisingly versatile debut album from Atlanta-based group the Manchester Orchestra, which will come as a welcome treat to punk metal fans
Erratic and uneven tribute album to influential 7O's German experimental group Neu!, which includes contributions from Sonic Youth, Primal Scream and School of Seven Bells
Compelling combination of German minimalistic influences and Detroit-style garage rock on second album from experimental Californian-based group, Wooden Shjips

Jackie-O Motherfucker
Bonnie Prince Billy
Katie Malco

Evocative and lush-sounding tenth album from psychedelic/folk experimentalists, Jackie O Motherfucker
Surprisingly vibrant new album from Will Oldham, under his moniker of Bonnie Prince Billy, which, while losing none of his usual darkness, proves to be more hopeful in its tone than his past work
Refreshing, but compelling tales of love and loss on new four song EP from Northampton-based singer-songwriter, Katie Malco
Mesmerising compilation of highights from this year's 'Rook' album, B-sides and live tracks on new EP from highly acclaimed baroque pop outfit, Shearwater

Jackie O Motherfucker
El Perro Del Mar
Hamell on Trial

Effective combination of new material and reworkings of old songs recorded live in Amsterdam by Portland-based oddball and maverick post rockers Jackie O Motherf**ker
Incomprehensible, but occasionally rewarding fifth album from Skeletons which defies easy categorisation and is a delightfully disorientating mess
Sparse, immaculate-sounding third album from El Perro Del Mar, the moniker of Swedish chanteuse Sarah Assbring, which somewhat overtly downbeat, does not quite match up to the heights of her well-received eponymous second album
Lo-fi, but abrasive live album recorded at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival from New York-based singer-songwriter and social satirist, Hamell on Trial, which twisting common interpretations of reality into new and exciting shapes reveals to its listener the modern world in a new light

Tall Firs
Fuck Buttons
Xiu Xiu

Thoughtful and excellent second album from much acclaimed Maryland psychedelic folk duo Tall Firs, which like its predecessor has been released on Sonic Youth's Thurstone Moore's Ecstatic Peace label
Richly rewarding combination of noise and melody on debut album from tribal-influenced duo, F**k Buttons
Compellingly intense debut album from unpredictable and aggressive pioneers of the Los Angeles Underground scene, HEALTH
Menacing and near psychotic, but compelling eighth album from Xiu Xiu, the project of avant garde musician Jamie Stewart.

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