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Neil Palmer


Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts

Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts have produced one of the finest debut albums of the year with the punky Folk Country 'Blue Bird's Blood'. Neil Palmer chats to Sawyer, who is both a working artist and the former drummer with the Television Personalities, about his music and his art


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Neil Palmer looks at Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new double live CD, 'Abattoir Blues'

Live Reviews

Little Boy Lost
Bitter Springs

Neil Palmer finds that, despite having only recently left school, young local indie guitar band Little Boy Lost already have a natural intensity at a show at the Relentless Garage in London
Neil Palmer sees the often under rated Bitter Springs play a shortened, but life affirming set of their unique brand of indie rock at the Bull and Gate in London
At the Hippodrome in Kingston, Neil Palmer watches British Sea Power play an anthemic and typically eccentric set to promote their new album, 'Valhalla Dancehall'

Favourite Albums

Nick And The Bad Seeds

New writer Neil Palmer writes about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds's classic 1996 album, the theatrical and macabre 'Murder Ballads'


Soundtrack of Our Lives

In the latest in our series, in which our writers write about the impact of music at important times in their lives, Neil Palmer tells of how the Flaming Lips' ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ helped to salvage his marriage at a time of crisis


Johnny Cash
Ben de la Cour
Underground Railroad

Exploitive and scrappy collection of demos and other unreleased tracks from the late Johnny Cash
Heartfelt debut album from Townes Van Zandt-influenced Lousiana-based singer-songwriter and folk artist, Ben de la Cour
Exciting and thrilling new single from the Bees which shows itself to be an instant soul classic
Formulaic pop punk from new French trio Underground Railroad, rectified by its more promising B sides

Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts

Heartbreakingly honest and fresh-sounding lo-fi debut album from former Television Personalities drummer Mathew Sawyer and his new band the Ghosts

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