Be Here Now clock

Last week marked the 15th anniversary of the release of the third Oasis album.  Whilst their peers The Charlatans are marking the anniversary of their 1997 album ‘Tellin’ Stories’ with a tour, all ‘Be Here Now’ seems to have attracted is a single half-hearted blog post via the NME.  The post attracted loads of comments all with differing views, one stating it is the band’s ‘Rattle & Hum’ whilst others defending the album. Continue reading

Going Blank Again 20th Anniversary
Talking about ‘Going Blank Again’ as an album that is twenty years old seems unbelievable. In 1992 it was the twentieth anniversary of Ziggy Stardust, Exile on Main Street and Harvest, all brilliant life changing albums but it was music made by dinosaurs. Music during much of the 1980′s had been so, so terrible and the dinosaurs hadn’t changed anything… Continue reading

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine have announced details of the release of a trio of re-issues on Monday May 14th 2012 through Sony Commercial Music Group.

They will release their 2 full-length studio albums, Isn’t Anything and Loveless, plus EP’s 1988-1991, a brand new compilation which draws together their 4 EP releases, Feed Me With Your Kiss, You Made Me Realise, Glider and Tremolo alongside 7 additional rare and previously un-released tracks. Continue reading

BBC Four is to host a Creation Records night next Friday (28 October 2011). Alongside ‘Upside Down’ there will also be a ‘Creation at the BBC’ compilation featuring performances from many of the labels acts. There will also be a repeat of the 2009 documentary about Rough Trade.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

21:00 – Upside Down: The Creation Story Profile of the UK’s most inspired and dissolute independent record label, Creation. Repeated at 3am

22:40 – Creation at the BBC With My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Oasis, Ride, Boo Radleys and Teenage Fanclub. Repeated at 2am

00:30 – Do it Yourself: The Story of Rough Trade Documenting the history of Rough Trade, from small record shop to successful record label. (R)

You can view the full schedule for the evening on the BBC website by clicking here.

After 15 years Mani is set to return to The Stone Roses as the classic line-up of the band reunite for a new album and world tour next year.

From their press conference this afternoon in Manchester, Granada Reports has tweeted that Mani has stated “it’s heart breaking to leave Primal Scream, but they’ve allowed me to follow my dream. I’m so grateful.”

The band have so far announced two dates in Manchester at Heaton Park on June 29th and 30th next year.

The Stone Roses

Following the release of his sixth solo album ‘Songbox’, Pete Astor (The Loft/Weather Prophets) was recently interviewed by Lawrence from Felt and this has been made into two short films by director Paul Kelly. You can watch the interview below.

The new Pete Astor album marks a change in direction from his more experimental, post-Creation work in groups such as Ellis Island Sound and the Wisdom of Harry. Backed by the woodwinds of Keiron Phelan (State River Widening, Phelan-Sheppard) and Jenny Brand (Kluster Ensemble), together with layers of guitars, drums and keyboards from David Sheppard (State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound) and supported by the harmony vocals of Angèle David-Guillou (Piano Magic, Klima), the eleven essays on Songbox offer an abundance of lushly arranged, timeless chamber-rock, brimming with wry lyrical insight and haunting melodic hooks. Continue reading