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

Pete Fijalkowski and Terry Bickers

Pete Fijalkowski (Adorable) and Terry Bickers (House of Love) are playing their debut London gig on October 22nd at Club AC30 @ Wilmington Arms, Clerkenwell, London. Doors 8pm Tickets £7 adv. Support from ‘&’ (who is the ‘&’ from Fujiya & Miyagi) + Club AC30 Djs. Tickets are £7 available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/129949 or details from www.clubac30.com.

2 days before on the 20th October, they’re also playing a warm-up gig with ‘&’ again in Brighton, supporting Hollow Moon at The Latest Music Bar, Brighton. Tickets are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/131719.

At the time of writing this post, the duo are adding the finishing touches to the album with mixing to start this week. As soon as there’s any news on a release date we’ll let you know.

Several albums have been reissued this summer on vinyl from the likes of Slowdive, Teenage Fanclub and Primal Scream.

The albums have been repressed on 180-grams audiophile vinyl by Dutch record label Music On Vinyl whom have previously repressed classic albums from other acts such as Sly & The Family Stone, The Clash and Bob Dylan. These releases will be a great relief to many people as some of these have been hard to find for many years.

The first two albums by Slowdive are available to order. ‘Just For A Day‘ has just been released and will be followed on August 1st by ‘Souvlaki‘.

Teenage Fanclub’s 1991 classic ‘Bandwagonesque‘ was released last month.

Finally, ‘Exterminator‘ and ‘Vanishing Point‘ by Primal Scream have been released alongside the bands 2002 major label debut ‘Evil Heat‘.

All albums can be ordered by clicking on the album titles above.

Ex-Adorable lead singer Pete Fijalkowski features on a track from German Electronica artist Kratzke which is due for release next month.

The track (which is below for you to hear) is taken from the album ‘Bäume ragen in die Fahrbahn’ (which translated means Trees Looming Over The Roadway) and is described as “27 minutes with closed eyes along guardrails, under pylons, on roadways and hidden in the surrounding forests and fields”. Continue reading


The six studio albums by The Jesus and Mary Chain released between 1985 and 1998 will be reissued as expanded 2CD+DVD packages that include B-sides, live sessions, TV appearances and rare material.

Slicing Up Eyeballs reports the reissue series — by the Edsel imprint of the UK-based Demon Music Group, which put out last year’s Upside Down: The Best Of collection — begins Sept. 19 with the re-release of 1985′s Psychocandy and 1987′s Darklands. 1989′s Automatic and 1992′s Honey’s Dead follow on Sept. 26, and 1994′s Stoned & Dethroned and 1998′s Munki on Oct. 3.

The Psychocandy reissue features the original album and 30 bonus tracks, including all of the corresponding singles’ B-sides, previously unreleased demos, rare outtakes, the band’s 1985 acoustic John Peel session and the original rejected version of controversial track “Jesus Fuck,” intended as an early B-side. The DVD features music videos and live performances on “Old Grey Whistle Test,” “The Tube” and more.

Similarly, the expanded Darklands adds 30 bonus tracks to the original album, including non-album B-sides, outtakes, the Some Candy Talking EP, a long-sought 1986 Janice Long session, an alternate version of “Some Candy Talking” and a “recently unearthed” version of the title track with strings. The DVD includes promo videos, a band-made film for “Kill Surf City,” a “Top of the Pops” performance and more.

Both reissues also include 32-page booklets with new interviews “that tell the band’s story in their own words,” according to the label’s promo material, including contributions from former drummer and current Primal Scream leader Bobby Gillespie.

Click here for the tracklistings

This is The Loft’s first radio interview in 26 years with Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music, broadcast live on 12th May 2011.

In the interview the band choose a selection of tracks and revisit their 1984 Radio 1 session tracks. They also talk about how they became involved with Creation Records, the recent ‘Upside Down’ film and the night they split up on stage at Hammersmith Palais. Continue reading