Vinyl Renaissance

Vinyl Renaissance


With vinyl sales at an all time high, Fred Johnson explores the reverence and psychology behind our obsession with analogue… 2013 marks the renaissance of the humble record. The British Recorded Music Industry...

Alan Mcgee

The Big Interview: Alan McGee


We chat to founder of Creation Records Alan McGee, about his autobiography, being involved with a label again and who should have been massive…  The Double Negative: Congratulations on the book. What was the process...

Lou Reed/Transformer

Comment: Lou Reed


Amid the continuing outpouring of tributes for Lou Reed in the print media, where are the TV documentaries to accompany them, asks Mike Pinnington… Waking up on Monday 28th October, casually flicking on...

Bright Phoebus

Bright Phoebus Revisited – Reviewed


A lost classic resurfaces at the Liverpool Philharmonic, leaving Andrew Foulds a Bright Phoebus devotee…  Written by brother and sister duo Mike and Lal Waterson, the folk album Bright Phoebus was released in...

PRODUCT Records 001: The Curfew Tower

PRODUCT Records:
A Different Proposition


This week sees the official launch of PRODUCT, a record label with a difference… The first we heard about PRODUCT was on arrival at our Static Gallery-based office one day a few weeks...


Summercamp – Previewed


A festival not subject to the whims of typical Bank Holiday weather, the inaugural Summercamp promises that and more…  Sitting watching the rain stream down the windows last Saturday night, the mind wandered...

David Bowie is happening Live

The Thing About Bowie


Ahead of a live screening from the David Bowie is exhibition, we take a look at the year that has seen the release of a new Bowie album, and, why we still care...

Marnie image courtesy Lisa Devine

The Big Interview: Marnie


Years spent in the bosom of a band means a foray into solo material can often go either way. We caught up with Ladytron’s Helen Marnie to talk about her first solo record,...

Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys – Reviewed


The Americana festival at Liverpool Philharmonic provides a rich experience and a taste for Louisiana, finds Fred Johnson… Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are perhaps not, at first glance at least, the...