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The Primitives return with ace new single Lose The Reason and early recordings comp Everything’s Shining Bright

One of the most pleasant surprises of recent years has been the welcome, but very unexpected, return of 80s/90s power popsters The Primitives. After a hiatus of the best part of two decades the band re-ignited with a series of hugely entertaining gigs which they then followed with an inspired covers album. Clearly the band has unfinished business for yesterday …

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AshleyThe Primitives return with ace new single Lose The Reason and early recordings comp Everything’s Shining Bright
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Smithsfest – a two day Smiths festival at the ICA in March

If there’s one band that you could probably take and turn into a mini arts festival without actually playing a note of their music it is The Smiths. From their cover art, through to their musical influences and passion for films, The Smiths are still IMO the most interesting British pop band of the last 30 or so years. So …

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AshleySmithsfest – a two day Smiths festival at the ICA in March
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Valentine’s Day Special #2 Helen Love – Debbie Loves Joey

A spot of Helen Love on Valentine’s Day. The band, or is it just a singer I never really knew, even has Love in their/her name, making this gem of a song about the pairing of two New York punk icons ever more appropriate. This is undoubtedly the best description of teenage romantic dreaming in small town Britain ever. Chat …

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AshleyValentine’s Day Special #2 Helen Love – Debbie Loves Joey
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Valentine’s Day Special #1 – The Ramones – Baby I Love You

I had a friend once (coughs) who was chasing a girl for months. His master plan was to buy this single for her and play it to her on Valentine’s Day. Needless to say she walked out of the room before Joey had even finished the second verse and he has lived a life of misery and heartache ever since. …

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AshleyValentine’s Day Special #1 – The Ramones – Baby I Love You
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Classic mellow psych and country from Kontiki Suite

It is barely February and there has already been a glut of great new albums. Jacco Gardner is on constant rotation here, Foxygen are IMO the most exciting new band in years and then for more mellow moments there’s Kontiki Suite’s On Sunset Lake. The band from Cumbria (quick q any other bands from Cumbria – could only think of …

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AshleyClassic mellow psych and country from Kontiki Suite
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More great new Psych – Jacco Gardner – Cabinet Of Curiosities review

If you are a regular on these pages you’ll already be familiar with the work of one Jacco Gardner, the Dutch psych whizz kid who last year produced one of those drop dead brilliant, play it to everyone you meet type singles in Clear The Air. The single perfectly captured late 60s British Baroque Pop in a way that no …

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AshleyMore great new Psych – Jacco Gardner – Cabinet Of Curiosities review
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The British films that inspired The Smiths’ record sleeves

It is incredible to think that The Smiths were together for just five short years. In that time they managed to release four official albums, a few compilations of sessions, singles and oddities and of course, a run of some of the most amazing and unique 45s ever. And one of the things that made The Smiths’ singles and albums …

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AshleyThe British films that inspired The Smiths’ record sleeves
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Your favourite new band – Foxygen: this year’s Tame Impala?

About this time last year Tame Impala’s psych vibes were only familiar to a small-ish band of very cool psych heads. Then came that single, the genius album and world domination, and a BlackBerry ad, followed. Another psych band who I think might just be about to take off in the same way are LA’s Foxygen. Put simply they are, …

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AshleyYour favourite new band – Foxygen: this year’s Tame Impala?
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Joey Ramone’s unlikely record collection. Genesis? Yes? Herman’s Hermits!? Is up for sale

Joey Ramone’s personal record collection, consisting of 97 records in their original album sleeves, could be yours. Well if you choose to bid for them, that it because they are going under the hammer on February 14th with a final bid date of February 21st. The records apparently come with a letter signed by Joey’s brother Mickey attesting to the …

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AshleyJoey Ramone’s unlikely record collection. Genesis? Yes? Herman’s Hermits!? Is up for sale
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Beatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there

Over the past year or so there has been a significant trend of full albums showing up on YouTube. There is invariably no video content – just a still of the artist and the music. The interesting part is that there are now many classic albums on YouTube a good chunk of which aren’t available on Spotify or other streaming …

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AshleyBeatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there
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Scared To Get Happy – British 80s indie box set on its way (and it looks great)

There’s some serious excitement at Brandish Towers this morning about the upcoming release of a new compilation of British 80s indie bands called Scared To Get Happy. And it seems that the compilers at Cherry Red Records must have been working some serious over time for coming in June is a five CD boxed set which features pretty much anyone …

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AshleyScared To Get Happy – British 80s indie box set on its way (and it looks great)
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Reg Presley tribute – The Troggs try to record a song called Tranquility and end up fighting

Really sad to hear today of the death of one of the 60s most colorful pop stars – and he had some pretty serious competition too – the legendary Reg Presley of The Troggs. First up what an amazing name. He was actually born Reg Ball but changed it in honour of the great rock and roller. Which is kind …

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AshleyReg Presley tribute – The Troggs try to record a song called Tranquility and end up fighting
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Not just My Bloody Valentine – Eight original Shoegazing bands who need reviving

Like most music obsessives from time to time I have wondered what it must have been like to be there at a pivotal moment in music history. You know, like avoiding the sweat dripping off the ceiling while the Fab Four hone their post-Hamburg rock and roll in The Cavern. Or watching the light show and Syd Barrett in psychedelic …

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AshleyNot just My Bloody Valentine – Eight original Shoegazing bands who need reviving
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Mondo Jet Set – Provincial Drama Club review

Luke Haines has quite possibly the best Twitter profile description ever. The one time Auteurs and Black Box Recorder man who recently rewrote the history of Britain in the North Sea Scrolls describes himself as being at ‘At the coalface of conceptual rock n roll.’ And mining away next to him in producing melodic pop gems with wonderfully pretentious monikers like …

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AshleyMondo Jet Set – Provincial Drama Club review
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Is this the last word on Mod? Richard Weight’s MOD: A Very British Style on its way

And yes that cover looks great too. The images were taken by ace photographer Dean Chalkley who has lots of images of contemporary mods (and a film too – see the bottom of the page) on his site here. Anyway back to the book. There have been plenty of Mod books before, but this looks like being a fairly definitive …

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AshleyIs this the last word on Mod? Richard Weight’s MOD: A Very British Style on its way
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Five sad tales of musicians who went AWOL

On February 17th 1995 police found Richey Edwards’ Vauxhall Cavalier abandoned at the Severn View service station. They reported that there was evidence that The Manic Street Preachers’ guitarist had been living in the car. As for the car’s owner, well nothing has been heard from him since. There have been alleged sightings in Goa and Lanzarote, while there are …

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AshleyFive sad tales of musicians who went AWOL
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REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine @ Electric Brixton (27/01/13)

It’s been five years since I last saw My Bloody Valentine live, and I’ve only just managed to recover the last fragments of earplug mined from my brain after surviving their sonic assault at Camden’s Roundhouse back in 2008. Their 2013 return to the UK sees volume levels remain the same (watching MBV is like picking a fight with a …

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Gerald LynchREVIEW: My Bloody Valentine @ Electric Brixton (27/01/13)
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Why the new Suede track Barriers makes me yearn for The Tears

In case you missed it in the post Christmas and New Year comedown (and the fact that David Bowie announced his album the day after) glam popsters Suede are back with a new album in March and Brett Anderson is very excited about its potential. He told the NME “[It's] called ‘Bloodsports’. It’s about lust, it’s about the chase, it’s …

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AshleyWhy the new Suede track Barriers makes me yearn for The Tears
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Ace new vinyl record label Optic Nerve re-issues classic 80s and 90s indie including The Cleaners From Venus

If you liked our round up of long lost 80s and 90s indie bands than you should check out the releases from a new-ish label Optic Nerve. Based in Cumbria, Optic Nerve specialises in high quality vinyl record reissues of great indie music from the 80s and 90s. This week sees two new albums bearing its imprint in the guise …

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AshleyAce new vinyl record label Optic Nerve re-issues classic 80s and 90s indie including The Cleaners From Venus