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45 years since the air crash that killed him we salute the incomparable Otis Redding

Simon Poulter of the brilliant What Would David Bowie Do? salutes one of soul and R&B’s legends. Early one May morning in 1965, Keith Richards woke up in his St. John’s Wood flat with a three-note riff in his head. He grabbed a cassette recorder and an acoustic guitar and quickly committed the riff to tape before going back to …

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Ashley45 years since the air crash that killed him we salute the incomparable Otis Redding
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Top 5 bands to watch in 2013: Haim, Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages, Daughter

A new year, a new start, a new favourite band to devote your life to! With 2013 almost upon us, we’ve hand picked 5 ace new bands to put you ahead of the cool curve next year. Haim, Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages and Daughter are all destined for big things in the coming months. Namedrop ‘em now and you’ll look …

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Gerald LynchTop 5 bands to watch in 2013: Haim, Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages, Daughter
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A Christmas Gift For You – Elefant Records ace new festive album

The number one Christmas single! Once the preserve of Noddy, Roy and Shane and now a toss up between some TV karaoke dork and a Facebook inspired campaign to revive the career of an old metal band. This is a terrible shame as the playlist below highlights quite how many great Christmas records there have been. Adding to that list …

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AshleyA Christmas Gift For You – Elefant Records ace new festive album
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The most under-rated British Indie bands of the 90s – Marion, Rialto and more

I have a theory that it takes a decade or two before we can properly appreciate the popular culture from an earlier decade. Much of what we love about the 60s, from The Beatles to Peter Blake, was hideously unfashionable in the 70s and didn’t really return to the mainstream until the mid 90s. Similarly the shoulder pads and wonky keyboard bands of the 80s were held in high disdain for decades and it wasn’t until …

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AshleyThe most under-rated British Indie bands of the 90s – Marion, Rialto and more
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Scott Walker unveils his top ten films – available at home via Curzon On Demand

It has been a busy week for Scott walker. After releasing his brilliant but slightly bonkers new album on Monday and becoming our ultimate pop icon yesterday, he has also teamed up with Curzon Cinemas to choose his top ten films which you can watch at home. Not surprisingly given his off the wall musical tastes, his film selection is …

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AshleyScott Walker unveils his top ten films – available at home via Curzon On Demand
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Brandish heroes – Why Scott Walker is the ultimate pop icon

This week sees the release of a brand new album from 60s icon Scott Walker. And what a joy it is too with its instantly hummable tunes and striking yet subtle orchestration. It’s a return to his salad days and sure to be adored by anyone who loved his Walker Brother hits. Well not quite. Bish Bosch is actually the …

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AshleyBrandish heroes – Why Scott Walker is the ultimate pop icon
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There’s more to The Pogues than just Fairytale of New York

Let’s set the record straight first of all. The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York is without a doubt the best Christmas song there’s ever been, and likely ever will be. The 1987 classic is often highlighted for its dry, humorously dark take on Christmas, full of alcoholism and drug addiction, and features the most fractious relationship in pop duet history. “Happy …

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Gerald LynchThere’s more to The Pogues than just Fairytale of New York
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The Unmissables – the top 15 Psychedelic albums of 2012 – Tame Impala, Mmoss, Alfa 9 and more

Here at Brandish Towers we are huge psych fans. From the bonkers nursery rhymes on acid tunes of early Floyd through to the dream pop melange that is The Horrors we can’t get enough of it. Here then are our favourite Psychedelic albums of 2012. It does of course  beg the question what exactly is Psychedelia? Literally it is mind expanding music which over time has come to be associated with bands …

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AshleyThe Unmissables – the top 15 Psychedelic albums of 2012 – Tame Impala, Mmoss, Alfa 9 and more
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Is Everton’s Leighton Baines the footballer with the best music taste? His top albums of 2012 revealed – Tame Impala, Richard Hawley and more!

Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines may have just revealed himself as the player with the best taste in music, after revealing his top albums of 2012 on the club’s website. The defender picked Dr John’s “Locked Down” as his album of the year, saying he was impressed by The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach who had produced the album. Baines …

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Gerald LynchIs Everton’s Leighton Baines the footballer with the best music taste? His top albums of 2012 revealed – Tame Impala, Richard Hawley and more!
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The Unmissables – 2012′s top 12 under the radar singer songwriter albums

Today’s Spotify playlist brings together tracks from twelve songwriters whose 2012 albums might have passed you by. It’s actually been a pretty good year for one man and his guitar type troubadours with stunning albums from Richard Hawley, Paul Weller and the young pretender Jake Bugg. Monday also sees the release of Scott Walker’s Bish Bosch, which is likely to …

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AshleyThe Unmissables – 2012′s top 12 under the radar singer songwriter albums
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Gotye dominates Spotify’s most-played streaming lists for 2012

Spotify have revealed the artists making waves through their music streaming service in 2012, publishing the lists of most streamed albums, tracks, and artists, both globally and in the UK, as well as the most used apps in the desktop Spotify application. Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is by far this year’s most popular song on Spotify, topping …

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Gerald LynchGotye dominates Spotify’s most-played streaming lists for 2012
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Happy Birthday Jimi – Experience the ten weirdest Hendrix covers

There aren’t that many musicians that can describe das utterly unique. Jimi Hendrix is one though. His amazing body of music, and the astonishing way in which he played his guitar, simply rewrote the rule book in the late 60s. Many bands, often featuring accomplished musicians like Cream, followed in his wake, but none could get near the magic of …

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AshleyHappy Birthday Jimi – Experience the ten weirdest Hendrix covers
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Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, leather trousers, jacket, hat and shirt up for grabs today

Are you experienced? At bidding? Well you need to be quick. If you are a Jimi fan then you need to get here asap as they have a brilliant selection of Jimi’s stuff from the 1960s which only has a few hours left to go. Flip through the gallery to see what’s up for grabs. The guitar has a starting …

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AshleyJimi Hendrix’s guitar, leather trousers, jacket, hat and shirt up for grabs today
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Rolling Stones Week – a pilgrimage to the home of ‘Exile on Main Street’ – Nellcote in France

Apparently some seventy something geezers are playing the O2 this week. Their first show on Sunday was according to our spies, really rather good. So to celebrate the Stones we have already brought you Mick Jagger’s top ten crimes against fashion and the top five under rated Stones albums. Here Stones uber fan Victoria Shortt (who even named her company …

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AshleyRolling Stones Week – a pilgrimage to the home of ‘Exile on Main Street’ – Nellcote in France
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Mick Jagger’s top 10 crimes against fashion (and there are some corkers)

There was a point somewhere in the 1960s when The Rolling Stones were arguably the best dressed band on the planet. They mixed traditional Saville Row threads with flamboyant shirts, cravats and scarves better than anyone. They were the epitome of pop art cool. Check here for evidence. But then the coolest of the lot of them, Brian, went swimming, …

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AshleyMick Jagger’s top 10 crimes against fashion (and there are some corkers)
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Menswear’s Nuisance album finally goes platinum – so here’s why you should give it another listen

They were written off as the Boyzone of Britpop – a band whose image and not music gave them a spot on Top Of The Pops even before their debut single had troubled the charts. However there was always more to Menswear than their angular cheekbones and fancy threads. And I am not the only person who thinks so. For …

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AshleyMenswear’s Nuisance album finally goes platinum – so here’s why you should give it another listen
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The 12 most iconic rock and roll band t shirts of all time

There was a time when the only people who would wear band T shirts were metal heads still loyal to their ageing rocker heroes, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin fans, who a decade on hadn’t bought any other new items of clothes, and Teenage Fanclub fans who’d give them a quick iron and pop them on each time their favourite Glaswegians hit …

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AshleyThe 12 most iconic rock and roll band t shirts of all time
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Serge Gainsbourg, Francois Hardy, France Gall and the top ten 60s French pop videos

I was at a Tame Impala gig the other week when in the interlude they played a track by France Gall. The girl in front of me was so moved that she spent three minutes trying unsuccessfully to Shazam it. Eventually I told what it was and pointed her in the direction of this – the very first France Gall …

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AshleySerge Gainsbourg, Francois Hardy, France Gall and the top ten 60s French pop videos
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The Unmissables – the top ten debut albums of 2012

It is almost the end of the year so time to start compiling those best of 2012 lists, and to kick things off we thought we ‘d take a look at the best debut albums. There has been an explosion of  great new guitar bands this year. From Alabama Shakes in the States through to Sweden’s bizarrely monikered Goat, the …

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AshleyThe Unmissables – the top ten debut albums of 2012
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Kurt Cobain’s 50 favourite albums – how many do you own?

Kudos to Flavorwire for publishing a hand written note from the late Nirvana fella that lists his top 50 albums. It is a facsinating list in many ways for several of the albums he mentions were, how shall we say, rather uncool in the plaid shirt and super long shorts late 80s and early 90s grunge era. So while there …

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AshleyKurt Cobain’s 50 favourite albums – how many do you own?