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Ugo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright

The other day I wrote a list of the ten Premiership players you would most want to have a beer with. If he were still playing today you can bet Ugo Ehiogu would be on very high on that list. As was unveiled on the Danny Baker Show on BBC Five Live on Saturday the former, Villa, Middlesbrough and Rangers …

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AshleyUgo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright
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The fifteen most under rated British bands of the 80s – The Claim, The Monochrome Set, Furniture and more

A few weeks ago I wrote a list of the most under rated British bands of the 90s as nominated by some charming musicians, bloggers and chancers  that I hang about with on social media sites. It got huge traffic, so, not wishing to change a winning formula, I asked the same group to come up with the most under …

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AshleyThe fifteen most under rated British bands of the 80s – The Claim, The Monochrome Set, Furniture and more

Haim top BBC Sound of 2013 list (we told you so…)

Haim have topped the BBC Sound of 2013 list, lining up the Californian power-pop trio for a stellar year. The list (now in its eleventh year), aims to showcase the top bands and artists to keep an eye out for in the year ahead, with previous winners including Adele, Jessie J and Brandish favourite Michael Kiwanuka. Haim, comprised of three …

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Gerald LynchHaim top BBC Sound of 2013 list (we told you so…)

George Martin’s long lost psychedelic masterpiece – Theme One

George Martin, as you all know, was the master producer whose wizardry in Abbey Road Studio Two helped The Beatles create some of the finest music ever recorded. However it is a little know thing that Martin, whose birthday it is today, recorded a gem or two of his own. The most amazing piece is this little tune Theme One. …

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AshleyGeorge Martin’s long lost psychedelic masterpiece – Theme One
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The MP3 player is dying, but vinyl record sales are through the roof

Got an MP3 player? Chances are you don’t use it a great deal as it has been kind of superseded by the Swiss Army Knife of gadgets – the smartphone. With Spotify on mobile devices as well as the seamless integration of iTunes on the iPhone, there doesn’t really appear to be much of a need for standalone MP3 players. …

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AshleyThe MP3 player is dying, but vinyl record sales are through the roof
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Beatles albums now just £7.99 on iTunes and their six most under rated albums

If Macca fronting Nirvana wasn’t quite your thing then maybe you’ll like this more. Apple is now offering almost all of The Beatles albums on iTunes at a reduced price of £7.99 each. The offer is apparently for a limited period only, so if you do fancy adding a bit more of the Fabs to your life you’ll need to move pronto. The albums are also around …

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AshleyBeatles albums now just £7.99 on iTunes and their six most under rated albums
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Happy Birthday Keith Richards – a tribute (and some cool photos)

Simon Poulter of the always excellent – What Would David Bowie Do? blog on the human riff. Britain’s Daily Mail, a newspaper you can regard with varying degrees of editorial pointlessness, surmised in June that Keith Richards – the Human Riff, the Human Lab, and a dozen other nicknames reflecting both guitar prowess and indestructibility – was now so broken, …

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AshleyHappy Birthday Keith Richards – a tribute (and some cool photos)
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The case for the Live album – and which is the best one ever?

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie do? Puts the case for the live album… You’ve bought the singles, bought the album, bought the concert ticket, bought the T-shirt, bought your bus ticket home and now you’re being asked to buy it all over again as a live album of the show you’ve only just returned from. And, yes, you …

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AshleyThe case for the Live album – and which is the best one ever?
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Nirvana’s finest album – not Nevermind

For well over a decade now Nirvana fans trawling through websites like Amazon have probably gasped with excitement as they saw previously unknown (to them at least) albums by their heroes with titles like All Of Us and The Story of Simon Simopath. For as they were about to find out, before Kurt and the chaps pinched a Pixies riff …

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AshleyNirvana’s finest album – not Nevermind
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Sitar frenzy – how Ravi Shankar (along with The Byrds and The Beatles) created Psychedelia

Like everyone I am sad to hear of the death of Ravi Shankar this morning. The Indian sitar player, who was arguably the first World Music (as we understand it now) star, wowed them at the Woodstock Festival, was chummy with The Beatles and much of pop’s aristocracy, and did much to popularise Indian arts and music at a time …

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AshleySitar frenzy – how Ravi Shankar (along with The Byrds and The Beatles) created Psychedelia
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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