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Fleetwood Mac duet album to be released

January 17, 2017 Tim Card 0

From the Guardian Former members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie return with their duet album in May, which will feature John McVie and Mick Fleetwood Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are set to record a duet album together under the name Buckingham McVie. The moniker harks back to the cult duo Buckingham Nicks, which Lindsey and Stevie Nicks formed before joining Fleetwood Mac. The singers told the LA Times that their new record should be released in May, with Buckingham commenting on the particular chemistry between the two: “All these years we’ve had this rapport, but we’d never really thought about […]

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New turntable ‘The Gearbox Automatic’ syncs your vinyl collection with Spotify

January 15, 2017 Tim Card 0

From What Hi-Fi Choosing between vinyl and digital music is often a question of personal taste; vinyl may offer better sound quality than some streaming services, but digital streaming is certainly more convenient. Vinyl is expensive, digital is usually cheaper. However, Gearbox Records, a vinyl-led record label and production company, is doing its best to deliver the best of both worlds by crowdfunding the ‘Gearbox Automatic’ – a turntable that synchronises with your Spotify playlists. Read more here If you’re looking for vinyl to ‘sync with your Spotify'(!) then be sure to check eil.com to see our huge range of […]

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On this day in 1965….

January 15, 2017 Tim Card 0

…The Who released their first single ‘I Can’t Explain’ with a certain Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart. This is from the ‘The Who.com’ Fifty years ago today The Who’s recording career really took off when their first single, ‘I Can’t Explain’ b/w ‘Bald Headed Woman’ was released on the Brunswick label in Britain. Released a few weeks earlier in the US on the Decca label, the single didn’t make much impact, only reaching #93, but in the UK it managed to reach a very healthy #8 on the […]

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Bruce Springsteen: ‘This is the only thing I’m qualified to do. It matters how I do it’

January 14, 2017 Tim Card 0

From the Guardian Ahead of his shows in Australia, the Boss explains the art of performance and never taking an audience for granted You must feel an incredible sense of power, standing in front of 80,000 people. And with great power comes great responsibility, as Spider-Man put it. Do you feel that responsibility, too? Well, you’ve got to look at it … you go out on stage each night as if, one, it’s the most important thing in your life you can do, two, it’s only rock’n’roll. You’ve got to be able to keep those conflicting points of view in […]

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The Hammer Didn’t Fall: Metal Hammer magazine saved after being bought by Future Publishing

January 13, 2017 Tim Card 0

From the Independent Metal Hammer magazine has been saved from closure, along with Classic Rock and Prog, after going into administration in December. More than 70 staff were put out of work days before Christmas, with no severance pay, which prompted the British band Orange Goblin to launch a fundraising campaign which raised more than £85,000 for staff and their families. They also held a fundraising gig at the Black Heart in Camden, London on 5 January. The titles have now been bought back by Future publishing for £800,000, which includes the magazines, events and licence for the Team Rock […]

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How Buzzcocks Invented Indie (with help from the Sex Pistols, a Renault & the Quo)

January 13, 2017 Cathryn Draper 0

From the Guardian It’s 40 years since the Manchester band’s first release reshaped pop music. With no industry support, they pressed and sold the E.P. themselves, and kickstarted a revolution. In January 1977 a young punk band called Buzzcocks walked into the Manchester branch of Virgin with a box of singles they wanted to sell. They had set up a label called New Hormones and paid for the records themselves with an early form of crowdfunding – borrowing £500 from a couple of friends and the guitarist’s dad – and their only ambition was to sell enough of the 1,000 […]

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Get to know the eccentric personalities of David Bowie in London

January 12, 2017 Cathryn Draper 0

From Classic Driver A new exhibition in London is showing a collection of photographs of David Bowie shot by Brian Duffy, the star photographer who was instrumental in creating some of the late pop star’s most memorable alter egos… Starman Taking place at Proud Chelsea until 5 February, ‘Bowie by Duffy’ portrays the pop legend as captured by Brian Duffy, who was among the most popular and influential photographers of the 1960s and ’70s. Signed original prints from five photo shoots are displayed, and mix candid images with posed shots of the Starman, the latter of which were often carefully […]

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Tony Visconti on David Bowie: ‘We are fortunate to have lived in the same time as him’

January 11, 2017 Cathryn Draper 0

From The Guardian The musician and producer recalls ‘worst next day’ when he learned of David Bowie’s death – while on tour with his tribute band – and his pride in their work together. Music producer Tony Visconti has paid tribute to David Bowie on the first anniversary of the death of the “master of rock and roll reinvention”. In a personal post entitled The Worst Next Day, Bowie’s longtime collaborator described his grief, and recounted the moment at which he found out about the rock star’s death on 10 January 2016. “Looking back a year I realise I was […]

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U2 delay new album release after Trump win: ‘The world is a different place’

January 11, 2017 Cathryn Draper 0

From The Guardian Post-US election, the band are taking time to reconsider their already completed new LP, which they might alter in light of the result U2 has decided to delay their upcoming album after the surprise victory of Donald Trump, band members said in an interview, as they plan to reconsider certain songs in the wake of a Trump presidency. Speaking with Rolling Stone, guitarist the Edge said that the band was placing the album’s release on hold and taking some “breathing space” to consider what they wanted to say following Trump’s ascension to the White House. “We just […]

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Gilles Peterson donates part of his record collection to North London charity shops

January 10, 2017 Cathryn Draper 0

Courtesy of Vinyl Factory The Guardian‘s new Facebook Live series sees Kate Hutchinson interview high profile record collectors in their natural environment. The first one aired yesterday and featured Gilles Peterson at the Brownswood HQ . Next: Listen to Gilles Peterson’s vinyl mix of far-out Cuban records As well as talking through records by Dinosaur L, Terry Callier, The Roots, and Brownswood signee Daymé Arocena, the British DJ said that his new year’s resolution was to re-organise and consolidate his 50,000-title record collection. As part of the cleanse, he went on to reveal that he had recently given away hundreds of […]

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