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40 years of music sales in graphs

Music formats come and go with each new format proclaimed as the future and signalling the death of older formats. Most in the music industry thought vinyl was going to go the same way as the not at all missed 8 track format but has been rather popular in recent times (see Book of month […]

Recent record releases – March to April 2018

Here’s a run-down of the best or most important record releases in March to April 2018. The Left Outsides: All That Remains The Left Outsides are London-based husband and wife Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas (the former the viola and harmonium player in mid-noughties folk-rockers The Eighteenth Day of May and John Peel indie favourites […]

February 2018 album releases

Here’s a digest of the albums released in February 2018: Tracey Thorn: Record Tracey Thorn has been half (with husband Ben Watt) of bedsit/acoustic romantics turned electronic hitmakers Everything But the Girl. She has worked with Massive Attack and sported one of pop’s best haircut. Her fifth solo album returns to the style of EBTG’s […]

January 2018 album releases

Here’s a digest of the album released in January 2018: Field Music: – Open Here Sunderland’s Field Music produce angular, prog-inflected pop music with strong melodies. Never predictable and drawing on influences from principally XTC, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads and Steely Dan their latest album Open Here should win them new fans. Craig David: The […]

Head Records in Leamington Spa has closed down

In a shock announcement, staff at the much loved Head Records in Leamington Spa announced that on its Facebook page that it was closing down for good – https://www.facebook.com/HEADLeamingtonSpa/ Welcome to the saddest selfie we have ever posted. I am very, very sorry to tell you that today we closed the shutters for good. Thank […]

Alternative Christmas albums and songs that you should seek out

It’s the time of year that retail workers dread. The pressure is on to make people feel ‘Christmassy’ (suggestable?) and that means shops, restaurants and bars are piping in a continuous loop of the most familiar and famous festive tunes. Film director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver, Scott Pilgim etc) recently asked […]