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I Hear a New Gramophone – an interview with Sean Michaels

This is an interview from November’s issue of The Skinny Magazine which can also be found on their website here. It was loosely timed to coincide with the release of a wee bundle I’ve put together for http://www.tentracks.co.uk which will be available in late November – more info on that will be coming soon. The artwork […]

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Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

With 17 albums recorded over 15 years under various pseudonyms, Kentucky-born Will Oldham has established himself as one of the most prolific and talented songwriters in alternative music today. That’s despite starting out as an actor – at the age of 17 he starred in John Sayles’ 1987 film Matewan, but found the accompanying pressures […]

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Jason Lytle from Grandaddy

From the archives – an interview with Jason Lytle around the time he was releasing the final Grandaddy album “Whatever Happened to the Fambly Cat”. Most people agree it wasn’t their best but I still think it has its moments. Now he’s back touring again and is due to release new music under his own […]

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Paul Vickers (Dawn of the Replicants, The Leg)

    At the end of January Edinburgh’s indie music stalwarts SL Records are releasing an album called ‘Releasing The Impossible’ – one of the most bizarre, twisted pieces of audio you’re ever likely to hear. Anyone who’s encountered either Dawn of the Replicants or his work with The Leg won’t be surprised to found out that […]

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Edwyn Collins/Orange Juice

From The Skinny Magazine, December 2008 Celebrating Orange Juice’s recent reunion to collect a lifetime achievement award, Milo McLaughlin charts their legacy and speaks to frontman and solo artist Edwyn Collins. Scottish music industry shindig The Tartan Clef Awards, held last month in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, was notable not only because of a brief on-stage […]

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King Creosote & The Pictish Trail – Fence Collective special

illustration by Leigh Pearson From small beginnings, Anstruther-based label Fence Records has deservedly grown in stature over the last decade or so, and now boasts a dedicated fanbase and an impressive roster of artists whilst very much retaining its down-to-earth DIY ethos. I caught up with label lynchpins Johnny Lynch and Kenny Anderson, otherwise known […]

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The Pictish Trail – Powerhouse of Funk

Perfectly representing the organic mix of traditional and electronic instrumentation with quality songwriting and unself-conscious experimentation that characterises the output of the Fence Collective is Secret Soundz Vol.1, the first long-player from The Pictish Trail aka Johnny Lynch. Born and raised in Auld Reekie before moving to the US as a teenager (where he became […]

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James Yorkston – Is He Haarving a Laugh?

This month James Yorkston releases ‘When The Haar Rolls In’, his follow-up to 2006’s sublime ‘The Year of the Leopard’. Whilst that album was beautifully produced by Rustin Man, this time Yorkston has taken the helm himself and the result is a rich and full sound – tempered, of course, with his usual wry lyricism. […]

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James Yorkston – When The Haar Rolls In

James Yorkston’s new album is, on first listen, a much more straightforward affair than its sublime predecessor, 2006’s The Year of The Leopard. But like the haar itself this is merely an illusion, because it’s full of rich instrumentation and quietly devastating lyrical turns – with flourishes that will appear over repeated listens and floor […]

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Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor speaks to Skinnyfest down the phone line from New York, where her family moved from Russia when she was a child due to the oppressive regime of the former Soviet Union. “It was almost government policy anti-Semitism. It’s on your passport that you’re a Jew and you have your opportunities accordingly. Practicing any […]