How do you follow an act like The Beatles? In typically unpredictable fashion, the former Fabs served up primal scream therapy, soul-searching, spliff-fuelled DIY homemade efforts, Spectorised epics and much more besides. As we celebrate John Lennon’s 80th birthday, join us for dip into six of his best post-Fabs works… Continue reading John Lennon Solo – Six of the Best on Vinyl
To kick off our celebrations of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, we’re going where no other music magazine has ever been before: on a deep dive into one of his most inspired and challenging albums ever: John & Yoko’s Unfinished Music No.2, Life With The Lions. Perhaps the highest-selling Avant-Garde album in music history – Lennon claimed it sold 60,000 copies in the US alone, versus 25,000 for Two Virgins – drop the needle on a copy and join Ian Peel for a slice of life with the Lennons… Continue reading John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Life With The Lions
Welcome back. As we’re writing and thinking every day about “the second coming of vinyl”, we’ve now gone live with “the second coming of the Long Live Vinyl website”… Remixed, remodelled and revitalised. What’s new? First up, we’ve completely simplified the main menu – up there on the top of the home page, and every page – and distilled it down to the five things … Continue reading Long live Vinyl Website (2020 Remix Edit)
There’s still one more Record Store Day Drop to go but plans are in full swing for Record Store Day Black Friday on 17 November. We’ll have more info on that soon, but first: news of a special #RSDBF release from Mr David Gilmour. Yes, I Have Ghosts is his first new song in five years from the increasingly reclusive God of Prog, and it … Continue reading David Gilmour – Yes, I Have Ghosts
So, how do you spend almost £30k on just 10 records? Simple, buy the 10 most expensive records sold on Discogs in August. And, if you did, as well as having one of the smallest and most expensive record collections in the world, you’d also have one of the most varied. Discogs’ ten highest hitters this month is a mixed back to say the least. … Continue reading How do you spend £29,105.58 on just 10 records?
Yazmin Lacey’s I’ll Never Stop Loving You is the latest 7″ vinyl from Blue Note Records, ahead of the label’s Re:imagined compilation, slated for 25 September. The 7″ is out now, and the compilation will be pressed on, of course, blue vinyl. Full tracklisting (and track-by-track provenance) after the album art. Shop Blue Note Re:imaged on Amazon. Jorja Smith “Rose Rouge” – from St Germain’s … Continue reading Yazmin Lacey on Blue Note Re:imagined
Coil’s most celebrated and hallucinatory creation, Musick To Play In The Dark is set to be reissued for the first time in over 20 years, on double (purple and black) vinyl editions with the complete, unedited versions of each song and an exclusive “D-side” vinyl art etching. Out 27 November on Dais Records. Housed in a sturdy matte jacket with embossed lettering and spot-gloss design … Continue reading Coil – Musick to Play in the Dark
Following up yesterday’s announcement of ANOHNI’s Secretly Canadian 7″, out 02 October, here she talks us through how and why she chose to cover Bob Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue for the A-side: “I recorded It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue with Kevin Barker one afternoon a few years ago. I listened to it recently and it reminded me of Now, a nausea … Continue reading Bob Dylan covered by ANOHNI for new 7″
ANOHNI has today shared two new songs: versions of ‘It’s All over Now, Baby Blue’ by Bob Dylan and ‘Be My Husband’ by Nina Simone. The songs are available now, digitally, with a 7” following on 2nd October via Secretly Canadian. And she’s explained the background to this bewitching recording to Long Live Vinyl… “I saw Nina Simone perform at Carnegie Hall in 1991 while … Continue reading ANOHNI covers Nina Simone for Secretly Canadian 7″
As announced earlier this year, Record Store Day as it has come to be known will not be celebrated in 2020. Instead there are three RSD ‘Drop Dates’ in which you can get hold of the RSD titles from local record shops: August 29, September 26 or October 24. You can find the 2020 releases and their new Drop Dates on the RSD website or you can download a copy … Continue reading How long is it until the next #RSD20 drop?
Make sure you’re sitting down, because this brand new RSD2020 3″ turntable – announced today and out 08 August – is literally breathtaking. More pics over on our Twitter and Instagram. It’s a limited edition of 1000 units, which come packaged with two colored 3″ coloured vinyl singles. Post Malone’s Goodbyes on red and Saint-Tropez on green vinyl at participating indie record stores, with black vinyl … Continue reading New RSD2020 turntable is… see-through!
We’re today announcing that we will no longer be publishing Long Live Vinyl as a regular, monthly print magazine. However, the brand will continue to thrive online. The economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on magazine sales and advertising income mean it’s simply no longer commercially viable for us to produce physical copies of Long Live Vinyl every month… Continue reading Flipping it over: Long Live Vinyl, Side Two
In the words of Irish singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances, her debut album explores a “dark vast landscape” of “liminal space”, an imagined place where she would “sit with uncertainty and accept it”. In practical terms, that means an album of woozy psych-folk that initially seems curiously out of focus, almost as if taking a cue from the title, LP co-producer/musical collaborator Cian Nugent’s childhood mishearing … Continue reading Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction
The erstwhile Sex Pistols bassist and Rich Kids frontman is currently on tour in support of his solo record, Good To Go. He shares 10 of his favourite albums with Dave Steinfeld… Faces – A Nod Is As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse “It’s got Stay With Me on it and it opens with Miss Judy’s Farm, which is one of the best … Continue reading Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on his Top Ten Vinyl
EOB – Earth 7/10 The Radiohead guitarist’s debut solo album may have come about almost by accident or with no real plan for him to do it, as he tells Long Live Vinyl in our interview this issue. Regardless, the result is a much more considered and fine-tuned affair than you may expect in such circumstances. Merging minimal electronica, acoustic melancholy, ambient soundscapes and the … Continue reading EOB – Earth
The majestic new Tame Impala album The Slow Rush sees Kevin Parker absorbing sounds and production techniques from everything available to him. Despite becoming a festival headliner, he tells John Earls he still isn’t fully happy with what he’s achieved in the past decade… When Kevin Parker began planning the shows for Tame Impala’s new album, The Slow Rush, he looked into the cost of … Continue reading Tame Impala – “I wanted to buy lasers…”
Gregory Porter has one of those voices which, as the cliché goes, could sing the telephone directory. Although 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me wasn’t exactly reaching for the Yellow Pages, it didn’t hit quite the same spot as his two previous self-penned mega-sellers Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley. Fortunately for fans of his songwriting, All Rise is back to business, but … Continue reading Gregory Porter – All Rise
With their new album, I Am Moron, due out in April, the two-piece psych-punk band’s singer Holly Ross picks out 10 records she simply couldn’t live without… The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – A Child’s Guide To Good and Evil “TWCPAEB are one of our all-time favourite bands. They’ve just got that great blend of amazing songs and proper full-on madness! And what … Continue reading The Lovely Eggs’ on their Top Ten Vinyl
Despite a stellar back catalogue, Big Star will always be one of music’s great what-if stories. Huw Baines talks to band member Jody Stephens about what might have been. “Basically, in the mid-1970s, the only people on the planet who knew Big Star were rock critics and record store clerks,” R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, one of the countless musicians to take influence from Big Star after the fact once said… Continue reading Drummer Jody Stephens lifts the lid on Big Star
On paper, Baltimore’s Horse Lords sound more interesting than they do appealing. Like worthy but not fun math-rockers. On this third album, they employ algorithmic composition techniques and knotty time signatures, fired up by the radical socialist theories explored in Chile prior to General Pinochet’s coup d’état. On record, Horse Lords run wild and free. Heavy microtonal riffs ring out over galloping polyrhythms and a … Continue reading Horse Lords – The Common Task