Genre Hopping: Female-fronted pioneers

The women of garage rock, grunge pop and indie have been busy. Chris Parkin celebrates a slew of tremendous new vinyl releases. There’s only one rule concerning album announcements: don’t do it on the same day that Sleater-Kinney reveal to the world they’re recording a new album with Annie Clark (aka St Vincent). At least that’s the “note-to-self” that Mary Timony – Carrie Brownstein and … Continue reading Genre Hopping: Female-fronted pioneers

Motörhead announce special Record Store Day release

As part of Record Store Day 2019, Motörhead have announced the release of a double 7″ picture disc, Overkill/Bomber. Motörhead has announced the release of Overkill/Bomber on double picture disc 7″ vinyl, which will be released via BMG for Record Store Day, featuring a new 2019 remaster of the original Overkill single edit. Motörhead first released the seminal Overkill and Bomber albums in 1979. A 40th anniversary … Continue reading Motörhead announce special Record Store Day release

The Fix – Vengeance/In This Town, black 7″

An uncompromising single limited to a 200 run, which helped The Fix to establish US hardcore as a force to be reckoned with at the turn of 1980s. Punk may have been born in England during the late 70s, but the early 80s belonged to US hardcore punk. With The Teen Idles, Minor Threat and Black Flag doing the rounds, more and more bands emerged, … Continue reading The Fix – Vengeance/In This Town, black 7″

Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And Oh So Bright

Propelled by news that some original band members of Smashing Pumpkins (James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin) have returned, their 10th studio album feels lined up for a ‘return to form’ narrative. Sadly, that’s not the case. Billy Corgan remains as ambitious and single-minded as ever on the record, chasing his vision for the band, which seems to exist somewhere between rare glimpses of the old … Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And Oh So Bright

Rare Sex Pistols 7" breaks sales record on Discogs

An extremely rare Sex Pistols record, thought to be one of only nine in existence, has sold on Discogs for $15,882 USD. Discogs has confirmed that the Most Expensive Item Sold for November 2018 is the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen unreleased A&M Records 7″ which sold for $15,882 USD, breaking the Most Expensive Items Sold record for a 7″ held by The Beatles’ Love … Continue reading Rare Sex Pistols 7" breaks sales record on Discogs

Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown 7″ EP

This debut release from the pioneers of hardcore punk is practically the blueprint for the band’s entire career – and a rare, valuable find. When it comes to hardcore punk, few bands have a legacy quite like Black Flag. Bursting out of the California scene in the late 70s, the band channelled the angst and bitterness of American youth culture to become one of the … Continue reading Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown 7″ EP

Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same

If The Song Remains The Same movie was hamstrung by tiresome between-song interludes, then Zeppelin were on surer footing with its accompanying live album culled from three nights at Madison Square Garden in July 1973. The band still weren’t satisfied, though, with the resulting nine-track behemoth; over the years, perennial tinkerer Jimmy Page has ironed out most of those quibbles, re-editing performances and adding to … Continue reading Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same

Why I Love… Romeo Stodart interview

Magic Numbers’ singer and guitarist Romeo Stodart tells Why Vinyl Matters author Jennifer Otter Bickerdike about his first vinyl love – and how the LP he obsessed over helped define the spirit of his band… “My first vinyl memory actually was in Trinidad And Tobago in the Caribbean, where my sister (fellow Magic Numbers member Michele Stodart) and I grew up. I went halves with … Continue reading Why I Love… Romeo Stodart interview

Guns N' Roses – Appetite For Destruction

Three decades have passed since the sleazy rock ’n’ roll of Appetite For Destruction conquered an unsuspecting world; and this expansive celebration, in a dizzying array of formats, is a G N’ R fan’s ultimate fantasy fulfilled. The remastered 180g audiophile double-vinyl version of the album (£27.99), with its limited-edition slipcase and a ‘Hologroove Hologram’ on Side 4, is special enough; but the full 10,000-run … Continue reading Guns N' Roses – Appetite For Destruction