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Albums Of 2008: A Rock-A-Rolla list

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As 2008 slips out of view invariably we are asked to compile numerous, ‘Best Of’ lists. The following is the top 30 non reissue, non cover albums of 2008 with my Rock-A-Rolla magazine head on. Arguements on a postcode please!

1 Grails: ‘Doomsdayers Holiday’

2 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: ‘Sunday At Devil Dirt’

3 Johnny Foreigner: ‘Waited Up Until It Was Light’

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Of Montreal

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This article originally appears on Gigwise. Full transcript to follow.

Stepping into the brisk autumnal wind that whips across Regents Park the sound of hand claps, harmonies and acoustic guitars races towards you. Upon closer inspection the scene reveals quixotic indie visionaries Of Montreal, Kevin Barnes merry ensemble completed by Bryan Poole, Dottie Alexander, Jamey Huggins, Davey Pierce and Ahmed Gallab, giving an impromptu performance for some assembled cameras. It’s an indie postcard scene with the band clearly having a lot of fun being in each others company on their press junket for latest LP ‘ Skeletal Lamping’.  Later, over a cup of green tea, band founder and front man Barnes discusses the genesis of this latest album alongside the bands attempted resuscitation of the live music spectacle, love of the Prince legacy and the shadows of prescription medication and THAT advert.

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The Nightwatchman Tom Morello rides again

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Currently stuck in Bristol assembling endless piles of Ikea furniture for my mother. BT being the champions they are she won’t have broadband until Tuesday… anyway. Excitement abounds this week as I will be chatting to The Nightwatchman and Rage Against The Machine sound guru himself Mr Tom Morello. This is daunting and exillerating as Tom music has been a constant force in my life since first hearing rage way back when. I can ever forgive him the 2 albums by Audioslave noones heard of because of how good The Nightwatchman is. Tom will be discussing new album ‘The Fabled City’ and maybe even a little Rage and election action.

Friday was a busy day including interviews with French miscrients Nelson and then later in the afternoon catching up with The View. Thanks to Alex and Tash at Scruffy Bird for their help with that. Tomorrow it’s lunchtime in the park with Of Montreal, which I am really looking forward too. So plenty to come this week, thanks for reading.

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October 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm

The week ahead – Ben Folds and The View from Tom Jones’ dressing room

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So in another 16 minutes I will be another numerical measurement older and there will be the usual due consideration and celebratory drinks imbibed. Yet these are far from happy times, fortunately i have a plethora of goodness coming up to keep me distracted and with sweet melodies in my ears.

Over the next week or so there will be exciting interviews with the likes of veteran ivory tinkler Ben Folds, a conversation with Scottish noiseniks The View, a pre Ting Tings support slot interrogation with Fight Like Apes, a little laisse faire with french scenesters Nelson and a good old chin wag with Of Montreal.

There will also be record reviews for Rose Kemp, o’death, Windy & Carl and Steve Gullicks fantastic Tenebrous Lair. Incidentally Steve’s been playing guitar for Soulsavers who frankly had the best record I heard last year!

On top of all this though is the clearly surreal possibility of a chat with Welsh lothario Tom Jones… apparently back with a new seriousness. All knickers to be thrown should be forwarded to…….


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October 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm