A guide to La Monte Young’s music

The American minimalist has fed bales of hay to his piano but it’s his six-hour-plus Well-Tuned Piano that has changed the way we hear music – quite literally. La Monte Young’s magnum opus will have you entranced, bewitched and will change your sensory perceptions of the phenomenon we call music. It is a work for […]

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Bob Dylan hits dissected by academics – a while back

James Lachno writes: “Scholars of law will today hold an academic session examining the implications of Dylan’s social commentary in tracks such as Hurricane and The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll. Professor Bruce Green, one of the organisers of the conference from Fordham University, said: “We think it’s important once in a while to have […]

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Karl Wallinger: The song that saved my bacon

World Party’s Karl Wallinger tells Graeme Thomson what kept him afloat after a devastating brain aneurysm.  In 1997 World Party released a song called She’s the One. A simple, affecting piano ballad written by Karl Wallinger “in 10 minutes and recorded in about an hour”, it should have been a huge hit. And it was, […]

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“The must-have piano? The Seaboard GRAND may look as if it’s been beamed to Earth from a futuristic fetish club, but it sounds damn good”

“Unless you have ever had to lift one, the piano is just about the perfect instrument. A machine for hitting tuned strings with soft hammers, pedals for expression, and not much else. Since its invention in the 18th century, it has changed relatively little – until now.” MORE

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Lifelong musicians ‘have better hearing’

Playing a musical instrument throughout your life protects your hearing in old age, a Canadian study suggests. The study, published in Psychology and Aging, carried out hearing tests on 74 adult musicians and 89 non-musicians. It found a 70-year-old musician’s hearing was as good as that of a 50-year-old who did not play. MORE

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Essential Listening: Trader Horne – Morning Way (Ltd 180g LP with 7″ Single, in Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve with Extras)

The first release on the new Vinyl-Only Flashback label is the timeless psychedelic folk classic, Morning Way by Trader Horne. • Heavyweight Embossed Gatefold Cover • 12 Inch Vinyl pressed on serious 180g • 7 Inch Single with Picture Sleeve featuring Here Comes The Rain and Mercy Kelly • 16 Page Colour Booklet• Original Postcard […]

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Alanis Morissette interview

Seventeen years after Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette has shaken off the title of pop’s queen of angst. Her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, is a thing of joy, writes Mark Sutherland. “I remember touring America in a van and I’d be fielding all these calls,” Alanis Morissette says. “‘They want you on the […]

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