How to open a record shop: Inside Love Vinyl, London’s newest record shop

Originally posted June 2014 Anton spice writes ….. If you’ve decided the read this article, chances are the thought will have crossed your mind fleetingly at least once in your life. Maybe I could open a record shop. It can’t possibly be as ball-breakingly stressful as people make out, can it? And yet, the adolescent […]

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SHERYL CROW: ‘I’ve attracted people who are very… challenged’

Craig McLean writes as follows: She’s endured life-threatening illnesses, crazed stalkers, and a doomed relationship with Lance Armstrong. But you won’t hear Sheryl Crow crying on her new country album. On Sheryl Crow’s farm, sipping PG Tips in the singer’s McMansion-like home, there are many things to discuss. Things such as this 50-acre spread half-an-hour’s […]

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Lady Sings The Blues

Wedaeli writes: “Billie Holiday is our hero” Val Wiseman announced from the Playhouse stage. She’s not overstating. Wiseman and her six-piece band have been touring for nearly two decades, all the while performing their take on Billie Holiday’s repertoire. You’d be mistaken for thinking that this Saturday night’s gig was among their first shows. In […]

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BOSENDORFER: VC 7 test review

Founded during its nascent years in Austria, 1828, by Ignaz Bösendorfer, the company bearing his name has since become one of the most recognisable piano-making brands in the world. With many choices in finish and specification, a Bösendorfer piano can be specified to be as minimalist or extravagant as you like – from opulent to […]

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The Balance Of Power

Paul White writes ….. No sooner had I opened a new file to write this leader column, aimed squarely at the annoyance of external power supplies, than I received an email from one of our long-time readers asking if he could submit a Sounding Off piece in favour of them. His argument was that by […]

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Joni Mitchell – Comfort in Melancholy – Music and Conversation (2CD)

  Fascinating and enthralling promotional radio performances from Joni in the 90’s. The first from February 1991 takes place with Murray McLauchlan on the Swinging on a Star show at CBC-FM, Toronto promoting her “Night Ride Home” album. The second is from KSCA-FM in Glendale, California in October 1994 where Joni plays songs from the […]

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