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January 11, 2021

CAS My Classic Album: Moses Boyd on Miles Davis ‘Nefertiti’

Mercury Prize nominated Moses Boyd joins Classic Album Sundays’ Raj Chaudhuri for the fourth interview in our new series ‘My Classic Album’ on Sunday 17th January at 8pm GMT, to discuss one of the albums that has influenced his career, Miles Davis’ Nefertiti.

The interview will be streamed live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel at 8pm on Sunday 17th January and available on demand thereafter.

‘My Classic Album’ is a series of free-to-view artist interview streams created with support from the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund. Future interviews will feature artists such as Ego Ella May, Goldie, Black Midi and many more.

Join our monthly Album Club, Classic Album Pub Quiz, Safe & Sound Hi-Fi webinar and receive rewards here.

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Alex Ross David Hockney’s Wagner Drive

Road Trip. The New Yorker, Jan. 18, 2021.

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CAS Album of the Month Club: Tears for Fears ‘Songs From the Big Chair’

Our first Album of the Month Club for 2021 on Sunday January 31st at 8pm GMT features one of the defining albums of the 80s pop rock era, Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair. Its personal psychology, meticulous compositions, and world-sized choruses evoked the loss of control in an overwhelming era. For those that haven’t joined us, it is like a book club get-together on Zoom but for….albums!

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Subscribe as a Member for £10 if you would like to join us (and you can also join us for the Pub Quiz on January 22nd) here.

On Sunday morning, Colleen will send all participants a ‘Musical Lead-Up Playlist’ that sets the musical context for the album and will include Tears for Fears’ influences and contemporaries. This is to be listened to in your own time before the meeting takes place.
Doors open at 7:45 and after we all greet one another, Colleen tells the story behind the album. We then listen to the album in real time on whichever device or format that is available to you (vinyl, CD, streaming).

Once the album finishes, we unmute ourselves and have a discussion about the album and our listening experience. This is a great way to connect with people, especially for those of us who are in Lockdown and I truly hope you can join us. If you are a subscribed Supporter or Punter, you can always upgrade your subscription to Member status and you will not be charged twice. And if you are new to Classic Album Sundays and are considering signing up, do so this week as then you can come along to our Pub Quiz Friday, the 22nd January.

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Our events really resonate with people and one of our newest members sent this testimonial after her first Album Club last month:

“I wanted to thank you for the warm welcome and the knowledge there are friendly like minded people across the world out there and you brought us all together through a shared love of music. That is awesome. I have been mostly alone through the pandemic (am single, live alone – and yes do have the requisite cats to complete the stereotype!😂) My 25 + year career has been in events, currently in the West End of London so in my “normal” life I would be out at least 3/4 times a week. That has all obviously completely stopped for me and it has been a somewhat of a struggle mentally, music has kept me sane and Sunday’s event really helped my sanity. I truly hope to meet you in real life at some point to say thank you in person and look forward to engaging in more events.” – Angela

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We look forward to seeing you all at The Album Club on the Sunday January 31st at 8pm GMT! Thanks for listening.

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Sam Richards Danny Boyle to direct new six-part Sex Pistols biopic

Danny Boyle will direct a new six-part TV drama called Pistol, based on Steve Jones’ memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.

Pistol stars Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Anson Boon as John Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Fabien Frankel as Glen Matlock, Maisie Williams as Jordan and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.

The series was written by Craig Pearce (Strictly Ballroom, The Great Gatsby) and Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People, A Cock And Bull Story) and will appear on the FX channel. Production is due to to begin in March.

Says Danny Boyle, “Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downtown Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent… This is the moment that British society and culture changed for ever. It is the detonation point for British street culture, where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion and everyone had to watch and listen… and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols.

“At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”

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Stian Vedoy Artist of the Week: Johnny Morgan

Johnny Morgan is our first Artist Of The Week  for 2021! We felt his Americana-inflected folk sound was a great soundtrack as step trepidatiously yet hopeful into a new year. Growing up visiting the US on a regular basis, Johnny fell in love with American blues and grassroots music at a young age, allowing those influences to shape his sound as he grew as an artist.

Rather than keep things strictly stripped back as some singer/songwriters choose to, Johnny’s work features really tasteful arrangements that bolster his relatable and emotional songwriting without overpowering it. At times, his voice is vaguely reminiscent of The National’s Matt Berninger, which is a no bad thing as far as we’re concerned!

We highly recommend checking out his latest EP A Brief Introduction, an aptly titled collection of singles that act as a great intro to an artist to watch!

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Sam Richards Castle Face to release 1981 live album by The Fall

John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records have announced the release of The Fall: Live At St. Helens Technical College, ’81.

The album will be issued exclusively on vinyl (12” and a 7” in a gatefold jacket, including a digital download) on February 19, with 50% of the label’s profits going to Manchester homeless charity Centrepoint.

“I’ve had the pleasure of being a Fall fan since I was a teen,” says John Dwyer. “I was lucky enough to have some guidance from my local record shop stoner-lords. They turned me on to many of my heroes, but once I heard my first slanted and barky Fall song, I was part of the army for life.

“The word prolific gets tossed around a lot. It almost seems like a slag-off in the press, as if they wish the artist would produce less so they wouldn’t have to do their self imposed job of judging releases for the rabble. The Fall is subjected to this lazy word often. Yet I can honestly say that I am SO thankful for any nugget of Fall that lands at my feet and in my brain. Live Fall performances are always a pleasure because they seem to take what already made the Fall great and push it even a bit more into the rough and bloody uncharted wasteland that is drug scorched proto-punk and heady political poetry.

“So, it is with great pleasure that we introduce this Fall bootleg soundboard recording to you. Recorded during one of the many strong points in the bands vast and mighty history. They really burn bright here and bring every ounce of what you expect from this formidable force. We have reached out to every surviving member of the band, the sound person, the bootlegger who recorded it and the photographer and received their blessings & help piecing it all together.

“Nothing but the hits here folks and as raw as you dig it. This one really is exceptional in terms of live sound for The Fall. All the stars were aligned over St. Helens that eve. And it wouldn’t be complete with a bit of Fall fan saltiness so, fuck you too, Jason.”

Check out the tracklisting for The Fall: Live At St. Helens Technical College, ’81 below.

01. Blob ’59
02. Prole Art Threat
03. Jawbone and the Air Rifle
04. Middle Mass
05. Rowche Rumble
06. An Older Lover
07. City Hobgoblins
08. Leave the Capitol
09. The NWRA
10. Gramme Friday
11. Fit and Working Again
12. Muzorewi’s Daughter
13. Slates, Slags, Etc

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Sam Richards Watch Trent Reznor cover David Bowie’s “Fantastic Voyage” and “Fashion”

Mike Garson’s virtual Bowie celebration Just For One Day! took place over the weekend, albeit 24 hours later than planned due to technical difficulties.

Among the many special guest cameos was Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, who covered “Fantastic Voyage” and “Fashion” alongside Garson and regular collaborators Atticus Ross and Mariqueen Maandig Reznor. Watch the video below:

You can also watch Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins cover “Space Oddity” below, and listen to Duran Duran’s version of “Five Years” here.

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John Robinson Introducing the Ultimate Music Guide to Marc Bolan and T.Rex

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If we can pinpoint a big bang event for glam rock, it’s the Atomic Sunrise festival at London’s Roundhouse in March, 1970. On stage, David Bowie was presenting a new and costumed band, The Hype. In front of it, his friend Marc Bolan was experiencing something of a eureka moment. As John Cambridge, The Hype’s drummer later recalled, he was likely thinking: “I’ll have a bit of that…”

On stage with Bowie that night was a person that both Bowie and Bolan had in common: Tony Visconti. A gifted arranger and record producer, Visconti was involved in the careers of both men, but at that moment had the longer association with Bolan, having produced Tyrannosaurus Rex since 1968. As Tony recalls for us in his exclusive foreword to the latest Ultimate Music Guide, Marc was determined to get somewhere.

“Marc was extremely ambitious, to the point of being ruthless,” writes Tony. “He had these two people inside of him, a really hardcore businessperson and a dreamy writer of fantasy pop.”

In this latest Ultimate Music Guide, you can read in-depth reviews of every album, and hear how Marc Bolan fulfilled his ambition, and made a musical virtue out his contradictions: mod/hippy; acoustic/electric; sense/nonsense. If Bowie nested the golden glam egg, it was Bolan and T.Rex who hatched it – and once Marc was at the top, he loved every minute of his stardom.

A gift to the press (and to us now), here you can read how entertaining (and occasionally catty, and defensive) he could be, in a selection of his best interviews. “Surely,” he asks NME’s Nick Logan rhetorically, “it is funkier for you to interview me, someone who has something to say?”

As we enter the 50th anniversary of “T Rextasy”, the moment at which Marc caught the public imagination and set it sparkling, it is funky still. “There’s a little bit of T.Rex in every rock group,” Tony Visconti writes. And we keep a little Marc in our hearts, too.

The magazine’s in shops on Thursday (January 14) but you can order a copy online now, with free UK P&P.

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