His Purple Badness returns
News discs reviewed from the pocket-sized funkster Prince, euro-psychobillies the Nekromantix, punkers the Beatsteaks and Ima Robot and Aussie pop-rockers Just Orange and Luxury. Also on offer, ambient electronica on the Switches compilation and a couple of real treats from The Mendoza Line and Seafood.
I see dead people
Interviewed: The subject of the movie Grand Theft Parsons; Gram Parsons' former tour manager Phil Kaufman tells the story of rock's most amazing heist. Also the director of The Station Agent, Tom McCarthy give us the background to one of the year's finest movies. Finally, Darrin Pfeiffer and Brian Arthur of punk heroes Goldfinger sit in the counterculture hotseat.
Haven, The Wildhearts, Soulfly . . .
New discs reviewed from Haven, The Wildhearts, Soulfly, Tarantino faves The 126.96.36.199's, 36 Crazyfists, The Loves, The Servant, ex- Geraline Fibber Carla Bozulich, Forest Giants, Madrugada, Vaux, and Katie Melua and Stevie Wonder on Jazz Café: The Soul Mix.
One banana, two banana . . .
Live in York: Jazz prodigy Jamie Cullum. Live in Cambridge: Parisian electronica from Air. Live in London: Grandaddy serve up some Californian cool and Good Charlotte and Sugarcult play to the punk masses.
Sugarcult to Squarepusher
Deep breath . . . new CDs reviewed from Incubus, Squarepusher, The Stills, The Banner, Crime In Stereo, Every Time I Die, Scarlet, At A Loss, Ilya, Long Since Forgotten, Chimaira and Roberta Flack.
The latest from 2004
On CD, Courtney Love dons the mantle of America's Sweetheart, Gallic beat maestros Air communicate with Talkie Walkie, political punks Red Tape meltdown on Radioactivist and Cracker team up with Leftover Salmon for a bluegrass take on their back catalogue on O' Cracker Where Art Thou? Elsewhere, 80s Aussie heroes The Church hit album number 17 with Forget Yourself, The Experimental Pop Band fail to impress on Tarmac & Flames and All One Surface debut with Such Is The Way To The Stars.
Cleaning out my closet
After protracted technical glitches counterculture returns with the first of many. On CD Weezer's Pat Wilson teams up with ex-Rocket From The Crypt man Atom Willard in The Special Goodness, Ensign get cover happy, Daft Punk get remixed and NYHC stalwarts Kill Your Idols hook up with new kids on the block Crime In Stereo. Also, some of last year's best hip-hop makes it onto Kiss Presents Hot Joints.