JUSTINE’S BLACK THREADS – Cheap Vacation EP

In 2017, Justine and The Unclean released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Get Unclean’, a rousing collection of power pop and pop punk oriented material that really helped put singer Justine Couvalt on the map. A follow up EP (2018’s ‘Heartaches & Hot Problems’) brought fans another reason to get excited, proving the band wasn’t just a one-shot deal and also showing that they sounded just as natural when stepping out of their power pop comfort zone and applied their talents to a couple of much harder sounding riffs.

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REAL GONE SESSIONS #3: Vincent Carr – Bamburgh Sands

Multi-instrumentalist Vincent Carr released one of the best DIY albums with ‘New Paeans’. Credited to Vincent Carr’s SUMIC, its lengthy multi-layered instrumentals gathered favourable comparisons to Mike Oldfield, while underscoring complex prog rock sounds with a love of pastoral British folk.

For this edition of the Real Gone Sessions, Vincent performs a previously unreleased piece entitled ‘Bamburgh Sands’, inspired by the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland. A simple tune, it carries the traces of Freddie Phillips musical scores that subconsciously influenced work on his earlier record ‘Rekindled’.

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THE FALL – The Fall Sound Archives Vol 4 – Reformation! Post TLC

Most Fall fans would have put good money on the fourth release of Cherry Red Records’ “Fall Sound Archive” series filling one of the gaps between #2 and #3 with an expanded release of 1980’s ‘Grotesque (After The Gramme)’ or following the excellent ‘Hex’ related box set with a vastly expanded edition of the excellent ‘Perverted By Language’. Few would have predicted things would take such a huge left turn by jumping ahead to an album that kick-started the final phase of the band’s long career. Almost as unpredictable as Mark E. Smith himself, The Fall Sound Archive Vol. 4 takes a massive leap and gives fans a broad look inside the many cogs and workings of 2007’s ‘Reformation Post-TLC’.

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Watch: Led Zeppelin – Live @ Knebworth 11th August 1979

For a band that only existed during an era when filming concerts was both cumbersome and expensive, there is a fair amount of Led Zeppelin footage in the archives.  For years, all fans had to enjoy was the 1973 Madison Square Gardens material from the ‘Houses of The Holy’ tour – footage that Jimmy Page famously dislikes.

It felt like a minor miracle when, in 1989, the BBC showed footage of Zep in Denmark promoting their debut album.  The small stage, no frills show was a world away from the giant colossus Zep would become just three years later, but was no less thrilling.

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Grab ‘Segall Smeagol’, a free download from Ty Segall

At a time when most of the world is under quarantine, we all need entertainment and cult singer songwriter Ty Segall has a gift for everyone.  A surprise release, ‘Segall Smeagol’ features reworkings of six tracks from the Harry Nilsson album  ‘Nilsson Schmilsson’, a classic long player, reworked in Segall’s own style.

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