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Have I the right to tell you? – Kate Bush asks fans not to use phones at gigs

kate1-466086The Guardian reports that comeback queen Kate Bush is asking fans attending her residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo beginning later this month to refrain from filming the set on mobile phones or other tablets. In an open letter to fans, Bush – whose last show came when the idea of a cordless phone seemed futuristic, never mine a mobile one – suggested that the experience would be lessened by any such filmic tomfoolery.

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New to You – Spider Bags

‘It’s not where you are from, it’s where you’re going’ Ian Brown once said. He was, of course, wrong. The best bands have roots. Bands from the unglamorous parts of the US in particular seem to come infused with the spirit and history of their hometowns. It’s not merely authentic, it alters their worldview and leads to some pretty idiosyncratic records – records which sound all the better for it. North Carolina’s Spider Bags are one such example. They are a garage band with healthy dollops of punk and country thrown in. It’s a bit of everything and at the same time difficult to label. What it definitely is, however, is potent, ragged, exciting and bloody good. This is their new single ‘Chem Trails’, with new album Frozen Letters out on the 18th August. Enjoy.


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Is T in the Park’s safe line-up actually a risk?

Geoff Ellis

Geoff Ellis

The announcement of the T in the Park line-up has been greeted with disappointment from most quarters, with festival head honcho Geoff Ellis accused of playing it safe after last year’s event failed to sell out for the first time in recent memory. On the face of it, it looks a sensible enough move from a strictly business point of view. But does the unimaginative bill actually represent a much bigger risk for the event than the organisers might realise?

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From the Vault – Luke Haines

If football is the new rock and roll, which it isn’t, then Luke Haines is Gareth Bale. Oh, you may scoff at the very notion that the former Auteurs man is in any way comparable to the Welsh winger – who last year became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid – but you would be wrong. How so? Well, In 2013 Gareth Bale won both the Professional Footballer’s Association Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year. Simultaneously. As impressive as that was, Haines was responsible for ELM’s favourite album of 2013 with the alluring/mental Rock and Roll Animals and our favourite re-issue with the sublime Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop. Kinda makes young Gareth’s feat seem less impressive, eh? In your face, Bale; in your face.

Today’s selection is from the latter. It is ‘Leeds United’ possibly the catchiest anti-nostalgia anthem to ever be written about Peter Sutcliffe. Haines plays the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall on Feb 17. Only fools wouldn’t go.

Another one for the Christmas #1 race

Goldblade/Poly Styrene- City Of Christmas Ghosts (Damaged Goods Records)

There’s a real concerted effort on right now to get this to number one for Xmas.

If you don’t know Goldblade, you’ll certainly recognise frontman John Robb.

Author, broadcaster, motor-mouth and man-in-the-know about anything vaguely punky, his “Punk: An Oral History” is as far as I’m concerned, the definitive story of punk rock.

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4 Past Midnight release charity Christmas single

4PMGlasgow punk band 4 Past Midnight have released a rather good Xmas single in aid of the charity Childline. All proceeds raised are going to help children in abusive homes. See? Punk’s not all spitting and not taking the trash out.

The single, Nobody Should Be Lonely On Xmas Day is a rollicking, old-school punk blast in the typical 4PM melodic and no-nonsense style. In a much fairer world, this would be beating the living shit out of the X Factor no-marks and whatever festive re-release is doing the rounds and steaming straight into the charts. Backed with a somewhat less than sympathetic version of Elvis’s The Wonder Of You which is similarly excellent, it’s available to buy on CD or to download here.

So go on – you know it makes sense.

Find out more about 4 Past Midnight here