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An Interview with Richard Russell of XL Recordings

“Music is what I believe in, in the way that some people have religion.”

 Wallace Wylie

10 Bands Shaping The Post-Nirvana Era

The care and attention to detail in this parody is breathtaking.

 Everett True

10 Most Read Entries on Collapse Board, 17.03.11-26.03.11

My only complaint about The White Stripes was that the band weren’t composed of two Meg Whites

 Everett True

Song of the day – 304: Float Riverer

My only complaint about The White Stripes was that the band weren’t composed of two Meg Whites.

 Everett True

Plan B Magazine #0 – the alternative covers

Here are a selection of the different photographs, designs and logos we were looking at for the first cover of Plan B Magazine. Most of these weren’t serious contenders: some of the visuals were drawn from Careless Talk Costs Lives, used so we could mock up dummy designs; The Von Bondies weren’t ever a real […]

 Everett True

Song of the day – 177: Agent Ribbons

So this dude emails me from out of nowhere, to tell me that he’s cancelled his subscription to Bust, a magazine he loves (and rightly so because it rules), because they haven’t yet featured Agent Ribbons, a female trio from Texas that is (in my correspondent’s own impassioned words) “so overwhelmingly Bust-worthy”. So the dude’s […]

 Everett True

Back when I was a working critic, part two

I’m trying to avoid working here, so here’s another excerpt. Taken from 2001, I believe. FRIDAY AUGUST 17 2001 Clever, friendly and articulate, I notice I have no memory of the events that transpired more than three days hence. The sun beats down upon a town of ingrates and foreign students, each more desperate than […]

 Everett True

Spotlight – 11: She Keeps Bees

Here’s what Brooklyn two-piece, female-male coupling, She Keeps Bees DON’T sound like. The White Stripes (What, did the number of people in the band fool you? Can’t think of many other groups with just two members?) Cat Power (What, did the sparseness of the music fool you? Did you feel that sparseness automatically confers a ‘confessional’ […]