For many recent weeks there was speculation that Radiohead would be putting up another album, an LP or perhaps at least an EP, online for free. Spoilt by 2007’s In Rainbows, which was put up for free downloads by the band for three months, fans expected another album that they could download without paying any money. Technically speaking, In Rainbows wasn’t really free. Read more

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It’s ironical that barely a week after the 40th anniversary of Woodstock ’69, I’m writing about a band that has a dozen long-haired members, lives mostly together communally, and travels for gigs from venue to venue in a converted school-bus with the band’s name written across the sides. Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters redux? Flower-powered hippies straight out of Haight Ashbury of the nineteen-sixties and seventies? Or did Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros remind me of something from those heady decades but more sinister?
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I first heard Pete Seeger on a mono record player at a friend’s tiny flat in Calcutta. It was sometime in the early or mid-1970s. My friend, with whom I have long lost touch, along with his entire family, was a deep supporter of the Communist Party of India and a huge fan of Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson.
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I’m not a huge fan of original soundtracks (OST) of films. Not because OSTs don’t have good music; many of them do. Just that listening to a compilation of disparate tracks isn’t the same thing as listening to them while watching the movie in the context of its screenplay. Read more

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There aren’t too many radio disc jockeys that I am fond of. Much of the radio music that I listen to is by way of the internet — either streams off the web or podcasts of radio programmes from small and independent radio stations. And far too many of the DJs that I’ve encountered on such programmes talk way too much. Read more

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