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In Retrospect: Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia

★★★ February 16 marks the tenth anniversary of the debut mixtape from Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra. Ocean, whose real name is Christopher Breaux, released the mixtape promotion-less to his Tumblr account for fans to stream for free. Such an introduction to the music industry is representative of Ocean’s independent and self-assured approach to his craft, […]

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A blast from the past, The Pogues: the BBC sessions 1984–1986 (Live)

“There’s leechers up in Whitehall,And queers in the GLC,And when we’ve done those bastards in,We’ll storm the BBC!” Thus screeched the infamous Shane McGowan on ‘Transmetropolitan’, the raucous opening to The Pogues’ debut album Red Roses For Me. It is through no accident that McGowan chooses to tar the BBC with the same brush as […]

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The Man Who Sold The World is under a new name, but has the same effect

The iconic line “Oh no, not me/never lost control/you’re face to face with the man who sold the world” is hard to imagine without the circular and sensational guitar riff that follows. The kind of guitar riff that lodges into your brain and refuses to ever be forgotten until you’re stuck humming it to yourself […]