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We must try to distinguish good performers from bad ones. Interview with Selfieman
Selfieman is a new project of multi-instrumentalist Nikolai Stravinsky, a member of such groups as Cockroaches !, Missiles from Russia and Fairy Dragee. Selfieman's debut album, consisting of 8 tracks,…

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Bitterness fruit smoothie. Interview with Marina And The Diamonds
Marina Lambrini Diamandis worships reckless front-women from indie and rock groups, and she makes pop music herself. While in 2012 she adhered to the image of an extravagant bubblegum princess,…

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Songhoy Blues: concerts against musical bans
Jihadists threaten to cut off languages ​​to Malian musicians, but the Songhoy Blues group, wishing to achieve a public outcry, continues to play. Belonging to some people and religion do…

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Muted attention-grabbing. Interview with Jose Gonzalez

A velvet voice, complemented by a filigree guitar playing, sounding on several albums. Swedish singer Jose González seems to be an artist who cares little about the attention of the general public.
While in Berlin, he explained to Mark Riemann why he was so secretive, admitted how to deal with anger, and reflected on the benefits of self-pity in songs.

Your music has a constant tendency to get lost in the background. Doesn’t such a characteristic hurt the creative ego?
I understand that my musical style is too gentle and soft to attract attention. I cannot keep up with consumer goods on the radio. But I do not think this is bad. It’s about the ratio of “background music” and hit songs. I play for fun. I use music as a Trojan horse and write songs of such a plan that they can be Continue reading

We must try to distinguish good performers from bad ones. Interview with Selfieman

Selfieman is a new project of multi-instrumentalist Nikolai Stravinsky, a member of such groups as Cockroaches !, Missiles from Russia and Fairy Dragee.

Selfieman’s debut album, consisting of 8 tracks, was recorded in February-August 2014 at studios in Dusseldorf and Moscow, and was called “Transparent Things”. The uniqueness of the album lies in the fact that Nikolai is not only the author of the music of all the material, but also the performer of all musical and vocal parts.

The presentation of the disc took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg in November 2014 with the participation of Evgeny Ryakhovsky and Sergey Kivin from the Animal DzhaZ group, as well as Alexey Continue reading

The punk godmother Nina Hagen remains true to herself: the punk grandmother attracts attention among the German mainstream

Nina Hagen rarely gives balanced, thoughtful answers to questions. But she hesitates when answering the question of how to behave, realizing that you are 60 years old.
“Probably, as always, but by no means like an old racist,” the answer appears on her Facebook page. On March 11, the singer and actress should already have known the answer to this question, since it was then her birthday.

“Obstruct” was on the security officer’s request form for Nina to enter the theater school in the early 70s. Such as she, from the age of 12, “dishonestly” refusing to join the FDJ youth in the communist union, and besides being the stepdaughter of the author of the songs, dissident Wolf Birman, could not be promoted. Continue reading

10 classic albums that The Smiths wouldn’t have been without Meat Is Murder

If The Smiths debut album “The Smiths” only sparked a spark of interest, then the second album of the band “Meat Is Murder” really created a subculture.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the release of the album, we recall ten albums that simply could not have been without this legendary creation of The Smiths.

The Stone Roses – “The Stone Roses”
Madchester would probably have happened without the “Meat Is Murder” (after all, it’s largely due to ecstasy), but it would have been much more boring. John Squire thanks Johnny Marr for guitar freaks and vibble wobbles on “How Soon Is Now?” on the American release of “Meat Is Murder” – inspiration Continue reading

Do not complicate the relationship with the audience. Interview with the NAIV group

This year, the Russian group NAIV celebrates the 15th anniversary of its fifth studio album, Wholesale and Retail. The team will celebrate this event with concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Having reunited after a five-year break and celebrating the 25th anniversary of their creative activity with a full-time anniversary tour, the musicians of the NAIV group do not intend to organize tearful nostalgic shows. They, as before, are full of energy, ready to burn, go crazy, go crazy and charge the crowd of fans with crazy drive and positive.

In anticipation of the “festive” concerts, talked with the band’s frontman Alexander “Chachey” Ivanov, asking him about the “new era of punk rock”, the language barrier in Russia and plans Continue reading

Thailand for Heroes: An Interview with The Libertines
Miracles do happen. In the second half of 2015, the third album The Libertines will be released. Kevin Perry looked behind the screen of rehearsals in Thailand that “pumped fresh…


The beatles. All will pass…
Primary Therapy music, bagpipe anthems, themes from Bondiana, Traveling Wilburys and Kanye West. After the collapse of The Beatles, John, Paul, George, and even Ringo did not lose their creative…


Blur's 24 Greatest Songs Stories
Blur's eighth studio album, "The Magic Whip", will be released April 27, 2015: the beginning of a new era in the band’s history is very close. To set the mood,…


Endless Story: Interview with Blur
In recent years, everyone has already managed to say goodbye to Blur: quietly say "bye" or roaring "Parklife!" And what did the members of the group do when everyone was…