Author Archives: Guy Lochhead

Emociones Clandestinas

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Chilean post-punk group that played political rock. They released one album, Abajo En La Costanera, and found unexpected fame with their 1987 single ‘Un Nuevo Baile’. That single is a cracking song, but that’s about it for me.

Lynda Barry

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American cartoonist, writer and teacher. She is perhaps best known for ‘Ernie Pook’s Comeek’, and for her “illustrated novels”, ‘The Good Times Are Killing Me’ and ‘Cruddy’. She lives on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin and campaigns against wind … Continue reading

Revenant Records

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“American Primitive” guitarist John Fahey’s record label, formed in Austin, Texas, in 1996. It is primarily a reissure label, putting out overlooked North American records with a particular “raw” yet “transcendent” quality – hence the name, conjuring returning ghosts. The … Continue reading

Narcocorrida

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Modern Mexican folksong style that matches traditional instrumentation with lyrics celebrating the successes and crimes of drug cartels. Bands are often commissioned by these cartels to write songs about specific events and figures. Because of this crossover, the musicians’ own … Continue reading

Ray Cyrek

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Florida-based outsider artist and aluminium can recycler who made pop art sculptures out of ringpulls. The practice started with a bet – that his friends couldn’t drink enough beers to line ringpulls all the way to the garage – and … Continue reading

Rob Thomas

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Former frontman of ’90s American rock band Matchbox 20 who found individual fame when he wrote ‘Smooth’ with Santana in 1999. He won Grammys and launched his solo career. He splits time between this and Matchbox 20. In 2009 he … Continue reading

Grails

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Portland, Oregon, based instrumental rock band. Originally started as a side project to the members’ various other projects in 2000, the band has put out 12 releases. The band’s sound is psychedelic instrumental post-rock taking a truly global influence. I … Continue reading

Kittentank

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Indie rock 5-piece from Wellington, New Zealand. No discernible features.

Anna Russell

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English singer and comedian known for her parody analyses of musical styles. She studied at the Royal College of Music, where she was mocked for her unusual voice. She used her experience of this to launch her career as a … Continue reading

Paul Robeson

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Black American modern renaissance man – an All-American professional American football player, internationally successful singer and actor on stage and screen, activist and worker. Despite his fame and success as an athlete and artist, his uncompromising political views (pro-civil rights, … Continue reading