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Sunday, 31 May 2015 15:16

Shaun Ryder talks to ZANI

Salford, Greater Manchester, before it became the central home of the BBC, had been a part of England viewed as hostile, deprived, industrial as well as being hugely creative; spawning some major artists and bands that have not only been
successful but also have been highly influential,
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I went to a gig recently, can’t remember who it was or where it was, sign of an old age I suppose.  Yet there was a Velvet Underground vibe to this group, and when I heard that Lou Reed had died my first thought was now all the fuckers are going to sound like The Velvet’s.  Strangely enough I was thinking about a month ago that there was a real space in the market for their sound, no one is doing it. The last band to sound like them I suppose was The Strokes, and that has been it.
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Sunday, 28 July 2013 16:25

Alan McGee on 359 music

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It’s been a busy 6 months and there have been many revelations, Where to start? I have started a label called 359 Music with my old friend Iain McNay from Cherry Red. Iain has been around since the start; he signed my songs as a publisher 33 years ago. There had been talk of my new label for a while and I had the option of running 1123 Records for Warner’s Japan but when it came down to it owning half of the company is a lot more sexy than a 6 figure salary and no shares,
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:44

Errors – A Class Act


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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:35

Willie Nelson – The Outlaw

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One song that has been making a welcome return on my iPod is Willie Nelson's '82 version of Always on my Mind. A beautiful and laconic reading of the song made famous by Elvis Presley, it reminded me of what an iconoclast Nelson still is. This decade has been an interesting one for him.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:35

Courtney Love -The Riot Grrrl Has Mellowed

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In case you haven't heard, Courtney Love is back with a new album called Nobody's Daughter. It's been five years in the making and, considering the hype and controversy surrounding Love, it's likely to be an interesting cultural event. In fact the first single, Skinny Little Bitch, appeared online recently and, I have to admit, it's a great song.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:33

Beyoncé – Alan McGee Says Move over Madonna

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Can we call time on Madonna's position as postmodern, ironic, feminist leader of the free music world? Don't get me wrong, she's fantastic. I love her back catalogue and her Bowie-like reinventions. Nonetheless, as we move into a new decade, the Madonna-as-high-art concept is finished. Done. Kaput. She's moved from Warholian pop genius to victim of the tabloid TMZ culture.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:31

Jay-Z – McGee Says His Blueprint Is Working

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Today sees the UK release of Alicia Keys's Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down, but you'll already know the song. Jay-Z's original version appeared on The Blueprint 3 last year (as Empire State of Mind, featuring Alicia Keys) and I've been addicted to it ever since. Who wouldn't be? With its huge hook, grandiose orchestration and shout-out to New York, the song isn't just an instant hip-hop classic, it's one of the best pop songs of the last 10 years.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:27

Dub Be Good To Me - Dub Reggae Classic Albums

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I had an interesting conversation with a friend about dub reggae. Dub, like jazz, world, tropicalia, lounge or classical, can present a total conundrum to the outsider. Curious about the genre but completely at a loss as to where to start, he asked me which dub albums would make a good primer.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:25

Hype - Springs Eternal

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Aggressive PR is an integral part of the music industry - but what happens when there's no talent to support it?

Hype is fun. Everyone that worked in the music industry has been involved in it in some way, since acts sometimes need a kick-start to get the audience in front of them. Highlights of my hyping skills include talking up Kevin Shields to be a Brian Eno-like genius (when in fact you could put a monkey in the studio with Alan Moulder and make it sonically interesting), and the Boo Radleys, who were signed to demonstrate to Kevin that I could take anybody doing "his" music and make it a number one. However, hype can go horribly wrong. Would you put your life in the hands of these rock'n'roll bands?
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ZANI was conceived in late 2008 and the fan base gradually grew by word of mouth. Key contributors came from those of the music, film and fashion industry and the voice of ZANI grew louder. So, when in 2013 investor, contributor and fan of ZANI Alan McGee* offered his support to help restyle and relaunch the site it was inevitable that traffic would increase dramatically and continues to grow. *Alan McGee co-founder of Creation Records and new label 359 Music..

 

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