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Keep the Things You Forgot: An Elliott Smith Oral History | Pitchfork

In 2001, Smith begins and ends a series of recording sessions with Jon Brion, which fall apart after Brion confronts him about his drug use and self-destructive behavior. By the fall of that year, he contacts producer David McConnell.

DAVID MCCONNELL [producer; From a Basement on the Hill]: I had XO, …

Elliott Smith

Lou Reed: “I’ve lied so much about the past, I can’t tell what is true any more”

In this archive piece from our March 2003 issue (Take 70), Uncut meets Lou Reed in his favourite Manhattan restaurant to discuss Edgar Allen Poe,

Radio-Friendly Unit Shifters

From the Cure, to Nirvana, to Limp Bizkit, to Phoenix-- a look at the history of Billboard's Modern Rock chart and the ever-shifting definition of "alternative."

In an issue dated September 10, 1988, Billboard quietly launched a 30-position chart toward the back of the magazine. Arriving near the end …

Indie Music

All Havana Broke Loose: An Oral History of Tropicana

In the decadent jet-set heaven of 1950s Havana, the only place to be was Tropicana, a pleasure dome where the shows (and showgirls) were dazzling, the gambling was high-stakes, and the revelers included Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Rita Hayworth, and J.F.K., to name a few. With an oral history …


Nirvana: The 1993 ‘In Utero’ Cover Story, ‘Smashing Their Heads on the Punk Rock’

(This article originally appeared in the October 1993 issue of SPIN.)

Fame has a vaporizing effect. It lifts and floats the celebrity into our most …

The Loneliness of the Alt-Rock Anniversary

Twenty years later, why Counting Crows' August and Everything After is as meaningful as Nirvana's In Utero

It was a good system: Each generation would get its turn at the media steering wheel, allowing people in their thirties and forties to talk incessantly about how anything and everything that …

Counting Crows

Longform Reprints: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Joe Hagan


The door swung open and there she was: Nina Simone, alone in her dressing room, sweat cascading down her shaved head, a …

Features | Anniversary | 20 Years On: KRS-One's Return Of The Boom Bap Revisited

Angus Batey claims that KRS-ONE is hip hop's "spirit guide and conscience"... and we're in agreement. Here he revisits his first official solo album …

The 20 best krautrock records ever made

From 2003-2008, FACT operated as a bi-monthly print magazine. As part of our From The Archives feature, we’ll be regularly uploading vintage articles

Record Labels

Kevin Shields

In the first My Bloody Valentine interview since the release of mbv, Kevin Shields speaks on the long and laborious process of recording the follow-up to Loveless.

On the night of February 2, as fans around the earth pressed play on the first new My Bloody Valentine album in 22 years, Kevin Shields …

Daft Punk

The Soul of Stax Records

Al Bell at the Stax offices. Photos courtesy of Stax Records.

“Show us the master tapes,” a steely voice said, stealing all the air from the room.

Al …

Nas is at the top of the list of MCs, lyricists, and who's the illest

Nas witnessed the conception of hip-hop. He watched it gestate in park jams near Queensbridge, Queens, where guys would plug up their equipment and …

Daft Punk go from sampling disco records to creating a dance masterpiece

Daft Punk at Artform Studio, L.A. Photo by Nabil Elderkin with Warren Fu.

Five years ago when Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft …

The Fool, The Beatles and the Story of Apple Boutique

The Fool were a Dutch art/design/music collective who had a tremendous impact on London psychedelic scene between 1967 and 1968. Although mostly …

World Of Twist- the great lost Manchester band- remembered by John Robb

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The world if full of great lost bands but perhaps the greatest lost band from

Avant-garde cellist Arthur Russell deconstructed disco

Arthur Russell at Gull Lake at the family summer home in Minnesota.
Photo by Charles Russell Sr. and courtesy of the estate of Arthur Russell/Audika …

The Birth of Hip-Hop Fashion

Biggie Smalls and April Walker. Photo courtesy of April Walker.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, a new-age renaissance was being embraced across …

Wu-Tang Clan – "They changed the lexicon of word and sound"

Stretch Limo. Ice white.

In the front, a chauffeur – looking pissed off, chewing a toothpick for courage, dreaming of Sinatra.

In the back, looking backwards, an MTV anchorwoman – clutching a mic for grim life, dreaming of easier jobs, scanning with increasing anxiety the unknown New York streets the …

Music (UK)

How Can You Mend a Broken Group? The Bee Gees Did It With Disco

The saga of a not-so-average white band

LONDON — 67 Brook Street, Mayfair, is sometimes referred to as the house that Cream built. It predates Cream by quite a bit, actually, but that's not what they mean. What they mean is that this is the house that Cream bought. The man they bought it for is …

Bee Gees

Total rewind: 10 key moments in the life of the cassette

Fifty years ago this month at a radio exhibition in Berlin, a three-inch-by-four-inch product was unveiled. Half a century on, it doesn't look like much. But it was cheap, portable, easy to copy, and these simple, functional qualities held magic within them. They also helped the cassette …

Music (UK)

The Resurrection Of Brian Wilson's SMiLE

Engineer Mark Linett and Genex operator Simon Burgess in the mobile recording truck outside the Royal Festival Hall, London, February 21st 2004, …

Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE'

By David Beard

Initially teased for a January 1967 release, then again later in 1967, 1972, late 1989 and 1996, “SMiLE” has become The Beach Boys’ …

“I Have No Idea Where The Fuck It Came From” - Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night at Forty

Forty years ago this week, Neil Young entered a makeshift studio on Santa Monica Boulevard in a state of deep depression and alcoholism and, in that …

Fela Kuti: Chronicle of A Life Foretold

When Fela Anikulapo-Kuti died in August 1997, Nigeria lost one of its most controversial and inspirational cultural figures. Here, the Africa-based …

Deconstructing: Lauryn Hill’s Rise And Fall, 15 Years After The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill currently sits inside a prison cell in Connecticut. The neo-soul legend is approximately halfway through a three-month sentence inside …

Lauryn Hill

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Hear Terry Teachout's Favorite Five Louis Armstrong Records

Jazz icon Louis Armstrong didn't just leave behind a treasure trove of musical recordings; he also documented hundreds of his private conversations on tape. Those recordings served as the basis for Terry Teachout's new

Louis Armstrong