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

Elliott Smith

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

<b>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,</b> …

Lou Reed

Radio-Friendly Unit Shifters | Pitchfork

In an issue dated September 10, 1988, <i>Billboard</i> quietly launched a 30-position chart toward the back of the magazine. Arriving near the end of a decade that had seen left-of-center music called everything from “post-punk” to “new wave” to “indie” to “college rock,” the editors of the music-industry …

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 …

Latin America

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

<i>[This story was originally published in the October 1993 issue of</i> SPIN<i>. In honor of</i> SPIN<i>’s 30th anniversary, we’re repromoting this piece as part of</i> …

Kurt Cobain

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<p>It was a good system: Each generation would …

Counting Crows

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 …

Hip-hop Music

The 20 best krautrock records ever made

<i>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</i> …

Kevin Shields | Pitchfork

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 was fast asleep. The rest was deserved. He was on tour in Korea at the time, and before he hit the pillow, he called his sister-- who helped set up the band's …

Pitchfork

The Soul of Stax Records

Al Bell at the Stax offices. Photos courtesy of Stax Records.<p>“Show us the master tapes,” a steely voice said, stealing all the air from the room.<p>Al …

Record Labels

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 …

Hip-hop Music

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

Daft Punk

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

<b>If you like this please Tweet it, Facebook it or leave a comment</b><p><b><br>The world if full of great lost bands but perhaps the greatest lost band from</b> …

Avant-garde cellist Arthur Russell deconstructed disco

Arthur Russell at Gull Lake at the family summer home in Minnesota.<br>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.<p>During the late 1980s and early 1990s, a new-age renaissance was being embraced across …

Red Bull Music Academy

Red Bull Music Academy

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

Stretch Limo. Ice white.<p>In the front, a chauffeur – looking pissed off, chewing a toothpick for courage, dreaming of Sinatra.<p>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 …

Hip-hop Music

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

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 <i>bought.</i> The man they bought it for is Robert Stigwood.<p>But Stigwood hasn't spent …

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 …

Indie Music

More SOS articles on the way!

Missing past issues? Can't find an SOS article?<p>You have reached this page because you have tried to access a URL for a Sound On Sound article which …

Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE'

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

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 …

Neil Young

Fela Kuti: Chronicle of A Life Foretold

No one who knew him well was surprised when Nigeria's greatest musician Fela Ransome-Kuti changed the first part of his double-barrelled surname to …

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

Excerpt: 'Pops'

<b>Hear Terry Teachout's Favorite Five Louis Armstrong Records</b><p><i>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 biography of the</i> …

Louis Armstrong