The Inspiral Carpets sign to Cherry Red Records

The Inspiral Carpets signed to Cherry Red Records
The Inspiral Carpets signed to Cherry Red Records

The Inspiral Carpets are pleased to announce that they have signed to Cherry Red Records, with a new album and a reissue both planned for 2014.


Ever since the return of original singer Stephen Holt in 2011, The Inspiral Carpets have been keeping busy with tours in the UK and abroad, as well as releasing two great new singles – ‘You’re So Good For Me’ in 2012 on their own Cow label and ‘Fix Your Smile’ in 2013 on Tim Burgess’s O Genesis imprint.

This year, the band will finally unveil their first studio album in twenty years, which will boast both singles plus ten new compositions.

“Since 2011, we’ve steadied the ship and we’re sailing on,” explains guitarist Graham Lambert. “It’s been a breath of fresh air creating new songs with Stephen – his input has given us a fresh impetus. There was no sane logic why we didn’t do it a decade ago. Getting home from rehearsals and playing back a new song in the middle of the night is such a thrill. A new album seemed impossible a couple of years ago: now it’s a reality!”

The band’s new album – which will be entitled simply Inspiral Carpets – is tentatively scheduled for September 2014. Most of the tracks have already been recorded at Airtight Studios in Chorlton, south Manchester, but the band will be finishing it off in the coming weeks.

As a precursor to this, Cherry Red will be reissuing the Inspirals’ legendary demo tape, Dung 4, for the first time on vinyl and CD. The vinyl version will be a limited edition available for Record Store Day on 19 April. It will contain all eleven original tracks, remastered from the original master tapes, with a bonus 7” EP of the band’s earlier four-track Cow demo from May 1987. All tracks will also appear on the CD edition.

Although the session was recorded in December 1987, what became known as Dung 4 wasn’t issued until May 1989, and only on cassette, the same month as the band’s third single ‘Joe’, in a bid to combat the bootleggers and as a thank you to their fans. The cassette included the original demo version of ‘Joe’, featuring Stephen Holt on vocals, which had previously graced the compilation LP Manchester, North of England.


Stephen remembers that seminal early period:

“After years of playing local gigs and recording several demo tapes, which gradually improved each time, we seemed to be on the rise in Manchester and our name also seemed to be spreading  around the country. We recorded Dung 4 when we had built a strong batch of tunes and had perfected our own sound, different to anything else in Manchester at the time. It felt like we were recording our debut album and something special.”

Clint Boon: “We recorded and mixed the Dung 4 session at my little studio in the Guide Mill on South Street, Ashton Under Lyne. It cost nothing to make. We all had jobs at the time. This is what we did after work. We were a garage band. I knew this recording session was a very important moment for the band. To me, Dung 4 is our debut album. Listening to the original master tapes for the first time in 27 years was the most goosebump-inducing moment I’ve had in my time with the Inspirals.”

Death Cab for Cutie to make history with live video event tonight

Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie

Long known for their ingenious and imaginative videos, Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie are poised to make history with the companion clip for their hugely anticipated new single, You Are A Tourist.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tim Nackashi (TV On The Radio, OK Go, Elvis Costello, Radiohead), and conceptualized by frequent collaborator Aaron Stewart-Ahn, You Are A Tourist will be the first ever live, scripted, single-take music video to be broadcast as it is filmed.

You will be able to watch the action unfold before your very eyes at midnight tonight via the streaming device below:


You Are A Tourist is the first single from Death Cab for Cutie’s eagerly awaited new album, CODES AND KEYS, which is scheduled for release on 30th May.

You can hear the full stream of You Are a Tourist here.



Mick Karn dies of cancer, aged 52

Mick Karn, former bass player with 1980’s pop group, Japan, died yesterday afternoon following a battle with cancer. He was just 52 years old.

Mick Karn who was born Andonis Michaelides in Cyprus and passed away peacefully in his Chelsea home yesterday surrounded by friends and family.

In June 2010, Mick Karn announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer.

He formed Japan when he was just 15, along Richard Barbieri and brothers David Sylvian and Steve Jansen in 1974.  Originally influenced by the New York Dolls they went on to become popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s before splitting in 1982.

Their debut album Adolescent Sex was released in 1978 but their third album, Quiet Life, released in 1979 saw the band gain more commercial success as their sound erred away from guitar-based rock to a more sophisticated electronic sound.

Japan’s final UK performance came in November 1982, culminating in a six-night sell-out stint at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

Following Japan, Mick Karn recorded a debut solo album, Titles, and recorded one album as Dali’s Car in 1984 along with Peter Murphy of Bauhaus.  He also played bass and saxophone on Gary Numan’s album, Dance as well as working with other artisits including Kate Bush and Joan Armatrading.

On hearing this tragic news David Sylvian said: ‘May his suffering be at an end, may he find eternal peace.’


Mick Karn (24 July 1958 – 4 January 2011) R.I.P.



Stephen Dale Petit – Taking the blues into 2011

Stephen Dale Petit
Stephen Dale Petit

As well as raising money for the campaign, Stephen Dale Petit’s recent gig at The 100 Club in London on December 1st has brought the new blues pioneer to the attention of many who would otherwise not have heard of him, something which we should all be grateful for.

In his chosen vocation, playing the blues guitar, Petit is already a legend, having performed with all of the modern greats most of whom he can count as personal friends. Such is his personal appeal that he was able to entice the likes of Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood to join him for the 100 Club gig even before the word ‘charity’ had been mentioned.

He will none the less feel that he has acheived something special over the last month or so, along with the broadsheet press he is responsible for making the public aware of the plight of the 100 Club and whats more he has done something about it.

The gig on December 1st was of course a sell out and attracted plenty of media attention along the way, it has also raised the profile of Stephen Dale Petit which in turn will ensure decent sales of his next single, the proceeds of which will be donated to the 100 Club campaign.

Asked why his feelings run so deep for the club, after the recent show, Petit explained;

“The first gig I went to in the UK was Alexis Korner at The 100 Club. There is no other venue like it on earth – when you walk downstairs it’s like entering a magic portal. I always feel honoured to perform there, and this show was just extra special.”

Stephen Dale Petit Live

Stephen Dale Petit released his second album The Crave earlier this year to huge acclaim, the collection includes some new ferocious blues monsters alongside updated classics by the likes of Robert Johnson, Fleetwood Mac, Little Willie John and Albert King. Number one blues fan Paul Jones of Radio 2 noted upon the release of The Crave, “updates of classic blues songs often don’t work but this one certainly does.”

So what do we know about the man tipped to be the blues guitarist on the tip of every tongue in 2011? Well, quite a bit actually!

  • Born by the roadside just outside Joshua Tree, California
  • Delivered by a passing black doctor who was also an enthusiastic blues musician
  • Weaned on 60’s & early 70s UK Blues-influenced rock
  • First guitar – a Gibson SG Special aged 8
  • Playing (illegally) and raising Hell in California rock clubs aged 16 alongside Randy Rhoades and co
  • Met – and played with – both BB and Albert King
  • Descended into drug and alcohol addiction
  • Relocated, as a teenager, to his own personal ‘Blues Mecca’ – London – in early 90s
  • Fell in with stellar musicians and guitarists – Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, David Gilmour
  • Got clean and sober in UK
  • Was first official TfL/Carling London Underground Busker 2003
  • Recorded 1st album Guitararama in studio downtime, paid for by busking income
  • Sold all of initial 2,000 Guitararama pressings within 6 weeks in London Underground
  • Petit progresses from Leicester Sq Tube to selling out London’s 100 Club – the first of eight times in three years!
  • Guitararama independent 2007 release through Proper sells out 5,000 repressing
  • First of many BBC appearances on BBC Radio 4 Midweek, BBC News and in session on BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Show
  • Guitararama (now picked up and distributed by Universal Music) voted Guitar Magazine’s Album Of The Year 2008
  • Guitararama makes HMV Top 10 Blues Album Chart
  • Major features/articles Classic Rock; Guitarist; Blues Matters; Guitar; The Independent; Sunday Express; News Of The World
  • 2008 eight week College/University Guitar Masterclass and Blues Lecture Tour attracts thousands of new fans
  • 2009 major sell-out UK Tour with Special Guest – Rolling Stone Mick Taylor

What others have said about The Crave:

“Petit occupies a stunning middle ground between the fire of Freddie King, the instinct of Jimmy Page and the soul of Eric Clapton(Classic Rock magazine)

“Petit is sheer class. He’s incredible” (BBC 6 Music)

“The Crave is absolutely the most personal album that has been released this year and possibly the most important – simply brilliant” (Blues Matters Magazine)

“The Crave is a seventeen track masterpiece. This album should see Petit vie for the King of the Blues title” (

“Fantastic” (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)

New releases on Third Man Records

Third Man Records will release two new singles on November 29th, the first is the next episode in the labels Blue Series of 7″ vinyl releases, featuring The Thornbills.

the thornbills
the thornbills

The Thornbills are Michigan cousins Jim Wigand III and Tamara Finlay, between them they harmonise prose with a unique an saturated aesthetic, the themes addressed in their songwriting deal mainly with issues of perception versus reality and are executed in crystalline folk tunes.

For the Blue Series The Thornbills have chosen two Jack White produced songs, Uncle Andrei is a mysterious ode, reminiscent of a Russian waltz while Square Peg is a driving and charming tune layered with the strum of the guitar and wail of the violin.

wanda jackson
wanda jackson

Third Man and Nonsuch Records are proud to produce the latest single from the Queen of Rock and First Lady of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson who brings the latest taste of her signature style to the label.

On the tracks Thunder on the Mountain and Dust on the Bible, Jackson is joined by new friend, producer and Third Man Records founder Jack White, along with help from Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/Raconteurs), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs), Ashley Monroe, Jackson Smith and Karen Elson, to name a few.

Thunder On The Mountain is a particularly exceptional track. Originally penned by Bob Dylan and chosen for Mrs. Jackson by the poet himself – his rockabilly fever dream is given new life by the songstress.