FREE CD: HEAVY MOD! 15 blitzing tracks from The Move, The Yardbirds, Deep Purple, The Creation, The Pretty Things, Small Faces, Aphrodite’s Child and more! This month MOJO celebrates the artists who took the ‘60s mod batton and carried it into a fierce, overdriven future.
OASIS: “Bring it on, you little dicks! On the road and behind the scenes with the biggest band in the land, MOJO’s Pat Gilbert enters the inner sanctum of Oasis’s sold-out UK tour to discover the secret story at the heart of Dig Out Your Soul. “We’ve been to the dark side,” reveals a typically candid Noel Gallagher.
RYAN ADAMS: Trading a life propelled by drugs and booze for a reclusive existence writing poetry with a girl from Cambridge, the countrified purveyor of modern Americana tells MOJO’s Sylvie Simmons exactly how it all happened.
DEEP PURPLE: The big-haired men of mod venture back to their chaotic early years and the birth of their now-classic anthem Hush - Joe South’s country-r&b hit would never sound the same again. Even heavier territory awaited them.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: They recorded one of the defining albums of the ‘80s then imploded under the strain. Now, back together, on form and playing live, MOJO joins Merseyside’s favourite post-punks as they revisit the fantastic voyage of Ocean Rain.
THE BEST OF 2008: Fleet Foxes, Duffy, Paul Weller, Foo Fighters, Dennis Wilson, Neil Diamond, Sigur Ros and Bill Drummond all feature in our rundown of the last 12 months in music. PLUS! MOJO’s top 50 albums of 2008! And everyone from Billy Connolly to The Edge choose the best thing they’ve heard all year.
REVIEWED!: Animal Collective’s new psych wonder / Como Now - Daptone’s Mississippi gospel treats unearthed / Seun Kuti / Kanye West / The Kinks’ box set / Neil Young in 1968 / The Life And Works Of Barney Bubbles / The Beach Boys vs Satan and much, much more!
PLUS! Levi Stubbs RIP/ Bloc Party live / Jerry Lee Lewis / Amy LaVere / Van Dyke Parks / Status Quo / Randy Newman / Sly Dunbar / Crystal Antlers / Labelle / How To Buy Nick Cave!
AND FINALLY…Our Weird Record Club follows Father Christmas on his summer hols, as Jonny Trunk delves into Santa’ Gone Hawaiian.