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Articles by Hannah

Debate – How Valid are Thom Yorke’s Spotify Criticisms?

In the first of what will hopefully become a semi-regular series of debates about important issues in the music industry we discuss the fallout from Thom Yorke’s intense criticism of Spotify as a streaming platform for new artists…

Rumour Cubes at Glastonbury: Live!

As many of you will already know, the lovely Rumour Cubes are playing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival! The band will be performing as part of the Amazing Grace set, which will close the Leftfield Stage on Sunday evening. The event is being curated by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) and also features Sweet Billy Pilgrim; Jehst and Riz MC, among others. Follow their festival antics here!

Hidden Currents – ArcTanGent Festival

Festival co-founder Simon Maltas takes us behind the scenes of what is sure to be one of THE events of the summer, ArcTanGent Festival… – by Hannah Morgan

Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

This is a fucking good album. It’s beautiful in the way a smashed mirror is beautiful – all sharp edges and flashes of light; beautiful not in spite of being broken, but precisely because of the damage. By Hannah Morgan

Record Store Day 2013: Beer vs Records

This Record Store Day, Two Edinburgh independents; Song, by Toad Records and Barney’s Beer, are collaborating on a unique project to explore the question that’s plaguing the minds of many in the music business today; why are people prepared to spend £12 on a single round of beer, but think that’s too much to spend on a record? In the ultimate test of this theory, on Record Store Day 2013 the pair will be releasing eight songs on a limited run of 250 clear red vinyl records, in a beautiful sleeve featuring photos of the recording session taken by talented local photographer Nic Rue. Hannah Morgan went to find out more.

Live: Mark Lanegan & Creature With The Atom Brain – The Forum, London. December 4th 2012

Due to the unusually early start, 7.20pm, we unfortunately missed the first two support acts, Lyenn and Duke Garwood, but did arrive just in time to catch Creature With The Atom Brain. Now CWTAB are a curious beast, comprised mostly of members of The M …

Interview: Arbouretum

Fanboy warning! Regular readers of E&D will know that I like Arbouretum a bit, well, OK a lot, in fact they may be just about my favourite band currently making music. So when the opportunity came about to not only interview them face to face while the …

Hidden Currents – Black International talk about self-releases and ‘shell’ labels

Alongside the plethora of small record labels springing up at the moment, bands are increasingly creating their own labels to release their music. Scottish post-punk rockers Black International are one of these bands, so we asked them to explain a litt …

Clock Opera – Ways To Forget

‘Ways To Forget’, the debut album from Clock Opera, has been so hotly anticipated for so long that when it was finally announced, almost every single Echoes and Dust writer wanted to review it. However, there are perks to dating the editor and so the p …

Hidden Currents – ‘Art Is Cheap’ Q&A with Jack Cooper (Mazes)

Last year Jack Cooper from the band Mazes created ‘Art Is Cheap’, a songwriting project where individuals requested an exclusive song in return for a minimum payment of £10 (it was effectively a ‘pay what you want’ deal). Now that he has released 15 of …

Clock Opera @ Electrowerkz 01-12-2011

Clock Opera @ Electrowerkz, Islington, London. December 01 2011 Clock Opera are, without any shadow of doubt, the most exciting thing happening in music at the moment. I say this not as my opinion, but as an unequivocal statement of fact. Strong words, …

Hidden Currents – I Like Trains: I Like Tea

Our guest writer, music critic Amanda Penlington, takes a look at a novel promotional tool; I Like Trains’ very own brand of tea!Hello I Like Trains, Having sampled your tea I found it mellow, with a mild scent, a slight dryness, minimal smokiness, and …

Hidden Currents – Musical Encyclopedias

Following on from Wild Beasts’ postcard single and Radiohead’s newspaper album, Leeds band Officers have collaborated with the artist Stuart Semple to create a limited edition run of booksets of their debut album ‘On The Twelve Thrones’.   Semple  …

Hidden Currents – Steve Lawson on touring people’s houses

Touring tends to be very high up on the list of things that bands want to get into, with touring abroad being one of the ultimate goals. But how to raise the cash? Steve Lawson recently toured America on a budget by staying and performing in people’s h …

Hidden Currents – Is This The Future? Kaiser Chiefs’ Build-Your-Own Album

In our second guest article from music critic Amanda Penlington, she follows on from her article on the newspaper/postcard releases of Radiohead and Wild Beasts by talking about how it’s possible to remain firmly within the digital download medium and …

Hidden Currents – Dry The River Let The Horses Run Free

In an exciting music/art/advertising crossover Dry The River are using three-dimensional posters to advertise their latest single ‘No Rest’. The posters have been designed and created by artist Xavier Barrade using foam and paper and displayed at a var …

Hidden Currents – Minion TV’s Record Store Day Treasure Hunt

I managed to get my hands on some fantastic items on World Record Store day this year, but chances are if you were after one of the really sought after releases, you were probably disappointed. However, if you’re Liverpool based you may well have found …

Hidden Currents – Guest Article: A Negative Narrative

The saturation in the world of music extends beyond bands and artists – the number of music websites out there at the moment possibly even exceeds the number of bands, with new ones popping up every day. We asked Ewan, the brains behind the fantastic w …

Hidden Currents – To Bury A Ghost talk to us about Record Labels

You’d have thought it would be every band’s dream to sign to a label. However, with the rise of the internet and all the different tools it puts at your disposal, is it really necessary nowadays? To Bury A Ghost decided it wasn’t the right decision for …

Hidden Currents – Guest Article: Amanda Penlington

Following on from our interview with Her Name Is Calla about their beautiful low-run, high-end merchandise, music critic Amanda Penlington talks about two bands who have gone out of their way to offer their fans something different.   Paper Mercha …

Hidden Currents – Her Name Is Calla talk merchandise

Transcendent post-rockers Her Name Is Calla produce what is far and away the most beautiful merchandise I have ever seen. Their £25 double 12” picture vinyl of A Quiet Lamb is stunning, but in stark contrast to the growing trend of downloading music fo …

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