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Joe Muggs

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Joe writes regularly for FACT, The Wire and Mixmag, specialising in electronic music and the anything-but-grey areas where genres and media dissolve into one another.

Articles by Joe Muggs

Album of the Year: D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah

Pity everyone who's already published their albums of the year lists. Like Beyonce in 2013, D'Angelo has just thrown the most humungous spanner in the works, and changed the year's musical landscape...

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We Made It: Publisher and Curator Amelia Gregory

Although her background is in mainstream magazines, Amelia Gregory always wanted to produce something more personal - from which urge the unique and intimate Amelia's Magazine was created. Now...

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CD: McBusted - McBusted

The story of Busted and McFly was a weird case of pop lightning striking twice. Busted, an early 2000s attempt to put together a boyband-with-guitars for girls who don't like boybands, was a huge...

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We Made It: Salmon Smoker Ole Martin-Hansen

Food, of course, is one of the places where the principles of our We Made It series are often best expressed. And in a culture where value is increasingly put on hand-crafting and traditional...

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CD: David Sylvian - there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight

Is there something literary in the air out in the left field? Kate Tempest as a close runner up for the Mercury Prize while other streetwise spoken word artists like George The Poet wait in the wings...

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We Made It: Sub Pac Inventor John Alexiou

Our aim in creating We Made It was to look at the way that invention, design and fabrication are every bit as integral to the arts world as aesthtics, concept and genre. This week's profile couldn't...

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We Made It: Photographer Brian David Stevens

Photographer Brian David Stevens has contributed to theartsdesk before, most notably with his subtly powerful gallery of Scottish dunescapes with a piquant political edge. Over on Bruichladdich's...

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The New Arts Desk Radio Show 7

After something of a schedule disruption due to the summer festival season (although watch out for some specials recorded over that period), Peter and Joe are back refreshed, renewed and ready to...

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RIP Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape

It has been announced by the Hyperdub label that Stephen Samuel Gordon, better known as The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare...

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CD: Caribou - Our Love

There's a narrative that I recall from one particular "Ball Boy" strip in the Beano comic many years ago, but I'm pretty sure was recurring in similar cartoon strips too, of a bookworm or boffin...

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CD special: Prince - Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl - Plectrumelectrum

The last thing I remember of my 40th birthday party this year is propping up a bar with a few similarly middle-aged men, discussing whether Kate Bush's comeback shows were as worth getting excited...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

The story of Vashti Bunyan is a compelling one. The urbane Sixties would-be popstrel who gave it all up to ride up to a hippie community in a horse-drawn caravan, writing an exquisite album on the...

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We Made It: Robots

If there's anyone working today who can drag the idea of craftsmanship with wood away from the commodified safety and predictability of hipster cafes and “upcycled” furniture it's Leonard White, Jen...

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CD: Vessel - Punish, Honey

Aside from the title track, there are pieces here called “Febrile,” “Red Sex,” “Drowned in Water and Light,” “Kin to Coal.” You might not be surprised to learn, then, that this is not a set of jaunty...

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CD: Robert Plant - lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

A fleetingly interesting exercise with this album is to try and imagine it as an instrumental record. Would it pass muster for its high production values and neat fusions of Celtic folk, bluegrass,...

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CD: James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

The Fence Collective – originally a group of mates coming together to sing in a pub in Fife – has given the world an extraordinary roll-call of exceedingly durable singer-songwriter talent. The likes...

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