Yes, it's time for another rundown of this week's Mercury music section. In futuristic electronic format! Can't stand newsprint smudged on your fingertips? The imminent threat of paper cuts too much for you to bear? We're here to help. Just don't line the litter box with your computer monitor once you're done reading.
Shelley Short's A Cave, A Canoo is riddled with typos, found recordings, and great music. Short talks about recording the weird and gentle album at home over a long period of time.
Shelley Short - "A Cave"
Interviewing musicians is hard! So, for our coverage of the Shaky Hands and Panther, who are both celebrating their record release tonight, we came up with the brilliant idea of having them interview each other, leaving us plenty of time to check our fantasy football scores and post on the True Blood message board.
Panther - "Love Is Sold"
The Shaky Hands - "Allison and the Ancient Eyes"
The Flaming Lips held a nude video shoot at Portland's very own Mount Tabor Park. Missed out on all the fun and nakedness? We've got you covered.
The Flaming Lips - "Silver Trembling Hands"
How does Dave Wakeling of the English Beat and General Public like to be interviewed? Naked, that's how. Also, don't play him any Fine Young Cannibals.
The English Beat - "Save it for Later"
And lastly, but certainly not leastly, we talk with the legendary Nick Lowe—he of Brinsley Scharz, of the Stiff Records roster, of the classic Jesus of Cool album, producer of Elvis Costello's best (early) work, and maker of excellent music for well over three decades.
Nick Lowe - "Cruel to Be Kind"
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