Swine interview the Nicholas Pileggi of scall, top author and allround
good egg Kev Sampson
Sons of the Stage
Interviews with Manchesters hotest new bands, Jakpot, Waxplanet,
Cherry Ghost and Fear of Music
Swine interview with DJ Dave Piccioni
the drummer with The Smiths, Mike Joyce was part of one of the
greatest British bands of all time. After they disbanded, he
drummed with The Buzzcocks and Public Image Limited. Swine
caught up with him for a chat shortly after Manchester
’s In The City festival. Here’s his story…
rain falls hard on a humdrum town," sang Stephen Patrick
Morrissey in 1984, "This town has dragged you down."
suburbs are as humdrum as that of Davyhulme. Situated next to
Urmston, its golf course and proximity to the Trafford Centre are
the only noteworthy aspects of this otherwise typical suburb. How
strange then, that Davyhulme should produce Jim Noir, the Mancunian musical
maverick who releases his excellent single Key of C on February 27th
and tours February.
’s clubbing scene is notoriously fickle and it must be said,
worryingly conservative. DJs who would fill venues in London,
Manchester or Glasgow often only draw only small crowds and anything
experimental or different – such as the short-lived B-Music night
at Korova and indeed a few of our own efforts– fall flat with a
lack of interest that borders on outright apathy. With Chibuku/Circus
admittedly great line-ups coupled with appalling ‘scouse-house’
or bland funky-house nights now dominating the city, its become
harder and harder for nights to establish themselves.
his band releasing the best album of last year, Elbow’s Guy
Garvey’s principal legacy to Mancunian music in 2005 may well be
his championing of singer-songwriter Liam Frost. Describing the 22
year old from Prestwich as “the most talented young songwriter
has produced for years” and “the
’s answer to Bright Eyes”, Garvey helped Frost secure the
support slot for Stephen Fretwell’s 2005 tour. “One of the first
people to talk about my CD was Guy Garvey,” says Frost.
by Phil Thornton
In the August issue
of Swine we reviewed Tim Lawrence's superb history of disco, 'Love
Saves The Day'. Tim kindly agreed to answer some of our questions and
we will hopefully be getting him up to the north west to talk about
'Love Saves The Day' and his other projects; he's currently writing
the eighties follow-up to LSD and a biography of Arthur Russell as
well as leading the BA Music Culture : Theory & Production at
University of East London.
by Phil Thornton
Paul Wellings was one of those rare
creatures; a music journalist who actually wanted to give something
back and not simply climb the careerist ladder that lead all the way
from the NME to a column in the Sunday Telegraph supplement. Back when
I was a hack-bothering pest, (what do you mean I still am a
hack-bothering pest?) Paul, in his On The Waterfront guise as Terry
Malloy, was the only one to give me any form of encouragement, so it
was a pity to see that the right-on rock journal never really utilised
his talent and knowledge of black music as much as they could have.
Paul has now written two books, ‘”I’m A Journalist Get Me Out Of
Here” and “Spend it Like Beckham” (both on Progressive Press)
detailing his passions in life; music and football.
When Funk Held Sway
by Greg Wilson
Back in 1975 I
made my debut as a club DJ at the Chelsea Reach in New Brighton .
Even though I was still just 15, I was already firmly rooted in
black music thanks to my older brother and sister, from whom I
inherited a wealth of wonderful 7” Soul singles on classic 60’s
labels like Tamla Motown, Stax and Atlantic.
Swine Meet Harvey
Turntable legend, Harvey has become one of the world's most in-demand DJs
thanks to his genre -defying policy of playing exactly what he likes and
fusing the basic art of playing one records after another with
reel-to-reel, loops, edits and sign language VJ effects for the hard of
thinking. Now based in LA and Hawaii, the former Cambridge Don, took some
time out to speak to Swine.