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It's an aspect of making music which is most often ignored, like the background hum of air-conditioning on a sweltering summers night, a necessary evil but who cares how it works? The fact is however 'the music business' is just that, a business, and the sniffy editorialising in old issues of the NME (all of whom made a nice living from music without playing a single note), or lofty pronouncements about art verses commerce can't avoid the simple unavoidable fact that if you want to make a living from creating music, you will need to become au fait with the necessary business practices, and yes there are people out there who make music simply because they love it - see the recent Prints Jackson interview - but even they want people to hear what they are doing and to this end we have unearthed a selection of music business manuals which deal with that very subject...
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Track Of The Year

Lars and Martin Horntvedt and Mathias Eick. It's not often that one single track bonds the entire TM-Towers team into a homogenous whole rather than a group of bickering duffers obsessed with 'their' music, but Jaga Jazzist actually managed such a feat this year with the utterly gobsmacking prog-jazz breakbeat lunacy of 'Starfire' (from the album of the same name), and then went one stage further and recreated it better live for a radio broadcast in the US - just watch the grin-inducing wired intensity of drummer Martin Horntvedt as he hammers buggery out of a tiny kit...
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Mexrrissey

El Gato In El Sombrero OK, so it's not the most 'out there' idea we've ever heard (Hayseed Dixie's bluegrass metal covers and Dread Zeppelin's skanking makeover of the rock behemoths back catalogue for two) but a Mexican Morrissey covers band is right up there with those ideas that scream 'really?' Moz fans will already be aware of the almost mythical regard the be-quiffed one is held in Mexico so it's not quite as mad as it sounds and what makes it worthy of attention is that it is done with such gusto, check this cover of 'Suedehead' ('Estuvo Bien')
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Best of 2015

top twenty albums 2015 Another year another avalanche of repackaged old record company goods (some of 'em pretty good to be scrupulously fair), but in amongst the re-masters and re-releases there are still plenty of 'new' releases to entice and excite (plus depress and disappoint, but we have no interest in those), and so we come to that time of year once again where we look back over the year and then cherry pick the 20 best new releases just for you so that you know what to listen to without wading through the dross.
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