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Monday Monday....

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 16:30 UK time, Monday, 15 May 2006

its only ruddy Monday!

I guested on Steve Lamacqs 6Music show last Friday, with Blaine from the Mystery Jets and Nicky Wire from Manic Street Preachers. We were reviewing some new released, including Nelly Furtado, Little Man Tate, The Automatic, Paul Simon and the Raconteurs. Different opinions were expressed, and The Automatic won.

It's not often a Manic Street Preacher personally hands you a copy of his new solo album. There's good reason for this of course; Sean, James or Nicky have never recorded one before. But with James' debut solo offering now arriving on music industry folks desks with a watermark stamp and a friendly warning that if you upload it onto the internet the record company lawyers might well come round your house and have quite a stern and nasty word in your ear, Nicky Wire gave me a copy of his own album last week with the words, 'Do with it what you want'.

It's called I Killed the Zeitgeist, and it comes with a handmade sleeve by Nicky himself. His voice has an honesty and a child-like warmth to it that is pleasing on the ear, and the album on the first few listens is an up close and personal collection of songs that are emotional, honest and engaging, with no no pomp or pretension involved.

I went to see the amazing Longcut play with a good support slot from We Start Fires and a weird support slot from the Klaxons. I drank german beer and went to see my girlfriend.

and listened to the amazing Juana Molina album!

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