Read The Lazarus effect: how the music industry saved itself - New Statesman by Andrew Harrison
Something is always killing music. This Christmas it was the collapse into administration of HMV, the last major high street retailer of CDs and vinyl, following “extremely weak” holiday trading. Hearteningly, people reacted less with indifference towards a fallen corporate giant and more in sadness at the loss of a venue for musical exploration and life-changing epiphanies.

Read INTERVIEW: Cardiacs' Tim Smith by Sean Kitching (The Quietus)
Sean Kitching talks to Tim Smith about the conferring of an honorary PhD on the much loved cult musician, and gauges reaction to the news from some of his fellow musicians and advocates.

All accolades thoroughly deserved.

Read Carlos Ezquerra 1947-2018 | 2000 AD (2000ad.com)
2000 AD is profoundly saddened to confirm that artist Carlos Ezquerra has passed away at the age of 70. One of the all-time greatest comic book artists, the Spanish illustrator was one of the titans of 2000 AD.

Very sad news.