This week on Stylus
Loads of great stuff this week...
Cameron Macdonald writes brilliantly on Rage Against The Machine, politics and "selling out". There's no doubt in my mind that Cameron's argument is valid - though their alliance with Sony might have been viewed by many as at least suspect if not downright hypocritical, RATM spread the word far further and louder than they ever could have done had they not been raging from within the machine itself.
Cameron has also taken a look back on Thurston Moore's 1995 solo LP Psychic Hearts. It's an album I've owned for a while but to which I haven't given much time - that may well change now...
Nick Southall explains why he doesn't like going to gigs.
In the weekly UK Singles Jukebox feature, it's a big thumbs up for Rachel Stevens and Bloc Party, and bottles of warm piss for James Blunt and Starsailor.
Josh Love expresses his disappointment at Franz Ferdinand's You Could Have It So Much Better... and in the process kicks up a comments-box debate about the place of "fun" in music.
Other album reviews worth a look: Justin Cober-Lake on Calla's Collisions and Derek Miller on Broken Social Scene's self-titled second LP.