It comes from one of the most respected rock, folk, world and roots labels in the world – Proper (Richard Thompson, The Waterboys, Ladysmith Black Mambazo etc.). Would really appreciate your thoughts either way?

September saw the launch of’s brand new series of weekly podcasts produced and hosted by award winning broadcaster Trevor Dann. Each week a group of panellists including top music journalists, editors, producers, promoters and bookers will join Trevor Dann to discuss Proper Music’s recent releases as well as a range of topical subjects. The series will also feature interviews with artists and labels across the specialist music industry.

Episode 5 of’s new series of weekly podcasts, produced and hosted by award-winning broadcaster Trevor Dann, is available now for free streaming and download through iTunes and SoundCloud.

In a live music special, singer and guitarist Emily Barker plays the theme tune to TV series Wallander (Nostalgia) and two tracks from her latest album Almanac, including the theme tune to The Shadow Line (Pause). Emily talks to Trevor Dann about her childhood growing up in Western Australia, the song writing process and her band The Red Clay Halo.

Host Trevor Dann said: “Proper is a big name in all the musical genres I love – folk, blues, country. jazz, Americana to name but five – and what I love about these podcasts is thate dont have to pigeon-hole the music. Where some radio stations have a folk show or a country show or rock show, we can mix all the genres together. For us it’s all proper music. ”

Your readers can download both here:




HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


Full Feature
My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


Full Feature
Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
All Features