you don’t want to bring the arms house


My arm is proper fucked up, so consider this something of an intermission.

While I figure out what to do about that, some short posts with audio will be the order of the day.

I did a talk at the Audio Poverty conference about blogging, fanzines, music journalism and occulture:

It’s sans powerpoint but I think it works pretty great.

You can also download the audio file from here.

EDIT: here is the text from the programme which includes the questions I asked myself at the end…

Misadventures in music blogging: dub journalism or amateur ranting?

I have been running my since January 2003, which generally covers topics such as reggae soundsystems, the UK MC tradition (from fast chat to grime), life in the London Borough of Hackney and whatever is on my mind.

In this presentation I will trace the origins of his blogging style in the fanzine and mail art networks of the 1980s and 90s (and in a poem about a mouse he wrote at school which he is still slightly embarrassed about). I will contrast this with the established styles of formal music journalism and attempt to show the advantages and disadvantages of being a 39 year old balding white guy writing about reggae and grime.

The trajectory of a particular corner of the music blogosphere will also be examined.

Questions posed and answered will include:

  1. What is there left to write about in an era of information overload?
  2. Where is your audience?
  3. Why is it that every time someone apologises for not updating their blog there’s a fairy someplace that falls down dead?
  4. How is a well constructed sentence better than an mp3 file?
  5. When is it time to give up?

Whilst doing this I will also unveil the occult secrets of good blogging and explain why bloggers have the power to save or destroy the music industry.