shop local

Of course one thing that us music nerds can do during the postal strike is to support local independent record shops – while there still are any. I’m quite lucky in that respect – weeks after me moaning on here about the increasing uselessness of Stoke Newington Church Street, a new record shop opens up …

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Hackney Heckler – debut issue out now!

Hackney Heckler has been launched | Hackney Solidarity Network. Local troublemakers HSN have produced a spiffy newsletter! It covers a whole swathe of things that you won’t read about in Council-sponsored media – and it’s completely FREE! Oh yes, and it also features “the top ten tunes about Hackney” by yours truly: a terrifying cross-genre …

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Jah Tubbys repress

Well, I never thought I’d see the day, but here come: JT7016 Dixie Peach – Tonight is the Night JT7017 Dixie Peach – Pure Worries JT7018 Dixie Peach – Slaughter What’s the big deal, you may ask? Well, Jah Tubbys has been a bit of an obsession for ages – they’ve been going for 35 …

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hackney council vs banksy

I see a red door and I want it painted black No colours anymore I want them to turn black     “The council’s position is not to make a judgement call on whether graffiti is art.” Nahhhhhhh you don’t get out of the thorny issue of art and censorship as easily as that! Surely …

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the tenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. 10. Psychic TV with With Tiny Lights, Zoskia Meets Sugardog, English Boy On The Love Ranch, Webcore. Hackney Empire, July 3 1987 June 1987 was taken up with hay fever and sitting my ‘A’ levels. I …

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Keeping Hackney Crap

Mark Pawson has a t-shirt sale on! He also sent me a small supply of these badges, which have caused much merriment amongst my friends from the ends. “Keep Hackney Crap” will seem like an odd slogan to people outside of the borough, but to insiders it recalls some comments from our False Mayor, Jules …

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gigs seven and eight

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. 7. Test Dept, Hackney Empire, 23/1/87 We’d come down to London to go to a Julian Cope gig in Westminster but it was sold out (perhaps unsurprisingly as it was around the time of “World Shut …

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