The secret Ska history of Stamford Hill by Malcolm Imrie

Stamford Hill is right at the northern end of the London Borough of Hackney, bordering Haringey/Tottenham. I’ve lived around there for about 15 years now and have always had an interest in its history. Last May, Richie (Maharishi Hi-Fi / Musical Fever) hosted another one of his excellent nights, this time at the Mascara Bar …

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Mark Fell – UL8 CD and Manitutshu* 2×12″ (Editions Mego)

Mark Fell – UL8 (Editions Mego CD) Peter Rehberg occasionally chucks great wads of CDs at me. This makes me happy. They are incredibly varied and whilst it’s hard to for me to love all of the Mego output, there’s always something interesting going on. The pinnacle of the recent batch for me has been …

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Ekoplekz Live At Dubloaded LP

Ekoplekz: Live At Dubloaded (Further Records LP and cassette) Vinyl promos are as rare as hen’s teeth these days – definitely a mark of seriousness. Although, to be honest, surplus to requirements in this case. I’ve been sent Ekoplekz CDRs, I’ve been sent Ekoplekz cassettes, I’ve been sent yer white label promos. I’ve listened to …

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pirate radio and revolutionary hedonism

More articles up at Datacide. Including: Alexis Wolton – Tortugan tower blocks? Pirate signals from the margins (an intriguing survey of pirate radio in the UK) Christoph Fringeli – Hedonism and Revolution: The Barricade and the Dancefloor (“Will true pleasure only exist after the revolution, or will it be indispensable to lead to the revolution?”)

Datacide issue 11

Fanzine of the week #3 With 64 pages, this is the biggest issue of Datacide yet! It also includes a contribution from me. No time for an extensive review, but all of the material here is well up to the usual high standard. FEATURES Christoph Fringeli – “Hedonism and Revolution: The Barricade and the Dancefloor” Stewart …

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more improbable band t-shirts

The motherlode seems to be at this South American fashion blog. But a lot of those featured aren’t actually all that improbable, I guess. Maybe Ashlee Simpson is such a tortured soul that she regularly plays the first three Sabbath albums on rotation? For all I know David Beckham, Miley Cyrus and Charlotte Church really …

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