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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Hacker Farm, live at The Vortex tomorrow

Hacker Farm gig – tomorrow! I probably can’t make it – but you should! Hacker Farm is Kek-W and Farmer Glitch. I previously bigged them up on here when they came to town to do the Exotic Pylon radio session. That was before I heard their CD, “Poundland” In my ADD twitter feed, I’ve described …

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Ty on Smiley Culture’s significance

A great interview with UK hip hop artist Ty on what Smiley Culture and soundsystems like Saxon and Coxsone Outernational meant to him when growing up in South London: Ty and Roots Manuva (featured on Soul Jazz and The Heatwave’s essential “An England Story” compilation):

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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Tape Crackers, 2009, dir. Rollo Jackson

I saw this last night at the ICA. It was billed as “an oral history of Jungle music and an affectionate, touching, and, at times, incredibly funny, tale of bedroom obsessiveness.” The film consists of London pirate radio taper Michael Finch running through a carrier bag of cassette tapes in his flat. It is so …

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uncarved shop rebrand

I had to overhaul the uncarved shop. Someone hacked my site through the old shop and installed a phishing scam on uncarved.org. Basically a load of faked bank webpages were on there.  I’m not quite sure what to think about that. I’m not keen on people preying on the naive and vulnerable, but it’s not …

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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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