STANDING UP TO POLITICAL POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE: Weds May 7th

Radical History Network public meeting STANDING UP TO POLITICAL POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE Wednesday May 7th 7.30pm, Wood Green Social Club 3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ [off High Rd Wood Green, near Wood Green tube] – How and why are the police used to try to suppress public dissent and any challenge to the capitalist ‘status …

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Datacide issue 13 now available

The London launch party was a lot of fun, with some great presentations and people. The magazine is out now. It includes a great interview I did with noise legend Nomex. Order from here or from the Praxis Shop. 76 pages. Datacide: Introduction Nemeton: Infiltration and Agent Provocateurs; Vision Tech; Endless War; Surveillance, Control and …

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EVENT: SUN 20th October: Datacide 13 launch party

Datacide zine London launch event The 13th issue of Datacide, the international magazine for noise and politics, is out this week. As well as a conference and release party in Berlin this weekend, there will be a launch event on Sunday 20th October 2013 in London, 7 pm to 10 pm. The event will take …

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February updates

1. SPATIAL INTERVIEWED BY JOHN EDEN An interview I did with Hackney-based producer Spatial is now published exclusively and for the first time at The Liminal. This piece was originally intended for issue 5 of Woofah, but has been fully updated. (It’s the last outstanding thing I wrote for Woofah, which makes me a bit smiley …

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Datacide issue 12 published

release date: 20 October 2012. 68 pages This looks like another great issue! It includes an exclusive interview I did with industrial music superstar Jordi Valls about his work as Vagina Dentata Organ and The Valls Brothers. Also a bunch of my reviews (including some of the lengthier ones intended for Woofah). CONTENTS Datacide: Introduction Darkam: The Art …

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notes on sigue sigue sputnik and the boardroom fetish

As part of the post-hack clean up, I found a few drafts of things I’ve not been able to finish – here is the first… comment welcome! Some musings on Sigue Sigue Sputnik and their hyper-glamorised capitalism. A wilfully optimistic reading of Mclaren’s “Rock N Roll Swindle” was that punk aimed to make “cash from chaos” as a fall back …

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2011 London Riot Songs (Reggae roundup)

UK reggae has seemed increasingly detached from current affairs in recent years, but anyone who’s checked my eighties mixes will know it hasn’t always been this way. I guess the focus has moved to a more international market which means the particularities of life in specific areas of London or Birmingham don’t get a look …

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Grime responds to the riots: ‘They have to take us seriously’

Just when you’d thought about giving up on Grime, Dan Hancox pulls this essential piece out of the bag for The Guardian: In the wake of the riots, British urban music has been accused of promoting a culture of entitlement. Here, Professor Green, Lethal Bizzle and Wiley describe a world that politicians have chosen to …

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Tottenham notes

There’s too much happening to make much sense of it all right now.  I’ll try to write about Hackney soon. I mentioned the death of Mark Duggan, shot by police in Tottenham, in my last post. Thursday There have been mixed reports about the circumstances of his death. Rumours circulated that Duggan was shot whilst …

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Bars For Change: who polices the police?

I wrote quite a lot about UK policing earlier in the year in relation to the failure of policing (at best) that lead to the death of Smiley Culture. News about that case was always going to ebb and flow, not least because it is now in the bureaucratic hands of the Independent Police Complaints …

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