New noise from me / Cutwail benefit compilation

I am very very proud to have a track included on the “We Saw Human Guinea Pigs Explode” compilation which has been released today: WE SAW HUMAN GUINEA PIGS EXPLODE by Various The Cutwail label is a subsidiary of the unpredictable Libertatia Overseas Trading mob. Actually I’m slightly staggered to be in there alongside Ceramic …

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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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Colonel Gaddafi’s Kentucky Fried Britain

Jez: Look Mark, I’m a musician, in case you’d forgotten. Yeah? I answer to a higher law. The law of “if it feels good, do it”. Mark: Oh, that’s a great law isn’t it? What’s that, Gaddafi’s law? Jez: It’s the musician’s law. Colonel Gaddafi could not lay down a bass hook, Mark. That should …

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Graceless: a journal of the radical gothic

Fanzine of the week #4 Available in print – and online as a free/donation pdf. (and from Amazon) “We demand that the goth scene be more than a black-clad reflection of mainstream society” I’ve written about goth on here before and it’s something that still appeals to me in many ways, although you’re unlikely to catch …

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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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Niche Homo

Fanzine of the week #2 Over 50 pages of leftfield guitar-based music, good attitude with tasty DIY layout and graphics. The Ramleh interview is especially good, focussing just as much on their underrated guitar work as much as power electronics. They also ask Ramleh mainstay Gary Mundy about Croydon and dubstep artist Burial – a …

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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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Sex Pistols: Sir Philip Green’s “Cash From Chaos”

  This is Sir Philip Green, the billionaire boss of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge among others.  These UK companies are part of Green’s Arcadia Group which is in turn owned by Taveta Investments Limited, which is registered to an office on the tax-haven island of Jersey. Taveta Investments is owned by Green’s family …

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