Review: Tankus the Henge at Passing Clouds

Tankus the Henge are a rambunctious explosion of sound, a chaotic cyclone of influences ripping through the backstreets of New Orleans, Argentine tango halls and gypsy caravans of Eastern Europe. Led by the gravelly vocals and flashy showmanship of their manic frontman Jaz Delorean, frantically juggling an accordion and steaming keyboard, this five-piece carnival of […]

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Review: Immortal Technique – The Martyr (2011)

Immortal Technique, stage name of Peruvian born Felipe Andres Coronel, released his new album “The Martyr”, completely free to download yesterday. Needless to say, I have had it on loop since last night and my immediate impression of it is that it is a work of incredible commitment by a workaholic independent MC who was […]

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Bono Pay Your Taxes

For the first time in a decade, I find myself sitting in an office writing about tax rather than camped in a muddy field in Somerset getting inebriated on strawberry cider. Am I bitter I’m not at Glastonbury? Well, yes. I can’t say I’m too sad to be missing tonight’s headliners U2, however. But while […]

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Tory MP: Ticket touting an “excellent example of enterprise culture”

Today in parliament the labour MP Sharon Hodgson brought forward a private members bill aimed at controlling the spiralling problem of ticket touting. If you have sought to by a ticket for a popular music event during the past few years, then you may well have been left reeling with frustration. While there have always […]

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Joan Baez sings Christmas in Washington

I’ve been rubbish at posting recently, but this seemed an appropriate substitute given the time of year. The song’s originally by Steve Earle, but I really like this version. Enjoy.

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Limewire taken down: Why I am cheering this blow against free downloads

And so another pirate platform has bitten the dust. I was 14 when Limewire first came out. I remember the excitement of discovering such an enormous gateway to free music. Yet unlike many of my generation – especially those of my political persuasion – I was gratified to hear this week that Limewire had been […]

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The Coalition Blues #2

The police are voluntary Voluntarily deciding who’s to die You throw two plastic bottles And get thrown in the pig sty But the pigs themselves get let off Leaving a newspaper man to die But if you’re going to give a bashing To a newspaper man Couldn’t it have been Murdoch or Piers Morgan? But […]

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Off to see the Bootleg Beatles, as the Bootleg Mark Chapman – In Praise of Half Man Half Biscuit

My mate’s step-dad manages Half Man Half Biscuit. They’re that sort of band. An ordinary band that writes and sings about mundane, ordinary life with an extraordinary humour and eloquence. You don’t hear much about them these days, but for a brief period in the 80s they were very, very cool. They were seen as […]

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Fashion Is Not Escapism If It’s Still In The Real World

So, there’s been a huge amount of pixels spilt on Lady Gaga. I don’t want to get into every aspect of the debates, but there’s one aspect which I find strange, and it isn’t just relevant to feminism. To quote one blog in particular, here’s Gender-Agenda: She is also an innovator. Working with famous fashion […]

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You may not know it, but this video is worth watching again.

What were you doing in the summer of 2004? I was going to the gym alot (!), waiting for my a level results, and starting a relationship which ended abruptly when the girl in question took a holiday to France and made love to the entire male half of the native population. Yet a recent post […]

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