Archive for August, 2010


… this isn’t the first global recession, and if your life expectancy is longer than about fifteen years from now and you’re not planning to instigate a proletarian revolution any time soon (and please don’t; if you really want to see a Socialist Republic of the United Kingdom, just open a history book and look up ‘Harold Wilson’), you’re going to be seeing a lot more of them.

In the mood for a spot of political opinion? Then have a gander at the whole ‘rant’ at IDOL Magazine, your playground for emerging talent and inspirational individuals (their blurb; I agree). It’s a good read.


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Reggae Reggae Sauce

Easily the most overtly political of the great mid-‘70s roots reggae albums, Winston Rodney’s 1975 magnum opus Marcus Garvey is a strange beast, to say the least. One of those marvellously idiosyncratic albums that come along every now and then where the lyrical sentiment or vocal delivery happily and willingly contradict the mood or sound of the actual music (think Comus’ First Utterance, early Smiths, Panic at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd.), musically, for the most part, Marcus Garvey is classic bouncy Jamaican period reggae: catchy, mellow and drowning in horns, with a groove to die for.

Read the whole thing here. More from PopMatters to come…

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He’s playing at being a cowboy… but never once does he sound like he’s enjoy himself doing so. Some kind of message about the brutality of days gone by, perhaps? Possibly; although probably not. It usually sounds more like: “Pity me! Do you have any idea how hard it is to be pretend, olden-days John McCauley?”

I really, really didn’t like this album.

And in other, more positive news, I’m going to be contributing the occasional rant, review, etc. to a blog called Malchik Beatnick (subtitled: Punk, Psychedelia and Shindigging with Eric Clapton’s Paedo Beard – where’s a smiley when you need one?) avec mon copain Cal. Cal’s done a couple of lovely pieces so far, so go and have a look. Stuff from me soon.

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