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Crown Court – 3 Stretch

More fun from Crown Court, from an EP coming up on Rebellion Records, it’s a blast. They’re pumping this stuff out at quite a pace, I don’t think their first EP is even out yet. I reviewed that in Vice this month, behold: I’m really …

The Jockey Slut Timeline

Written by co-founder John Burgess and published on their website a decade ago, here’s his potted history of that storied mag from its 1993 conception to 2002, a couple of years before it ceased to exist. 1993 The first Chemical Brothers interview ever! Andrew Weatherall …

The Fairy Tale Of East London

This blog’s favourite drunk punx PINTS have gone n dun a Christmas cover song and nailed it out the park, which is a mixed metaphor. I’ve been jizzing over this band since February and I still haven’t got it together to see them live – I …

Steve Donahue Tattooing At The COD Launch

Fun guy, naughty tattoo artist and QUALITY LAD, our pal Steve Donahue is tattooing British-themed flash at the launch party for COD, a publication billed as “a body of work, a collection of documentaries, exploring British culture in a modern day society and challenging contemporary …

Dean Blunt – Lush

Whether he’s leaking tunes before they officially drop or letting off creative steam, Dean Blunt’s YouTube is always worth a scan. Just recently he’s put out this short video for Lush, the introductory track from his new album Black Metal. Fittingly for a Rough Trade release, …

Benga Makes A Grime Beat On Playstation Music 2000

In 2003, someone on Radio 1 asked a 17 year old Benga to make an 8 bar grime loop in his bedroom using a Playstation One and Music 2000. “…but whatever you do, just don’t tell Radiohead!”

Visible Girls: London’s Lost Female Subcultures

Back in 1980/81, Anita Corbin shot photos of women’s subcultures and women within subcultures across London, including rudegirls, rockabillies, mods, skinheads, as well as “less defined” groups including soul, rasta, punks and futurists, and those “in and around the women’s liberation movement.” Her photographs were …

The Rave Years With Keith Flint & Richard Russell

This went live in August, but hardly anyone’s seen it, and it’s a great little back’n’forth! Keith looks like he had a terrible accident at a Maharishi outlet store, but he seems like a pretty relaxed, unpretentious guy – and a top tier anecdotalist at …

Shrapnel’s Frenzied State

With Mob Rules, Violent Reaction, Mankind and Arms Race releases in the can over the last few months, you’d think Quality Control HQ would see out the rest of the year with a self-congratultory grin and well-deserved smugness; deservedly so, but fortunately not. The label are soundtracking your ill-prepared …

Jason Williamson’s Grammar Wanker

Perhaps the chief factor in the recent success of Nottingham’s Sleaford Mods has been the graphic, wry lyrics of frontman Jason Williamson. His view of contemporary Britain – banal jobs with incompetent bosses, put-upon populace roaming decaying streets – is hardly original; yet it’s Williamson’s …

IYDES – Maalen

Here’s the new one from our ol’ pal Lixo‘s label GETME!. IYDES is a resident at London clubnight/radio show Tropical Waste, and makes a kind of semi-brutalist club music that kicks around a sort of Muslimgauze sound in its quieter moments. Check it arrrrrt:

You’re Already Dead

This text—laying out where Crass saw punk, politics, and the world—was handed out free, as a small pamphlet by members of Crass at their gigs in 1984 (the last year of the band’s existence). If at times we (CRASS) seem to have disappeared, it is …

Arms Race’s Gotta Get Out 7″

Ah, so in the tags for this on Bandcamp they’re calling it NWOBHC, it’s good to know that there’s a name for all this great, non-USA-influenced fun hardcore stuff. Has that been a thing for ages? I don’t know, I’m 31 years old, which is …

The Pitch

The Pitch from Hilow Films on Vimeo. Tim Wright has been living homeless in Highbury for 10 years. In The Pitch, by some folks called Hilow Films, Tim keeps fighting to preserve his humanity on the streets of London and we get to find out …

A Bank Holiday Shirt, Again

It’s back, due to popular demand (about 40 emails in total, a load of FB messages, a bunch of DMs on Twitter)! We weren’t going to do any more of these, but there’s been a healthy amount of hassling, and proceeds are gonna go towards some new …

Sweetie Irie, Tippa Irie & General Levy

UK dancehall originals Sweetie Irie, Tippa Irie & General Levy appeared on Seani B’s Thursday night Dancehall show last week, it was a blast, as you can see above.

How Mid-2000′s Stragglers Will Fall Apart

First it was the Klaxons, then it was Crystal Castles and now it’s Hadouken! who’ve called it a day. In quick succession, we’ve seen groups ascend the heights of popularity only to see diminishing returns, whether it was banning glow sticks at shows, embracing witch …

Style Brokers Is Live

Back in January, Strike Pictures were after a few quid to make a documentary about the genesis of The Duffer Of St George. Named for the title of a Richard Lyne story called The Duffer of St George’s in The Champion Book for Boys, the brand started …