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Salford Lads Club Versus The Smiths

@finspo From Manchester Evening News, Tuesday 2nd August, 1988… Stay away from us, club tells pop pests ‘Angry youth leaders have complained bitterly about being linked with controversial Manchester pop band The Smiths. Salford Lads’ Club was used as a background for photographs on a …

Lixo’s First Release!

My ol’ pal Alex Hislop has gone and made some music – it’s downbeat and understated, just like it’s creator, who’s a right grump. Go give him a boost on XLR8R, and check his NTS show here.

D Double E – Lovely Jubbly

A bit of fun from everyone’s fave, D Double. He’s rhyming about Murray Mints but it’s all about collecting money from a debtor. That said, he could rhyme about anything and it’d still sound a bit eerie and unhinged, he’s got the most menacing voice …

SNL’s British Movie

Those SNL guys really burned us!!! When Bill Hader is being all thin lipped and pointy and ends it with ‘mate’ it’s completely perfect, and Kristen Wiig has a pitch perfect accent too!

Little Simz – The Hamptons

Simbi Ajikawo seems to have been on the verge of fame for years. From acting in BBC and Channel 4 productions, releasing a mixtape on Life + Times – think of it as Jigga’s Bank Holiday – to playing well received sets alongside big name …

Howard Hodgkin: Green Thoughts

Green Thoughts, an exhibition of new works by Howard Hodgkin is opening at the Alan Cristea Gallery on Saturday, it’s probably worth a look. Hodgkin’s work often refers to memories and personal experiences. The show’s title Green Thoughts references Andrew Marvell’s 17th-century poem The Garden. …

Amulet!

Amulet’s first LP has been knocking about for a couple of weeks. Go get it. They play heavy metal like it’s 1981, but unlike so many before them, they’re not being smug dicks about it, which ironically makes them really punk. Here, have a ‘try …

Heresy

The folks at South London clothing label Heresy are making some great stuff. Jus’ throwin’ up a press release: Heresy is the menswear project of Dominic Owen and Jasper Dunk; friends for over a decade and collaborators for almost as long. During illustration degrees they …

Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.

Best name for an EP ever, thanks Mogwai! It’s pretty great that you called the third track on it ‘HMP Shaun William Ryder’ too! You guys are the best xxxx This’ll be out on Rock Action label on CD, digital and 12″ on December 1. …

Metal Britannia

The mighty Nigel Planer narrates this great BBC4 doc which traces the origins and development of British heavy metal from it’s humble beginnings in the industrialised Midlands to the brutal shredding juggernaut it became. “In the late 60s a number of British bands were forging …

Shallow Sanction Are Doing Stuff

Our favourite punx Shallow Sanction played a show, made a video and did a mix for A FIST IN THE FACE OF GOD. Evidence of all three of those things can be found below. The show: The video: The mixtape: Shallow Sanction – A Fist …

Happy Birthday Spaced!

Currently, the most basic friend you have on social media will be typing the final keystrokes of: ‘omg Friends is 20yrs old?? were does the time go! smellllly cat ; )’ or variations thereof. All the while, the bad lads who run this website/the most …

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love chronicles a trip from the UK to Moscow with painter Danny Fox, photographer Kingsley Ifill and tattoo artist/actual artist Liam Sparkes. They put on a show and had fun, it looks like. Some people are ‘doers’, not ‘mope-about-doing-nothingers’. Felipe Narvaez made …

The Power Of The Witch (1971)

Behold, a fun BBC doc from 1971. Featuring famous British witch-y pagans Eleanor Bone, Cecil Williamson, Alex & Maxine Sanders, Doreen Valiente et al, it might well be nonsense, but it’s a cracking watch – a few concerned locals, some matronly middle aged women in …

Scottish Independence With Oi Polloi

I’ve no opinion either way about Scottish independence, but the most Scottish band ever definitely do. Anti-fascist post-oi & progressive anarcho-street-crust in your fucking face, the union! Whatever your opinion on Scotland, Deek from Oi Polloi is a passionate, intelligent man who has been doing …

A Trip Around Acid House (1988)

There’s been a lot of horrible punk and heavy metal knocking around on BH the past couple of weeks, have a palate cleanser. The documentary was originally shown in 1988 on ITV’s World In Action current affairs series and was produced by Granada Television. It’s …

Is This The Future? Shallow Sanction Are Playing The Alibi

Let’s all go to this and watch our pals in Shallow Sanction doing their weird punk rock stuff on their home turf. A night of punk music… LIVE Shallow Sanction (Hospital Productions / London) J.E. Useless (Copenhagen). Thee Black Moon DJs playing all night for your …

Delving Into DiE

In the glut of bands emanating from the UKHC scene, it takes a particular essense to stand out; it could be an exquisite social media presence, theatrics, or occasionally, storming tunes. DiE comfortably occupy the last category. Pretty straightforward: no online bullshit, a rotating lineup …