* Their Finest Hour – Tom Hingley *

Originally posted on Rahman the Writer:
A word that’s oft-ascribed but very seldom deserved these days is: ‘legend’. In our ersatz and homogenised times, if you don’t consider Tom Hingley one, you probably have worryingly woeful taste in music, and so by extension you should move along, nothing to read here. Tom’s most famous and…

Penny at the Palace on Remembrance Sunday

Penny at The Palace on Remembrance Sunday This was the penultimate tête-à-tête at John Robb’s Louder Than War‘ Open Heart, Open Door’ three day event that was held in Manchester this weekend (11th-13th November). It was an ambitious event which was set within the opulent confines of the Palace Hotel which glitters with stained-glass, faience…

‘Singapore Triptych’ by Jose Martinez

Consider the ‘triptych’ for a meaningful moment. In strictly etymological terms it’s derived from the Greek meaning literally ‘three-fold’, and within the context of art history it has made occasional but by no means regular appearances; and as far as recent art history is concerned, the last high profile and notable triptych was by Francis…

The March of Modernism : Gamine Girls and Black Eyed Boys

In 1965 the modernists, principally but not exclusively of London, seemed to have found a way to directly access the grid of electricity that lit the jaundice- yellow street lights and powered the tube trains that bisected and thundered through its submerged veins. These gamine girls and wide-eyed boys were the new-moneyed denizens of the…

* Their Finest Hour – Tom Hingley *

A word that’s oft-ascribed but very seldom deserved these days is: ‘legend’. In our ersatz and homogenised times, if you don’t consider Tom Hingley one, you probably have worryingly woeful taste in music, and so by extension you should move along, nothing to read here. Tom’s most famous and impressive usp is, of course, that…

** The Strokes: ‘Is This It’ 15 Years On **

The Strokes were greeted with not a little suspicion when they first emerged in 2001, immaculately coiffured proffering their debut Rough Trade endorsed EP The Modern Age and subsequently, their first full-length LP Is This It. They appeared suspiciously clean despite the distressed and ripped jeans a la Roberta Bayley’s fabulously grimy cover shot from…

*** EXCLUSIVE ! *** Interview : Martin ‘Youth’ Glover !

Martin ‘Youth’ Glover is a founder member of the massively influential post-punk band Killing Joke, whose songs have been covered by Metallica and Foo Fighters. Other major artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails cite Killing Joke as a major influence on their own work. Youth has become more widely known in…

Jesus Hooligan: Only As Jung As You Feel

This is nominally a ‘review’ of Jesus Hooligan’s Feel EP that I requested he forward to me after I posted several slightly undignified entreaties via Facebook after having heard & liked the Touch Pure Passion long form release. Whilst on his Facebook timeline I espied a piece he had posted regarding an ungainly and unnecessary…