Month: March 2011

March 31 /

A very timely reminder of the Brixton Riots on April 11th, 1981 – this single from Hiatus with Linton Kwesi-Johnson, a new version of his ‘Di Great Insohreckshan’, will be released 30 years to the day.

Never forget how the police and Margaret Thatcher’s policies treated whole communities – literally tore them apart – and that people fought back in many ways…what I love about the LKJ poem and song is it never apologises for what happened – so much anger and so many mealy-mouthed apologies (if at all) from the police over the likes of Blair Peach, Cynthia Jarrett and many more. So why now must we (the royal wee ;-)) always start with apologies or regret when we start the conversation – like with the recent violence on the cuts demo?

I totally understand that anger expressed, over banks and bailouts and the rich, or state racism and ignorance, although I also understand (my partner) John’s counter argument about not getting people onside by smashing their toys. But it seems too often we start with ‘Violence is bad but…’, depressingly so, that

March 31 /

Saw this doing the rounds over the last few days and stupidly didn’t watch – not only do I agree with this rap song by MC NxtGen blasting the government’s cuts (didn’t they miss a n in that? :-P) it’s…

March 31 /

Finally listened to the new Radiohead album ‘The King of Limbs’ and can hear what Radiohead fans have been kvetching about recently. I understand that each era of fans tend to change every few albums when a band experiments; the age old problem of locking an artist into their most successful era. But I think there’s a bigger problem here.

Ever since Kid A, and definitely since In Rainbows Radiohead have been slowly ditching the old structures and rock framework, experimenting with sounds and textures – atmospherics have replaced tunes and emotion. Nothing wrong with experimentation, but if you ditch the tropes and structures of hundreds or even thousands of years you need to replace it with something equally strong in idea, concept and function. A hard call, which is why many artists be they visual or musical tend to work in a restrictive framework (necessity being the mother of invention) which may sound very unrevolutionary but when you have the sky to aim for the likelihood is you won’t hit the sun and head off into cold empty space. There is usually no need to reinvent the wheel.

So Radiohead are finding

March 31 /