Volume #1: Birth – A Musical Gift for Zine Subscribers

This is an outdated post with links to now dead forms. Volume #1: Birth is now available on Bandcamp here!

This is something we’ve been planning and working on in the background since we announced our physical zine. Whileย Issue #1: Birthย is 100% free, including postage and packaging, we want to give all we canย to subscribers. Therefore, anyone who’s signed up will also receive an equally free tape of music and MP3 download of the contents. For those who don’t make it onto our mailing list before publication,ย Volume #1: Birth will be available on Bandcamp. However, this initial run of tapes is going to be unique.…   [continue reading]

The Streets – Original Pirate Material

I was really rather young whenย Original Pirate Materialย was released; just coming up on teenage life and embroiled in the noisy cacophony of The White Stripes (who I still hold in high regard). ย As such, it took some time for the record to click for me, although I could already relate to the grim, working-class picture that Mike Skinner presents – having grown up around the images he conjures. ย I simply found the confrontational nature of such tracks asย Don’t Mug Yourselfย and Sharp Dartsย to be distasteful and a difficult listen.

The power of its themes and the reality behind them was what compelled me to eventually buy it after a few years growth, considering it an essential album despite not being fully behind its musical context. ย …   [continue reading]