When future historians come to make sense of our peculiarly disappointed moment (and good luck to them), some will no doubt wonder where the anger was. Every decade of the 20th century had its Marx-quoting middle classes and placard-bearers hailing
"In putting together a brief playlist of Japanese female musicians of the 80s/90s I was surprised to discover that one of them, in fact, wasn't a woman. Nonetheless I decided to include them simply because their work is so good.
For all the Pet Shop Boys’ talk of having made "Electric, but more so", Super is a very different beast from its predecessor. Perhaps it’s because the duo enjoy playing with expectations, but there is a striking disconnect here between
A collage made by Mark Fisher (kpunk) to introduce a talk by Andy Beckett on his new book, Promised You A Miracle: UK 80-82. The event took place in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths on 12th October 2015 https://vimeo.com/142263366
Piggies - The Beatles [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXdKlpBOvs0&w=420&h=315] We Are the Pigs - Suede [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxtIwh1Nz0k&w=420&h=315] Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOqblSqx_VI&w=420&h=315] Maggie’s Farm - The Specials [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA8KR0Qo8R8&w=420&h=315] All Pigs Must Die - Death in June [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cUC0s0tHBw&w=420&h=315] (h/t @spitzenprodukte) Stand By Your Ham - Pig Aid [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRcA-ckXv3o&w=560&h=315] (a 2008
This is an edited extract from Smile if you Dare: Politics and Pointy Hats with the Pet Shop Boys, by Ramzy Alwakeel, which will be published by Repeater next year. Two decades on, there’s something implausible about Very. The Pet Shop Boys’ fifth album
Excellent and important piece by Adam Harper at the Fader putting some of the most exciting artists currently making music into political context: It's no wonder that African and Afrodiasporic artists are choosing to disseminate music in solidarity. In many cases, this creative
Time Lapses “…indifferent to the future…” After consuming a Ritz cracker, two Valiums, half a can of Tab, and one weak, vodka-based cocktail, a girl named Karen slips into a coma one Friday night in 1979. Seventeen years later she wakes up and