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Hanin Elias Interview: The Music of Fantome, Misunderstandings & More

Hanin Elias Interview: The Music of Fantome, Misunderstandings & More

  Tim Forster interviews Hanin Elias: At the end of January in a Berlin club ‘Fantome’, Hanin Elias’ and Marcel Zurcher’s new band, gave their first live performance. Afterwards Hanin talked about Fantome, fishing, misunderstandings and life post Atari Teenage Riot (ATR). Your latest band is Fantome with Marcel Zurcher-could you explain how that came about? Yeah, Marcel and I met and we are both from these very hard bands, people stick others in a box and expect … Read entire article »

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GW Sok Interview: The Ex, Anarchy & Music

GW Sok Interview: The Ex, Anarchy & Music

By Tim Forster: Last October I caught a track by ‘King Champion Sounds’ on Radio 6 and was excited by something that sounded somewhere between ‘The Beat’ and ‘The Psychedelic Furs’-although that may be contested! Later that month I was lucky to see them at a small venue just outside Highbury and Islington Tube-brilliant! At the gig I got a copy of their album read the lyrics and realised they were pretty left leaning in their … Read entire article »

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Tim Forster: Alec Empire – Atari Teenage Riot Interview Pt. 2

Tim Forster: Alec Empire – Atari Teenage Riot Interview Pt. 2

By Tim Forster: In the middle of May I was able interview Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot over the ‘phone from Berlin, here is the second half of what was a wide ranging and interesting conversation. Q. On ‘The Keiser Report’ recently they were talking about how ATR had got money from Sony and then given that money to help Anonymous fund their legal costs. Could you tell us a little bit more about that? A. … Read entire article »

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Chumbawamba: The End

Chumbawamba: The End

By Chumbawamba: That’s it then, it’s the end. with neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion. Thirty years of ideas and melodies, endless meetings and European tours, press releases, singalong choruses and Dada sound poetry, finally at an end. It’s hard to sum up whywithout sitting you down one at a time and having a proper conversation, but that’d take too long. So, in as few words as possible, here goes. We felt we’d got to a … Read entire article »

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Tim Forster: Alec Empire – Atari Teenage Riot Interview Pt. 1

Tim Forster: Alec Empire – Atari Teenage Riot Interview Pt. 1

By Tim Forster: You’ve probably noticed that in late capitalism mainstream culture, including music, is often the tarted up result of market forces and the commodification of all things, it cannot help but be bereft of meaning and over arching purpose, it has nothing much to say and no idea where it is going; it operates as a social anaesthetic. In contrast Atari Teenage Riot are a band with purpose, vitality and a strong anarchist position. … Read entire article »

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Tim Forster: Levellers – Still Speaking Out!

Tim Forster: Levellers – Still Speaking Out!

By Tim Forster: The Levellers seemed to have occupied a prophetic position in British society for over 20 years, challenging the individual to think, critiquing the capitalist/ state amalgam, speaking up for the poor. Included in this has been a continual encouragement towards fraternity and mutual support in songs like ‘Carry me’ and ‘Accidental Anarchist’. WithBritainsuffering under a Tory led coalition blatantly serving the interests of the rich it seemed a good time to talk to … Read entire article »

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Nora Barrows-Friedman: Punks Against Apartheid officially launches website, BDS network

Nora Barrows-Friedman: Punks Against Apartheid officially launches website, BDS network

By Nora Barrows-Friedman “Stumbling onto the scene” with a demand for legendary punk rocker and social justice activist Jello Biafra and his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv last June — which Biafra eventually did — activists with theboycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) group Punks Against Apartheid (PAA) have announced their official launch as a website and activism network. PAA was the major driving force behind the appeal to Biafra to cancel his gig, and was formed quickly and with large … Read entire article »

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Akala & Billy Bragg: Left Field In Motion Tour

Akala & Billy Bragg: Left Field In Motion Tour

By Billy Bragg & Akala, and more… A round table discussion about music, politics, and touring, across folk, hip-hop, and punk. … Read entire article »

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Maxwell Tremblay: Punk Rock, Protest and the Structure of Opposition

Maxwell Tremblay: Punk Rock, Protest and the Structure of Opposition

By Maxwell Tremblay Among the various claims Steve Duncombe and I make in our recent book White Riot: Punk Rock & the Politics of Race , one in particular seems to me to have been enlivened—or at least encouraged—by the “Occupy” actions of these past few weeks: the notion that the very abstractness or vagueness of punk’s oppositional stance is one of the keys to its endurance and, occasionally, political efficacy. In other words, there is something about … Read entire article »

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Nick: “White Riot” Shows That It’s Not Just “A Riot Of Our Own”

Nick: “White Riot” Shows That It’s Not Just “A Riot Of Our Own”

By Nick Books like White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race are always an interesting read. It’s always intriguing to see how an editor gathers and organizes a diverse group of articles, and what new material will be added. In the case of this reader, everything regarding punk rock and race is covered. Editors Stephen Duncombe andMaxwell Tremblay don’t assume that the reader is intimately familiar with everything being presented here. Each section of the book, as well as each … Read entire article »

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Billy Bragg: Why Music Needs To Get Political Again

Billy Bragg: Why Music Needs To Get Political Again

By Billy Bragg How ironic that The Clash should be on the cover of the NME in the week that London was burning, that their faces should be staring out from the shelves as newsagents were ransacked and robbed by looters intent on anarchy in the UK. Touching too, that the picture should be from very early in their career – Joe with curly blond hair – for The Clash were formed in the wake of … Read entire article »

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Boff Whalley: “In Defence Of Anarchy”

Boff Whalley: “In Defence Of Anarchy”

By Boff Whalley It’s the catch-all term that’s being used to describe this week’s riots. But is this really anarchy? Not even close, says Chumbawumba’s Boff Whalley, a self-professed anarchist. ANARCHY SPREADS!” So ran the front-page headlines of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail this week. Add in the Daily Star’s “ANARCHY IN THE UK” and The Sun’s “ANARCHY” and you have the print media’s current (and ongoing) favourite catch-all word: anarchy. Just the ticket for a … Read entire article »

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Sanjiv Bhattacharya: How Islamic Punk Went From Fiction To Reality

Sanjiv Bhattacharya: How Islamic Punk Went From Fiction To Reality

By Sanjiv Bhattacharya Islamic punk was just an idea in a novel by a disaffected Muslim convert – but for the bands he inspired around the world the scene became real. Now, as The Taqwacores is about to be released, has the scene has already betrayed its ideals?   There was a time when the words “Muslim radical” painted a clear enough picture – a young man strapped with explosives, perhaps, or a bearded cleric calling for Sharia … Read entire article »

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Atari Teenage Riot – Blood In My Eyes (Nic Endo’s Video Message)

Atari Teenage Riot – Blood In My Eyes (Nic Endo’s Video Message)

By The Quietus When Atari Teenage Riot released ‘Blood In My Eyes’, the stand-out track from new album Is This Hyperreal? onto Soundcloud, they insisted it was accompanied by a message drawing people’s attention to the horror of human trafficking. Now, the video for the same track is no-less poweful. It features Nic Endo, statistics about the number of women forced to cross borders into sexual slavery, and grainy, disturbing images. You can watch it below: … Read entire article »

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Alan Connor: Smashed Hits – Is London Calling The Best Anthem For A City?

Alan Connor: Smashed Hits – Is London Calling The Best Anthem For A City?

By Alan Connor Food shortages, floods and “zombies of death” – welcome to London. The Clash’s breakthrough single is enough to start a housing crash and send tourists fleeing. Even so, it’s easy to understand the branding appeal. As it starts, we hear a bass line reveille before Joe Strummer yowls the title, like a radio transmission demanding the listener’s attention. Of course, this is deliberate. The phrase “London Calling” was previously associated with wartime BBC broadcasts to occupied … Read entire article »

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Scooter M.: Dead Kennedys Question Heineken Over Un-Authorized Usage

Scooter M.: Dead Kennedys Question Heineken Over Un-Authorized Usage

By  Scooter M. Source: AMP Magazine Dead Kennedys Furious With Heineken Over Un-Authorized Use  Of Music To Promote Beer   As recently reported by NME, The Guardian, AOL Spinner, NY Press, and a host of other news agencies, Heineken was forced to remove an advert which features a cover of the Dead Kennedys’ ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ because of complaints it would encourage binge drinking. Heineken had used the song in a commercial tie-in to promote its beer in banner advertisements broadcast via the popular music website … Read entire article »

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John Robb: Women In Punk – A New Online TV Series

John Robb: Women In Punk – A New Online TV Series

By John Robb Source: Louder Than War There is a great series of documentaries about women in punk. From Poly Styrene to Siouxsie Sioux and many other iconic figures it’s got all bases covered. The series is streaming from here. Live Music Show- The Women Of Punk Vol1 VIDEOS Network Awesome Salutes the Women Of Punk – July 18-22 check these following links… women in punk 1 women in punk 2 women in punk 3 Network Awesome has curated 30 shows containing almost 400 video clips to … Read entire article »

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