DEFCON 5….4….3….2….1

<COMMUNICATION BEGINS> No contact, silence, not even static. The machine had been silent for nearly thirteen standard Earth years. It sat, its apparent antiquity looking out of place amongst the sleek more modern communications equipment that was standard at Outpost 43. Operator 14 had been given a short lecture about the incongruous machine before he […]

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Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Spotify Playlist

This month sees the 25 year anniversary of legendary Seattle record label Sub Pop and to mark the occasion I have quickly thrown together a playlist of some of their artists past and present, enjoy. Track Listing – 1. METZ – Wasted 2. Beach House – Lazuli 3. Les Thugs – I.A.B.F. 4. Low – […]

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The Year So Far – 25 Favourite Releases of 2013

I know I say this every year but 2013 is another year that has so far produced some cracking albums. Half way through the year and so far I have heard more than sixty new releases, some tremendous, others very good, some not so great. So here’s a simple list of twenty five albums that […]

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35 Years in 426 Minutes* – Killing Joke: The Singles Collection

*Refers to the Super Deluxe Box Set The first time I was made aware of Killing Joke would have been around 1979, the year they released their first album. It was the summer holidays and the family were on holiday down in Cornwall as was the pattern of all summer holidays of my youth. There […]

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Killing Joke : The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012 Super Deluxe Boxset

I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for limited editions of things, those two words giving a sometimes illusory feeling of exclusivity and rarity value. Except nowadays, where even the most successful of bands sell hundreds maybe thousands instead of hundreds of thousands of albums the super groups of the past could […]

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May Musical Highlights

(A week into June, oops, apologies for the tardiness!) Well it looks like the unseasonal weather has finally relented and let the summer begin, however the flow of new records to listen to does not relent and there are another clutch of good releases I heard and enjoyed over the last month about which I […]

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