Posts from 18th May 2000

18
May 00

I want my MP3

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I want my MP3: 73% of music and technology journalists willing to use weak puns on the word MP3, according to a new investigation. Succinct and pointed article: but still the question I’m interested in goes unanswered – what impact is all this having on people’s tastes?

Women’s Solidarity in Hip Hop Cuture

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Women’s Solidarity in Hip Hop Cuture: small font, interesting-looking article. A lot of the stuff today I’m blogging as ‘reminders’ to myself as well as links for my dear readers. But you can still blame me if they’re rubbish….

BRITPOP — A Short History (in capsule form) of British Pop Music

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BRITPOP — A Short History (in capsule form) of British Pop Music: Every couple of years I think about updating my History of UK Indie, tinkering around a bit more and expanding some sections – there needs to be lots more on Factory Records, more on Goth, and a lot more on the post-Belle And Sebastian resurgence in what you might jokily call “roots indie”.

I’m always inspired to do this when I search the web for any kind of general history of alternative music – basically, there’s nothing out there. The search occasionally leads you to other gems, though, like this piece on British pop music in the sixties: an excellent factual companion to Robin Carmody’s thinkpieces on the topic.

Or of course, you could always go here

Sounds Of The Universe

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Sounds Of The Universe: following my rare venture into gigworld last Saturday (a ‘big shout out’ to Stevie, Joe and Tim, whose company I hugely enjoyed: some kind of thoughts/review of the gig forthcoming), I’m off again to see – hopefully – They Came From The Stars. This bunch of, well, lunatics I saw play at Satellite Records’ 1977 night and they were easily the best thing. The link leading off this snippet is the homepage for Satellite, and also for Soul Jazz, who put out the excellent reggae compilations 1/2/300% Dynamite! and also lots of jazzy things, much of it free-ish.

Yesterdal the bulk of my time was spent writing serious stuff on Blue Lines, so today I will devote my (rare) non-work time to NYLPM. Hopefully. Anyway,

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Yesterdal the bulk of my time was spent writing serious stuff on Blue Lines, so today I will devote my (rare) non-work time to NYLPM. Hopefully.

Anyway, strange but true is a sad little interview detailing the decline of Steve Strange, former New Romantic sort-of icon. Mercifully free from digs at the man’s music, although “Tar” on the first Visage album would deserve it like few other songs.