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FREAKS – The Man Who Lived Underground
What a perfectly odd little art-efact: a series of windows opening up to strange goings on, ruttings, gruntings, slices of a party you weren’t invited to and aren’t quite sure if that makes you[…]

Linus Loves-“The Terrace”
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Linus Loves-“The Terrace”
It’s actually May. Difficult to believe. Have I been out less or have there been less good records to rave about/to?
Either way I’ve been mostly listening to my favourites from last year, aswell as c[…]

ORIGINZ — “Family of One (BK Max Out Remix)”
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Arpeggiated guitar chords so clean they must’ve emerged from a scented bath in holy waters. Reverbed jazz keyboards that tinkle, tinkle, tinkle and finally disappear into thick cappuccino bass swirls. Metaphors that mix less like vodka and milk[…]

“mOBSCENE”-Marylin Manson (video)
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“mOBSCENE”-Marylin Manson (video)
Marylin Manson is smarter then he is given credit for, with a history of glam and metal, a fuck you to censorship and a clever deeply personal need to offend all the small people- he is a freak, and his […]

THE RAPTURE – “I Need Your Love”
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Echoes seduces from the outset: the re-recorded “Olio”, the latent Curey tech-mope once wriggling to be free from the shitty post-hardcore recording quality made gloriously explicit. Then “Heaven”, brittle guitar raunch, clos[…]

MY ROCKIST SHAME!!!
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MY ROCKIST SHAME!!! So I’m tidying up and “Carnival” by Archigram comes on and as you do I find myself bopping around the room, and then it suddenly dawns on me that I’m not just dancing, oh no, in fact I am playing air guitar[…]

Factological amendment
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Factological amendment to Simon R’s Rough Trade bit: it depends on the RT shop, dunnit? Yes none of them stock garage but in general the Ladbroke Grove one is the one that goes for nu-skool breaks et al. The Covent Garden one is much better: mi[…]

A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – “Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You) (Extended Mix)”
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A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – “Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You) (Extended Mix)”
What really gets me about nostalgia clipshows is their desire to get everyone remembering the same 80s. It’s the same objection I have to Top 100 polls[…]

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  1. I'm not sure those exist. Perhaps a better way to phrase it would be "Happy to see Cerebus discussed again,…

  2. Thanks for writing these. It's nice to see some critical re-examination of the significant virtues of Cerebus, now that Sim…

  3. That's interesting too - slight embarassment to admit I've never read Berserk, I guess because when I was initially getting…