Barmy Army: having said, oh, there’s loads in the Guardian today I might as well blog some of it. This is an excellent review of Alan McGee’s first offerings on his new Poptones label, identifying and parading the reasons why the whole label ethic is so fundamentally misguided. “This vision of “perfect pop” – imagine the Stooges produced by Phil Spector – is unlikely to be shared by as many people as McGee would like…this is esoteric music aimed at an ever-diminishing number of hipster cognoscenti”. Cool music made by and for cool people tends to also be dull, in other words.