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Daily Organ: Rihanna, Chris Brown and Pop’s New Feminism

March 8, 2012

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What does Rihanna’s new partnership with Chris Brown say about the music industry and its acceptance of violence against women? The Rihanna-Brown saga has come to an end, in a way. What started with a shocking case of domestic abuse in a roadside Lambourgini in 2009, turned into a restraining order (later lifted), a happy […]

David Thomas Broughton

May 29, 2011

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Leeds-born singer-songwriter David Thomas Broughton is playing at Cambridge’s Portland Arms on Wednesday. Organiser and pal-o’mine James Surry wrote this in The Cambridge Tab this week. Read it, comment, re-post, retweet. http://cambridgetab.co.uk/culture/interview-david-thomas-broughton And here’s DTB’s ‘Ambiguity’ from debut LP ‘A Complete Guide to Insufficiency’. It’s House of Jansch through a pedal, lovely: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGW6zF9V4Vg

Imagining all the people

November 17, 2010

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After delving back into the record box for some long-since John Lennon, after falling way deep for ‘Mind Games’ and ‘Instant Karma’ again, and getting all misty-eyed about the death of a man and not a “prophet of peace”; still one thing stands, ‘Imagine’ is well irritating. It may be the fashionable thing to say now, re-appraising […]

Mo’Town

September 11, 2010

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After the release of his latest record (Signed, Sealed, Delivered), a selection of Motown songs that most inspired him, Craig David apparently revealed to The Mirror that he’d never actually realised Motown was a record label: “I didn’t actually know that Motown was a label, I thought it was an era or genre […] or […]

Postscript: The Casino comes to Middlesbrough

September 11, 2010

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Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to see Russ Winstanley [http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/entertainment-leisure/music-gigs/2010/08/13/coming-soon-russ-winstanley-84229-27051557/] DJ at Revival – the Purple Onion – in Middlesbrough. Winstanley was the resident DJ at Wigan Casino, and ran a record shop on Wigan Market, on both counts bringing new sounds to the northern scene. Admittedly, the proper northern types didn’t […]

Blues & Soul Magazine, No. 143 Sept. 10 – 23, 1974

September 11, 2010

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A new record shop opened in nearby Northallerton earlier on this year. It’s small, rammed with only (explicitly only) vinyl, and best of all, very cheap indeed. It’s the best record shop I’ve seen in a good while. But the other week, with only pennies in my pocket, I wasn’t going to be getting even […]

Ke$ha, ‘Take it Off’ (Please)

August 30, 2010

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Ke$ha has always made me feel slightly sick, and her latest single ‘Take it Off’ makes me so sick at heart that I’m close to convinced it’s the worst pop record I’ve heard in years. While the video’s not on YouTube, and for those who haven’t seen it, the basic premise of it is:  “When we […]