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20/9/17 – The Verlaines – Death And The Maiden – 1983

From Aldous Harding to Neil Finn, New Zealand, like Iceland, brings forth more crucial artists than their population might expect. The Verlaines, led since their formation in 1981 by singer songwriter and guitarist Graeme Downes, first appeared as part of the Flying Nun label’s early Double Dunedin EP release that also featured The Chills, Sneaky […]

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10/9/17 – Moddi – Punk Prayer – 2016 / Pussy Riot – Punk Prayer – 2012 / Moddi – Live at Jakob Church of Culture 2014

Moddi is a Norwegian artist, well-known for his political views and his beautiful music. A singer/songwriter who also happily interprets other people’s songs – Kate Bush’s Army Dreamers comes to mind. But he doesn’t just cover other artists, well-known for their exquisite beauty. It’s the message of Army Dreamers that brought him to the song […]

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L) and Maria Alekhina members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot pose for photographs at Amnesty International UK headquarters in East London on November 14, 2014, before speaking at a reception with activists who campaigned for their release from prison. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE        (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

8/9/17 – Pussy Riot – Organs – 2016 / I Can’t Breathe – 2015

Pussy Riot must be one of the most well-known bands in the world that don’t actually release records or sell tickets for live shows. But then they aren’t exactly a band, more a political collective, still, they do make music and it helps tremendously in pushing their cause. Of the clips below, the first, Organs, is a visceral modern […]

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24/8/17 – Holger Czukay – Cool In The Pool – 1979 / Movie! / Der Osten Ist Rot / Rome Remains Rome – 2016

The last post on his website was six years ago, his music reaches from dense complex grooves, raw innovation to eccentricity. I love an intellectual with a self deprecating sense of humour, Czukay’s and his former band CAN’s massive influence on me and the world is hard to gauge. Here he is in 1979 riding […]