You old bag! #1

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I’ve been carrying my golden age hip hop around in this old carrier bag from Beggars Banquet. It’s from around the late eighties. Classic gold on bin liner style black plastic. The record shop is still there. It was bought out from the previous owners, changing it’s name to Banquet Records in the process. They’ve just celebrated their 10 anniversary under the new name and the shop is pretty much the go to place for anything remotely cool in Kingston Upon Thames!

This growing trend for old record shop carrier bags is about to blow up big time in 2015 so remember where you read it first! ;)

Trevor Jackson’s – F O R M A T – exhibition

The Trevor Jackson revival is on! Yep, the designer, music producer, film maker, one time record label owner and Playgroup man is back. Last week saw the release of ‘F O R M A T’ his new album. A unique art project where each of the 12 tracks have been released across 12 formats ranging from 12″ vinyl to 8-track cartridge and reel to reel tape.


To celebrate the launch a very short exhibition was held in Soho, London. The location to be precise was the lower level of the multi-storey car park on Brewer Street.

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One darkened room was set aside and featured 12 plinths, each with 2 pairs of headphones, where you could listen to each track whilst watching the format play before you. A spinning 12″ vinyl, a rotating cassette, the volume meters on an eight track or the visual patterns from iTunes and a USB. All beautifully shot on corresponding short films.

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The formats were available to buy. The 12″ vinyl being the most popular, mainly because it was the most affordable. A framed reel to reel was something like £2500. I came away with nothing other then the urge to hear the whole album in full as soon as possible.

In the meantime you’ll just have to make do with re-educating yourselves on all things Trevor Jackson. Like the time he took a full page ad out in Vice to have a moan / dig at his artists. Read that and have a listen to some music from Output Recordings, his old label.

Intermission…

Enjoying the new Pollyester album, especially this track. That’s all for now…bye!

Your heart is so loud

The music on this short BMW advert has been pricking up my ears everytime I’ve heard it between the ad breaks on Sky Arts. Oh the power of the internet. Shazam of course! Its Colleen”s ‘Your Heart Is So Loud’ from her 2006 EP Colleen Et Les Boîtes À Musique.
A wonderful piece of music!

“We did our job…”

“We did our job and that’s the story…and now we’re gone and that’s it. That suits me fine”.

Paul Simonon (Westway To The World, 2000) – video now disabled by YouTube. Buy it instead!

The Clash: Westway To The World [DVD]

Me, myself and the WTC. July 1996

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An Englishman in New York. Doing the tourist thing below the World Trade Center, July 1996.

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