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I’m sorry I haven’t been around much in the past little while.  I’m getting back to it, honestly I am; there’s been a lot going on between science, writing, editing, lettering, listening to a lot of music – you get the idea – living.  The sort of thing that gets in the way of music blogging and mixtape-making a bit.

I shall be back to it soon, but in the meantime, this song pretty much sums things up.  Also, Crispy Ambulance are brilliant.  (And they’re playing a gig with Section 25 in September at a pub in downtown London that I’ve got to say is a perfect environment, or was the last time I was in there.  Live nearby?  You’ll not want to miss it.)

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Gordon is a moron.

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I’ve been listening to a lot of the Buzzcocks lately.  Not only were they the architects of a scene that changed the landscape of musical subcultures, not only do they sound fantastic even forty years on (how is it forty years?), but they’re a lot cleverer than they’re given credit for, and they always have been.

I’m in love with somebody
I wish somebody loved me too
You may wonder how this concerns you
Well, perhaps the somebody is you

This song’s thirty-six years old, but their most recent release was in 2006, and they’ve got another – frankly, I think, one of their best – coming out this summer.  And they’re touring in both America and Europe, so, y’know… if you can see ‘em, do it.  It’ll be worth it, I promise.

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A mixtape for my friend Kat, only a shameful three months late.  With thanks to Giles for advising.
Who died and made you king of rock’n’roll?
Forty-two tracks (of course).  Two and a half hours long.  Ska, punk, post-punk, classic, modern, melodic, hardcore, angry, energizing, weird, familiar, uncommon.  Tracklist here.

A mixtape for my friend Kat, only a shameful three months late.  With thanks to Giles for advising.

Who died and made you king of rock’n’roll?

Forty-two tracks (of course).  Two and a half hours long.  Ska, punk, post-punk, classic, modern, melodic, hardcore, angry, energizing, weird, familiar, uncommon.  Tracklist here.

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I like this song for a lot of reasons, but I’m becoming more and more impressed with the use of percussion.  Not just drums, but listen to the other things that are going on - the triangle, the güiro, all kinds of awesome sounds that people don’t hear often enough, or don’t take enough notice of in the soundscapes of songs.

(I know that what is effectively a pop song is an odd choice for talking about things like “soundscapes,” but really, I think The Divine Comedy sort of transcend pop, and genre classification in general, a bit.)

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All right, lads, we’re on the air!  Tune in anytime you like over the next fourteen or so hours for punk, post-punk, house, dance, groove, Madchester, baggy, electronica, Britpop, rock, mod, world, Northern soul, and whatever else we end up feeling like.  Good music, (intermittent) good conversation, and a half-decent consolation prize for not being able to be at the actual Haçienda Good Friday party.

Update: we’ve played the Three Before Eight and Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” so that calls an end to this all-nighter.  It was a brilliant time and we’re definitely going to have to do this again one day, but for now, thanks for dropping by, and we’ll let you know next time we do a DJ set over at the Festival of the Twenty-Eighth Summer.

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the-blues-brothers said: hey ^^ would you kindly make me a songlist of motivational songs? I'm about to face a really tough boss battle in a video game and I need motivation to not die like I did in the other bosses... WHY HAS THIS GAME TO BE SO HAAAARD?! Thank you :D

Life’s tough and video games are tough and I know things have been difficult for you lately.  I made you a short mixtape, but it isn’t as much of a “mix” as mine usually are.  Instead, I chose some bands and musicians I know you like (The Clash, The Jam, Carbon/Silicon) and put together a few of their most inspirational songs, or at least, the songs that I reckon make you feel a little better about its being “you against the world.”  At least, they make me feel better.

Here's your mixtape.  And remember, as much as it might feel like it, you're never alone.  You've always got mates who'll look out for you if you're feeling down.

Video game bosses you might have to handle by yourself, though…

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This entire album is massively underrated, but this song is one of the most underrated tracks on it.

Rushing through the rush hour on an all-nighter
Never seen you look so young
The world really looks from this doughnut store
Such a funny colour in the sun

There are some of Joe Strummer’s lyrics that take my breath away, and while the vocals on Earthquake Weather may be rough and out of practice and less well-mixed than they could have been, the imagery of Joe’s words is enough to make up for all of it and more.

For once the traffic’s been conquered by the streets
Listening close the waterpools
You can hear the hiss and the leaks
And the rattling cans of the shuffling bands
Down the avenues of spare change
Forty blocks north in your memories
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Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, died late yesterday, and you should know about it.  Because if you listen to house, or dance, or electronic beat music; if you’ve ever been to a rave or been kicked out of a rave or held one of your own in your bedroom where you were the only attendee; if you’ve ever been part of a crowd or part of the beat or stood awkwardly in the corner because you thought you didn’t know how to dance; if you’ve ever lost yourself in the music because you had no other choice; if any of that was ever you, then you have Frankie Knuckles to thank for it.