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Exclusive: entire set of new Hatcham Social videos

~ The band releases the series of shorts as ‘experimental extensions of the songs’. Each of the six art films will be published on River’s Edge every week, starting next Monday, with exclusive commentaries from the band.   Cult east London art-popsters Hatcham Social have created a series of video shorts to accompany songs from their most recent critically-acclaimed...
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Putting the ‘grrr’ into girl

~ Riot grrrl is still relevant, says the former Violet Violet singer – and now ‘The Girls Are…’ editor ~  2013 was one hell of a year for feminism. The ideology of the movement may have been lost in the ladette years of the noughties – the Fratellis/Franz riff chanted across festival fields everywhere...
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Myths and legends: why Morrissey is right about industry conventions

~ ‘I need advice! I need advice!’ goes The Smiths’ ‘Miserable Lie’. In life, though, the band’s frontman largely ignored it and, it would seem, was quite right to do so.   Everyone’s reading it. Of course they are. The Smiths have come to be the lynchpin of indie culture; the definitive foundation from...
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A different story: memories of Subway Sect

~ Looking back at the punk innovators, over the years. When I was about 15 and first getting into new wave and punk rock, I used to read every single piece written about it I could find it in the music press. When these movements became more popular, the bands started coming to play...
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Spiral facts

You know that quote that says, “It’s easy, it’s cheap, go out and do it”? Some parts of that are lies, but one part is still excellent advice. Many things are within your reach, certainly; but all the sources I’ve access to have confirmed that some things are by no means cheap, usually before...
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A new career in a new town: Bowie and Iggy in Berlin

 ~ “So there’s Bowie and Iggy, and they’re doing some recording together. And they’ve ‘called in’ some girls.” There’s a short silence as our German driver-cum-tourguide gauges the potential fallout of what he may or may not be about to play to us. He stops the DVD interview we’re all watching, momentarily. Then starts...
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