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UK Now Wave Punks The Duel Announce U.S Management

Published Friday 24th October, 2014

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Continuing a momentous 2014 for THE DUEL, the British punk rock band is thrilled to announce they have  US management with Cliff Davis  and C.A.D HARDCORE. With over a decade of boundary pushing releases, a lyrical presence unafraid to challenge social and political issues, and an impressive reputation for their explosive live performances, the band has emerged as one of the UK’s most inspiring punk rock propositions, with a live reputation to match. Shows with the likes of Dead Kennedys, UK Subs, Vice Squad, Buzzcocks, Peter Hook, and Sham 69 over the years, as well as their own headlining performances and numerous appearances at the world’s biggest punk festival Rebellion, has established the band as one of the genre’s genuinely explosive and potently influential bands. That reputation has spread beyond the shores of their homeland, and it is fair to say that “Waging War” and its predecessor, “Soundtrack To The End Of The World”, has helped sparked a hungry spotlight on their sounds in America. So The Duel are thrilled to take that awareness and presence to new levels and intensity through the linking up with the exciting management team at C.A.D HardCore. Now The Duel cannot wait to taste the unique US punk scene and give it a healthy dose of now-wave incitement. Pete RingMaster

Ruts D.C. at The Garage Oct 25th

Published Tuesday 21st October, 2014

They say there is a time and place for everything, and without doubt Saturday 25th October at London’s The Garage, will be a night when the city’s music scene explodes for one of its most thrilling adventures this year. Presented by Home Grown in association with Satellite, the night will see the legendary RUTS D.C. unleash their inimitable and inspirational ‘dubbed out grooviness’,a sound to leave feet and emotions romping with relish.

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Ruts DC was formed in 1980 by guitarist Paul Fox, bassist John 'Segs' Jennings, and drummer Dave Ruffy, emerging out of one of punk’s most inspirational bands-The Ruts. Starting with their first album 'Animal Now', the band was soon sculpting new templates for the imagination and for emerging bands to feed upon. It was with the following 'Rhythm Collision Volume 1' though that the band truly began exploring a new style of music and awoke new untapped passions in fans and music alike. The years between the band’s end in 1983 and reunion in 2011 still saw them continuing to inspire, whilst a special emotional gig at the Islington Academy in2007 with Henry Rollins joining the band (including Paul who would soon after succumb to incurable lung cancer) has gone down in the Capital’s musical history. The release of 'Rhythm Collision Volume 2' on the band’s return saw that Segs and Ruffy were still crafting a sound as vital and innovative as ever. Live too; playing both Ruts DC and Ruts classics, the band continues to leave audiences aflame, ensuring that Saturday will be imposing another indelible pleasure on those present.

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Alongside Ruts DC, there will also be the double doom voracity of Preston sextet EVIL BLIZZARD, a band unleashing the irresistible bait of four bassists and a singing drummer within a sound as ravenous as it is adventurously unique. The night’s thrilling trio of bands is completed by THE DUEL, another boundary pushing proposition setting new standards with their blistering now wave punk rock. Hitting new pinnacles with their recently released new album ‘Waging War’, the Londoners are sure to leave a lasting fire in ears and evening.

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With the potential to produce one of the year’s most scintillating events, Saturday night already has the city drooling in anticipation and fans clamouring to be part.

UPCOMING TOURS IN LATE 2014 / EARLY 2015!

Published Thursday 16th October, 2014

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RODDY RADIATION & THE SKABILLY REBELS (UK)

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RODDY RADIATION & THE SKABILLY REBELS Former guitarist of The Specials, Roddy Byers, as frontman of his newest and best musical endeavor. (Available from November 2014 onwards)

THE DOGS Powerful breed founded by well-known guitarist Loren Molinare (Little Caesar). (Available in February 2015)

RODDY RADIATION & THE SKABILLY REBELS:

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After 32 years of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of “Radiation” therapy, Roddy Byers is stepping away from the side of the stage as the Specials’ lead guitarist and into the center spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of his newest and best musical endeavor, the SKABILLY REBELS!

Roddy and his Skabilly Rebels are the next phase of an audio formula Byers has been working to perfect since the day he stepped into the recording studio with the Specials back in the 80s – a fusion of the driving rhythm of Ska and the gritty, hard edge of Rockabilly, also known as “Skabilly.” With the Skabilly Rebel’s debut album, BLUES ATTACK!, Byers and his boys Sam Smith (rhythm guitar), Matt Hart (drums), Mac (bass), and Jay Jones (keyboards) bring this sound screaming into beautiful reality, spanning a variety of sonic flavors from the cajun-edged “Black Zodiac,” to the breezy-ska of “Desire,” to the roots-rock flow of “Judgement Day,” to the blues anthem “Another Rusty Nail.” The unique vibe behind each Byers-penned original tune is tied together by that Skabilly heart and soul that flows through Byers’ vagabond voice and shredding guitar licks.

Each song’s rocksteady beat, vocal twang, and rocking riff takes the listener on a thrilling adventure of teenage angst, crazy weekends, long-lost love, cheating hearts, sudden death, and a deep longing for that which a simple department store window is holding back. The subject matter in the 16 tracks is diverse enough to leave any and all listeners able to find a piece of themselves in Byers’ lyrics. Listen to BLUES ATTACK!, and prepare to move your body to the next, best wave of Ska’s evolution…embrace the sound of REBELLION today!

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“HYPERSENSITIVE,” the long-awaited new release by THE DOGS that coincides with selfsame video release as of January 2012. To note its repertoire includes strong Dogs’ classics old and new understates feloniously. Next to be shot by their stalwart video genius Salvatore Sebergandio comes “What Goes In Quiet Comes Out Loud,” a spankin’ fresh newie. One of them however, “Beatin’ The Floor” was the very first song ever written by Dogs’ singer/songwriter/guitarist LOREN MOLINARE, although its driving rock sounds as fully formed as the adult Venus rising on the halfshell in Botticelli’s masterpiece painting of her birth. And “Beatin’ ” would date from…1967. As do THE DOGS, add a year for name and personnel changes. In the Detroit/Ann Arbor/Lansing nexus THE DOGS rocked hard, fast and precise (energy-maniacs onstage they may have been, their proficiency as teens cast them practically as rock prodigies) with their own original songs from the get-go. They opened for the likes of MC5, Stooges, Amboy Dukes with Ted Nugent, SRC etc. etc. etc. throughout the late ’60s/early ’70s as commemorated in “HYPERSENSITIVE’s” “Motor City Fever” a real knock-out dating from the same era as the bands it name-checks in one of this band’s most powerfully riffed songs ever.

“…The Dogs: brutal, hard-charging, ferocious, uncompromising, committed, raw, etc. et al. But that all seems to miss the point. The point is really… That their work continues to be important to the band themselves and a community of friends and fans around the world fortifies and validates their accomplishment… Is this important? I think it is. Why? Because it tells me I’m not alone. I’m not the only nutcase out there who cares… That The Dogs have existed in a corner of the world of music on their own, under their own power means more to me than hit records and mass marketing… They made it happen in the face of a world that said, ‘Just who in the hell do you think you are?’ ‘We’re The Dogs’ is the only answer that matters.”

FFRUK Reggae Punk with Segs – The Ruts + The London Cowboys + TBC + The Spirit Of Andy Warhol

Published Friday 10th October, 2014 octoberffruk 3 smallcopy

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Segs Jennings - A Legendary Punk Rock, Acid House, Reggae impresario. Original bass player and co writer of Seminal Punk Band The Ruts Dj-ing throughout the night.

The London Cowboys - A rock'n'roll band who performed from 1980 to 1986. Formed by punk renegades Steve Dior (vocals) and Barry Jones, formerly of The Idols, the band released their debut album, Animal Pleasure in 1982, the title and the cover photo taken from the film The Tattered Dress set the tone for the record.

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7.30 till late...

Venue: London The Intrepid Fox, 1, ARCHWAY CLOSE, LONDON, N19 3TD

Date: Wed 12th Nov, 2014 Doors: Doors 7:30pm Ages: 18 and over Price: £5.00

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Sci-Tech

The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude

Published Saturday 13th September, 2014

What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why?

Law of Attraction – “People perish for the lack of this hidden knowledge…”

Published Wednesday 04th June, 2014 By Dr. Bruce Lipton
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BLONDIE – VINYL BOXSET – OUT DECEMBER 1ST ON UMC

Published Friday 17th October, 2014

UMC are proud to present Blondie, Blondie’s studio LPs originally released between 1976 and 1982 brought together in a boxed set for the first time. Each LP will have exact reproductions of original artwork to retain authenticity, and will be pressed 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl and contained in a rigid slipcase box.

The band’s first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Call Me", "Atomic" and "Heart of Glass" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.

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X Offender Little Girl Lies In the Flesh Look Good in Blue In the Sun A Shark in Jets Clothing

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Man Overboard Rip Her to Shreds Rifle Range Kung Fu Girls The Attack of the Giant Ants

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Fan Mail Denis Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45) Youth Nabbed as Sniper Contact in Red Square (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear I'm on E

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I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No Love at the Pier No Imagination Kidnapper Detroit 442 Cautious Lip

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Parallel Lines

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Hanging on the Telephone One Way or Another Picture This Fade Away and Radiate Pretty Baby I Know But I Don't Know

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11:59 Will Anything Happen? Sunday Girl Heart of Glass I'm Gonna Love You Too Just Go Away

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Eat To The Beat

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Dreaming The Hardest Part Union City Blue Shayla Eat to the Beat Accidents Never Happen

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Die Young Stay Pretty Slow Motion Atomic Sound-A-Sleep Victor Living in the Real World

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Europa Live It Up Here's Looking At You The Tide Is High Angels on the Balcony Go Through It

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Do the Dark Rapture Faces T-Birds Walk Like Me Follow Me

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Orchid Club Island of Lost Souls Dragonfly For Your Eyes Only The Beast

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War Child Little Caesar Danceway (Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say) English Boys The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game

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Undercover Of The Night

Published Wednesday 15th October, 2014 Ever had that lost in a forest at night dream, and you don't know where the hell you are, well the very thing happened to me the other night except it was not a dream but a reality check staring me straight in the face when l went to catch a train. Let me rewind here a bit, as to why l was in the woods at night in Bisley near Woking, Surrey, not nearby buildings, traffic things that l am familiar with, but trees nature that kind of thing. I was here to play The Undercover Punk Festival which is situated on a nearby shooting range, as l was walking there l'd realised that l was dressed as a silhouette in black shadow clothing and carrying a guitar case that from a distance could look like a gun in fact l did look like a target. l slowly began to worry, however there was no gun action and it's mostly clay pigeon shooting, and not really that scary.The gig is actually in a paviion which houses two stages and a couple of bars, outside there is the customary burger van so it's not in a field with people using you as target practice. Undercover is run by Mick Moriaty who puts on punk bands like 999, UK Subs, and Penetration to name a few, he even puts on local acts to keep things in the community so its a worthwhile event. I'm here to play with The Duel, we are playing in a part of the building its got a bar in it, which is a good thing. The surrounding decor is like a golf-club with pictures of past gun-clubs that are lined amongst the walls, with which l hope are artificial weapons or at least decommissioned guns dotted around. Apart from that this is a beautiful place with nice scenery. When l got off the train at Brookwood it's a shortish walk to the Bisley Pavilion l had some company as someone did not know the way and as l had done this trip before l was an excellent guide so l was told anyway, wish l could have said the same on my return. Basically when l finished my turn with the band l set off to the station in darkness, this is where l lost my bearings, l firstly ended up in a caravan park but luckily the whisky l had previously consumed gave me a better sense of perspective (maybe), and sure enough, soon l was in a forest with a bit of road it kinda of reminded me of a story my dear friends Martin and Nick once told me when l was once cycling home after a late night spent at their house. lt was about wild dogs that allegedly roamed the countryside of Alveston the small village l was about to cycle through the rascals! the things people do to you to wind you up, also its funny how you remember daft things in weird situations. Anyway not much walking later, and with the lack of barking growling wild dogs phew, l ended up back at the station where l met Comrade X who helped me get the right train back. l left Bisley at 8 ish and was back in the comfort of London at home with my feet up and drinking a cuppa by 10ish so that was wonderful. Chris McDougall ( Me from a distance on route to Undercover)

Modern Age Nannies

Published Thursday 09th October, 2014 When you think of nannies you have recollections of Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee, nowadays it's a whole different tickle. I used to think nannies arrived from the clouds with umbrellas as parachutes, now it's off to work in a chauffeur driven Bentley. You even get invited to royal garden parties, film Premieres, get generous bonuses, paid holidays and expensive gifts, well the lucky and the good ones do. However this is a high pressured job as you have to be constantly vigilant and endlessly patient, you need to have a lot of energy (a full time nanny works around 10-12hrs/day and if you add the babysitting hours on the top of that it can literally take over your life). A nanny become part of a family and fit in to their day to day functions, parents depend on their nanny to meet or exceed the terms of their working relationship, the nanny is trusted to do her job well and to provide outstanding care. If you are great at this job it can pay very well financially, depending on your qualifications, references and years of experience, if you think you can do this work here's some tips according to a top nanny who is very qualified in this field (and no it is not Nanny McPhee, she was not available to comment and Mary Poppins has retired). To be a great nanny you genuinely have to love the company of children, have an understanding of child development, are pro-active, creative and safety conscience. You will also need to be extremely patient (nannies spend countless hours with children and must be able to handle children's moods and behaviours without losing their temper or become outwardly irritated). You need to be prepared to handle an emergency have a sound judgment, must be reliable and flexible. And no matter what, you always have to arrive at work with a big smile and be very cheerful. If you think you can do all those things then it's the perfect job.Right that's a lot of things to take on board. l have to say this is not a job that l could relish, l'm rubbish at multi-tasking and this seems like multi-tasking overload plus you have to have the patience of a saint.I think that people who do this kind of work are superheroes to me, l know some, get well rewarded for this work but they should get a million pounds a week, the same for parents who devote their time to their children in the same manner. Chris McDougall ( A popular nanny on her way to work)

Julian Cope

Published Wednesday 01st October, 2014 As we are about to enter in what is known as the season of the magic mushroom and as we approach the psychedic autumn l find myself delving into Julian Copes world of Rock n' Roll with the book Head-On/Repossessed and immediately freak myself out by the book's hardware, why? Well first of all the front cover has the title Head-On, ok nothing strange here but you flip it over and the back is upside down and has the title of Repossessed with its own cover so here's the deal you read Head-On and when it ends you turn the book over and start reading Repossed from the back it's like a fashion brochure, anyway its no biggie in fact its a rather nice touch. l still can't believe how quick The Teardrop Explodes came together from forming to their first gig, to putting out their first Single happened over a period of weeks, incredible. Julians Copes Head-On is a trip down to his beginnings in the Liverpool punk scene and its eruption into the mainstream. Firstly with his band The Teardrop Explodes and then followed by Echo And The Bunnymen who were kind of rivals but they started of as allies (to be fair the rivalry was more with Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch). Success came quickly and just as quick it was soon over for the Teardrops and Julian went onto solo work Reading this book reminded me at times of Hunter S Thompsons Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and Ian Hunters Diary of a Rock n Roll Star, especially the on the road tales must have been the acid references that made me think of that. When you finish part one i.e Head-On your brain is edgy so you start thinking maybe part two Repossessed will be more subdued with Julian maybe settling down in his hometown of Tamworth....Wrong it's still Fear And Loathing now relocated to the english countryside. I was always led to believe that Julian Cope was totally bonkers but on reading this isn't the case his writing is very articulate and his style of writing is brilliant, for example he explains an early Clash gig and compares the band to old wind-up eastern european train sets with all their stage moves. The thing with this book is you get the feeling that the people that congregate around Julian are totally bonkers including fans and friends but he cares for them like Ken Kaseys Randle from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Julian Copes solo career is like some large lunatic asylum which he battles through and is unscathed by the whole experience. When he moves from Tamworth to Tulse Hill London the neighbours are just as crazy and the looney bin has now moved next door at least he can seek refuge into his massive toy collection and the love of Dorian his wife. The book ends at the end of the 80s and that's where we leave Julian to deal with the 90's.I have seen recent footage of Julian performing this year and he now looks like he could be fronting a biker band or even a biker gang, Far-out, he is a classic english eccentric you know, keep it up. Chris McDougall
Causes

An enlightening documentary about the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia

Published Saturday 13th September, 2014

West Africa is being plagued by a new outbreak of Ebola — a terrifying disease that causes its victims to bleed to death from the inside out. Ebola has no cure, and the latest epidemic is spreading fast.

Migrant Crisis in Calais: Britain’s Border War

Published Saturday 13th September, 2014 Refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, and Eritrea steadily descend on a migrant camp in the French coastal town of Calais. They hope to gain entry to the UK, just 21 miles away across the English Channel. But in May, French police destroyed their camp and told the migrants to go elsewhere. And so they moved... across the street. With the few tents and blankets they're able to salvage, the refugees formed the Salam camp, which now holds about 400 people.

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