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.
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.
The Ruts DC
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.
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.
Published Friday 10th October, 2014
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.
+ More to be advised!!!
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
Tickets: Click here
Published Tuesday 23rd September, 2014
London may not quite be burning yet, but it will be ablaze with passion and fiery sounds come Wednesday Oct 8th when FFR UK presents another of their inimitable Punk Reggae Nights.
The Intrepid Fox is the venue for another of the Capital’s most hungrily devoured events, which continue to draw acclaim and passionate support. This night will be no different as feverish sounds and expression once again marks what will be one more night to go down in FFR UK’s and London’s music scene history.
The fire for the evening will be provided throughout by the compelling and essential sounds discovered and shared by DJ Segs. A legend of the punk rock, acid house, reggae scene and original bassist/co-songwriter of seminal punk band The Ruts, as well as one of the driving forces of the inspirational Ruts DC, Segs Jennings sculpts a musical canvas for audiences to give their bodies and passions to.
Also bringing their distinctive flames and live performances to the bonfire of revelry will be Gary Clail and The London SS.
An English singer and record producer who was a successful part of On-U Sound Records from the late eighties and led Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System before numerous solo releases, Gary formed the Gary Clail Sound System last year and is poised to release the highly anticipated album “Nail It To The Mast”, and there are sure to be teasers and more on the night for his new collaboration with DJ Libby Laws.
FFR UK also welcomes The London SS to the night. Formed in 1975 and in its time containing members who went on to form and play in the likes of The Damned, The Clash, Chelsea, and Generation X, The London SS was reformed in 2012 by original member Brady. They have come back with the same irrepressible attitude and energy, and already been banned by a certain London venue for the band name alone. They are punk rock and will certainly leave the crowd in exhausted bliss.
Hosted by Bart Barton as (The Spirit of Any Warhol) with plenty of surprises in store, October 8th promises to be one of the biggest thrills yet unleashed by FFRUK.
By Pete RingMaster.
Published Wednesday 17th September, 2014
Legendary musician Nick Cave's life is examined in director Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's pseudo-documentary, 20,000 Days on Earth. Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers as they describe the unconventional approach they used to explore the myth-making of a musician as well as larger themes such as memory, the creative spirit, and what it means to be a human being.
Published Saturday 13th September, 2014
What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why?
Published Wednesday 04th June, 2014
By Dr. Bruce Lipton
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.
Little Girl Lies
In the Flesh
Look Good in Blue
In the Sun
A Shark in Jets Clothing
Rip Her to Shreds
Kung Fu Girls
The Attack of the Giant Ants
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
I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No
Love at the Pier
Hanging on the Telephone
One Way or Another
Fade Away and Radiate
I Know But I Don't Know
Will Anything Happen?
Heart of Glass
I'm Gonna Love You Too
Just Go Away
Eat To The Beat
The Hardest Part
Union City Blue
Eat to the Beat
Accidents Never Happen
Die Young Stay Pretty
Living in the Real World
Live It Up
Here's Looking At You
The Tide Is High
Angels on the Balcony
Go Through It
Do the Dark
Walk Like Me
Island of Lost Souls
For Your Eyes Only
(Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say)
The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
Source - Prescription PR
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.
( Me from a distance on route to Undercover)
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.
( A popular nanny on her way to work)
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.
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.
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.