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Border Music with the Mekons’ Jon Langford

Jon Langford is a founding member of arguably the most contrary of the first crop of English punk bands (their first release “Never Been in a Riot“, was released in 1977 to spoof the Clash’s “White Riot”). He began as the drummer, and currently handles vocals, guitar and songwriting. The Mekons took their name from […]

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The Alarm 2020: Mod roots & Welsh poetry

Alarm 2020 Alarm founder Mike Peters has lived in and around his hometown of Rhyl, in Northwest Wales, all his life. Accordingly, all the clubs and stages of that vicinity have borne witness to the development of Peters’s musical career—from a punk band called the Toilets, to one called Quasimodo known for its note-for-note covers […]

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Spotlight on glam queen Cherie Currie

The digital edition of Cherie Currie’s Boulevards of Splendor, with 3 bonus songs, including a remake of Runaways’ classic “Queens of Noise,” came out on April 28th on Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records, having appeared as a vinyl only Record Store Day release last year without much fanfare.The cover of this blockbuster shows her holding a […]

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Pretty tunes with sour, disassociated lyrics: a conversation with Jazz Butcher and Gentleman Adventurer Pat Fish

First let me say I’ve been a fan since Bloody Nonsense came to my attention as a teenager in 1986. “Caroline Wheeler’s Birthday Present”, in particular, made a huge impression. An album called Big Questions ended up becoming my favorite, and your latest, Last of the Gentleman Adventurers was a real work of art and […]