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Record Shops

Record Shops

Independent: A Celebration Of Soho’s Record Shops Photography by Spencer Murphy Life moves pretty fast, as a better man once said. As writers we’re used to the ravages of passing time rendering our work irrelevant, but seldom have my words been so swiftly outdated as when I wrote the record shops section of the last...
Hot Chip

Hot Chip

Out Of The Frying Pan: Hot Chip Sizzle In The States Originally published in the Stool Pigeon In theory, America should be Hot Chip’s home from home. Few bands revere their Stateside musical influences so sincerely (even going so far as to claim that “the only good records come from America, except maybe Demis Roussos”)....
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Hostile Gospel Originally published in the Stool Pigeon That old chestnut about the disappointment of meeting your heroes is true, for the most part. Not that I technically get to ‘meet’ Talib Kweli; rather, we chat over the phone while he’s bussing around the States promoting his new album, Ear Drum. ‘Chat’ is also something...
El-P

El-P

Black Future Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s a short story by Raymond Carver about this baker who makes threatening phone calls to a young couple. The couple had previously employed him to make their son a birthday cake, but then never picked it up. One night, the mother snaps and tells the baker...
Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin

Earth All Along Originally published in the Stool Pigeon It seems fitting that something unsettling happens roughly one minute into my trans-Atlantic phone interview with Amon Tobin, shape-shifting high priest of the dark electronic arts. After all, this is a man whose music can lurch from pastel blue skies to bellowing black clouds in a...
Mr Lif

Mr Lif

Lif: A User’s Manual Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s only one thing better than a decent bad guy, and that’s a badass good guy. Give us Lando over Luke Skywalker any day: we like our heroes to breathe fire and spit bloody poetry, and to save the world without losing their sense of...
RJD2

RJD2

Set Blasters To Sung Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Some people have it easier than others when it comes to career shifts. Take Paul Newman: one day he decides to make a salad dressing, the next there’s an entire aisle of your local supermarket dedicated to his balsamic vinaigrette. Or John Malkovich: one call...
Panacea

Panacea

Good For What Ails You Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Ah, hip hop: scourge of conformity; destroyer of all things four-sided and dull; voice of a jilted generation. At least, that was the idea. Somewhere along the way, the guys with ponytails and briefcases put their oar in and the whole thing veered so...
Sample Culture

Sample Culture

The Art Of Recycling Originally published in Modart “In the future, records will be made from records.” John Cage, 1956 In Poliarte my dreams, it always happens the same way. The call is long distance; the voice on the other end quivering, almost tearful. “We’re being sued for £500,000,” it says. “They’re coming for you....
DJ Shadow: The Outsider

DJ Shadow: The Outsider

Changeling Originally published in the Stool Pigeon For one moment, DJ Shadow is little more than that. Our first interview clashes with a work trip to Rome, so I find myself dead-bolted into a dusty hotel room five minutes before the appointed hour, questions scattered over an unmade bed, a San Francisco phone number in...
Rap In Iran

Rap In Iran

Prophets Of Protest Originally published by the Church Of London The morning after meeting the Iranian rapper Hichkas and his crew, I head into town in search of a bunch of flowers for my Uncle Behrooz. It seems only fair. After all, it was his garden in which we conducted the interview; his crisps and...