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Entries from August 2009

Clayton Blizzard

September 30th, 2009 · posted by various · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

“Sad Music is Uplifting”, I must’ve heard Clayton Blizzard play this song more than a dozen times over the past year or so, walking through the audience with just his voice and ukulele, whispering disturbing things in various audience members ears. So it came with a bit of a surprise to hear this album opener complete with beats, pianos and strings. These changes are a theme that continues throughout the album, it’s also a change that works. “Winning a Raffle, Losing the War” in particular benefits from a beautiful set of strings (before cheekily sneaking into a play on “Love Will Tear Us Apart”!)

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The Great Wreck ‘n’ Roll Circus

September 30th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: Live reviews · Reviews

Its not often I see a show advertised on a large poster and decide that I have to go, then again it can’t be often that Citizen Fish are directly below the Fun Lovin’ Criminals on such a poster, I should’ve known straight away that The Great Wreck ‘n’ Roll Circus was going to be anything other than an ordinary night.

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The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #5

September 26th, 2009 · posted by Pete Willis · marked as: Reviews · Zine reviews

This series of zines, irregularly published by Microcosm, focuses each issue on a specific instance where the actions of America’s Central Intelligence Agency have been so insane, negligent or selfish that the resulting effect has been death, whether on a grand scale or of specific individuals.

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Hey Monkey Riot! riot!

September 26th, 2009 · posted by Edd · marked as: Blogs · Hey Monkey Riot

This was one of the ideas that I was working on for the cover of Excessive Force, it’s not the one we’ve ended up using (that’ll get officially unveiled sometime later I guess), but I thought it was cool so thought I’d post it here. All I have to do now is make it to [...]

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Institute for Anarchist Studies

September 24th, 2009 · posted by Elliott · marked as: Articles · Interviews

The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) is a nonprofit foundation, which was founded in 1996 to support the development of anarchism by giving grants to radical writers and translators across the world. David Coombs works at the IAS, and on a recent visit to the UK took the time to talk to Last Hours about what the Institute is all about.

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The Cold Beat

September 23rd, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

The Cold Beat from Boston, Massachusetts bring an impressively powerful brand of songsmanship to the punk rock table. Serving up a mixture of chunky and delicate riffs which intervolve and intertwine, driving songs that sound like a wonderful mixture of Chillerton and Serf Combat with a scattering of pop hooks that never are in detriment to the record’s rock’n'roll integrity.

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French police move in to clear Calais ‘jungle’

September 22nd, 2009 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: News · notes of resistance

This morning French police moved into a migrant camp near Calais, France and began to clear it of everyone who’s home it had become. The camp was home to thousands of displaced people from around the globe including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Dear Landlord

September 21st, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

On a greyhound bus, rolling on a dusty highway towards fest 7, I had little to distract myself from the trees and tarmac flying past me through the windows other than the humid, rusty tasting air. It was around then that I, In anticipation of the weekend ahead, listened to the official fest 7 comp for the first time, and amongst the familiar names (Paul Baribeau, Worn In Red, The Tim Version) one band I hadn’t previously heard caught my attention more than any other, the upbeat pop punk of ‘Dear Landlord’. I instantly declared myself a fan.

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No sleep zine

September 19th, 2009 · posted by Edd · marked as: Blogs · Hey Monkey Riot

A small zine about a computer mutiny

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One Way Ticket #5

September 18th, 2009 · posted by Pete Willis · marked as: Reviews · Zine reviews

One Way Ticket along with some of the bigger zines like Cometbus, Scam or Evasion introduced me to a world of community history littered with punk shows, petty crime and train hopping.

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