London’s Calling – Punk rock, UK Riots and the Tea Party

Friday, August 12th, 2011

When I was recently interviewed by the author Rick Moody I found myself digging back through my memories of the UK and my time during the punk rock years of 1976 through roughly 1981. It wasn’t a nostalgic exercise; the oft used colloquialism “it’s grim up North” was more of an astute observation than a [...]

Interviewed by Rick Moody

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Rick Moody An Inter­view with Dave Allen Dave Allen was the fero­cious bass player in one of the most fero­cious and mov­ing Eng­lish rock and roll bands of the late sev­en­ties, Gang of Four. Allen appeared on the band’s first two albums, their best, before going on to found Shriek­back with Barry Andrews of XTC. [...]

Collapsing infrastructures..

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

It’s always fun to think back over the year, and this time even a decade, to see what was up. As always there are umpteen hundreds of lists out there, the most proliferate being music and the “Best albums of 2010..” Landscape and memory, nostalgia and nuance, we want to remember and we want to [...]

Before Gang of Four there was Dr Feelgood

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

..and the amazing Wilko Johnson. This is the trailer to a Julien Temple film, Oil City Confidential.

Gang of Four in the good old days…

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Top, left to right: Andy Gill, Hugo Burnham, Jon King, Dave Allen Front row includes: Marc Time, Gary Mollica, Shawn Roberts, Ron Blakeman, Michael Montalto, Sue Schwimmer, Richard Copisarow.

Can Music Change the World? Top 20 Political Songs

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Public Enemy This one’s a challenge. Mark Fisher has an essay in the New Statesman titled Militant Tendencies Feed Music. It felt weird to come across it and yet also, no surprise that it didn’t appear in Spin Magazine either. I have long given up hope that today’s rock musicians will deliver a solid and [...]

Beaux-Arts Ball at Portland Art Museum February 6th – Support The Arts

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Ok Portland, I’m doing a DJ set at the Beaux-Arts Ball at Portland Art Museum this Saturday night, February 6th. Proceeds from the show will benefit education programs at the Portland Art Museum. Other than myself, entertainment is provided by Morningwood and Lily Verlaine. For tickets and information click here.

Paul Morley Interviews LoneLady

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

My favorite rock critic, Paul Morley, has a splendid video interview with the Mancunian musician and Warp Records artist LoneLady. [You can get a free Lonelady MP3 here.] It’s a very interesting take on one woman’s adventures in the music business and popular culture, or “The Machine” as she calls it many times during the [...]