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Book Review – Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s

Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s Andi Harriman and Marloes Bontje Back in the 80s, when Dave Vanian put on white face and Siouxsie slithered into a black rubber skirt, part of the UK punk scene morphed into Goth. It was still just plain old post-punk then, maybe “deathrock” for reasons of trying to explain … Continue reading Book Review – Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s

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Book Review – How the Mistakes Were Made

How the Mistakes Were Made Tyler McMahon guest review by Rachel Pollock “If there’s one thing that everyone needs to know about growing up in the DC metropolitan area during the early 1980s, it is this: you are all 100 percent certain that you will die in a nuclear holocaust.” Back then, Laura Loss and her brother Anthony were no ordinary teenagers – as founding … Continue reading Book Review – How the Mistakes Were Made

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Friday Reads Book Review – Please Kill Me

Please Kill Me – The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain With apologies to junkies past and present, fuck me, junkies are tiresome. Nevermind that the majority of the most creative talents of the punk generation were hooked on something, and that the junk might have had some bearing on the work that is their legacy, most of the people that … Continue reading Friday Reads Book Review – Please Kill Me

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Still Weird Music News for February 26th, 2016

Here’s today’s music news round-up… Doo-wop and hip-hop are both inspirations behind “Run Mascara Run”, the second in the Rave-Sound-Of-The-Month series of singles from noise pop duo The Raveonettes. [via Q Magazine] Michael Gira of Swans has been accused of sexual assault and rape by Larkin Grimm, an artist formerly signed to his Young God label. Gira has denied the claims via a Facebook post, and states that … Continue reading Still Weird Music News for February 26th, 2016

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Still Weird Music News for February 25th, 2016

Here’s today’s music news round-up… Brian Eno has announced details of The Ship, his first solo album since 2012, featuring material inspired by the sinking of the Titanic and the First World War, as well as a cover of “I’m Set Free” by the Velvet Underground. It will be released by Warp Records on CD and two different vinyl editions with art prints on April … Continue reading Still Weird Music News for February 25th, 2016

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Fashion Preview – Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 16/17

All the talk of moving the fashion calendar so that customers can buy garments as soon as they’re shown for the first time makes a lot of sense, especially when you realize that it’s February and designers are showing clothes meant for next winter. This made sense in the past when it was possible to place embargoes on stories so that the public didn’t actually … Continue reading Fashion Preview – Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 16/17

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Still Weird Music News for February 24th, 2016

Here’s today’s music news round-up… Indie duo Let’s Away sound a bit like British cousins of Interpol on their anthemic new single “Control”. [via The Line of Best Fit] Sound recordist and Cabaret Voltaire co-founder Chris Watson is one of several artists to contribute to an upcoming EP inspired by the work of Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. [via The Quietus] Post-punk die hards Wire have announced an … Continue reading Still Weird Music News for February 24th, 2016

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A Pile of Concert Tickets – The Cure, CNE Grandstand, August 28 1989

“A Pile of Concert Tickets” is a bi-weekly column by guest contributor Rik MacLean – adapted from Rik’s blog of the same name – that features his memories and thoughts on many concerts he has attended, all based on a literal pile of concert tickets that he has collected over the years… Upon reflection, I would say that 1989 was a pretty good year. I saw R.E.M. play … Continue reading A Pile of Concert Tickets – The Cure, CNE Grandstand, August 28 1989

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Still Weird Music News for February 23rd, 2016

Here’s today’s music news round-up… UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries, a series of 16 short films inspired by David Bowie‘s ★ (Blackstar) album and approved by him before his death, will be released starting this Thursday via the new InstaMiniSeries video account on Instagram. [via Pitchfork] The Verve vocalist Richard Ashcroft has released a new single, “This Is How It Feels”, in advance of his fourth solo album These People, due out on … Continue reading Still Weird Music News for February 23rd, 2016

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Crate Digging – Slow

Crate Digging is an occasional column here on Still Weird where we profile lesser known artists in various alternative music genres. Many of these overlooked artists produced work that equalled or surpassed their better known contemporaries despite their relative obscurity, and ended up influencing many musicians that followed. As with most musical genres, trying to establish and document the roots of grunge is not a simple task, but … Continue reading Crate Digging – Slow