JUNE 2007


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Michael Moore's Sicko shows us how full of self-hatred the US is

Hey there, take a minute out and smell the roses:

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“The Manual (How To Have A Number One The Easy Way)”

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu reveal their zenarchistic method used in making the unthinkable happen.

This classic from 1988, though dated in detail has the anarchic spirit of Bill Drummond tattooed through it. This is the recipe he used for Doctoring The Tardis, Justified And Ancient, KLF, etc. Nowadays it is available free via Tom Robinson’s site (yup, him of ‘2,4,6,8 Motorway’ and ‘Sing If You’re Glad To Be Gay’).
Just follow the link.


Bringing the World to Taipei

Ladies and gentlemen, the world’s biggest erection.Since Taiwan came into existence it has fought an ongoing struggle for autonomy, recognition and existence in the eyes of the outside world.

West End Boys and Taiwanese Princesses

I used to know this forty-five year old pot belly American. He'd say to me, Chinese girls are so easy to fuck.

The Black Hole: Being Reeled in by Mafia #1

Truth, history and will all begin to wilt pathetically in the heat of the monster’s rage – the monster which is being fuelled by the greed of the four corners of the world.

Buying Identities on Borrowed Money

Taiwanese people don’t think independently. The advertisements tell them that the products they sell are symbols of success.

Queens Becoming Dogs: We Don't Speak Taiwanese

Some of my classmates would call me a Chinese Dog or Pig - this is part of the new Taiwanese political ideology.

Organic is putting it politely: Finding an Adjective for Taiwanese urban sprawl

Houses look like sheds or garages. For the untrained eye, it’s sometimes difficult to work out whether any given building is a mechanic's shop front or someone's front room.

Finding New Aches and Pains: Sacrificing the Ultimate Sacrifice

I play basketball with friends every Sunday. Eighty percent of us are not in the army - we've all tried to find a problem stopping us from being conscripted.

The Family Mind: How to Think in Groups

The family mind gives Taiwanese people a sense of security and strength. There are a whole load of things which stress the individual westerner out but from which the family mind protects the Taiwanese individual.

Where is the Taiwanese Public Energy?

Taipei is a grey dirty city – there’s a lot going on – but it's far too orderly. In the urban centres, there's no sense of anticipation, excitement or romance.

Modesty, A Great Value

Whilst the Taiwanese business classes love western fashion, in general, the urban young don’t dress extravagantly or try to show off their figures.

On the Periphery: Politics, Alcohol and Anger

In Lanyu, an island off the east coast inhabited by Australasians, one inhabitant, who was angry from the moment he walked through the door of this old kitchen - turned around and told me with some gusto that 'the Taiwanese President gave nothing to the inhabitants of the island - save some beautiful names'. He dropped a piece of fish on the floor and stamped on it several times with his foot.


Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily

Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily adorn the western Italian coastline, basking in the sunshine of the Mediterranean. Whilst geographically close each island has a distinct identity. From the verdant mountains of Corsica to the sandy heat of Sardinia and the hustle and bustle of Sicily. From the calm reserve of the Corsicans to the gentle humility of the Sardinians and the rude and noisy Sicilians.


Jesse Malin
Ross McGibbon catches up with the feisty New Yorker - "Write locally but think globally"

Maximo Park
Ross McGibbon meets Tom English - "It just increased our venom"

Charlotte Hatherley
Ross Halewood talks to the newly solo Ash guitarist

Army Of Freshmen
Kat Humphries chats to Owen Bucey



Singled out by Vanguard....


The Sinister Cleaners: Shine

The Pigeon Detectives: Wait For Me

Dame Shirley Bassey: Get The Party Started

Pepe Deluxe: Spare Time Machine

The Films: Don't Dance Rattlesnake

Shameless: Smokers Die Younger

Chris Cornell: The Roads We Choose

Frank Black: 93-03

Helen Hicks: Helen Hicks

The Maccabees: Colour It In

Muleskinner Jones: Alcohol, Tobacco, Raygun?

Trademark: Raise The Stakes

Code Indigo: In Concert

Nouvelle Vague: Present New Wave

Kris Drever: Black Water

Bekki Williams: Edge Of Human

Good Shoes: Think Before You Speak

Viva Voce: Viva Voce Loves You

Dave Derby: And The Norfolk Downs

XI: The Glow Of Television

Bjork: Volta

Alberta Cross: The Thief And The Heartbreaker

Rose Kemp: A Hand Full Of Hurricanes

Bright Eyes: Cassadaga

Hayseed Dixie: Weapons Of Grass Destruction

Marillion: Somewhere Else

Carlton Patterson & King Tubby: Black & White In Dub

Gary Numan: The Complete John Peel Sessions

HateSphere: Serpent Smiles & Killer Eyes

Forget Cassettes: Salt

Electric Soft Parade: No Need To Be Downhearted

The Mission: God Is A Bullet

Lau: Lightweight And Gentlemen

Green On Red: The BBC Sessions

Jon Redfern: May Be Some Time

Hanson: The Walk

Hilary Duff: Dignity

Cowboy Junkies: At The End Of Paths Taken

Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

Maximo Park: Our Earthly Pleasures

The Ripps: Long Live The Ripps

Saxon: The Inner Sanctum

The Bird And The Bee: The Bird And The Bee

Mark Ronson: Version

Thirteen Senses: Contact

The Horrors: Strange House

Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob

Charlotte Hatherley: The Deep Blue

Thirty Seconds To Mars: A Beautiful Lie

Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road

Mr Hudson & The Library: A Tale Of Two Cities

Le Reno Amps: So For Your Thrills

Kubichek: Not Enough Night

The KBC: On The Beat

Robert Fox: Touching The Serpent's Tail

Bowling For Soup: The Great Burrito Extortion Case


Pigeon Detectives @ The Town Hall, Leeds
May 07

Zico Chain @ Fibbers, Leeds
May 07

Jesse Malin @ The Faversham, Leeds
May 07

Jimmy Eat World @ Leeds Met
April 07

The Cribs @ Keele University
May 07

Rise Against @ Leeds Met
May 07

Neil's Children @ Leeds Cockpit
April 07

The Maccabees @ Leeds Stylus
May 07

Frank Turner @ Leeds Met
April 07

One Night Only @ Leeds Cockpit
April 07

Cold War Kids @ The Faversham, Leeds
April 07

Artic Monkeys @ Sheffield Leadmill
April 07

Maximo Park @ Leeds University
April 07

The Pipettes @ Leeds Cockpit
April 07

Hayseed Dixie @ Leeds Irish Centre
April 07

The Rapture @ Leeds Met
March 07

Charlotte Hatherley @ Leeds Cockpit
March 2007

Thirteen Senses @ Leeds Cockpit
March 2007

The Gossip @ Leeds Met
Feb 2007

The Pigeon Detectives @ Leeds Met
February 2007

New Young Pony Club @ Leeds Met
February 2007


Sheffield is Rubbish

This photographic exhbition captures the distribution and containment of rubbish in Sheffield. Rubbish stands out in chemical blues, reds and greens, contrasting with the rusting colours of the brickwork.


Men Without Shadows @ The Finborough Theatre, London
Showing until 7th July 2007

Men Without Shadows concerns itself with the trials, tribulations and existentialist dilemmas of six maquis imprisoned during the Nazi occupation of France. Jean Paul Sartre.

African Gothic @ The White Bear, London
Showing until 20th May 2007

African Gothic is an Afrikaans play, written by Reza de Wet, focussing on the psychological effects of isolation and child abuse.

The Wonder! A Woman Keeps a Secret! @ The White Bear, London
Showing until 26th November 2006

The Wonder is a fantastically funny play, a romantic farce, penned in the eighteenth century by the JK Rowling of the time.


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