Prints & Punk Rock

Another zippy trip down to Connecticut to see my pals. Great to see Marko, Bilokur and of course the Queen of Everything, Stephanie Johnson. After all these year, I finally caught up with Peter Crowley, too! Can’t believe we’ve never actually been in the same place at the same time. Had a faboo time, Agent…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Lyrics and A Hard Road to Nowhere

 A bit of a cheat: a music two-fer. One is old, but the other’s new; nonetheless, given the difficulty of finding your audience in the ocean of new publications out there, it deserves a boost to the signal. The Fall: Lyrics by Mark E. Smith The lynchpin of my current writing career: what, you think…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The CundeeZ

Wi language az rough az a rhino’s erseOary Dundonian in poetic verseItz oor tongue, oor dialect, itz how wi converse I heartily recommend The CundeeZ: punk rock with Dundee accent and a DIY can-do spirit. And not just because lead singer/songwriter Gary Robertson was the punk rock cupid that brought me and my sweetie together…

On Tour with the QoE & Marko

Next week, I’ll be back to regular posting, but for now, here’s a nice picture of my guests. We’ll see how many photos they let me post 🙂 probably better when they get over the jet lag. Yes, a picture at Spanish Arch is required of everyone who sets foot in Galway. Tick that box!

Rocking with The Cundeez

Awesome to finally see The Cundeez in Dundee and talk to Gary and Stevie in person. I even got a shout out from the stage. Alas, we were too late to have a chance to sing back up (we just missed the bus!). Doubtless there will be other opportunities in the future. Headliners TV Smith…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Keeping it Peel

I am showing great restraint by not simply posting a bunch of clips of John Peel introducing The Fall. Are you proud of me? You should be. Here’s a nice four part interview with Peel talking about the reality of punk music and its development in his usual straightforward way (further parts on this other…

Voyage to Connecticut

 I met the fabulous Queen of Everything for breakfast at CafĂ©mantic in Willimantic. Quite lovely — never had been there before; it was delightful.  Then we headed over to WECS to heckle Marko throughout the Punk Rock Jukebox — I mean, to help promote the Salacious Art show that features some of the QoE’s fine…

FFB: The Fallen

For the full list of Friday’s Forgotten (or neglected or insufficiently trumpeted) Books, see Patti Abbott’s blog. If you’re in need of reading material, there are always wonderful suggestions. I remember when Marko asked if I had got The Fallen yet and I said, “Nah, I’m really only interested in MES, don’t think I’ll be…

The Fall in Manchester, 3 June 2011

I won’t say I flew into Manchester instead of Heathrow in June just to see The Fall, but once I realised the opportunity existed — well, no way I was going to pass it up. Besides, I’d never visited Manchester and had the chance to meet up with a couple of friends, so it was…

The Passing of Poly Styrene

Or as Brazill suggested, “Poly Gone.” The Passing of Poly Styrene By K.A. Laity http://platform0.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.html?_=1304008413051&count=horizontal&lang=en&related=CupCate&text=The%20Passing%20of%20Poly%20Styrene%20%28BitchBuzz%20News%29&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bitchbuzz.com%2Fthe-passing-of-poly-styrene.html&via=BitchBuzz http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?channel_url=http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fconnect%2Fxd_proxy.php%3Fversion%3D0%23cb%3Df23da5fab03209a%26origin%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fnews.bitchbuzz.com%252Ff3dec81c76e7fae%26relation%3Dparent.parent%26transport%3Dpostmessage&href=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bitchbuzz.com%2Fthe-passing-of-poly-styrene.html&layout=button_count&locale=en_US&node_type=link&sdk=joey&show_faces=false&width=450 Punk icon Poly Styrene (given name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) has died at the far too young age of 53 after battling advanced breast cancer. She’d been on Twitter for weeks getting the word out about her new album Generation Indigo with its catchy…