Month: September 2015

Husker Du do!

by Rob Jones Probably one of the greatest live albums of all time was the fast and furious fare of Husker Du and The Living End set. Between 1979 and 1987 this legendary Minnesota act left a major musical imprint-and, the likes of Nirvana and Foo Fighters have been hugely influenced by their impact. There is another chance to catch the stage stomp of Husker Du via the Minneapolis Moonstomp: Complete 1985 Radio Broadcast recordings that are available on Sonic Boom. This 2015 release does not disappoint as its foot to the pedal hardcore hammer stamps its aural authority....

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Not What the world needs Now!

by Rob Jones This product should be called LIP becuase it is a PIL in reverse! The LIP of Lydon shows that random blaspheme and his my way is the only way mantra does not make for interesting comment. The music that unfortunately supports his growl is not the PIL that the original fans swooned over and on occasions the merchandise comes over like the illegitimate son of Big Country. This sad situation obviously pays testament to the nascent contributions of Jah Wobble and Keith Levene because since they departed the band many moons ago things have never been...

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From Wales to Vietnam

Teacher from the Welsh valleys shares the first weeks of her new life teaching and living in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Curran is a primary school teacher from Rhigos in South Wales. This summer she moved to Vietnam with her family. She began teaching at The British International School in Ho Chi Minh City in September. Here Sarah talks about her new experience of living and teaching overseas: My initial opinion of Vietnam was that it’s very different to where I come from in rural Wales! It’s much busier, very built up and there are lots of motorbikes...

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Literature and Laughs

Matthew Frederick (of Penygraig) is a respected solo musician as well as being at the core of up and coming band Climbing Trees. Matthew, Rhondda band Watermelons and other artistic acts perform at the Festival of Literature and Laughs in Rhydyfelin Community Centre 7:30pm. The evening is in aid of The Rhydyfelin Library Support Group and is set for Friday, October 2. Please contact email: rlsg14@gmail.com or call 01443 312098/668030. by Rob...

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Join the Rejects.

By Rob Jones The Cockney Rejects are street survivors and despite the ups and downs of a cacophonous career the lads are a live experience that has to be witnessed. The incendiary industry of the raucous Rejects is in fine fettle and their Butlins Minehead set at the 2014 Great British Alternative Music Festival simply blew all of their competitors away! The power of the nascent Cockney Rejects albums gave the punk movement a new identity and the contents of these records can still instil a passion that has rarely been matched. The band arrived in 1978 but the...

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