Those about to rock


According to Misha Glenny: In July, Mikko Hypponen, the widely respected chief research officer of Finnish anti-virus company, F-Secure, received an email apparently from a scientist in Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation. In it, the scientist revealed that “our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut […]

From Bob’s archive: Against rockism

I’m out of the country, and so have scheduled some posts from my archive. Here’s one from May 2008, a sunnier year than 2012. It partly explains this post. You’ll be pleased to know that, thanks in part to the evil rentiers, I have since moved house, although still within London SE4.  Today, taking advantage […]

On the Manic Street Preachers’ song Empty Souls

The album Lifeblood by Manic Street Preachers is 8 years old this year. For me this is hard to believe, it really doesn’t feel that long, but the album is little known, and largely ignored by all save for the hardcore MSP fans. I can understand this. There are stand out songs on there, and […]

First and Last LPs: From Slayed? to the Burning World

I know that this is a bit late but personal issues have gotten in the way of sitting down and writing this. Cast your mind back to the year of our lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Two-  a time when colours did not just clash but fought pitched battles on the tank tops […]

First and Last LPs: Judas Priest from Music Galaxy to the last great hip hop record

I’ll never forget the first album I bought or where it was purchased. It was a used copy of Judas Priest’s “Unleashed in the East” at Music Galaxy in the Five-Points shopping center in Santa Barbara. Music Galaxy was operated by this wizened old woman who constantly smoked cigarettes. Her tastes tended towards what was […]