Monthly Archives: April 2011

Five Auto-ethnographic ‘Vistas’ of the City.

What is the City? In 1960, Kevin Lynch advanced a set of five elements that constitute the city: ‘paths’, ‘edges’, ‘nodes’, ‘districts’ and ‘landmarks’. Though they may seem fairly self-explanatory, I will recount an abridge version of Lynch’s definitions: 1. … Continue reading

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Interview with Gorki Águila and Ciro Díaz: May 2010

  <An interview I conducted with Gorki and Ciro from Porno Para Ricardo in Havana as they were overseeing the renovation of their recording studio.> TA: which musicians do you think have influenced you and who do you identify with? … Continue reading

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The North-East Passage Vol. 1 – ‘Maps’. Available now for FREE!

The first edition of the fanzine I co-edit – ‘The North-East Passage’ – is now available for FREE! This inaugural volume is entitled ‘maps’ and contains four full articles loosley based on that theme, not to mention a manifesto and wonderful … Continue reading

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Aphid: A Song

<Click on the photo to hear the song. Is that obvious?>   Before writing a boring, angry diatribe about a recently built edifice near my home in Heaton (and the cooption and bastardisation of the Victoria Library adjacent to it), … Continue reading

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No Laughing Matter: A Request

  Recently, my interest has been piqued by the use of laughter in song, and I am hoping to write something on the subject. However, at present, I can only think of a few songs that incorporate ‘laughter’ into the … Continue reading

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Chasing the Shitegeist: ‘Black Friday’

Ok, I know I have come late to this party, and that the fun is, as with all ‘memes’ of this type, all but over. So, in this hurtling rapid virtual world , a two-month lapse between release on Youtube … Continue reading

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Destruction as Remembrance: A Cuban Punk Identity Played Out

This paper concerns itself with minutiae, and deliberately so. Whittled down to one part of one band’s repertoire, representing one face of contemporary Cuban music making: The event is the destruction of an electric guitar at concerts in Havana in … Continue reading

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