On Pluto queens and Saturn macks. My interview with Shabazz Palaces is out in this week’s NME Magazine. Three page spread on New Black Wave, that lese majesty ish [legal speak: an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against the state] and the Black Constellation collective. 



"Like a Man" — Spice




Glastonbury 2014


Glastonbury 2014

(Source: pixie-grrrl)

They got better. Of course they got better. They got so much better that for me (and for others, not lots of others, but enough of us) the Ramones were the best group rock’n’roll ever produced. Not the most inventive, or the most versatile, or the most skilful, or the most emotionally resonant, or the most lyrical – but the best, because every time I put on one of the Ramones’ best records, I was reminded of how I felt the first time I heard it. And the first time I heard it, I felt: this is the sound I’ve been hearing in my head and here it is on 12 inches of black vinyl; this is what I have been waiting for since the first single I ever bought. The Ramones were the sound of juvenile excitement, expressed with such breathtaking singlemindedness that nothing could kill the excitement.
Brit-hop: 10 of the best

10 of the best UK hip hop tracks, compiled by yrs truly. Couldn’t include everything/body I wanted to – partly ‘cos to qualify, tracks have to be on Spotify and gems like Domestic Science aren’t there yet – but still. Some titans right here. Enjoy! 

Rare Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed

"The function, the very serious function, of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing."

Is this the way the world ends? When groups that share common cause, utopian dreams and a joined mission find fault with each other instead of tearing down the banks and the bankers, the politicians and the parliaments, the university presidents and the CEOs? Instead of realizing, as Moten and Hearny put it in The Undercommons, that ‘we owe each other everything,’ we enact punishments on one another and stalk away from projects that should unite us, and huddle in small groups feeling erotically bonded through our self-righteousness.
Punk has a problem with women. Why?

I wrote a thing about Warped Tour, Rebellion Festival and female [in]visibility in punk. In a nutshell: hey industry bros! We exist! Also, stop ghettoizing us please. [CW for rape and victim smearing]