Public Enemy to release Record Store Day exclusive picture disk.

Originally posted on Locash Magazine:

To celebrate Record Store Day this year, Public Enemy will be putting out a limited edition “Harder Than You Think” picture disc. Only 500 copies of the vinyl will be available so collectors should be first in line at their local record store on April 18th.

Chuck D has been a long time ambassador of Record Store Day and was even named the official Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014’s celebration. He told Billboard Magazine this about the annual event.

“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves, it both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”

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Days Spent in the Company of Vinyl: #6: Jedi Mind Tricks: The Lost Children of Babylon: The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness (2013 Reissue)


Jedi Mind Tricks’ first LP (longest title ever) before Stoupe lost his edge for making beats and Vinnie Paz put too much emphasis on “gangsterism” in his rhymes.

This album had a limited release in 1997 on a different record label, I believe, and recently got this re-issue vinyl release on Babygrande Records. The remastering is cock-on; and the whole album has a dark, contemplative/paranoid feel to it.

Vinnie Paz was best with his vulnerable rhyming style. After JMT’s sophomore effort, this is probably their best.

This vinyl edition comes in clear-red. There’s also an extra record made up of six bonus tracks, where the production switches to a more classic ’90s, boom-bap sound.

Perfect with a joint and cup of Rooibos tea.

Days Spent in the Comapny of Vinyl: #5: Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush the Show


Public Enemy’s first album from 1987. Hard beats and shouty raps. This sometimes get overlooked for latter albums, but you can’t front on the energy, aggression and range of subject matter.

The crackles on the old vinyl bring out the fire and edginess. Chuck eats up beats like munchies after a fat bag of weed.

This is a classic album and best owned in its true format (fuck the CD).

And the cover pic of the crew huddled ’round a turntable is just iconic.




“Andy’s angry and goes straight for the jugular with his take on what he sees around him.  In “Dickheads in Flat Caps” (one of many amusingly titled pieces), his response to Britain First’s claim ‘IT’S NOT RACIST TO BE PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY!’ comes back ‘No, but it is fucking stupid to think it makes you a better man.’ No punches pulled.”

Full review:

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Days Spent in the Comapny of Vinyl: #4: 7L & Esoteric: A New Dope


I bought A New Dope on CD when it first came out and didn’t take to it too well.

It’s a lot different from 7L & Esoteric’s older stuff (clue in the title). Rather than the straight, heavy boom-bap sound of before (The Soul Purpose/Dangerous Connection) there’s a more sample-heavy, electro take on the production.

I was on Discogs one night and noticed the (2x) vinyl was going for £8 so I thought I’d give it another go.

It’s coming up to ten years since the album got released and it seems to have gotten better over time. I like it a lot better than I did when I first bought it.

Some real gems on here that I can’t believe I overlooked.

Check this:

(I wish I knew where the main sample is taken from. Any ideas?)

I’ve had the album on repeat over the past three days. Kool Keith’s on a couple of tracks; and Esoteric goes completely nuts on the likes of ‘Eso Ain’t Shit’, ‘Daisycutta’ and ‘3 Minute Classic’.

A New Dope is a lot of fun.

And the cover takes inspiration from old boxing promo posters, which is pretty cool.

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Copies of New Book SOPHIE in Stock (Money Raised Will Go to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation)

On August 11 2007, Robert Maltby and his girlfriend Sophie Lancaster were targeted and brutally beaten by a gang of youths, simply because their appearances were “different”. Sophie died of her injuries in hospital and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was later set up in her memory.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation has been a registered charity since 2009. Its main purpose is to teach young people about tolerance, so they can open their minds to accept all people, despite their differences in appearance or lifestyle.

There’s 20 paperback copies of SOPHIE/The World Might Not Live Through the Night on sale, as well as infinite digital copies. It’s all for a good cause so be nice and part with a few quid, if you can:

More info about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation can be found here:


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Days Spent in the Comapny of Vinyl: #3: Ice-T: The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech


Probably my favourite of all Ice T’s albums for its grit and lyrical prowess.

Released in ’89, Iceberg tackles mostly the subject of censorship and moves away from the “gangsta rap” feel of his earlier (and latter) albums. The Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra on one of the tracks; and there’s a hilarious rock-rap fusion in the name of ‘The Girl Tried to Kill Me’, to name a few highlights.

The cover sees an animated Ice getting jammed by guns from three angles. This is the second best of all Ice-T album covers, after 1987’s POWER, if you ask me.

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Class War is Coming to Bradford in April with a Load of Angry Punks and Poets

April 18th, 2015: a day of punk, poetry and even a bit of Hip-Hop to raise money the political party Class War.

Class War: Statement of Intent

There is a class war waging and we are losing it. The rich are getting richer and the gilded elite who have ruled us since Norman times remain in power and dominate land ownership just as they did when they first robbed it. We live in a feudal society dominated by an oligarchy of privately and Oxbridge educated toffs who run not just the government, banks, diplomacy but the media, music. comedy and even the opposition. We see no difference between any of the parties – we oppose Tristram Hunt with the same venom we hate Zac Goldsmith. . We don’t want to kick the tories out to replace them with Labour or any variety of failed Trots. We don’t want to kick them out at all – we want to kick them in!

Started in 1982 CLASS WAR was first a combative, funny, populist anarchist newspaper then mutated into a similar political organisation. We are proud of our past. But 30 years later the same approaches do not work. Endless photos of overseas riots and balaclaved anarchists bring no movement here. The same old same old is getting us nowhere. Time to think and do the unthinkable, to cross the Rubicon.

We are standing Class War candidates in the general election on May 7th 2015. We are doing this to launch a furious and co-ordinated political offensive against the ruling class with the opportunity an election gives us to talk politics to our class. We in no way see the election as an alternative to direct action. By the brick and the ballot.

We are not talking community politics here. It’s too late for a patient slow-build like the IWCA. The ruling class have us by the throat -they need a short sharp kick in the bollocks. Our election campaign will use any means necessary. we won’t be ushered away by PR minders – we will make ourselves central to the campaign in a funny, rumbustious combative and imaginative way. We will be on the streets and in their faces.

Class War: Because all other candidates are scum.

(More info about Class War at this link:


The Class War benefit gig is being arranged by Andy Carrington and Steve Blackman.

Artists performing on the day include a shit-load of talent from around the UK:

Piss on Authority – Punk/Anarcho/Hardcore/Metal/Crust…all of the above?! Who gives a fuck? Have a listen and make of it what you will.

Slug – Anarcho punk from London. Slug speaks up for those who need it: animals, the enviroment & people being shit on by governments, capitalism, fascism and the rich.

Andy T - Anarcho punk poet and musician – still hates Thatcher

Burning Flag – Spewed forth from the blackened mill towns of Northern England, Burning Flag is a venomous twisted sludge of 90s hardcore, industrial riff and scathing punk noise.

The Krayons – Fast, raw, dirty, Anti-fascist, Ska-infused Street-Punk from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Formed in 2006 as The Crayons and after a 4 year break from 2008 to 2012, emerged as “The Krayons” with a fresh sound and attitude.

Black Light Mutants – DIY collective… Glitched out apocalyptic visiuals, electronic dissident DIY pop hits and punker beeping noises!

Sod’s Law – Punk rock band from Derby/Burton on Trent.

QELD – That classic boom-bap Hip-Hop sound with red and black-heavy lyrics to stimulate your ear drums.

Andy Carrington – Part witty/part sceptical Anti-Fascist Punk Poet (w/ words tending to offend racist grand-parents & posh twats).

Laura Taylor – Performance poet. Strident yet curiously engaging. Enjoys upsetting apple carts in her spare time.

Keiron Higgins – Hard-bitten, poetic, spoken word punk with a tongue of lyrical eccentricity to point out the good and bad things in his life.

Wayne Stankiewicz – Spoken Word Maestro, Radio DJ, Observer of Human Behaviours. @hotcontents86 (Twitter)

It’s gonna be loud and dirty.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page:

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