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Sobering Thoughts……………..

Monday, August 24th, 2015

I still find it surprising, amazing & very sobering that the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used in anger was 70 years ago this year.

One survivor tells her story to the BBC – retold as an animation. You can see it here Hiroshima: Bun tells her story.

Whilst debate still rages about the ethics & decisions leading to the 2 bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and no doubt will continue to rage alongside questions such as if the offensive really shorten the war, one thing is certain; it ushered in a new age, changing the cultural military & political landscape forever.

Whilst modern weapons (including nuclear devices) are more efficient, more powerful & more numerous than those used 70 years ago, it’s still worth stopping to think and remind ourselves of the human cost of warfare as well as the folly in failing to address basic human values.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

40 years ago, hip hop was born in a house party in the Bronx by a Jamaican with a monster sounds system.

20 years ago today, this very day, strange noises were emanating from a small basement bar in Wolverhampton. I can’t believe it was THAT long ago. From a small night in the West Midlands to a regular fixture in people’s calendar from all over.

Tim, the Original Gang of 4 kind of made history; we all did.

Started as an idea during the Acid Jazz thing in the 90’s, but providing an alternative, expanding vision to that trend.

20 Years Ago Today: Stump Juice (5-11-93 Pt 1) by Alph on Mixcloud

I struggled to find a way to mark this occasion. No recording exists of that night, unfortunately – it was fantastic.

I did find a recording, the earliest I could f ind, made 2 months after we opened.

I’d dedicate this to everyone, the crowd, guest DJs ,our regulars, everyone who worked there – you all made it unique & special.

Hopefully, over the months, I’ll find more stuff from, the archive…………..

RIP Mrs T?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Well Ms T (or ‘that Bloody Woman’ as described by some politicians, even by her cabinet), has finally, at public expense, been laid to rest.

Whilst I can’t claim to be a fan, it can’t be denied her place in British, if not world (political) history is assured.

Her administration and legacy is complex & contrary; there’s a good analysis from the BBC website (read it here).

I’ve left it for a while partly due to being bloody busy & needed to give a bit of distance between the events. Whatever your view, discussions will run & run……..

Music, Moby & Money

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

I came across an article via Twitter about Moby; nothing unusual about that you might say, until you realise the headline compared his seminal album ‘Go’ to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.

Before some of you become apoplectic with rage (I fear for it’s too late already for some of you), both are landmark recordings, changing the face of the music industry, but in very different ways.


Much has been written about ‘Thriller’, so I’d not get into it here (I’ll save that for another time).

The phenomenally successful ‘Go’, by the mopey vegan owes its success to the fact that every track on the album bypassed the usual route to success by every recording on the LP being licensed for use for other parties, most notably ad agencies.

The full article can be read here – it’s an interesting read, & it demonstrates the value of thinking differently.


Moby & his manager bypassed the traditional route of approaching record company execs & formulated a strategy essentially targeting ad agencies & manufacturers.

The success of this now means that record labels, like film companies now effectively have an eye on ‘merchandising’, in this case the lucrative licensing market; indeed, acts may be dropped from their labels if they disagree over a licensing deal.


As much as labels complain about illegal downloads (which is a problem that does need to be addressed), licensing tracks has become very big business & a highly viable revenue stream, both for the label, but the client as well as the artist.


We’re aware artists are in a rapidly-changing musical & commercial landscape. Now more than ever, artists wishing to be successful need to have one eye on the marketplace, one eye on the Internet as well as constantly awareness of changes in technology.

Whilst it’s (mostly) given quality work is a must for any artist, those that can exploit a niche stand to secure an advantage in an increasingly competitive & crowded space.

Other Stuff I’ve Been Listening To…

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Alph’s Listens on Mixcloud