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By Akira The Don on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Still love this album, insanely evocative.

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— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 13.40.58How the fuck Juicy J stays so consistently fresh and on point is a mystery on par with the Holy flipping Grail.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Excellently realised comic book take on one of A Storm of Swords’ most vivid moments, by Jeff McComsey, whose work you can check out here. Oh yeah, spoiler alerts if you haven’t read it or watched Season 4 yadda yadda.

Forsooth!

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 13.57.07Party king. Bad motherfucker. Fade to grey.

From The Quietus:

Steve Strange, the frontman of 80s synthpop band Visage, has passed away. A statement on Visage’s Facebook page said: “We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday 12th February, in Sharm El Sheik International Hospital, Egypt. Steve died in his sleep, of Heart Failure. Steve’s family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death. Steve’s family request privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

Strange, born Steven Harrington, formed Visage in 1978, with the original members including Rusty Egan, Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula. Over the course of changing line-ups, the band put out three albums – 1980′s self-titled debut, which included their landmark hit ‘Fade To Grey’, The Anvil in 1982 and Beat Boy in 1984 – before disbanding in 1985. Following the split, Strange went on to host a number of clubs in both London and Ibiza. He reformed Visage in the 2000s, with their latest iteration, including Steve Barnacle, who originally joined the band in 1982, former Ultravox and Magazine man Robin Simon and Lauren Duvall, releasing the band’s fourth album, Hearts And Knives, in 2013. Last year, the band put out their fifth album Orchestral, which found them arranging songs from their back catalogue and new material for a symphony orchestra.

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Adam Egypt keeps banging on about this every time I see him out, proclaiming it as the greatest musical moment of 2014, and TBH it is pretty bloody great. If you need an easy in, start with Starlightlicker, which marries a T Swift joint called Starlight (I HAVE ONE OF THOSE GODDAMNIT) with Aphex greatest pop moment, Windowlicker.

The project was put together by David Rees, the guy who did Get Your War On, that clip art comic about the Bush Administration, if you remember that.

BONUS: Our remix of Shake It Off. TURNUP!

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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ISN’T IT A LOVELY DAY! I’M FEELING ALL BRAND NEW!

The Welsh bit advises one to get down on the floor as the winter is so long and covers all the houses. BALANCE RUDEBOY, as my buddy Big Narstie likes to remind me.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015