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One line thoughts of the day.

It’s a shame you can’t even have a strongly positive article about metal in the mainstream press without ignorami in the comments dismissing the entire genre as misogynist. It’s as if some people’s knowledge of metal doesn’t extend beyond thirty year old Mötley Crüe videos. And this is a world where Robin Thicke exists…

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I have written about the need for better music criticism. This piece by Everitt True about Kurt Cobain is the sort of thing we need less of. It’s the epitome of everything I loathe about the hipster-punk school of music writing. True is a talented writer, but he is not actually a music critic. That’s because he doesn’t write about the actual music. Whatever the nominal subject, the piece is ultimately all about himself. And it’s an school of writing that’s ultimately responsible for bigging up more terrible music than 70s prog-rock could ever dream of.

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Anyone else think “The Flour Kings” would be an excellent name for a Fields of the Nephilim tribute band?

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Good luck to all of you trying to get hold of Kate Bush tickets when they go on sale today. No, I’m not joining the feeding frenzy myself; I find the things like this far too stressful. Instead I will continue to support the grass-roots music scene.

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RIP Tony Benn. I didn’t agree with everything he said and did, but he had a passion and integrity that made the vast majority of today’s politicians of all parties look like self-serving spivs by comparison. Politics is in dire need of more people like him.

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Am I correct in assuming that I’m not missing anything vital in my life from having not read any late-period Robert Heinlein?

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I am currently listening to some 70s reissues I’ve been sent as promos and deciding they’re not worthy of a full review. These are records that have been out-of-print for many years, and time has not been kind to them. They end up reminding me of mid-afternoon filler acts at The Cambridge Rock Festival.

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Moments after I mentioned on Twitter that I was seeing very little spam in my inbox compared to a couple of years ago, my inbox started getting flooded with “Undeliverable mail” return messages because some *&$% spammer has been spoofing one of my addresses. Suffice to say that if you get spam from Russian ladies using the address umlaut@kalyr.com, it’s not from me, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.

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Yet again the BBC committee who decide these things have managed to unite everyone in the country who actually cares about music in thinking the British Eurovision entry is complete bobbins.

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“Someone please take my bottomless bowl of popcorn? I’ve eaten so much I think I’m going to be sick” – Bitcoin-hating Charlie Stross on the collapse of Mt Gox. The whole thing reads like the plot of Stross’ novel “Halting State”.

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