Video link to yesterday’s ska launch: Baron Bubblebeef, Jennifer’s Dead

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Updated – as promised, the link to the video: “A mix of madness, Ian Dury and Judge Dredd… and it’s about necrophilia. But in a nice way.” How can you not be intrigued when you hear a single being described in this way? Meet Baron Bubblebeef – singer, man of mystery and evil genius extraordinaire. […]

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10 life-changing albums

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This list has been coming a long while – the ten albums that have left an impact on me/affected my life in some way. Not necessarily the albums that I listen to regularly/are my favourites nowadays (though some of them are) but those that will always have a place in my collection. Narrowing it down […]

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Carrie Haber

Carrie Haber

In between gigging at London’s hippest bars, the colourful singer spares fives minutes to tell me all about her music. The bubbly redhead has come a long way since she left our shores to pursue her dream in London. With THAT voice, that vibrant personality and the sheer love for life and music that she […]

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Music interview: Loathe

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Death metal is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea but the genre enjoys a solid following in Malta. At the forefront of the scene are Loathe. I had a chat with bassist Mark Debono in the run-up to the band’s upcoming gig. Loathe are one of the bands that continuously crops up in conversation whenever […]

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Music interview: Martin McNeil & The Dissidents

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You’d think that with a record deal in the UK with his former band Rehab and a hit that made him “shine brightly and sporadically” on the London scene, Malta would be the last place singer and song-writer Martin Mc Neill would want to wind up in. You’d be wrong. Malta, he tells me, turned […]

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The punk scene in Malta

Female punk musician in Malta

As all ‘80s kids will remember, the punk movement in Malta was relatively strong at one time. Nowadays a coloured Mohawk is somewhat of a rare sight but the movement is still alive and kicking somewhere, as the recent punk festival Festahwid proved. I spoke with one of the most locally known punk veterans, Ray […]

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Happy Christmas to y’all

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Why I’m not buying into Lana del Rey’s indie act

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A whole day of Lana del Rey Facebook links and I just have to come out with it: why is everyone going bananas for the singer? Fine she’s hot, fine her videos are very well-polished, fine she has some great marketing people behind her but…that does not a true indie musician make. Apparently I’m not the […]

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Nil by Mouth Sessions – the gran finale

If day one was all about connecting with the music and letting it take over our senses… yesterday was all about partying and letting our feet do the work. Being a bit of a post-rock obsessive, I’ll be honest; Friday’s session had already delivered everything I was after. Saturday’s line up was just an extra […]

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Nil by Mouth, night one: music just got real

Eimog

The ingredients were all present to make day one of the Nil By Mouth sessions one for the books. There were the right bands. There was the right crowd. And there was just enough improv and quirks to give the night that extra bit of colour, making all the difference between ‘just another gig’ and […]

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