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them:youth finish up in the studio It’s been 6 months since the lads played live, them:youth are putting the final touches to their self produced, self funded debut album which will be released through their own Big Hand Recordings label in the summer. Well this is something I never thought I'd be writing, "an introduction to them:youths' magazine". You’re probably wondering what has just landed in your inbox, well let me explain. As of January this year we set up our own label, BIG HAND recordings. Whats been enlightening is we answer to no one! What gets put out is from the band, not a marketing department, not as a result of a meeting between suits who don't have a clue. As I write this the new batch of songs are being mixed and should be out soon. We've been holed up in sunny Brixton, south London in a studio called the Dairy recording and producing everything ourselves. There's sitars, monks, psychedelic Nlutes the whole kitchen sink! It sounds epic. We've come out of recording all alive and all still friends, which is a miracle when you put four hairy men in a box room for sixteen hour days, weeks at a time. Being in a band your main hope is to make music you love and feel passionate about. In order to get more people to hear it you then have to do things that aren't necessarily anything to do with you actually making music, but rather to do with selling and promoting the music i.e
photographs, interviews etc. As a band you hope and pray that during your working day you come across someone with some light behind the eyes, who's switched on and loves what they do. We've been fortunate enough to come across people who we've worked with who are just as passionate about what they do as us and who also like our band. So this magazine is a platform and voice for those people as well as them:youth. First live show of 2010 June 11th Carnivale East London more info http://www.themyouth.com
Sophia Schorr-Kon Is a photographer who is as diverse and varied with her subject matter as medium. She works shooting bands one minute, and politicians the next. Her versatility is key as she is as comfortable getting grubby in the pit at a music festival, to shooting amongst the hushed rooms of parliament. Choosing to capture her work on a range of tools from digital to pinhole cameras, oversized Polaroid contraptions and even picking up the odd value pack of disposables when the mood feel right.
from. She is now working on material for a book looking in to the everyday life’s of people involved in the Hardcore world, focusing on the extreme opposites of what band members have turned to, to make a living. It is looking to highlight the underlying reasons of what attracts so many people all over the world to this open and honest expression of aggression that gives them an alternative voice through music.
These photographs are from an ongoing project she is developing looking in to the European Hardcore scene. Hardcore music that derived from Early Punk and Oy music of the late 70’s and early 80’s is brutal, aggressive and highly charged. But attracts people who are courteous, open minded and focused, with a dynamic shared sense of responsibility for their home grown music genre. She discovered this on a tour to Belgium two years ago, when she hopped in the back of a van with a friend’s band. The photos she came back with were full of life and energy and the experience of watching a world so far removed from her life proved a valuable creative place for her to work
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Check out more of Sophia’s work here www.sophiaschorr-‐kon.com www.sskclick.blogspot.com
With the World Cup practically upon us Wally Downes gives us his thoughts on who he thinks should make the squad
THE CHOSEN FEW: GOALKEEPERS PICK THEMSELVES. Pt.1 Every football fan with access to the Internet and the will power to avert their eyes, for Nive minutes, from the bounty of pornography available has chipped in with their version of a 23-‐man World Cup squad and I am no different. I will break it down into segments, to allow you enough time to YouTube ‘Gordon Brown Disaster’ afterwards.
season in the Premier League, look how Arsenal have suffered in the absence of Jens Lehmann and how the top clubs Nlourish with a mature head in the sticks. Hart is the only keeper in the top ten sides to be under 25 and has 15 years to reach the level of some one like veteran Edwin van der Sar. This tournament will give Hart invaluable experience and stand him in good stead for the future six or seven tournaments he could feature in for England in the future.
Ben Foster helped Watford to the Premiership back in ’05-‐06 and far from disgraced himself in the season after when the It would be easy to point to the league positions of the Hornets suffered relegation. Four teams had conceded the employers of my Nirst and second choice keepers, David James same or more amount of goals in the league that season and in and Robert Green, but it is clear to anyone that has seen their the 33 games, in total, that Foster played he conceded a fair share of Premiership action this year that not only have respectable 27. However he is now 27 and has played just 127 these two equipped themselves exceptionally well but they competitive club matches. He has been besieged by injury and have also got an awful lot of practice in. Under immense overlooked at Manchester United, with David James’ career pressure each week, both behind shakey defences and in coming to a crescendo he may still climb the pecking order team’s short of strikers able to force the onus onto their but he needs two or three quality seasons. opposing number James and Green’s only major stumbling block might be the physical and mental toll that the 2009-‐10 Chris Kirkland’s tale is a similar one, made his professional season has taken on them. debut in 1997 and followed that up shortly with an England cap but in all that time he has amassed just 215 club Joe Hart has been a stand out success story this season and appearances. He has had a Nine season with Wigan this term his worth has been highlighted this week by billionaire but its not enough to warrant him a place on that plane. employer Manchester City’s desperate attempt to bring him back from his loan spell at Birmingham, to salvage their challenge for Champions League football. Hart has missed just There you have it, replies are welcomed. two of Brum’s 36 league games this year and at just 23 he is a shining prospect for England and whichever domestic side is Next up is England defenders….. easy?!? lucky enough to secure his future services. This World Cup, however, has come to early for the youngster to be a serious contender for the number one jersey. Experience is such a vital element and it has proven itself so many times this Goalkeeping up 1irst.
SOUND OF GUNS GUITAR MUSIC IS BEGINNING TO FLOURISH ONCE AGAIN Bubbling under the cultural radar of scene-‐ridden acceptance is a new bred of rock and roll bands. Shunning the short-‐lived fads of style-‐over-‐substance electro know-‐ nothings and the copious other disintegrating sub-‐genres that have been and gone are a collection of guitar-‐based bands who are taking the underground by storm. And it’s just what we’ve been looking for.
sewer of social commentary.
Where the whole new-‐rave / electro thing kicked off with the Klaxons et al some 3 or 4 years ago, the guitar has taken a bit of a backseat, in a rather dubious and dumbfounded manor. And although Mumford and Marling have bought the whole folk revitalization into the mainstream, we’re lacking a certain bite. I’m not expecting genre-‐crafting pioneers or It’s less of a back to basics affair and more of a progressive anything like that, but what we have here is a revitalised step into new-‐age British guitar music. The likes of Sound Of source of new visionaries who will hopefully put the guitar, Guns, 12 Dirty Bullets, The Rubicon and Exit Calm are all the attitude and the over-‐powering strut back on the wearing the regal branding of their past nineties guitar towering plinth of brilliance. based heroes on their sleeve but they’ve bought it into a new age of thrilling supremacy, muscled-‐up guitars and Dan Jones hollering vocals that call to mind everyone from The Verve to The Music. This is a revival that’s well overdue. These likely lads are banishing the post-‐oasis lad-‐ethos by creating something that’s got an irrefutable dance-‐music groove while retaining a Nlair of distinctly gritty Brit-‐rockness. It’s unashamedly idiosyncratic and thought through rock, with songs like ‘Architects’ by Liverpool’s Sound Of Guns blistering an audience with full-‐throttle riffs while ‘F at Man’ by 12 Dirty Bullets infuses that cockney wit of indie swagger with some brainy analogies that cast themselves deep into the
OUT OF STEP
Ben Adsett from out of step blog http:// outofstepalchemy.blogspot.com/ Recommended Listening With the sun Ninally starting to come out music is becoming even better to listen to. I personally like walking about in the sun with good music turned up loud on my headphones. This month I have been mostly listing to and discovering: Three Trapped Tigers – These guys make some of the best instrumental breaky electronica I’ve heard in ages. What’s even better is they actually use instruments to make their sounds there’s obviously some synths included but the drums and guitars give their music an interesting characteristic. Darwin Deez – This guy is going to be huge and so much has been written about him in the last month so I’m going to keep this short. You should have a listen to his unique blend of angular guitars and electronic style. Darwin Deez is a must if you like the Strokes or Julian Casablancas and will make the perfect stop gap between new material from both. Mike Scott – The former singer from Phineus Gauge and now the singer in London Based Company L. Mike creates another layer to his musical personality, making music that can only be deNined as acoustic punk rock, he writes great protest songs and mixes
from the top Three trapped tigers Darwin Deez & Aspen Sails
Paper & Plastic Records
these with damming political and social commentaries on the state of this country. Lyrically Mike is political without preaching and has an amazing ability to write reverse political statements. It’s possible to download all Mike’s solo work free of charge from his website and I would deNinitely recommend doing so. Aspen Sails – We are lucky enough to have this amazing folk two piece coming to play for us in May and I can’t wait to see how their beautiful acoustic folk works live. They have a drummer and rely on using harmonies and the occasional bit of percussion to create rhythm. Lyrically the band creates beautiful very detailed imagery mixed with the most romantic sense heartbreak, the Maud the EP that was released this winter. This EP is near perfect with each song gliding faultlessly into the next, perfect music to glide around town to. If you were to choose a record label to discover this month it would have to be Paper + Plastic Records. This label follow a fantastic art based DIY ethos, which Nits with the Out Of Step ethos perfectly, basically the label put as much value on the artwork that accompanies the great music they are releasing. This label is home to some truly amazing artists both musically and artistically. My personal favourite act are Failures Union who crossed the pond to play for Out Of Step in March to bring their early indie inspired alt country punk to our audience. Coffee Project are also incredible they make acoustic music with guitars and a
DEFENDERS IN: John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Matthew Upson, Leighton Baines, Wes Brown, Michael Dawson. Pt.2Filling a 23-‐man squad seemed an easy enough task at the start, however, just Nive minutes in to the conundrum and not only am I torn between defenders but I cant even decide how many to take. I have settled on eight, I considered a brave seven but, with injuries blighting my options, one more seems more vital than optional. Once that mathematical brainteaser was out the way it was time for the stalwarts, shoe-‐ins and certainties to pick themselves again, or so I thought. In truth I started with a list of 23 defenders, everyone a genuine candidate, well Jonathon Woodgate might be considered wishful thinking. When Fabio Capello Nirst addressed the British press, upon his appointment as boss, he placed a hell of a lot of emphasis on form being paramount to his team selection; in doing so he may well have made a rod for his own back. Rio Ferdinand, one of the best three defenders in the world for the past 10 years, is a shadow of his former-‐self. A few months ago I implied that his off-‐ Nield exploits, magazines, restaurants, Nilm productions and record labels, might be the scourge of his season, now I feel almost repentant as he is so clearly crippled with back problems. A meager 12 Premier League appearances, six shy of the 18 showings that seasoned sick-‐note Ledley King has put together instills very little conNidence. So often Ferdinand’s Nleet of foot was the perfect foil for John Terry’s lack of pace, the two combined to make a dream pairing, in Rio’s current condition that is far from the case.
For some good news Ninally, the fourth best statistically rated defender in the Premiership, according to Actim, is English and has missed just a handful of games in three seasons. Leighton Baines is 25 and is about to complete another stellar season for Everton; in the last three years he has played 90 league games and attracted plaudits throughout English football. He is, Nirst and foremost, a tenacious defender and a reliable left-‐back. He quality of his delivery has secured him the role of free-‐kick taker for David Moyes side and the Scots manager can regularly be heard championing his £6 million man. Stephen Warnock has shown a similar level of consistency and reliability, in the same position, at Aston Villa but Baines edges it as Ashley Cole’s back up.
close but he looks increasingly vulnerable up against pace.
Paul Konchesky and Ryan Shawcross can consider themselves unlucky not to make my completely irrelevant cut. Konchesky has Nlourished in a Roy Hodgson side that is primarily a 4-‐5-‐1 defensive one, which counts against the former Charlton mans inclusion in Capello’s 4-‐4-‐2. Ryan Shawcross is going to be a big player for England for years to come, already a commanding Nigure in a Stoke side that has established itself in the Premiership with his help. The fallout form the Aaron Ramsey incident Wes Brown, Matthew Upson and has counted against the 23-‐year-‐old. Michael Dawson make up my remaining The three game ban, incurred from the defensive cover. Brown offers cover in resulting sending off, came at a crucial any position across the back four and time and making his return in a 7-‐0 has shaken off the youthful over-‐ defeat to Chelsea did not help. Gary exuberance that previously allowed Cahill and Micah Richards have mistakes to creep into his game. struggled, one with Nitness the latter Matthew Upson is a large part of reason with form and they too look like that West Ham are still in the occupying England spots in the future. Premiership, a solid yet cultured defender, one of the top ten this year. All The fallout from Sven Goran Eriksson’s the noise over Ledley King’s reign is still damaging as Jamie involvement seems short sighted when Carragher, despite an impressive season you consider that, yet again, he has with faltering Liverpool, refuses to make played half a season while Michael himself available for the new Italian Dawson has held things together for chief, while Sol Campbell gets a ‘thanks Spurs for over 30 games and grown in but no thanks’ from me. stature as a defender. Dawson has statistically had a better season than We do have an abundance of talent in Upson but experience would guarantee defence, some players at their peak, Upson the third choice centre-‐half spot. some over the hill and some real
Too much has been made of John Terry’s apparent lack of form since his extra marital activities become public knowledge. You try to go about your business with 50,000 screaming obscenities at you and its bound to cause a wobble, in a months time it will all be forgotten, as will Wayne Bridge Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott have not who will be ofNloaded by Manchester got enough match time in while Gary City and exiled from the national team. Neville’s re-‐established importance, in Alex Ferguson’s side, meant he goes
prospects, the key will be getting the right balance. Capello will have to earn his money when it comes to selecting his defenders but if anyone can do it I fancy the Italian can.
YOU’RE FIRED AND YOU’RE ALSO A TWAT... I’ve never written a review about a Nilm or a television program. I’ve never really needed to, and I don’t know as much about Nilms etc. as I do music, so it’s just never cropped up. However, last night was the Nirst episode of the Junior Apprentice, and you know what? The younger they get the more repulsive they become. Business entrepreneur, Sir Alan Sugar is the daddy behind this reality program in which the great commerce dealing individuals of this nation come head to head in a series of money making tasks. I was a regular viewer of The Apprentice when it Nirst came out. Watching a collection of suit clad yuppies run around trying to Nlog barrels of dogs piss or a crate of pigs trotters makes for good viewing. The contestants persistently bicker behind one another’s back while reeling of cliché business terms to seem a lot more essential than they actually are. Relentlessly chattering over each other with their piercing voices Nighting for centre stage, these stern-‐faced bull-‐ shitters could start an argument with Helen Keller, but that’s what’s so entertaining! It’s not their ideas or lack of common sense that makes it good viewing, it’s the fact that these people are so self-‐absorbed with their own unjustiNied brilliance that they eventually combust into a whirlwind of useless ideas, squabbling ‘grown ups’ and sweat-‐stained Gucci suits.
of themselves, but in brogues. So with the Nirst showing of the Young Apprentice I was dubious as to what age these business types start spewing out lines like ‘are we all reading from the same hymn sheet?’, and it turns out a lot younger than I thought. Donning rather ghastly M&S junior suits and armed with a disjointed sense of entitlement, each one of these little cretins spouted out the same tosh as their adult comrades, bit in a higher voice. One little shit bag in particular, Jordan, frowned at the juvenile competition, claiming he was far superior than his GCSE taking rivalries only to be Nired at the end of the show. Poor poor Jordan.
The rage that ensued within me hasn’t altered my perception or enjoyment of these reality tv programs, because I like to get cheesed off with these fame hungry cock-‐rags, it’s more of a reality check. These briefcase slingin’ young guns have already set their belligerent ethos in stone, and sure, a number of them have added rather fantastic achievements to their c.v before hair has hit their balls, but everything in moderation, yeah? You might even Who doesn’t like conNlict on television? think that a Ninger pointing angry That’s the whole appeal of reality tv, Jewish man might deter them from and that’s certainly why I watch it. But acting so big-‐headed, well I’m afraid what makes the apprentice so engaging not. Jordan still feels supercilious and is that these people are no better than still believes he should have emerged Big Brother contestants. They all end victorious, well Jordan, we live and we up in the same situation, Nighting for learn. centre stage while making an utter twat
Interview Whats the story behind steadyguy: what made you wanna do it? JT:
FASHION Introduction After spending a few years involved in various aspects of street fashion, sneaker collection, and just general involvement on the United Kingdom, American and Dutch art and music scene, the idea of starting a company that would link good upcoming fashion that has been in1luenced by these various art forms with those that appreciate them was a no brainer.
The reason why I decided to embark on this journey was my love affair with not so main stream fashion, music, art, product design and a general mentality that prefers what's not popular culture but able to function in the normal world. I’m not one of those militant anti main stream or anti brand people, who won’t wear a pair of Levi’s because they are "so main stream". I actually like Levi’s! But I do like to Nind rare things that are of good quality and have some kind of thought catching ethos about it. After years of living across various cities and discovering many interesting people and the projects they are involved in, I decided this was the route for me to take, link people who believe in what we believe in and the really awesome brands out there. Why the name SteadyGuy? JT:
In high school in the late 90’s when someone was rocking a rare pair of limited edition sneakers, ones that were so rare that the only other 25 In 2009 Justin Taundi, decided to set up pairs were scattered across the world from Tokyo to Rio De Janeiro, the guys I Steadyguy Clothing a small company that is meant to bring together people spent my teenage years in art school used to come surround the privileged that look for substance, design and owner of these sneakers, in awe of creative merit rather than big brand these rare trainers and half in shock as names. to why he had even considered wearing them rather than shelving them. The Trent Rampage hangs out with label mob of other envious teenagers would owner JT in Leeds and Ninds out what this American has to say about British be going crazy shout hey “ Steady……. high street fashion, techno, hip hop and Guy, Where did you kop those?!”. This became a phrase that stuck with me for some exciting up and coming stuff when something of rarity and some peeps can expect from his label. kind of sentimental value came from, and hence when setting up Steady Guy, this was a Nitting name for what the vision is for SteadyGuy.
You mentioned that "product and graphic design, hip hop, techno, street and skateboard culture, illustration and photography" are elements that characterize steadyguy. How? And what is your background on say, techno music and hip hop culture? JT: Having been brought up within the Philadelphia Hip Hop, turntablism, skateboarding street culture, then going to art school where I did Nine art and product design followed by my time as the other half of Dj’ing duo Madplastic with Swedish Dj Fredrik Stjarne has given me insights into those different worlds and the lifestyle that comes with it have shaped my frame of mind to be susceptible to things which are inspired by these elements. Years of watching clubbers and their fashion styles from city to city around the world and being around Being involved in these various things you get to party a lot, see a lot of people individual styles meet a lot of creative people and realise the abundance of quality under the surface creative fashion out there. All the brands and art that we have now and will be getting in the future will have one or all of these elements as these are the things that inspire and excite us. In all this we like awesome graphics, good creative substance, things that deserve some artistic merit and quality that stems from the things that stimulate us. By Teaming up with CHris Marshall, our Creative "Badman" who has a strong background is design and product design, it was obvious we had the same vision and thoughts.
heard of them, that’s what we are trying to do, that’s what gives us pleasure. Well the formula is simple in how we Nind our brands, is it interesting, does it have substance, is it unique? Is it of awesome quality, do we like who we’re working with, and then does it fulNil the Steadyguy philosophy, if all these are present then we are good to go.
What's your take on Britain’s high street fashion culture? Do you like brands like Urban OutIitters and American Apparel count as high street in your book? JT: Well I’m loving the British street fashion at the moment, people have got balls now, chicks are getting number one clippers length haircuts and rocking some crazy wicked retro stuff, the guys styles are ranging from the mod looks to the dubstep/grime scene cap wearing look. Its wicked I’m buzzing from it. Its like there has been some kind of fashion liberation serum injected in the bloodstreams of kids today. Britain six to seven years ago the fashion scene was a bit dreary, I moved to Germany and Holland and visited Scandanavia and was thinking bloody hell the fashion scene here is better than in Britain. Then I came back to Britain and in the last couple of years its stepped up to have Europe’s leading street fashionista’s. Here the high street does shape the street styles though, which is a shame in my opinion, because the high street makes us uniform like, noone likes (especially the ladies) to be in a bar and having someone wearing the same top, and everytime you shop highstreet, just think on that shelve or rack a lot of other people in your city are going to be wearing that. I live in a young vibrant part of Leeds where I have the pleasure of seeing these, young aspiring, artists, dj’s, musicians, students, hippies and street gang types etc originality levels are high and that’s pretty cool to witness everyday.
Well what do I think of Urban OutNitters and American apparel… Hmmmm, well they are very good businesses. “We’ll put 50 thousand pairs of denim’s across the country, they sell out we’ll restock the shelves". I don’t think the principles of uniqueness, rarity and originality apply, which is fair enough, just a different philosophy to what we believe in. They have some good quality stuff there, with m a s s ive b uy i n g p o w e r a n d p r / marketing machines its always going to be a winner. They can be a one stop shop, they can design and determine a look for someone, one can walk in those shops with £300 pounds and come out with a new look. We like the hunt of putting together things from various places. In terms of them being high street, I think so, I walk around Britain’s cities and every other bag is an Urban outNitters bag, and apart from Topshop/ Topman. No one else is on the high street competing with those guys for that particular market segment. You stock OnTour stuff and I've never heard of OnTour until I came across your store. Their designs are to die for. So how do you select your labels? Like what's the criteria? Is there some sort of formula? JT:
Anything else you'd like to add? JT: Well we would like people that feel they can relate to what we are trying to do to check out what we are doing from now and within the next year. We are still new on the scene but we are due to have more brands like Study Footwear from LA, Norse Projects from Scandanavia, Gourmet Footwear and AlNie Clothing, Superhorstjansen from Germany just to name a few that will be coming onto our portfolio. Not to mention a lot of Artists and photographers we are going to be showing on our site. We still have a lot more to come so people should check it out and see what we have on offer. The most thing we are excited about is bringing out womenswear in AW10, after our fear of competing with the fast fashion market in the UK we realised we trust the women in Britain to go for substance rather than disposable.
We believe fashion, art and music are extensions of our personalities, they are a means of communication that we have to convey a message about us, so if people believe there is still a place for a unique indie sort of approach and want to support it, the supporting us will be See that’s the beauty of what steadyguy much appreciated is trying to do, bring otherwise unheard Trent Rampage is the person behind of labels and brands to the inquisitive www.bad-fotography.co.uk customer that appreciates good designs, an independent UK-‐based electro, indie, quality, the themes behind them and the dnb, house and techno music blog. unique element of it all. You have seen the designs and the products and you were impressed but you had never
MIDFIELD Pt. 3 An infamous Achilles injury has eradicated an argument that was overshadowing Englandʼs World Cup chances and the emerging talent more than ready to take David Beckhamʼs place. Had he been Nit Goldenballs would the park, he has also been have made my list but the rumpus known to get on the surrounding his inclusion detracts from scoresheet, he is a the team too much. I now look at the premature end to Beckham’s World
complete player. Gareth Barry’s
Cup dream as a painful blessing in disguise, it saves the possible
recent injury may tragically force him
embarrassment of him being over
out of the reckoning
looked and it leaves a space open for a younger, in-‐form midNielder to cement
but on current form he would not make my squad.
Aaron Lennon having a rest
their place. Mind you in the recent days Viera, De Jong and Kompany have Jamie Carragher has hinted at his outshone him in Manchester City’s return to the fold and one of my
midNield and while Barry was relied on
previous defensive selections would make way for him, much in the same
so much by Aston Villa he has faded somewhat into the back ground at The
way that if a certain evergreen Manchester United redhead returned
Eastlands. Replacing him is not easy, especially with Owen Hargreaves’
to the England fold a degree of
tendonitis reducing him to just one
reshufNling to this group would be required.
league appearance this year. Michael Carrick gets the nod from
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard me. He has become the scapegoat for maintain their posts as England’s Manchester United’s misfortunes this leading midNielders, Chelsea’s goal
year and that has cost him his place in
machine has spoken recently about this the starting 11. In my goal keeping and season being his best and, in terms of defensive selections stats had a team silverware, he might be right. Liverpool’s captain is suffering a different fate, a miserable season with Liverpool will hopefully not leave Gerrard too deNlated, we must hope instead that the new found freedom from AnNield’s heavy shackles
deNining role but further up the Nield ability, temperament and technique
especially good when he was lining up alongside some very average West Ham players. A mix of inexperienced young Hammers and a few foreign mercenaries surrounded parker and while they were picking up ratings of 5s and 6s his combative style and never-‐say-‐die attitude ensured him 8s and 9s in comparison. Had Barry and Hargreaves been available this may have been a tougher choice but with the attacking options still to feature a reliable anchorman is what I need and that is certainly what Scott Parker is. Aaron Lennon has made his return to action just in time and I assume that over the next eight weeks he will regain
as much sharpness as possible. Lennon play a much larger part. Carrick has the gets the nod ahead of Sean Wright discipline that is vital for all holding Phillips for a few reasons, Nirst touch, a midNielders, that mental strength that Ninal ball and a smug father separate allows you to sacriNice personal glories for that of the team. Carrick also has a
the two. SWP is a sub at best at
reinvigorates the scouser.
range of passing, off either foot, that is
The ‘utility man’ tag can be a poisoned chalice but it seems to be
unrivalled in the Premiership. He has experience at the highest level of club
international defenders will be able to cope with the predictability of his game
working perfectly for James Milner. The football and he has been free of injury former winger, occasional fullback and all season. newfound centre midNielder has shone
Scott Parker also goes to South
in Aston Villa’s engine room this year. In Milner you have a squad member
Africa in my book, I am a big fan of Parker’s and without him I don’t think
that can play on either Nlank, in either fullback position and in the middle of
international level and I think most
and his lack of ball control. My inclusion of Joe Cole may surprise some and it’s not an easy choice by any means, especially having watched Chelsea’s celebrations
yesterday. Cole offers a mercurial talent West Ham would have survived this that England’s squad lacks, he does the year. I do, however, think that he looked unexpected, he does the things that
Zidane, Del Piero, Bebeto and Bergkamp have done for their respective countries. I am not putting Cole on the same pedestal as those mentioned but I hope it demonstrates my point. When a team lays out two banks of four and invites you to attack them then pace and power will not cut the mustard. Something audacious and unexpected must happen, something that an average player would not think about let alone attempt. Wayne Rooney has this certain ‘je na sais quoi’ in abundance but his goal scoring instinct takes priority as a striker. Cole also offers the option of playing as a second striker and as a centre midNielder. Adam Johnson completes my eight midNielders although one of the forwards I am to name in the next installment is as effective on the Nlank. Johnson has had a Nine season and in a short time he has proved he is Premiership quality at least. He is not just a speed merchant, going outside every time, playing into the defenders hands, he also has the verve to try something different. Johnson’s an unknown entity on the international scene and that could work in our favour. If he travels I certainly expect him to have more of an impact than
Theo Walcott did at our last attempt and he does not seem the type to be phased by anything, having settled into the Man City soap opera with apparent ease. I thought I would be more conNlicted as I went through my list and had to put crosses through certain names and ticks next to others but when I look at these eight names and consider where they could play anywhere in a team’s six most offensive positions I get a sense of assurance, conNidence even. I wonder if Fabio realises how easy this job really is?
top: James Milner Middle: Lampard & Gerrard Bottom: adam johnson (number 9) alongside theo walcott
1. Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band -‐ A Fifth Of Beethoven (Soulwax Mix) 2. DJ DLG -‐ Paramount (Rogerseventytwo Mix) 3. Fred Wesley & The J.B's -‐ Blow Your Head 4. Lamb -‐ Cotton Wool (Fila Brazillia Remix) 5. Nick Drake -‐ Saturday Sun 6. Joe Bataan -‐ Gypsy Woman 7. Jellybread -‐ I Pity The Fool 8. Nightmares On Wax -‐ Les Nuits 9. Corrina Joseph -‐ Lonely 10. Pilot Priest -‐ Body Double 11. Rusko -‐ Hold On (feat. Amber Coffman) (Sub Focus Remix) 12. Mt Eden Dubstep -‐ Sierra Leone 13. Peaches -‐ I Feel Cream (Proxy Remix) 14. Midnight Juggernauts -‐ Into the Galaxy 15. Django Django -‐ WOR 16. Hawkwind -‐ Hurry On Sundown 17. Jeff Buckley -‐ Lilac Wine
18. James Brown -‐ King Heroin 19. The Cure vs The Commodores -‐ Easy Heaven (Brat Mash Up) 20. Chromeo -‐ Night By Night (Skream Remix) 21. The Temper Trap -‐ Science Of Fear (Rockdaworld Remix) 22. Florence And The Machine -‐ Dog Days Are Over (Breakage Remix) Follow the link below to hear the actual playlist http://www.youtube.com/ view_play_list? p=25B8D7960ED1B421 If you would like to hear more check the link http://markemsea.postbocks.com/
COUNTDOWN COMPLETE If the 30-‐man provisional squad is anything to go by then my predictions have been pretty tasty so far. Wes Brown didn’t make it but as I said previously, if Jamie Carragher’s availability had been public knowledge he would have blown Brown out of the water, as he has. Lets cut to the chase, Wayne Rooney is in and he needs to be well looked after for the next month. He has shown the strain of carrying the attacking demands of Manchester United on his broad shoulders recently, never more so than on Sunday when he volunteered himself for substitution when still in the hunt for the golden boot. Rooney is not the sort of play that returns rusty or loses his touch, if he doesn’t kick a ball again until June 10th I will still have him leading the line, bar none.
ability. All the stick that’s been aimed at Emile over the years by know-‐it-‐all, failed footballers turned journalists, like myself, have no doubt contributed to Heskey’s glaring lack of self-‐conNidence but, in a one month knock out tournament, there is not enough time for ego rubbing, especially not for such a questionable talent.
In Heskey’s place is Peter Crouch, there are pros and cons to the inclusion of Crouch (or Dave as Trigger calls him) pro: the used to play for QPR, con: I reckon Abbey Clancy was after me before he started Nlashing his cash at her. Crouch has a better Nirst touch and better mobility than Heskey, two massive factors when picking a target-‐man. Crouch can also Theo Walcott has pace and defenders Ninish as he has shown with Spurs and do not like pace, just ask Gary Neville, England already, yes some of his goals Jamie Carragher and John Terry, three have come against lesser teams but he world class defenders who have puts them away none-‐the-‐less. Capello constantly faltered under the pressure will be going against all his previous of pace. Also an option out wide, claims, that he picks players on form, if Walcott is a potential impact substitute he picks Heskey, he has had his chance if ever there was one, his inexperience and he has failed to deliver, time and limits his options when on the ball but time again. We’ve all heard Michael you don’t need to think too much when Owen et al describe the ex-‐Leicester you can run 100m in 11 seconds. Look man as the ideal strike partner but we at what Walcott did to Barcelona in don’t have Michael Owen any more. We their Champions League Nirst leg with need to pick a player able to Arsenal. The narrow, intricate football compliment Wayne Rooney and I see that Arsenal plays makes it difNicult for Crouch as the man for that job. Walcott to have an impact over 90 minutes. Each of the three goals he Bobby Zamora is omitted from my scored against Croatia, in qualifying, World Cup squad, he has been came from the former-‐Saints star exceptional as the focal point of a 4-‐5-‐1 picking the ball up wide and running at formation for Fulham but Fabio Capello people, that does not happen at the is not going to play that system. It may Emirates, not since a certain Mr. Henry not sound like a hugely demanding ruled the roost in North London. change for a player to make but I do not see Zamora continuing his club form Emile Heskey, if it were up to me, onto the world stage. He has had one would be spending his summer in exceptional season on the back of some England with his agent trying to Nind a pretty woeful ones, he has moved from new club. The professional rebound club to club and often been ofNloaded as board cannot get into his club team and a disappointment. I think Zamora has age is not on his side. Heskey is a been a fortunate victim of Roy conNidence player if ever there was one; Hodgson’s management skill and he needs an arm round his shoulder, a Fulham’s particular style of play. It may whisper in his ear and a gaping open seem harsh but I think Zamora knows goal before he can show any form of that he would be out of his depth in
South Africa, there are better players in front of him and I think there are even better players behind him in pecking order. This is a the most depressing part of the draw, I am completely indifferent as to whether Jermaine Defoe or Darren Bent go to the World Cup, both are well short of the crème-‐de-‐la-‐crème of all out strikers England has produced in the past. Lineker, Shearer, Owen, goal getters of the highest quality. Bent and Defoe are quick and know where the goal is but they do not inspire me in the least. I doubt that either of them have the mental strength for an occasion such as this and I see neither of them getting the better of a world-‐class defender. Bent has got goals at unfashionable Sunderland but there must be a reason he is not playing at a better side at 26 years-‐of-‐age. Defoe just about pips Bent to the post but I still have my reservations. Barring Wayne Rooney this group of players leaves me completely deNlated, so much so that I wouldn’t even bother with starting any of the other three…. IN: Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Theo Walcott, and Jermaine Defoe Below is my starting 11 for England’s World Cup, this is a fantasy but with attacking options like those above desperate times call for us to rely entirely on Wayne Rooney
ENGLAND 2010 ROONEY
VIEW FROM A JAPANESE MUSIC FAN Step into any record shop in Japan, and you’ll Nind that there are at least two sections-‐-‐-‐one for Japanese music, commonly called J-‐Pop, and the other for non-‐Japanese music (generally Western music from North America, Europe, Australia and such). Many times, there are more sections devoted to other types of music either based on genre or region. Even in this economy, there’s no sign that the Japanese have lost interest in music; after all, CDs and mobile phone downloads still do sell, karaoke boxes are still Nilled with people singing their favourite tunes, and numerous concerts by musicians are held in this country. Some listen to mainly J-‐Pop artists, some listen to foreign music, and some
As a music listener, I’ve noticed that foreign artists and domestic (Japanese) artists tend to do business differently. Older songs get passed on to newer generations easier amongst artists from abroad. It would not be unusual for newer artists to cite established artists or their songs as an artistic inspiration, and music magazines and other media pass on
The above comparison was not meant to be a speciNic criticism, yet as a
older music to newer generations. Yet
music listener, I Nind the different situations to be fascinating. Many
the J-‐Pop scene is generally devoid of listen to both. Yet among those who are this-‐-‐-‐the record industry seems to interested in foreign music, it is well treat singles and albums as disposable known that their passion is immense. items ready to be tossed into the Every individual in this country who rubbish bin as soon as their 15 (or listens to non-‐Japanese has their own perhaps 5) minutes are up. This is not individual story as to how to they to say that every Japanese musician is became interested or exposed to such faced with this fate-‐-‐-‐the more music. Perhaps their parents were mainstream the artist is, the more interested, perhaps their friends were likely is such a case. Whereas it is not interested, or maybe it was that they unusual for non-‐Japanese artists to started to learn English in school and have several year gaps between the became interested. Whatever the release dates of their albums, reason, you can be sure that once they become a fan, they tend to stick around.
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mainstream J-‐Pop artists tend to release albums more frequently.
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countries around the world produce talented musicians and there is no real right or wrong way of doing things. Of course, many people are worried about new technology as well as the economy, but in the end, good music will survive. At least, that is what many people are hoping. Eimi Sato http://twitter.com/Karina1003
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