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Newsletter mailed 5th Jan

Posted on January 5, 2012
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Back to normal again post Xmas and New Year holidays with the first newsletter of the year that was mailed today to all subscribers, with 334 new items.

Any subscriber swho didn't receive it, which seems to happen a lot with spam filters, just drop me a line and I'll re-send.

The site will be updated on Sunday with what's left.

All the best for 2012!

Post-Punk Britain radio show

Posted on December 27, 2011
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An old friend of mine Simon McKay hosts a weekly radio show on Break London playing 1970s British punk and post punk peppered with some British and Jamaican reggae from the same era.  Here's a link to his playlist page on Eccentric Sleeve Notes, which now includes a podcast option for the last two shows.  The show for broadcast on 27 December is there and it's a best of what has been featured this year.  It includes tracks by Clash, Buzzcocks, Nips, Cure, Neon, Glaxo Babies and Punishment of Luxury.

Link: http://www.eccentricsleevenotes.com/Post-Punk-Britain-Playlists(1885020).htm

The website I've blogged about before and it's always worth a visit.

Japanese Neon Hearts tribute CD

Posted on December 7, 2011
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Out in Japan is a compilation CD of 10 Japanese bands performing Neon Hearts cover versions in some elaborate packaging.

Martin Ratcliffe from the band explained:

About 6 months ago Keith was approached by a guy called Miles Wood, who lives in Tokyo but comes from Wolverhampton, asking if we were OK with a bunch of Japanese bands recording a Neon Hearts tribute CD.

Apparently they regularly play Neon Hearts songs in their set and have been fans for years.  To cut a long story short the CD came out in Japan in early November with Keith & I going over to play 3 gigs with 9 bands at the launch weekend. There are some interesting versions of 9 songs on the CD which is packaged in an 8" cardboard sleeve for the first pressing.

It was amazing to see the singles & CD's the Japanese fans have go hold of. There were a lot of bootleg 7" & 8" Regulations singles and loads of Circles stuff as well.

It's good to see the band getting some long overdue recognition. If you're not familiar with the band then do check out the singles, especially their debut 'Regulations' and their only LP 'Popular Music'.

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