Monthly Archives: November 2011

‘You Should Sound Like Yourself’ A Guest Article from Sabrina Gilbert

The spoken word art form is one that draws people from many walks of life and yet in my travels I’ve found that in many cities around the country you can almost always find someone who sounds like another poet from your home town. I attribute much of this phenomenon to the airing of HBO ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Adam Scrimshire’s ‘The Hollow’

Here is a not-too-brief summary of my relationship with Adam Scrimshire so far: ‘What? he DJs? I thought he was just Dom’s friend’ ‘What? he plays guitar for Stac? I thought he was just a DJ?’ ‘What? He has an album out? I thought just plays guitar for other people?!’ ‘WHAT? THIS IS HIS SECOND ALBUM?’ ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Redshift Rebel and Scroobius Pip’s Hide N Speak

Scroobius Pip has buddied up with alternative clothes-ware designers Redshift Rebels to run four ultra-intimate spoken word gigs, in four secret East London venues. Here, observe: a flyer: And they do mean intimate: only twenty people per gig. so close you can smell his beard. And you also get  a hat. A limited edition hat. For free. This looks a ...

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Poejazzi, Dec 13th at C.A.M.P Featuring Tanya Auclair

We’ve already gushed over Tanya Auclair on Poejazzi on a previous blog post; she is in a class of her own right now, unique, inventive, refreshing smile-making music and you have to see her live; watching her build fantastic music all by herself using a Micro Korg, a  loop pedal, drum sticks, shakers, a ukulele and her ...

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“The Castle” (For Occupy LSX): poem by Musa Okwonga

I used to work in the castle; I thought I was in it for the long and hard haul, But it turns out I was only a visitor. I used to be a solicitor, Three-piece-suited, Eton, Oxford – After two years, the guards cried “impostor”. So off I was sent; off I went To make ...

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Money: or, “speeding ahead to the cliff’s edge”.

This is a very, very strange life. I should probably say at this point that, in the grand scheme of things, I do not have real problems. I am able-bodied, reasonably sound of mind, I have an excellent education and I am living in a Western European democracy with free healthcare (well, free for now, ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: G.R.E.E.D.S Ready EP Launch, 3rd Dec, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

Only his second release of the year, Yomi aka G.R.E.E.D.S’ work rate and output has been exemplary; the summer’s Sampler #5 was a definite 2011 highlight (seriously: go check the Sampler Series if you haven’t already; the most underrated body of work since eba and okra soup). The READY EP launch sees him collaborating with ...

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“Pig City”, an amazing new video from The King’s Will

Hi all, Musa here. Just under a month till the live launch of The King’s Will, my new music project, and so I thought I’d post up this amazing new video that Naomi Gilbert did for our new track, “Pig City”. I wrote the lyrics when reflecting on city life, Giles set them perfectly to ...

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“A Want” by Joshua Idehen, on the UK riots

A Want To know you’re in safe hands. Whether you utter a bang or a whimper you’ll be heard in this wasteland. All people are equal, all dealt the same hand. To believe in the due process; law me and young men on opposite sides of the fence each regarding the other as suspect. To ...

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Skreams of delight for Jodi

In news that couldn’t make me more excited, Jodi Ann Bickley is set to collaborate with dubstep superstar Skream. I don’t know what it is about this news that makes me happiest, so I’ll have to set out my reasons as calmly as possible. (Given that I’ve just ingested copious quantities of coffee and chocolate, ...

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New track from The King’s Will, “Human After All”

Hi all, Musa here; I’m very much looking forward to the launch of The King’s Will in about a month, at C.A.M.P. There are definitely some nerves -it’s a big leap for me creatively – but they’re outmatched by excitement. There’s nothing better than putting out work that you believe in. I thought I’d share ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Scroobius Pip’s ‘The Struggle.’

Extending our Post-Halloween celebrations: Scroobius Pip serves up a suitably haunting video for one of the more creepier tracks on his ‘Distraction Pieces’ album (it’s about a serial killer). Sounding like a modern Edgar Allen Poe short meets Johnny Cash, looking like an undead Mormon lynchmob, Mr Pip’s latest is superbly inventive, very entertaining, and ...

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As seen on Youtube: The Wolfman, by Tim Hope.

I am the Wolfman! I hate being bored and I can  punch suns! The first time I saw this was in it’s playstation 2 ad incarnation waaaaay back in 2000, back when Sony were pushing The Third Place campaign and all sorts of Daivd Lynch absurbities were splattered on telly. A scientist monologues his transformation ...

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