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Dan Riley - Walk the Other Way - EP Review

Dan Riley is a man of many talents. Not only is the Lancashire-born troubadour a poet of some renown—having found a platform for his work in publications as sophisticated and widely admired as this one—he’s only gone and dropped a five-track EP of easy-listening alternative folk and smooth pop-rock that’s pretty much all hits and no misses. And the whole thing’s available for you to listen to immediately. Well shucks, this must be your lucky day.

Evocative of a host of great forebears from The Beatles through Pink Floyd and John Martyn, “Walk the Other Way” is a pleasing traipse through summery emotions with Riley’s earnest, crooning vocals running the gamut from plaintive and introspective to hopeful and energized, but always imbued with a vigorous, pleasantly-contagious optimism. Here’s a man who believes the words he’s singing—or perhaps, more to the point, feels the emotions that underpin them—and it gives the piece a vitality...

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Mindfulness: a Postmodern Form of Procrastination by John Latham

There is a consensus that procrastination is negative. We live in an era where productivity is celebrated. When grand metanarratives like Marxism are widely scorned, the idea is that workers should put in long shifts. The call for work-life balance is seldom heeded as the British economy continues to underperform.

Nonetheless, the trouble caused by overwork has not escaped the attention of the state. People are often diagnosed with stress or related mental health issues. What’s left of the National Health Service is having to pick up the pieces. Furthermore, the DWP is obliged to deal with lots of people who have been unable to keep up with the excessive demands of their employers. Unfortunately, there has been insufficient emphasis on helping people to recover. The pressure to get people back to work is often perceived as intense by those struggling near the breadline.

While talking therapies may help some individuals to discover a healthy equilibrium, many doctors feel that antidepressants...

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Tuath: Youth - E.P. Preview

Fresh from the nuclear fallout of last week’s yearly feast-day of being drunk and Irish—frenetic Letterkenny punk-rockers “Lunch Machine” come out all guns blazing with the video for their latest track, the appropriately named “Paddy”. Filmed at 2am in the morning after the day in question and published online immediately, this chaotic frenzy of cramped late night sessioning is a pure and beautiful testament to the art of gonzo film-making. You can practically smell the booze fumes radiating from your screen.

Have a look and listen and then be glad the madness is over for another year...


“Paddy by Lunch Machine”...


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Literal McFeminism: Clickbait Corporatism in a Consumer Culture by Joseph Kaminski

The McDonalds Corporation did something bold for International Women Day, folks. You’d think a multi-billion-dollar industry would celebrate such an occasion by eliminating the wage gap between workers within their company, or better yet pay their workers an actual living wage. But no, McDonalds did something that is just about as real and sustaining as their product. 

Rather than opening the dialogue further on the topics of inequality and social normality within the world, the giant mega-corporation decided to really think outside the box on this one. McDonalds decided to flip their infamous Golden Arch iconography from an ‘M’ to a ‘W’. This, of course, represents the word “Women”. However, this is nothing more than a shockingly out-of-touch breach into the cringeworthy politics that the western world has found itself in. 

This attempt at what one corporatized administration would conceive as recognition will not add anything to the highly...

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