Mark Stewart – The Pop Group/The Maffia

We Are All Prostitutes

Welcome to Liberty City

As The Veneer of Democracy Starts To Fade.   This album hit me hard growing up in Toronto.  I had a c90 with Veneer on one side, and Public Enemy’s first album on the other.  Yeah, that’s right, heavier as Henry VIII’s food bill.  Politically and  musically, it’s brutal, informative, it demands your attention, cuts a swath through mediocracy with a rusty but funky knife.

Quietus inteview with Mark Stewart here

Yesterday, Moody Boy Thorpe called me to tell me how good The Pop Group show on Sunday was.

Review of last Saturday’s Pop Group show by Sean O’Hagan (always liked Sean as a writer)

Gil Scott-Heron interview

When I was part of CKLN Radio in Toronto many moons ago, one of the highlights was being asked to be the master of ceremony for a concert by Gil Scott-Heron onstage. That really meant announcing him onstage. When the time came, I had to announce to the full house at the Bamboo club that Gil was delayed at the airport. Rumours started buzzing around the place that he was held up because of drugs, which turned out not to be the case, but I supposed one could forgive sections of the audience for believing so.

After many a year in the wilderness, he returns with a new album, out from Monday.

You can read about his trials and tribulations in an interview for The Guardian, with Sean O’Hagan, (not the Sean O’Hagan I once confused with the Sean O’Hagan of the band Microdisney)

“People keep saying I disappeared,” the singer tells me, laughing heartily, when I speak to him. “Well, that’s a gift I didn’t know I had. You ever see someone disappear? That makes me a superhero, right?”