Stuart Curlett

Songs for Our Mothers

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If you haven’t yet been exposed to Fat White Family, they are a South London six-piece that have gained prominence in the last two or three years, mainly through their energetic (and very, very messy) live shows.

Known for their low-fi, dirgy sound, they seem to aspire to the filthy style, shocking lyrics and chaotic atmosphere of bands such as The Fall, Nick Cave’s The Birthday Party, Butthole Surfers and certainly Industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle. If that’s what you’re into, they do it pretty well.

A World to Build

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The project of “21st century socialism” that Hugo Chavez espoused in 2005 seems very distant in Latin America today.

What we see instead is rising inflation, suppression of wages, increased dependency on oil as the main source of income and, crucially, an absence of the grassroots organisation that was the cornerstone of the Bolivarian revolution.

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