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ampere’s and (published 17/05/2010)


This week’s visuals:

Artist Simon O’Carrigan‘s The Drowned World, a series inspired by J.G. Ballard

& The Cahiers Series

& Schwann Catalog Covers [via @roundmyskull]

& Eames the typeface

& Penmanship of the 16th, 17th & 18th Centuries [via @brainpicker]

& Franciszek Starowieyski’s vintage surrealist posters [via @davidbmetcalfe]

& Whettering the Scythe, Gyula Derkovits‘ 1920s woodcuts

& A gallery of poetry pamphlets on the Michael Marks Awards shortlist

& John Coulthart on Harry Clarke

& Visualising prose, a project by Stefanie Posavec

& Collection of 1920s seminal works in from MoMA’s New Typography exhibition

& Special edition of Haruki Murakami‘s Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, illustrated by Wendy Marchbanks & based on elements from the original d/j

[Image: Six versions of Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian, illustrated line by line / via @largeheartedboy]

3:AM Reloaded (published 16/05/2010)


What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:

Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Eva Hoffman’s Time & Linda Polman’s War Games: The Story of Aid & War in Modern Times; Andrew Coates on John Sommerfield’s May Day

Comic Strip: ‘A Day in the Life of Spencer McCormick 3’

Non-fiction: Graham Rae on Eminem’s Relapse; Stewart Home on the BFI Flipside cult film The Party’s Over:

The Party’s Over is a must-see for anyone already taken with That Kind Of Girl, another Flipside exploitation reissue dealing with early 1960s London youth culture. This latter film and another being newly issued alongside Oliver Reed’s beatnik blow-out called The Pleasure Girls (1965), were directed by Gerry O’Hara. The Pleasure Girls is an alternative take on swinging London, showing a group of young women and a gay man sharing accommodation, and on the whole not having a particularly groovy a time. Klaus Kinski plays a Rachman type figure and sugar-daddy to one of the girls, extorting money from poor tenants and gambling the night away at swish clubs. The bright lights of Sloane Square and elsewhere prove less glamorous close up than from a distance. Everything about The Pleasure Girls, apart from the title and Kinski’s over-acting, is downbeat — and serves to expose the myth of swinging London to be a media construct that attempts to paper-over the reality of capitalist exploitation and alienation.

What particularly grooves me about the Flipside releases is not simply the way the series is making available (and sometimes for the first time) a slew of entertaining movies, but the value of all the films as social documents. If you’re interested in British youth culture or London in the 1960s, then you need to see both The Party’s Over and The Pleasure Girls. Aside from being consistently entertaining movies, the various Flipside releases and their carefully chosen extras give us a much-needed alternative take on British social history during the sixties and seventies.

C33X (published 14/05/2010)


On sale here.

Objectivity is a subjective thing (published )


Jake Adelstein, Tokyo Vice, Corsair, 2010

Tokyo Vice receives its UK publication in July. The story of a gaijin cub reporter attached to Japan’s largest newspaper (no mean feat in a hermitically-sealed and jealously guarded profession), it details and depicts a lurid world of blind eyes turned by government to human trafficking and worse. The unlikely figure of Adelstein, a Jewish American, is given the kata (way/drill) by the paper’s veteran crime reporter Inoue in one memorable section on his first assignment out in the sticks of Greater Tokyo:

One. Don’t ever burn your sources. If you can’t protect your sources, no one will trust you. All scoops are based on the understanding that you will protect the person who gave you the information. That’s the alpha and omega of reporting. Your source is your friend, your lover, your wife, and your soul. Betray your source, and you betray yourself. If you don’t protect your source, you’re not a journalist. You’re not even a man.
Two. Finish a story as soon as possible. The life of news is short. Miss the chance, and the story is dead and the scoop is gone.
Three. Never believe anyone. People lie, police lie, even your fellow reporters lie. Assume that you are being lied to, and proceed with caution.
Four. Take any information you can get. People are good and bad. Information is not. Information is what it is, and it doesn’t matter who gives it to you or where you steal it. The quality, the truth of the information, is what’s important.
Five. Remember and persist. Stories that people forget come back to haunt them. What may seem like an insignificant case can later turn into a major story. Keep paying attention and see where it goes. Don’t let the constant flow of new news let you forget about the unfinished news.
Six. Triangulate your stories, especially if they aren’t an official announcement from the authorities. If you can verify information from three different sources, odds are good that the information is good.
Seven. Write everything in a reverse pyramid. Editors cut from the bottom up. The important stuff goes on top, the trivial details go to the bottom. If you want your story to make it to the final edition, make it easy to cut.
Eight. Never put your personal opinions into a story; let someone else do it for you. That’s why experts and commentators exist. Objectivity is a subjective thing.
And that’s it.

You can read more at Adelstein’s site, while Roland Kelts quotes him on Japan’s child porn problem in his recent column for 3:AM.

Nasty, Brutalist, Shorts (published )


There’s more details at Piece of Paper Press.

Hey Music Lover (published )


Friend of 3:AM and DJ/producer Mark Moore is showing a night of music docs next Monday.

Punk And The Pistols is an BBC Arena documentary from 1996 that tells the tale of Punk Rock and The Sex Pistols, based on Jon Savage‘s writings.

Poseurs is a 25 minute documentary about the New Romantic movement made in 1980.

It all takes place at the George & Dragon (2-4 Hackney Road, London E2 7NS)

Pub opens at 6pm, film starts at 7:30, close at midnight. Free entry.

I Would Prefer Not To (published 13/05/2010)


On sale here.

3:AM Magazine Music Reviews (published 12/05/2010)


Attention noise and melody makers: as of now, please send all music submissions exclusively to:

3:AM Magazine’s Soundcloud dropbox

Please note that if we like your track(s) we might include it in occasionally released podcasts and/or mixes linked from here. We may also link to said track(s). Our purpose is to expose the music we like and encourage people to discover it, buy it (provide links to online stores please) and go to your shows. Please don’t submit if you wouldn’t like your track(s) to be featured in 3:AM Magazine podcasts or mixes or for us to link to them.

Preferred format: 256 kbps MP3, .ogg or .flac. Please don’t send WAV files or MP3s at rates lower than 192 kbps.

3:AM in the Mix (published )

We Like Cults‘ starry-eyed beatnik choir soul pop Go Outside. Download for free here.