“A Sony distribution warehouse in North London was burned to the ground around 4:00 a.m. GMT this morning during the third straight night of riots in the UK. The 200,000 square-foot center housed the entire inventory of PIAS UK, the primary distribution hub for more than 150 independent labels.
No injuries were reported in the blaze, but all inventory is feared lost. XL/Beggars, Warp, Rough Trade, Domino, 4AD, Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Drag City, Thrill Jockey, FatCat, Kompakt, Mute, Ninja Tune, Vice, and Soul Jazz are among those affected.” (Pitchfork)
02. Round and Round (Pictured Above)
“When you think about light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, the first phrase that comes to mind is, no doubt, “fashion model.” He’s such a pretty boy, that one. So naturally he — along with junior welterweight Amir Khan and amateur standout Roberto Cammarelle — is now modeling Prada sunglasses. Usually, as Don Steinberg pointed out, a boxer wearing shades is trying to cover up a big old bruised eye, so it’s an interesting choice by Prada, to say the least.” (Queensbury Rules)
03. Precious Things Aren’t Always Perfect: Why The Queen Is Dead Is No Classic
“One month on from the 25th anniversary of The Queen Is Dead, and the rhapsodising has finally started to subside. For even without the added boon of that quarter-of-a-century milestone, we’re told that the LP is The Smiths’ magnum-opus; their most divine creation; their definitive album; nay, the definitive indie album of the last two-and-a-half decades, bar none. With snaps of Morrissey, Marr et al outside the Salfords Lads’ Club adorning nearly every music mag and enraptured editorial gushing forth from blogs and broadsheets alike, trying to ignore The Queen Is Dead last month was akin to pretending that there wasn’t some shindig or other taking place at Worthy Farm.” (The Quietus)
04. Eugene McDaniels: Dance For Freedom
“Eugene McDaniels passed away this past Saturday, at the age of 72. I can’t do his long and illustrious career proper justice – most of what I know of his catalog constitutes a small fraction of the total number of songs he wrote and recorded. However, the few McDaniels songs I’m most familiar with rank among some of the most interesting and socially relevant I know of.” (Soul Sides)