I'm trying to get my shit together and get back involved in the local music scene. I'm trying to write a book on Xpressway records, do another issue of my zine 'The Beat Mod'n'Rocker', have a baby with Sally, and not blow my budget every week buying records at Pennylane and old zines and cool LPs on ebay.
Music - American post-punk (SST, Touch&Go), "old weird America" stuff - delta blues, field holla's, all that stuff John Fahey championed. Xpressway and related Flying Nun stuff. I guess between Mojo, Uncut, Wire mags and Cope's Head Heritage website is where my ears are at!
Post-ww2 USA politics.
Classic American cinema - noir, the 'easy riders and raging bulls' crowd
James Ellroy, Pelecanos... modern hard boiled urban noir
Music writers: Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, Simon Reynolds, Joe Carducci, Byron Coley and Forced Exposure