Posted in music on August 9, 2011

Fire

Among all the sorry carnage and sad tales left by London's moronic looting fraternity over the last humiliating three days, perhaps the most devastating for music lovers was the huge fire that destroyed a Sony warehouse primarily used by distribution company PIAS.

A three-storey, 20,000 square metre storage home for music from XL Recordings, Beggars, Domino, Wall Of Sound, Warp Defected, Sunday Best and Big Brother among others, the warehouse was a temporary home for releases from all manner of indie labels and offshoots, and the extent of its destruction is starting to become tragically apparent.

While the full impact of last night's events is still emerging, numerous indies have confirmed massive losses, including Rough Trade, Angular Records, Chemikal Underground and Rock Action. Drownedinsound has a full list of labels that use the space. Beggars Chairman Martin Mills called it a "horrible" setback for the indie sector while support poured in from labels, musicians and music fans across Twitter. [NME]

Guardian also has an article about the unfortunate event.

In related news, M.I.A. managed to get her name back in the headlines after tweeting "im going down to the riots to hand out tea and mars bars #london". She has since removed the offensive Tweet.

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Comments (40)

shitty

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 8:52 AM

Nice move, thugs. Fuck all ya.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 8:52 AM

aí fudeu!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 8:57 AM

I can still download things though, right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:05 AM

>>M.I.A. managed to get her name back in the headlines after tweeting "im going down to the riots to hand out tea and mars bars #london". She has since removed the offensive Tweet.

ahem. and ... i can now make one more line in my book which counts the reason why i can. not. stand. her. i wonder, did she make that tweet from one of the uber luxurious mansions she lives in after getting hitched to her music mogel husband? you know, the guy who is ceo of seagram and vp of vivendi and who has also been ceo of warner music group. yeah, way to keep it realz m.i.a. you're such a badass for advocating violence while you sit in your fucking palace. reminds of me a bit of some of the lines in dylan's 'masters of war'. is what what you want for your new kid? to grow up in a world of violence and be a part of mobs that destroy, rob and kill people? oh yeah, ha, that's right, it's about image, right? it's cool to seem tough. did krybaby kanye teach you that?

m.i.a., fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:16 AM

For years those condescending arrogant bastards- the euros + brits -were pointing the finger at the US as racist and uncivilized
all the while proclaiming the superiority of their own genteel cultures.

now as failed welfare states they can't control their immigrant minorities. HAVE FUN WANKERS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:18 AM

She should've brought them truffle fries. I seem to recall that those are her favorite.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:24 AM

^^ awesome. you are so correct.

she identies with the plight of those trapped in, um, the lifestyle of having to live in glorious homes all around the world and have shit tons of money.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:26 AM

White Riot , wanna Riot

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:36 AM

They are so punk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:46 AM

wow, is bk vegan going racist now? I knew the dudes that thrived on these comment sections sucked, but Jesus...
F*ck off @9:18.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:00 AM

When we were at school I thought he had it sussed
Fighting the law with the rest of us
Smoking, drinking, acting cool.
('Til) they started treating him like a fool
Then he stayed on his own for most of the time
Dreaming dreams of a life of crime
In and out of trouble, he cheated and lied
But who'd have thought he'd join the other side

[Chorus]
He's in a riot squad
The wanna fight squad
The shoot on sight squad
For law and right

Down to Hendon with the boys in blue
It's amazing what a few weeks can do
Out in the car, out on the street
South of the river on the frontline beat

[Chorus]

Cracking heads, it was all a game
A finger was pointed and he got the blame
Now he's back where he started, he ain't got a pound
Queing with the sorts he used to kick around.

[Chorus repeat...]

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:01 AM

Just what the hell is the meaning of all this mess in Britain anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:05 AM

10:00 ... I read 9:18 comments as pointing out the self-righteous hypocrisy of the Euros toward us whenever our dirty laundry gets aired thanks to our open press. I didn't read it as racist at all. You, however, taking offense to it, well that makes me think that you are one of those self-righteous fucks that like to point out all the errors of his peers, like the fat know it all in class that would get beat down daily in the school yard for being like that in class. You, just go away, for real.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:09 AM

SOLD OUT!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:12 AM

MIA is a freedom fighter...she has repeatedly stated that lyric over crazy beats, y'all. It must be true!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:52 AM

who cares?

if you hadn't heard yet...

only chumps and fetishists still buy records.

the rest of us download, mostly illegally.

and more power to that!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:54 AM

Kids on the street
Are the kids that you meet
Long haired short haired
Black and white
Kids on the street just
Kids that you meet
Know how to laugh
And they know how to cry
Just go on and on
They never die
Cause the kids on the street
Are the kids that you meet
I wish they all could have their say
And the world would change
>From day to day
No more worries
Nothing but laughs
Cause the kids on the street
Are the kids that you meet
All you kids black and white
Together we are dynamite
Never wait a moment too long
Not tomorrow
Tomorrow is too long
Cause the kids on the street
Are the kids that you meet
Cause the kids on the street
Are the kids that you meet
We're the Geordie kids (Geordie kids)
We're the kids on the street
We're the Belfast kids(Belfast kids)
We're the kids that you meet
We're the Birmingham kids (Birmingham kids)
We're the kids on the street
We're the Glasgow kids (Glasgow kids)
We're the kids that you meet

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:08 AM

Maybe this is the one good thing that can come out of the riots. Let the physical product burn.

let's stop using petroleum based products to hold 40 minutes worth of music.

The digital future is here, turn the warehouse into a data center.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:08 AM

Might as well post the lyrics to "London's Burning" also...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:11 AM

If any of this is insured then these labels are gonna make BANK!

Posted by Keith | August 9, 2011 11:19 AM

fuck the labels for shoving so much crap down our throats

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:30 AM

nothing beats the warm lovely sound of vinyl.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:09 PM

London is so edgy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:11 PM

This all reminds me of a song:
Row row row your boat
Gently down the motherfuckin' stream
Merrily merrily.. shit - can't remember the rest

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:17 PM

no justice, no peace

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:23 PM

So, while London's burning, actual copies of "London's Burning" were burning. What are the odds?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:36 PM

News just updated this is all false.

PIAS is fine, only a Sony dedicated warehouse burned.

Viva the Indies!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:55 PM

fire insurance?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:58 PM

"So, while London's burning, actual copies of "London's Burning" were burning. What are the odds?"

C'mon hipsters! That's the most blatant case of "irony" I've seen here yet! HAVE AT IT, FELLAS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 2:33 PM

i'm so happy, always wanted to burn PIAS down myself!

the 80s are back, baby!
just in this police state of a democracy everybody is afraid from the gov.

look what's happening in israel and learn,
you poosies!

Posted by me | August 9, 2011 2:52 PM

FYI: to the racist above who attributes these riots to the UK's inability to "control its minorities," this is not a "minority" thing going down in London. It's a class thing. If you have ever been in the UK, you'd know there are plenty of poor white English folk there and it appears they are taking part in the riots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 3:26 PM

maybe next these "moronic" people can go torch the offices of a completely irrelevant dog shit music magazine.

total solidarity with the rioters, fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 5:01 PM

I bet John Maus is happy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 5:50 PM

@ 3:26

As duly noted by 10:09 the gist of my comment was about " the self righteous hypocrisy" of brits + euros toward the US.

"poor white folk" ? how charming, what is that? code for soccer hooligans?

FYI: other parts of the *underclass* may have joined in the wilding, but the fact remains it was started by the killing of a black guy being investigated Op Trident which exclusively targets gun crime in black communities.

if there is any racism here it's coming from across the pond, not me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 8:34 PM

at any minute now somebody will blame the bankers and we can get started on the real problem

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:14 PM

Fightback: UK sales of aluminum baseball bats just went up %8000.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 10:21 AM

Isnt MIA the only reason anyone knew about Brooklyn Vegan. That is, before people grew up?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2011 7:10 AM

I thought MIA was giving food, tea and blankets to the victims in the riots?

But agreed, easy for rich twits on a dog shiz music magazine to go around presuming things...

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2011 7:15 AM

" I thought MIA was giving food, tea and blankets to the victims in the riots?"

When she twatted last week she was being facetious- " going down to the riots to give out tea + mars bars" she meant the wannabe gangstas not the victims.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2011 8:12 AM

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