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Nelson Moura fought is way of his own mediocrity to become a respected journalist and social media guru. Or so he thinks. Born in Porto, Portugal in 1990 he decided to steer is chaotic writing towards journalism. Contact me if you need a review
Published July 17th 2012
Enter the Music Dragon


The Mecca for all music lovers, Rough Trade is the sweet alternative music spot. Near Spitalfield Market and Brick Lane you can find one of the two outlets of the iconic music label/store.

A landmark point of the punk and New Wave scene and famous for contracting bands such as The Smiths, The Strokes and Arcade Fire; Rough Trade Records opened this 5000 square feet store in a former Stella Artois Old Truman Brewery, and is now without doubt one of the epicentres of the culture scene in Shoreditch.

You scratch it you buy it
A peregrination point for music lovers seeking more independent tastings, a quarter of its records are in vinyl and all the CD´s have personalized reviews from Rough Trade in order to incite the discovery of new artists.

It also has a performance stage for regular music gigs for an audience of 200, an art exhibition space, an alternative book shop, as well as an Internet work/lounge space and a coffee shop filled with vintage board games such as Battleship and Jenga. Oh, did I tell you that home-made cakes are also available? They most certainly are.

Hipster Galore


You have a photo booth where it is actually possible to make an old-fashioned movement photo book with your friends and a wall full of band ads and requests to kickstart your music career. I realize there is a shortage of drummers in this town, except from one band that demands a "drummist". Maybe to study this amazing shortage of drummers, who knows.

Some bass player states that he "likes a lot of sounds, especially if they´re raw and refuse to compromise emotionally." Either he's looking for a date or a bass with no "strings attached" (get it? Oh well…)

Anyway if you're looking for that Nigerian SKA Compilation you've been looking for ages, or that first Daniel Johnston cassette you once lost on the back of your old Fiat, this is the place.

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