Our Alternative Love Blueprint celebrates over 300 musicians, artists, managers and producers who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of the alternative and independent music scene from Bill Hayley & His Comets whose 1950’s Rock Around the Clock became the first ever anthem for a rebellious youth to the DIY ethic of present day bands like Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.
The print weaves it way through many musical sub-genres and counter-cultures including early underground and experimental rock (The Velvet Underground), proto-punk (MC5, The Stooges), New York and CBGB’s Punk (Ramones, Patti Smith) UK Punk (Sex Pistols, The Clash) 2 Tone & Ska (The Specials) Krautrock (Kraftwerk, Can, Neu!) Hardcore (Black Flag, Hüsker Dü), Riot Grrrl (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney), Post Punk and Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall fall-out (Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Fall), Grunge (Nirvana, Pixies), Alternative (The Smiths, R.E.M) Madchester (The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays) and Garage Rock Revival (The White Stripes, The Strokes). The print also salutes creative catalysts such as Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood and innovating record labels including Stiff, Rough Trade and Postcard.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.