Nights In

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Queen

What's it called?: 
Live at The Rainbow '74
What does it sound like?: 
Perhaps the popular image of Queen these days is the Live Aid conquering, globe straddling colossus of the 1980's - but in the beginning Queen was a rock band, and a hard rock band at that. This
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Jason Moran

What's it called?: 
All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller
What does it sound like?: 
Fats Waller performed popular, novelty songs livened by stride piano in the 1920s/30s. He has made me laugh since childhood. No-one winked to the microphone quite like Fats.
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How to Dress Well

What's it called?: 
'What is this Heart?' (2014)
What does it sound like?: 
Both Bingo and a good friend of mine mentioned How to Dress Well within the space of 12 hours, so I felt the need to investigate.

Films

Two Days and One Night

Critically acclaimed and my first exposure to the festival circuit darlings the Dardennes (eg Guardian 5 stars, Telegraph 4 stars), you would think 2D1N is a hard-hitting political attack on zero-hou

Finding Fela

Finding Fela is a documentary about the life and music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
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The Woman

Since Martyrs I've been wary of what you might call 'extreme horror', and certainly I've had enough of seeing people trussed up and tortured.

Noticeboard

Beach Sessions, Waterbeach, Sat 20th Sep

This month in the Waterbeach Baptist Chapel (think shrunken Union Chapel in rural Cambridgeshire location)

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CBVD Cloudcast Ep. 8

The latest cloudcast is now online, featuring the usual mixture of car boot music in various states of crackliness. And a Flumps reference.

Nights Out

Rudy's Rare records

Where: 
Birmingham Rep
Comment: 
Originally a Radio 4 show Rudy's Rare Records co-written by and starring Lenny Henry is now an uproarious stage show.
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Ryan Adams

Where: 
Shepherd's Bush Empire
Comment: 
Ryan Adams was in good spirits last night.
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Steve Nieve

Where: 
Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival
Comment: 
Brisbane by the river at night looks like something out of Blade Runner, but the wonderful old Spiegeltent, all polished wood and stained glass, fits right in at the river's edge.

Reads

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The Zone of Interest

Author: 
Martin Amis
It's about: 
There was an old fairy tale about a king who asked his wizard to create a magic mirror - one that when you looked into it showed not your own reflection but your soul.

Life after the State

Author: 
Dominic Frisby
It's about: 
I’d have to admit that the idea of a stand-up comedian writing about a serious topic doesn’t sound all that promising, but Dominic Frisby has managed to pull off a quite startling achievement; he has
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Animals

Author: 
Emma Jane Unsworth
It's about: 
The opening line tells you most of what you need to know: 'You know how it is. Saturday afternoon.

Features

The Scottish Referendum: Head, heart and gut.

I was on a training course the other day. At the end of the course, the participants had to fill in one of those monitoring forms where they ask about your age, gender, ethnicity and all the rest of it.

What's Gaelic for 'enough, already'?

For various reasons, I decided to delay watching the Scottish referendum debate, electing instead to catch up with it on media player. It turned out to be pretty much everything I had expected and I’d be surprised if it changed anyone’s mind about how they are going to vote.

The day we (nearly) won the World Cup

25 years ago, Scotland hosted the FIFA under-16 World Cup. I attended quite a few of the games with some football-loving friends, having been part of the small minority who appeared to give a damn about the tournament in the early stages.