This film has it all – Nazis, martial arts, dinosaurs, cartoons and harassed police captains
Year: 2015 Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
I had several hours to kill in London yesterday so I thought I would take in a matinee. This being the capital I had the choice of more arthouse fare so decided against films starring WWE wrestlers and went for ‘The first Iranian Vampire Western’. The streets of Taft, California stand in for Bad City in Iran, eerily quiet and deserted in best Sergio Leone style, whose only figures are junkies, pimps, hookers, losers and those dying to escape. Arash is definitely the latter, working as a gardener for a rich family, putting most of his earnings into buying a car which is cruelly taken from him by the local drug dealer and the rest to support his drug addled father. The town is haunted by a vicious female vampire who preys on the immoral male members of the community. Arash meets the titular girl walking home alone at night stumbling from a party, coming down from a drug trip and their intense relationship is the film’s heart. Shot in black and white it gives off the air of a classic 1930’s horror with little dialogue exchanged between the two – its all in » Continue Reading.
I was listening to the band’s new album ‘SubLingual Tablet’ over the weekend and thought “This is rather spiffing, I wonder if they are playing near me soon”, I google and find tat, yes, in a couple of days time at the comfy club in Reading where I saw them last. On that occasion a fight broke out and police were called so donning Spartan battledress I went along.
The first thing to note is that Mark E Smith managed to stay onstage for the whole time. His last appearance here involved disappearance for about 5 songs while the band ploughed on – apart from the start of encore ‘Junger Cloth’ where he was a little tardy. He seemed to be in a good mood, regarding the crowd with a thousand yard stare, only occasionally turning his back to read lyrics off tatty bits of paper. At one point Mark put both his mics in front of guitarist Pete’s face for him to sing which seemed to cause him some difficulty (doing two things at once) which amused MES no end so he kept it up, his face breaking into an evil pixie » Continue Reading.
Hot on the heels of a contestant identifying a picture of Jimi Hendrix as Lenny Hendrix , comes this flipping gem that even the unflappable Richard Osman cannot help but openly laugh at
A while ago I floated the idea of a podcast centred on mental illness (there is probably a PC term for being bonkers in the nut but can’t think if it) a couple of people got in touch but we need a couple more so if its something you feel you’d like to contribute then get in touch via the site. Can keep you anonymous if need be.
Thanks in advance
The 23 CD 1959-83 box set with 80 or so bonus tracks and live stuff is just £40 . That’s like…….. not much per CD innit
In the song with the above title Paul Simon claims there are 50 ways to leave your lover but he lists only 5. So what are the rest?
6. Kick them to the kerb , Herb
The ghost Of Janice Nicholls (not actually dead at time of going to press) hangs heavy over the latest ‘I Love This Record, You Should Love It Too’ selection of songs from your host DFB with guests Leedsboy, DrJ and (not a real) Dr Volume.
Your playlist for this week features songs about prison murder scandals, spacecraft explosions, bitter taxi drivers and weird space oddness.
– did Fat Boy Slim go back in time and remix a Vegas style crooner’s 1969 single? – Just how good are those drums? – is the salvation of the music idustry the Readers Digest Music Club format? – Everything AND the kitchen sink – a good thing?
This and less revealed in the latest random chat about stuff – with no surprise appearance by an angry Glenn Medeiros
Many people from Game Of Thrones have appeared in a sketch about Coldplay’s musical version of the series but to save GOT fans but Coldplay haters here is a (Chris) Martinless clip. So much coolness in one so small.
OBVS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE NOT UP TO DATE
JW3, North London
It seems fitting that this launch show for Kathryn’s new album ‘Hypoxia’ based on characters from Slyvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ should find her slightly on edge, nervous, uncertain but capable of articulating those concerns wonderfully. If we wanted icily cool, detached and studied perfection we wouldn’t get the warmth, vulnerability and humanity that Kathryn gives this material. Clearly nervous about playing these songs for the first time outside her own head or the studio, she settles us and herself in with three tracks from my personal album of 2013 ‘Crown Electric’ which is the same year she was given the commission to write these songs.
She has risen to the challenge wonderfully with a set that is spiky, woozy and at times claustrophobic. Like the book’s protagonist, Esther, her lyrics show a fractured sense of self, a nervous energy along with an acceptance of the comfort of medicated blackness. I’m not sure if you get or understand the songs more if you have read The Bell Jar (which I did again recently, almost in preparation for the album) but Kathryn spoke a little about each one, something I hope she continues » Continue Reading.
that David McAlmont & Bernard Butler released a song that stands as the I Will Survive of the 1990’s. It stares down the spectre of loneliness, rejection and heartbreak with a strength of spirit that warms the soul. It is jubilant, arrogant, triumphant and glorious as all great pop music should be. Those Spector-ish drums, those soaring strings reaching the heady heights of David’s extraordinary voice as Bernard’s guitar wails underneath. Turning something bad into something life affirming is what melds it to people’s hearts.
“I feel well enough to tell you what you can do with what you got to offer ” is a mantra to everyone who lied, did you down, broke your heart, made you cry, wanted you to crawl away. It gives you strength and a way to articulate your pain. Most importantly it puts a smile on your face where there were tears and sadness.
They did it again with the space love song ‘Falling’ but no -one noticed – the idiots!
Public Image Limited are touring a new album in the autumn. I saw a couple of stops on the last jaunt and they were most impressive, head thumping good nights out. Mr L in great voice and attitude with kick ass band in tow. None of the panto schtick of The Pistols, old tunes still as razor sharp as they were with Wobble n Levene.
The previous gig at Sub89 was aces so think I shall go for that again – great little club with awesome sound
Glasgow, 02 ABC, Scotland, Friday, September 18th 2015 Manchester Academy, UK, Saturday, September 19th 2015 Newcastle, Riverside, Sunday, September 20th 2015 York, Fibbers, UK, Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University, UK, Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 Bristol, 02 Academy, UK, Friday, September 25th 2015 Buckley, Tivoli, Wales, Saturday, September 26th 2015 Reading, Sub 89, UK, Sunday, September 27th 2015 Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Tuesday, September 29th 2015 Norwich, UEA, UK, Wednesday, September 30th 2015 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, UK, Friday, October 2nd 2015 Frome, Cheese and Grain, UK, Saturday, October 3rd 2015 Southampton, Engine Rooms, UK, Sunday, October 4th 2015
Paris, Le Trianon, France, Tuesday, » Continue Reading.
Mark E Smith and his grupe set out their stall on their first B-side
“We dig repetition in the music and we’re never gonna lose it”
Always different, always the same etc they mine the mighty repeating riff
I listened to the complete ‘50,000 Fall fans’ comp today while driving and it was like having the inside of your head scraped clean with an ice cream scoop.
OK its a mere shadow of it’s former glory but the news that the artist also known as Derek Smalls has quit the worlds longest running animated TV show over contract problems is a massive blow to the series which has just been renewed for 2 more seasons.
Rvd Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Mr Burns, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Smithers, Dr Hibbert and Otoo among many others are characters Harry voices. When Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace died there left gaps in the show. This is a chasm I don’t think they can fill. It’s not just about being able to do the voice well its about creating a character, being a great actor.
I’m not sure of the ins and outs, Shearer tweeted that he wanted to continue to be able to do other things aside from the show and perhaps Fox wanted more exclusivity but for worse money. Shearer is smart enough a cookie not to be mucked about by the suits. Shame but it’s about time anyway.
The popular press in the UK is all of a tizzy over the release of some private letters old Jug Ears wrote ten years ago. What do they contain? Well read on….
1) Plans to relaunch Hubba Bubba fizzy pop drink from the 90’s with ad campaign using a holographic Michael Bentine 2) His wish to have a statue of Camilla opposite the Diana fountain waterslide giving it the finger. 3) To make Duchy Original Biscuits the national dish by 2020. 4) Automatic euthanasia for any female monarchs over 80 5) Madame Tussauds to melt down everything to create a huge diorama of The Three Degrees
What have you read?
The latest in the official download series of Boss gigs reaches 5th August 1984 in East Rutherford, NJ
Can’t recall if any of this was on the Live box set but either way, its a bloody marvel
What does it sound like?:
If the constant work-rate of the artist otherwise known as Mark Oliver Everett has been a bit much to cope with then this live pit-stop is for you. Never knowingly touring the same show twice, last year’s jaunt promoting ‘The Cautionary Tales…..’ was a stripped back, non rocking affair cherry-picking songs from across his career that fit the downbeat vibe. “Good news, this next one isn’t that much of a bummer…..no wait, sorry, yes it very much is” – it’s the way he tells ’em – mumbled deadpanned between songs. Despite being in the expansive, expensive (which is why I was at Cambridge for this tour) grand old venue, this sounds very intimate, warm and downright cosy. The band sound great subtly adding colour to the bleak canvas yet Eels music is more black dog humour than depressing. ” she locked herself in the bathroom again so i am pissing in the yard i have to laugh when i think how far it’s gone but things aren’t funny anymore” . The encore features Harry Nilsson’s ‘Turn On Your Radio’ and it’s a lovely song that I was unfamiliar with. Does E win his battle » Continue Reading.
I am putting forward ‘The Contest’ in Seinfeld – in which Jerry and Co. attempt to stay “masters of their domain’ Beautifully written and acted – a tour de force for all the cast and a unique subject for a comedy.
Year: 2015 Director: Levan Gabriadze
Ahh getting a bunch of teenagers together, make them annoying and offing them one by one – its a dance as old as time. This super low budget, $1million thou looks like 1000, fright flick happens on the laptop screen of one of the annoying teens as they are stalked online by someone (or something?) seeking revenge for their friend who committed suicide. I have seen a couple of reviews saying it will be incomprehensible to anyone over 25 due to its use of Skype, Youtube, Spotify, Chatroulette and Facebook. Purrrleasssee, granddad. Perhaps a younger audience may have some sympathy with the teen cast but I did share an internet troll attitude to their suffering – kill yourself and get over it. The novel presentation may be the most interesting part raising this above straight to DVD fare but as some good old teenage slaying quiet, quiet, BANG fun its worth checking out.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
The Blair Witch Project or similar “found footage” horror. The fact the two main characters are called Blaire and Mitch can’t be a co-incidence
Lifelong fan Twang interviews Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson about the impending Steven Wilson remix reissue of “Minstrel In The Gallery”.
Notoriously prickly interviewee Ian, who has little patience with another dim question about why he plays the flute standing on one leg, gives the AW more time than allocated a genuine scoop about Jeffrey Hammond Hammond. No! Come back! He’s a great talker and holds forth about London, recording studio drama, casually mentions that he built 80s hit factory Maison Rouge studio and how he got to be so good so quickly on the flute. And the remixed album package, which sounds fantastic, includes rare alternative mixes and live tracks which are previewed here.
…always wondered why he stands on one leg though….
The ‘La Grande Edition’ of ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’ is released on 4th May and features BBC session material as well as a performance from Paris Olympia in 1975
Year: 2015 Director: Brett Morgan
In the 21 years since he shot himself Cobain, like Lennon, has been mythologized until the living breathing person ceases to exist under the weight of books and conjecture. This film attempts to tear that down and show us the man. For someone who complained bitterly about always being under scrutiny he didn’t half spend a lot of time filming or being filmed whilst at home. From early Super8 footage of the toddling Kurt through to early embryonic Nirvana gigs to crowning glories like Reading 1992 and MTV Unplugged.
Most revealing of all is the footage with Courtney & Frances and the Christmas 1993 of the trio taking a bath contains no hint of the downturn in their fortunes. Rather than forensically rake over the events leading to his death, the film ends with the painful echo of ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’. The film reveals a man not built for fame – his fear of being ridiculed, his sense of abandonment mixed with illness and a long heroin habit to make everything bearable all ultimately becoming too much. You are reminded of the great power of the music he left behind and » Continue Reading.
Those pesky amazon bastards have the 11 CD Stevie Ray Vaughan albums, live and rarities box set for £22. that’s £2 a CD
Koko, Camden Town, London
Blimey the place was rammed for this celebration of most English of eccentric 60s pop geezers. The cover band’s cover band The Rutles kicked off proceedings with a snappy set of toe tapping tight trousered Beatlesque tunes. Not the full band as Stig was delayed on a stopover in Pakistan and Dirk recovering from an overdose of royalties. Gems like ‘Doubleback Alley’ , ‘Cheese & Onions’ and Barry Wom’s solo spot ‘Living In Hope’ made the good times roll away. The genius ‘Back In 64’ from their much underbought ‘Archaeology’ project (Back in 64 before you were born People were not concerned with pouring scorn (or scoring porn) No one was obese and only tight trousers were worn) ended the set beautifully>
After a couple of sips of tea (and biscuits) Most of the Bonzos appeared to run through Mr Slater’s Parrot , a delightfully bizarre vent act for Sir Little Echo and an aborted take of ‘I’m The Turban Spaceman’ Despite their advanced years the energy and silliness was undimmed.
A short film starring a v young Viv directed by Neil Innes whilst at art school proceeded a fuller » Continue Reading.
01. Windsor In Love With A Beautiful Woman 02. Don’t Stop Me Slough 03. Hurley In the Morning 04. The Winnersh Takes It All 05. Damn Right Ascot The Blues 06. I Wish I Know How It Would Theale To be Free 07. Wokingham a Coalmine 08. Remenham You’re A Womble 09. Charvil Woman 10. It’s Shinfield
If @leedsboy comes on here and nicks ‘Blackbushe City Limits’ then I shall be calling my lawyer