Reviews / Blackbirds – Gretchen Peters

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Gretchen Peters blackbirds

Gretchen Peters latest album is a timely look at mortality and the accretion of experience we build up as the years rack up. The lauded Nashville singer songwriter has won enough awards to fill many mantlepieces over her career, and was recently inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. On ‘Blackbirds’ Peters has special… Read more »

Reviews / Silence & Tears – Galley Beggar

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Someone, somewhere, sometime obviously whispered in Galley Beggar’s ear that wearing your influences on your sleeve is all very well, you can probably get away with it for a while but sooner or later you’ve got to stand up and be yourself. Welcome to Silence & Tears the first true Galley Beggar album. If you’re… Read more »

Reviews / Mad Max: Fury Road Review

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mad max fury road

Finally, a blockbuster movie that delivers on the promise of its trailers. Movie goers tend to be sceptical of teasers and trailers these days, studios churn out slick marketing campaigns that hype movies to unattainable levels. Just look at  Ridley Scott’s Prometheus for an example, they must have spent as much marketing the film as… Read more »

Reviews / Kings Of The South Seas

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Be careful next time you wander into the musty interior of the local second hand book shop, that’s what Ben Nicholls did and his casual purchase became an obsession. Kings of the South Seas are a branch of his diverse melodic creation which concentrates on the harrowing and downright unappealing journeys which whalers made to… Read more »

Reviews / LORE by Elder – review

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lore by elder

It has been four years since Elder’s last album, the excellent Dead Roots Stirring. This follow up carries on with the Massachusetts trios endlessly inventive ability to meld heavy rock, psych melodies and a stoner vibe into sonic landscapes that suck you in like a black hole. They make the accepted notions of song structure… Read more »

Reviews / The Lowest Pair – The Sacred Hearts Sessions

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sacred sessions

Arrgghhhh the noise. The violent babble of modernity. The digital burr. The screaming chaos of the world setting itself on fire. The squawking spew of celebrity. The chattering whiffle and whibble of political discourse. Atrocities at every turn. Fear rising. Headlines screaming. Governments falling. Confusion reigns. Kardashians pout. Putin invades. Hopkins hates. Brand babbles. The… Read more »

Reviews / The Toerag Sessions – Emily Barker

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Emily Barker’s career has gone through many incarnations, and as a performer she is as happy performing solo to a small audience as she is fronting a band to thousands. Her songwriting alone has a depth that few attain, her most recent album with the Red Clay Halo ‘Dear River’ being a tour de force… Read more »

Reviews / Perfidia by James Ellroy

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The start of a new LA quartet is a big day for Ellroy fans, for the uninitiated his original crime fiction quartet encompassed the novels The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz, all of them are set in 1950s LA and follow a connected set of characters. He has taken the… Read more »

Reviews / Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes

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graphic novel

This sump­tuous gra­phic novel do­cu­ments and dra­ma­ti­ses the life of the le­gen­da­ry Woody Gut­hrie, a mu­si­ci­an who con­ti­nues to fa­sci­na­te and in­flu­ence to this day, ne­ar­ly fifty years after his death. He wrote hund­reds of folk songs, many of them do­cu­men­ting his ex­pe­ri­en­ces in the dust bowl era du­ring the Great De­pres­si­on. Gut­hrie tra­ve­led with… Read more »

Reviews / Inside Llewyn Davis

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oscar isaac

I rarely see movies – which is maybe something I shouldn’t readily admit to potential backers of the film script I’m supposedly writing. Last film I saw, in fact, was Les Miserables – stirring stuff, but who the hell cast Russell Crowe?!? However, lured by the offer of canapes and free wine, I was coaxed… Read more »