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

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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perfidia

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 »

Reviews / Composer chosen for Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies

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tom hanks

It is generally a given that John Williams scores Spielberg’s films, due to a minor health issue (now corrected apparently) Williams won’t be scoring his new film ‘Bridge of Spies’. Instead the composer will be Thomas Newman, who also happens to be scoring the new Bond film ‘Spectre’. Bridge of Spies is a cold war… Read more »

Reviews / Railroad Earth – Last Of The Outlaws

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railroad earth

With a name borrowed from Jack Kerouac and a musical philosophy which sees them soaked in heritage to the point where trying to pin any badge of style on them is useless, Railroad Earth are pretty distinctive. Dotting the album cover with old time images and individuals the band themselves are well hidden inside the… Read more »