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A Good Week…in music and film

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Last week (January 9-15) turned out to be pretty bloody amazing if you like post hardcore reunions, the eccentric films of Wes Anderson and rumours of your favourite band playing your favourite indoor, Butlins-based festival.

Here are a yet more reasons why 2012 is going to be so special.

‘Shut Up and Play The Hits’

With the trailer looking heartbreakingly wonderful, this documentary from the directors of Blur’s ‘No Distance Left To Run’ follows James Murphy in the 48 hours before and after the band’s last gig. Sure to be emotional, it’s bound to be a highlight of the forthcoming Sundance Film Festival.


Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

The ‘King of Quirk’ has returned! Seemingly heavily laden with Rushmore-style, if the trailer is anything to go by, this could be pretty special.


At The Drive-In

What? Why is everyone on Twitter retweeting a message from At The Drive-In? What? They have reformed? Cue much squealing from me all of Monday night and contemplating whether I should re-stitch my ATD-I patch back on some jeans.



On Tuesday morning: why is everyone talking about Refused? Oh, wait a minute! The squealing then continues…


The National at ATP?

With the rumour mill on overdrive over who will have the honour of the curator of the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ bestowed upon them this year, it appears that it could be my favourite band of the last five years, The National. Although maybe not traditional ‘Nightmare’ material, the band wowed crowds when they appeared at the Explosions In The Sky curated event back in 2008 and will undoubtedly do so again.




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January 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

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On Repeat: PJ Harvey – Good Fortune

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Nearly 12 years on from the release of PJ Harvey’s  fifth album ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’, I am still very much in love with every last tiny nuance of that album, but Good Fortune is the song that I go back to each time.  It is one of my ultimate pick-me-up songs that I love to play loud and sing along (by that I mean honking in and out of time with the music) to with the wildest of abandon.

A great accompaniment to the optimism a new year brings.

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January 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

On Repeat: Daddy I Want A Pony

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Told after quite an extraordinary fight between my brother and myself that I was to go to my room and not even think about switching on my TV,  I stormed off and threw myself at my bed in anger. Once the initial hormone-spiked rage subsided, I lifted my head from the pillow  (now streaked in cheap mascara and looking like the early stages of a crumpled Jackson Pollock painting) and looked to the ancient radio alarm clock on my nightstand. They said nothing about listening to the radio.

As my fingers tripped over the dial, they stopped when they came to the most glorious racket coming from tinny, barely held together headphones: that beautiful crash of noise was ‘Daddy I Want  A Pony’ by Period Pains. And after the last frenetic chords rang out, the voice – the very antithesis of the wild energy that had just filled my buzzing head – was Peel’s. All calming and bathed with soothing laconic wit, I knew immediately that I had found a friend in him.

From that moment, I became a music obsessive. It defined me. My daily bus journey became slightly more bearable by a budget portable cassette player and  music taped from The Evening Session and John Peel, and Wednesdays were even better – they were Melody Maker/ NME days. Days in which my hungry need for musical knowledge spilled over from those  hour-plus bus rides and into my first lesson of the day. Since then I’ve been devouring music with the same gluttonous way ever since. My love for it has never waned in all the years that have passed since.

I put this down, in no small part, to Peely.

Thanks John. This one is for you.

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November 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

On Repeat: Slow Club

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With their characteristic twee boy/girl vocals and jaunty indie pop, it is hard to believe that Sheffield’s Slow Club have released an album a world away from their 2009 debut ‘Yeah, So’.

The undeniable stand-out track on their second long-player ’Paradise’ is ‘You, Earth or Ash’. Almost stark in its arrangement and heavily relying on the honeyed tones of singer Rebecca Taylor, it begins like a tiny, flickering spark and turns into a great roaring fire before finally petering out to a close.


And if that isn’t upbeat enough for you, try ‘Where I’m Waking’ from the same album.

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November 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

On Repeat: If You Want To Sing Out

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In the past two weeks I have quite a disturbing amount of messages from friends who are going through really awful things. The sorts of things that really make you stop whining about trivial things in your life because hating your job and unsuccessful job hunting really pails into comparison when you know people are dealing with potentially sick children/partners/relatives, battling aggressive diseases, struggling with ill-health, undergoing the breakdown of friendships and relationships…the list really does go on.

Taken from my favourite film of all time – Harold and Maude – this Cat Steven’s song may not be an antidote for the terrible things that happen but the sentiment is right up there. In fact, no matter what is happening in your life it seems to fit any mood.

The clip below nicely puts together some clips from the film but if you haven’t seen it I recommend that you rectify this immediately.

Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

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November 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Smells Like 1985

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2011 really is the year that music got on board the DeLorean and went back in time to 1985.

Don’t believe me? Ladies and gentleman of the jury, may I present the evidence:

Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money   (Obvious influence: Prince)


Field Music –  (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing    (Obvious influence: Gang of Four)


Bon Iver – Beth/Rest   (Obvious influence: Peter Gabriel)


The Horrors – Still Life   (Obvious influence: Echo and The Bunnymen)



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November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm