Film review: Tower Block

December 27, 2013 by  
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Synopsis: a youth is kicked to death on the top floor of a Tower Block. All residents, bar one, shun the event. The one who gets involved also gets assaulted. Three months later the same residents find themselves under attack from a sniper. But who? And why? And will they get out alive? ‘Tower Block’ has been, for me, the find of the Christmas/New... [Read More..]

Film review: The Raid

December 26, 2013 by  
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Finally, I got around to watching ‘The Raid’ (aka ‘The Raid: Redemption’) Synopsis: A vicious drug lord rules an abandoned/not abandoned tower block from his 17th floor citadel. Protected by a network of CCTV cameras, and by the underworld tenants of the block, his fiefdom is lean, brutal and controlling. A squad of elite police... [Read More..]

A music festival for tribute bands? TribFest 2013

August 18, 2013 by  
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It’s a music festival? But the bands performing are not the bands who had the hits? How does that work? decreasing means It works very simply, my friend. Hello, and welcome to Tribfest. Tribfest         Tribfest is a music festival for Tribute bands. My cynical muso-self very unkindly thought that TribFest would be a lot of people... [Read More..]

Purity Ring, Shrines

August 20, 2012 by  
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Despite the almost-wall-of-sound they produce, Purity Ring are a Canadian boy/girl musical duo. It’s not the Canadian thing that’s notable; it’s that this much music can be delivered by just two people. for free Purity Ring perform a distinctive blend of vocal-based electro-synth, that paints blissed-out soundscapes that are, frankly,... [Read More..]

Rock of Ages

June 18, 2012 by  
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Those bowel-loosening times when you force yourself back in to the dentist’s chair blinking, mole-like, against the super-bright lights that almost blind you? And you try to calm yourself in to a state of false relaxation, to mask your anxieties, then the dentist’s head looms in to your field of vision. You stare up in to the dentist’s cold,... [Read More..]

It is sex? Is it music? Is it art? Or is it none of them?

January 18, 2012 by  
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Although The Land of the Rising Sun is not widely known for leading the world of music in areas of edgy breakthrough, I have, lately, had my attention drawn to the Japanese music phenomenon known as AKB48. AKB48? WWW.SEVENBARFOUNDATION.ORG/INC/SITE/ You know, AKB48! The best-selling All-Girl, Japanese, Female Idol band. Are you still drawing a blank? Here... [Read More..]

The Brits 2012, where the shit hits the music fans

January 12, 2012 by  
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This year’s Brit Music Award nominations have just been announced and I haven’t stopped laughing since the list was published. Unfortunately it’s clear, right from the start, that the people who produced this list have spent far too long stuffing coke up their noses. Or Ketamine up their bottoms. It’s obvious that, in the heads... [Read More..]

Fun and Filth Cabaret, Edinburgh 2011 (night 4)

August 20, 2011 by  
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Tonight’s show is kicked off by bad girls miming badly. Miming aside, they’re actually a tight dancing troupe. Just thought I’d make that point. This evening our dancers are dressed like schoolgirl sluts. I feel sure this in good taste, just as I feel sure that the ‘Scott and Grimmy Double Act’ will have come to its senses and stopped... [Read More..]

Fun and Filth Cabaret, Edinburgh 2011 (night 3)

August 18, 2011 by  
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And we’re back! Tonight’s very badly-mimed opening theme is performed by some attractive ladies in basques. Items of clothing, not the region of Spain and France, obv. Nick Grimshaw and Scott Mills take the stage. They are dressed like camp Roman Gladiators, and we don’t mean holiday camp. ‘I feel like a slut’, says Mills. ‘But... [Read More..]

Fun and Filth Cabaret, Edinburgh 2011 (night 2)

August 17, 2011 by  
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Day two in the Big Brother House at BBC Radio 1s ‘Fun and Filth Cabaret’ at the Edinburgh Festival. Yay! The theme music is, again, very badly-mimed by the opening clutch (I think that’s the right collective noun) of writhers and gyrators. Tonight they’re wearing flapper dresses, off of the 1920s. In-keeping with this theme Scott and... [Read More..]

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