Month: June 2009

Jon Hopkins – Insides

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Robert Leeming For many people listening to ambient music is the equivalent of watching a fence warp. Not for me though, I’ve broke the ambient wall, I’ve sat through a Steve Reich record, which is basically the same few notes repeated again and again played by an orchestra of doorbells. If I appear not to be selling ambient, then that is because its a very hard sell, a repetitive, aggravated sound without vocals always is, […]

Morrissey – Ringleader of the Tormentors

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Morrissey is probably the last British musical icon, someone who ranks alongside Lennon, McCartney, Jaggar and Bowie, although a music critic once said that the last British musical icon was Elton John, luckily this person is now serving life in a Siberian cultural gulag….where he sits around all day listening to George Formby and eating canned fruit. It’s probably correct to note that pretty soon Morrissey is going to be 50. You can only yearn […]

Finders Keepers

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The other day I was reading about the British actor James Mason, star of films such as Kubrick’s Lolita and Hitchcock’s North by North West. After moving into Buster Keaton’s former house in the Hollywood Hills, Mason discovered a small building, hidden in the undergrowth within the properties grounds. He broke open the rusted door and found a projection room and shelves bursting with cans of rare and unseen Keaton masterpieces, a movie lovers treasure […]

Christmas on The Cote d’ Azur – A Review of ‘Bonne Annee’ by Jean-Pierre Massiera

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Many musical sins are committed during the festive season, just look at a list of Christmas number ones and you will see a whole host of them, many now used as instruments of torture at Guantanamo Bay. Lock me in a room with the last 20 years of Christmas number ones playing on a loop and frankly I would confess to anything, just to get out. Thank goodness then for a little record label called […]

Oh the Money to be Made in the Enigma Game 19/12/08

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Scott Walker, Bill Fay and Nick Drake are often listed as the mystery men of British music, enigmatic and reclusive are descriptions that apply to all three. There are plenty of competitors for those titles today though, reclusive and enigmatic are labels artists increasingly cling to in an attempt to fetter a myth around themselves and increase record sales. Nothing was more ridiculous earlier in the year than folk rock guitarist “Bon Ivor” grousing unendingly […]