2010 February



Solving the all girl paradox

22nd February 2010

Nick Biggs gets to grips with Brooklynite rockers Vivian Girl Getting to the heart of a band, finding out what makes them tick, can be no easy feat. The challenge is made doubly hard when the artists in question appear to hold apparently paradoxical sides to themselves. Vivian Girls’ music is simple and yet complicated, ...


This is not just lunch, this is 50% more expensive than M&S lunch

22nd February 2010

 Claire Strickett Students are being charged more for their lunch at Glasgow University catering facilities than for equivalent products at premium food retailer Marks & Spencer, a Guardian price comparison has revealed. Prices for many key takeaway lunch items, such as sandwiches, bottled drinks, and baked goods were found to be significantly higher at Glasgow ...


Art School buildings ‘inoperable’

22nd February 2010

Forty-three per cent of Glasgow School of Art (GSA) buildings have been revealed as “at serious risk of major failure” or as not fit for purpose in a database obtained by the Guardian. After the national newspaper won a legal battle, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) was forced to make the data, ...


Spoon – King Tut’s – 14/02/2010

22nd February 2010

Nick Biggs February 14 will have been noted in most people’s diaries as Valentines Day. For those in the know, however, it was the night that Spoon played King Tut’s, a surprisingly small venue for such an indie heavyweight. With sixteen years of experience and seven consistently high quality studio albums to draw on, this ...


Subcity turns fifteen

22nd February 2010

Lauren Martin looks back on fifteen years of Subcity, as the station prepares for its birthday In the intricate web of associations and special interest groups that are affiliated with the University of Glasgow, music aficionados would be hard pressed to find fault with the firmly established yet consistently fresh Subcity Radio. Whilst their budget ...


Glasgow volley to victory

22nd February 2010

Rebecca Day Glasgow 3-2 Cambridge My previous impression of volleyball as a relaxed holiday sport was dissolving into thin air as I stood flinching on the sidelines during the warm-up for the quarter-final Men’s British University Volleyball Championship against Cambridge. Multiple balls were being launched, received and spectacularly slammed into every crevice of the Kelvin ...


Tip of the iceberg

22nd February 2010

Catriona Reilly A few weeks ago I decided to capitalise on the economic misery by buying some cheap flights to Iceland. It has always been a longstanding tourist destination for those wishing to perve at nature while enjoying such culinary delights as putrefied shark. For those who don’t dig that sort of thing there is ...


Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – The Logic of Chance – Sunday Best

22nd February 2010

Nick Biggs Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip divided opinion in 2007 with their energetic, ideological debut single Thou Shalt Always Kill. Their debut album, Angels, continued along the same axis, spurting direct, idiosyncratic narratives over a tapestry of samples and inventive rhythmic compositions. Together, they planted a flag in previously unoccupied musical territory, somewhere ...


Clogs – The Creatures in the Garden of Lady – Brassland

22nd February 2010

Oisin Kealy Bryce Dessner will be best known as a member of The National, but this guest star-studded extracurricular effort may prove much more timeless than anything his day job has produced so far. The album begins on a high with Cocodrillo, a polyphonic jungle hymnal. Vocal articulations rebound and reflect off each other, unaccompanied, ...


Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here – XL

22nd February 2010

Tom Bonnick It takes a certain amount of chutzpah for anyone to describe a record released before spring’s even broken as one of the best of the year with a straight face, but perhaps that’s only appropriate when the record in question has an even greater degree of audacity about it. Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New ...