Tom Waits – Glitter and Doom Live – Anti

Nick Biggs Live albums are all too often ham-fisted affairs hashed together as the result of an over-inflated ego or an under-inflated bank balance. Such albums tend to contain little of value and nothing original. This live album however,…

Real Estate – Real Estate – Woodliste

Nick Biggs New Jersey newcomers Real Estate are a beach-pop quartet that fuse playful guitar riffs with drowsy vocals. Their eponymous debut album fizzes, gurgles and splashes for nearly forty sun-drenched minutes, whilst hinting at greater depth behind the…

News in brief: 30/11/09

Glasgow University hosts malaria conference The University of Glasgow has hosted a successful meeting of the European Virtual Institute for Malaria Research, (EVIMalaR) which saw the University welcome some of the world’s leading malaria research scientists. EVIMalaR consists of…

Be kind, rewind

Jean-Xavier Boucherat Perhaps it has been a decade now since you last handled an audio cassette, unless of course you’re a fan of the numerous genres still thriving on the format. The grainy texture unique to analogue recordings is…

The Cage Paradox

Leon Weber Here’s an interesting challenge: name an actor or actress with a spotless resume. Not so easy, eh? In my eyes, the only one who comes even close is John Cazale. All the films he has starred in…

The Lovely Bones (Dir: Peter Jackson)

Watching Peter Jackson’s new adaptation of the bestselling 2002 novel The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, mere hours before it would enjoy a Royal Premiere, provided an irresistible opportunity to speculate on what possible reasons could…