Culture



Filthy weekends

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever No doubt many among us will have spent a considerable amount of our laughably-long summer break by standing in a muddy field attempting to sing along to someone or other performing at least 15km away, by lip-reading the lyrics from a 100ft TV screen, our only glimpse of the artist we have paid ...


The Bug feat. MC Flowdan – 12/09/08 – The Art School

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever Continuing the quality of acts that Glasgow reggae impressarios Mungos Hifi are bringing to the Artschool, the 12th saw London-based avant-garde soundsmith The Bug.  Known among electronica cirlces for being originally signed to Rephlex Records, the label of Glitch-messiah Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin, The Bug has been on the British experimental ...


Metallica – Death Magnetic – Mercury Records

29th September 2008

Graeme Stirling James Hetfield and friends return with their ninth studio album, the second to feature bassist Rob Trujillo, and the first release since 2003’s St Anger. The previous album’s stripped-down style and bizarre co-operative songwriting didn’t go down well with either critics or fans. So, what will Metallica’s notoriously critical fans think of their ...


Fabriclive 41 – Simian Mobile – Disco Fabric Records

29th September 2008

Harry Akehurst Fabriclive 41 comes barely a year after Simian Mobile Disco’s first reluctant commitment to record, last summer’s “Attack Decay Sustain Release”. Maintaining their improvisatory sound, this live mix sees James Ford and Jas Shaw forage through over 40 years of inspiration and emerge with some spectacular  stomp-fodder. The raw material is eclectic, but ...


Kings of Leon – Only by the Night – Columbia Discs

29th September 2008

Declan McKay There have been big changes in the Kings Of Leon camp since their sparkling debut ‘Holy Rover Novocaine’ exploded onto the scene in the spring of 2003. One of the many garage rock outfits to benefit from the once promising NME sponsored ‘New Rock Revolution’, it appears the Nashville four-piece have shed the ...


Glasvegas – Glasvegas – SonyBMG

29th September 2008

Louise Irving Glasvegas are hotly tipped to be the new Franz Ferdinand, although where they have obtained this label is somewhat unclear. Certainly, their self-titled, long awaited-for debut album showcases the Glasgow of today – our football culture, bad language and loneliness – but there are also tales of social workers, stabbings, parents leaving their ...


Naked to the Net

29th September 2008

Oisín Kealy The internet has been pretty good for music fans over the last few years. Free downloads clog our head holes, a  stream of recommendations dribble out our ears before we can give them any attention, and all the while we compile an exhaustive list of biographical details from wikipedia; it’s a good time ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – Alan Bates – QMU

29th September 2008

George Binning If you have never seen a hypnotist at work before it is easy to assume that hypnotism is some sort of irresistible form of mind control.  Having seen hypnotists on the telly box I had always put hypnotism into the same bracket as voodoo, bluetooth and other types of black magic. However the ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – Craig Campbell – GUU

29th September 2008

Becky Sharp I’m slightly worried about writing this article – a negative review of comedy never goes down too well, particularly that which was so well received by my peers. As controversial as it may be – I’ll start as I mean to go on – there’s little that I find more depressing than bad, ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – STaG – Welcome Tent

29th September 2008

Lucy Humphries Glasgow’s leading Student Theatre Company, STaG, welcomed freshers to Glasgow with a lesson on the comical farce that is student life. Beginning with ‘the top ten student posters’, many in the audience were forced to hang their heads in silent admission that, ‘Yes I have those posters, and the ones I don’t have ...