Home is where the health is

21st January 2009

David Kirkpatrick suggests ideas to help us all get fit on the cheap this January Now that New Year celebrations have come and gone, many of us will be trying to stick to the resolutions we made, and for many that will include attempting to lose weight. But rather than dieting, why not try a ...


Cancerous Capers – Part 2

21st January 2009

Jamie Ross People react in different ways when you tell them that you have cancer. Most people react in a tactful manner, sending a nice message of support and sympathy. Some people – mostly idiots – become upset. Then there are the people who react by laughing, due to my oft-controversial humour in the past ...


Bands on the brink

21st January 2009

Oisín Kealy and James Porteous take a look at a smattering of new musical talent in Scotland In recent times, Scotland has managed to develop an insatiable habit of producing great bands with almost mundane predictability. Last year saw Dalmarnock locals Glasvegas plough into the limelight, attracting the attention of Britpop authority Alan McGee and ...


Low frequency delights

21st January 2009

Aron Sidhu Ever since I got into drum and bass and properly arrived on the scene, I believed that DnB had something that other electronic music lacked. Its advantage lay in the immense range of music that fell under its category. From soothing liquid sounds to warped technical adventures, through to straight up, jump up, ...


The Mill – 14/01/2009 – Òran Mór

21st January 2009

Harry Akehurst January 14th saw Òran Mór host the latest Glasgow date of the Mill series of free gigs for the “best of emerging music”. The Glasgow-based three-piece Foxface played a first set slightly scaled down from their recorded material; a large delegation of the compound group Woodenbox with A Fistful of Fivers followed, playing ...


The Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion – Domino

21st January 2009

Declan McKay It’s hard to know where to begin when reviewing this album; very rarely is this avid music vampire left speechless, but this New York/Washington-based three-piece may as well have sewn my lips shut. ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, their ninth studio album, is a kaleidoscopic, mesmerising swirl of music and colour, electric, tender and escaping ...


Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light – Rough Trade

21st January 2009

Catriona Reilly Many people may be familiar with Antony Hegarty’s unusual vocals, albeit unwittingly, through Hercules and Love Affair’s indie club favourite ‘Blind’ or perhaps from Bjork’s ‘Dull Flame of Desire’. His musical endeavours, however, extend further than collaborations and ‘The Crying Light’ is Antony and the Johnsons’ third full-length baroque pop album. The band ...


Again?

21st January 2009

Gerry McKeever With the advent of the new year, once again everybody and their neighbour is jumping to make predictions as to who and what is going to be big in music this year.  The BBC has released it’s ‘Sound of 2009’ list, a format it began back in 2002. Though the nonsense actually featured ...


The Secret Life of Bees (Dir: Gina Prince-Blythewood)

11th December 2008

Victoria Gemmill The marketing campaign behind The Secret Life of Bees gave me the impression that the film would be two hours of overemphasised metaphor and sentimental mush. In reality, this can be considered a fairly accurate assessment, but as the story progressed there seemed to be at least a little more to it than ...


West Side is the best

3rd December 2008

Tom Bonnick is impressed by the musical classic at the Theatre Royal Revived for its 50th anniversary, and briefly in Glasgow as part of a world tour that has earned global acclaim, the arrival of West Side Story — frequently described with breathless hyperbole of the “best musical ever” variety — to each new city ...