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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 ...


Snowballing out of control

3rd December 2008

Tom Bonnick Beauty is, that old maxim goes, in the eye of the beholder, and with the exception of Julianne Moore, whose beauty is wholly objective, this has always been one cliché I have subscribed to. Bearing that in mind, it was with feathers a’ ruffled that I attended Slava’s Snowshow. “This is the single ...


Truth and Beauty Bombs

3rd December 2008

Lucy Humphries … gets sucked into offbeat cartoon series A Softer World, and the lives of its creators (all images courtesy of Emily Horne and Joey Comeau) A Softer World is a three panel comic created by Canadian duo Emily Horne and Joey Comeau, with a ranging focus; from the sexual, to the eccentric and ...


Tears to the eye

3rd December 2008

Lewis Porteous There is nothing I enjoy more than queuing for longer than advertised, voluntarily entering a poorly ventilated fire-trap with inadequate seating facilities and subjecting myself to the lies, tired shock tactics and thinly-veiled self-publication of a disappointingly ineloquent stranger who all the while insists on maintaining the embarrassing ‘illusion’ of spontaneity throughou...


An ocean of rain

3rd December 2008

Lewis Porteous It seems as though I am dealt some sort of awful experience whenever I abandon Internet retail in favour of its physical equivalent, with real people and shops and things. These usually revolve around being made to feel unjustly embarrassed over my own, frankly impeccable, tastes. Months ago, when buying a Laurel & ...


Blindness (Dir: Fernando Meirelles)

3rd December 2008

Louise Ogden Throughout the film’s lengthy conception, it must have seemed as though ‘Blindness’ would never be made. The author of the book on which it is based, Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, closely guarded the rights to the work, fearing that in the wrong hands, its allegorical story would be diluted or warped beyond recognition. ...


Changeling (Dir: Clint Eastwood)

3rd December 2008

Claire Strickett Sometimes the truth is so bizarre that it really couldn’t have been made up. The factual story behind Clint Eastwood’s latest film is one such truth. 1928, Los Angeles: the local police department triumphantly reunite hardworking single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with her son, who’s been missing for the past 5 months. ...