Culture



Winter investment

11th November 2008

Isabella Poppius argues the case for splashing out on classics this season. Harsh economic conditions of late have forced most people to think twice before opening their wallets and for an ever increasing number of savvy fashionistas this ´think before spending’ attitude is becoming an everyday matter. Since mid- summer, fashion magazines from American Elle ...


The season to be healthy

11th November 2008

Michelle Williams turns her back on organic to reap the benefits of seasonal produce The arguments in favour of buying organic are, at present, still not wholly convincing to some, myself included. Organic produce does not necessarily contain a higher nutrient content than non-organic, and some critics even suggest that given the increased farming land ...


Life is Peachy

11th November 2008

Laura Doherty ‘Nepotism.’ That, in short, is Jon Snow’s top tip for breaking into the media world. It’s briefly succeeded by hard work and perseverance, but they are but pawns in the game of bloodline dominance. This month’s frontrunner for Peaches Honeyblossom Angel Vanessa Bildungsroman Kerouac Drummey (Nee Geldof) who has somehow wheezed her way ...


Who are you kidding?

11th November 2008

Benzo Harris … receives a lesson in indie from Black Kids’ lead, Reggie Youngblood It has been a little over a year since Black Kids played the Athens pop festival, their first gig outside of their hometown in Jacksonville, Florida. Since then things have been skyrocketing ever upwards for the band, and already it’s a ...


Mystery Jets – 25/10/2008 – QMU

11th November 2008

Ellie Gallagher The grins on the faces of mid-pubescent crowd widened as the sirens of Hideaway signalled the Mystery Jets’ entrance, rolling out the opening of their set with fingers flying, but bodies still and faces straight (A little more vigour would be needed to impress, especially after less than enthusiastic support act, Golden Silvers, ...


Hot Chip – 02/11/2008 – Carling Academy

11th November 2008

Catriona Reilly Never has the clichéd phrase ‘the crowd was buzzing with excitement’ meant so much; by the time Hot Chip ascended to the stage of the cavernous Carling academy the crowd was ready to explode. Initiating the frenzy, the band launched into new single ‘One Pure Thought’, setting the pace with samba driven rhythm ...


Squarepusher – Just a Souvenir – Warp Records

11th November 2008

Rudi Zygadlo Squarepusher’s music is often tagged with genres like drill ‘n’ bass – Warp Records’ own online store categorizes him as breakcore. However, it is apparent from his latest installment, ‘Just a souvenir’ that the amen break is irrevocably dead and along with it many of the electronic innovations that Tom Jenkinson has brought ...


Deerhunter – Microcastle – Kranky Records

11th November 2008

Sanne Stienstra It was no surprise when Deerhunter’s third full-length release Microcastle leaked onto the internet nearly five months before it was due to come out. What was unexpected, however, was the mass of confusion following this regarding the date of release for the physical album, as well as the constant changes of cover art ...


Timeless qualities

11th November 2008

Gerry McKeever During the Smashing Pumpkins SECC show last year, notoriously onerous front-man Billy Corgan responded characteristically bluntly to the crowd’s light-hearted boos.  Glasgow’s finest had ‘feigned’ offence at the mere mention of England, through a reference to Manchester’s legendary Joy Division.  Corgan responded by questioning the proliferation of worthy musical talent ...


Bad dreams in the night

22nd October 2008

Tom Bonnick revisits Ken Loach’s magnum opus, Cathy Come Home First aired in 1966 as part of the BBC’s — now sadly extinct — The Wednesday Play strand, Cathy Come Home is the story for which the word ‘harrowing’ may as well have been invented. It is also one of the best television dramas ever ...