Sound

Dexys [Live]

Taking to the stage under a cloak of near darkness, a simple piano plays the first bars of ‘Now’ before Rowland’s unmistakable voice cuts through like a razor, steeped in memories of anguish, glory and ridicule. – Dexys, Live. (read more)

Sound

As I Lay Dying: Awakened

Awakened lacks the complexity of an August Burns Red record, but also manages to avoid the overly commercial pitfalls of later-era Killswitch Engage material. What it does offer is a balanced middle-ground between the two, with all the screaming, lightning-fast riffs and insane drumming you could ask for, flowing into epic singalong choruses and melodies without ever feeling contrived. (read more)

News

Jurassic Bark: Return of the Prehistoric Forest

Global climate change means that recently discovered ancient forests in Canada’s extreme north could one day return. aleomagentic analysis involves looking at how the Earth’s magnetic field has affected the magnetic sediment in rocks – like a compass, they turn to follow the magnetic poles. Scientists can use this information to date rocks as the history of the movement of the magnetic poles is relatively well known. (read more)

Art

Loitered Lens: Van Susans

Strong vocals and elaborate melodies resulted from the groups’ ingenious use of electric and acoustic guitars, with a touch of violin played by Holly McLatchie.

Olly Andrews carries the whole group with his commanding presence on stage as well as with an inspiring and emotional voice that truly gives the band its unique hook.
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News

[Listen] The Zolas

It’s feeling like Canada week at Trebuchet, what with Stuart Gadd’s missive from the great wild north at Festival de Musiques Emergentes in Quebec, and Mode Moderne announcing their UK dates yesterday, feels like we might as well chase this snowy little vibe wherever it leads…. (read more)

Sound

DJ Stingray: Psyops for Dummies EP

‘The Sadist’ is edgy from the outset and a great scene-setter. Constantly intensifying cold textures coil around an atmospheric voice sample, discreetly hinting at various dark scenarios. As it progresses it subtly creates a growing and unresolved sense of controlled panic and hysteria that’s never fully released. (read more)

News

Free Download: Nils Frahm

Falling out of a bunkbed and smashing up a digit would be inconvenient for anyone. For a pianist though, it’s disaster. Nevertheless, if Django Reindhardt could manage to relearn to play guitar after burning a hand, Frahm could also adapt. Putting together a series of works for piano over the last year, initially given the working title ‘Music for nine fingers’, the pieces are now entitled Screws, a reference to the steel links that now hold Frahm’s thumb together. (read more)

Society

Theatre of the Mind

JULIUS is a multi-screen film, in which Roman Emperor Julius Caesar triggers the protagonists’ obsessions. His world of thoughts is shared with the audience. Reality and dream worlds are presented simultaneously on different screens, a technical challenge in its own right and a mesmerising experience. (read more)

Society

Big Boys Gone Bananas* [Film]

Back in 2009 director Frederik Gertten was scheduled to premiere his latest film at the LA Film Festival. Called simply Bananas, it dealt with alleged abuses suffered by Nicaraguan workers who worked for the Dole Food Company, an international corporation and the world’s biggest producer of fruit.
The rest of the film deals with Fred’s doggedly phlegmatic attempt to clear his name, while gathering an unlikely bunch of supporters including a charmingly scruffy nerd/blogger, a burger chain and the entire Swedish Parliament. (read more)

News

Welfare Greed

A Danish researcher has compared two of the most different welfare systems in the western world. Despite the differences, the research shows surprising similarities in the way in which people in the USA and Denmark perceive the deservingness of welfare recipients. (read more)

Sound

Festival de Musique Emergente, Quebec

Held in Rouyn – Noranda and now in its tenth year Festival de Musique Emergente, otherwise known as Emerging Music Festival, itself emerged as an elegant solution to a local problem.
Generous, open folk, in a quirky place, and with no sponsorship (apart from the radio station, Sirius XM), the festival stills brings in 3 million dollars a year for the area, with its organisers taking no profits. (read more)

Society

King Mob: Interview

Side effects of the full King Mob experience may include: drowsiness, delirium, radio poisoning, severe hair growth, waxy pallor, vitriol spray, flushing, unexpected time manipulation and space breath. (read more)

Art

Sarah Lucas: Ordinary Things

These forms act like vague memories of Lucasʼs former glories.The subject of art history and the idea of art as an object is referenced in them, Lucasʼs stance on the subject seemingly quite glib. Almost like an altar and a statue of a deity the ʻKingʼ takes pride of place in the room, white pieces cast from plaster resembling the end of a scythe, death’s customary prop, dangle from the ceiling.The idea of the cyclical nature of life and death are culminated in this piece. (read more)

Society

Inside Out: Anton Corbijn on film

Inside Out attempts a look at who the man is, truly believing itself as presenting some insight. To a degree, yes, but the documentary is ultimately unfulfilling, choosing just one aspect of his personality to stretch to feature-length. There are interesting nuggets nonetheless, and it is amusing to see Corbijn’s self-portraits, dressed up as various musicians. (read more)

Sound

Satan’s Wrath: Galloping Blasphemy

it’s fun, it’s heavy, and the over the top Satanic lyrics are often hilarious. By no means should Satan’s Wrath hang up their goat-skull helmets and battleaxes any time soon. It’d just be nice if those impressive flashes of an underlying, genuinely talented metal outfit with something more original to say, were given a little more breathing room. (read more)