Anyone who has heard me talk will know I love finding new music. To put it into context I would say on a weekly basis I listen to anything between 20-30 new songs, the vast majority of which come from artists I've not listened to before.
Some of it is good, some of it not, and sometimes it is so excellent I make the decision to explore the artists entire back catalogue and buy as much of their music as I can.
This happened again recently when by chance I wandered into Fopp when they were playing music that I considered so interesting that I had to go to the counter to find out the artist; shortly thereafter I purchased the debut album "Charleur Humaine" by Christine and The Queens. Read More
She has stared in "Alias", "In Treatment", "30 Days of Night", "The Good Wife", "Mulholland Drive", "The Slap", "Triangle", "Grey's Anatomy", "Hunted" and many more besides.
An impressive resume to be sure, but it's fair to say that there is a lot more to this very versatile and talented actress than you perhaps realise.
Born in 1976 in Perth, Australia, at an early age she showed a passion and flair for Artistic Rollerskating. A passion that saw her win medals at national level and eventually silver at the 1991 world championships. Years later, George would also appear as herself in the 2013 documentary “Rollerboy". Read More
Iceland is a country that contributes enormously, and in so many ways, to the rest of the world.
In no other area is this more prominent than their musical output. Iceland has produced some world renowned acts such as Bjork, The Sugarcubes and Sigur Ros. But believe me they are just the tip of the iceberg.
So if you already love Icelandic music or if you just want to add some new tunes to your collection, here is a break down of the Icelandic Artists you need to check out: Read More
So here it is at last.
9 of the most beautiful songs ever written. Songs which make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
It's a nice feeling and I'm finally willing to let you feel as good as I do.
Oh, and more good news, I'm not just TELLING you what songs to listen to, I'm also TELLING you exactly when in the song to listen from. Read More
Desert Island Disc’s first appeared on BBC Radio in 1942, and remains a popular series to this day.
On episode 28 of our podcast we thought it would be fun to try to take on the difficult task of whittling down a list of favourite tunes to just eight tracks.
We were delighted that so many people took the time to add their lists to our website, so we’ve collected them together and displayed them below. Hopefully you enjoy reading through these lists, and maybe even find one or two new songs along the way! Read More
Chances are you've recorded a considerable number of times in your life. Everything from on your own in the bedroom to with your friends in the garage. Read More
By the time you start rehearsing in a studio you'll even dabble in self-recording and work with ambient mics.
But I think there does reach a point where you have a body of work that you want to record to the highest standard you can.
Any way you like I suppose! But for the purposes of this piece I thought it might be fun to share what I do.
Little bit of background first...
I have played guitar since I was 15, bass since I was 25, and drums... Well I'm still trying to learn them.
My approach has varied over the years that is for sure, but I would say the way I currently do it could be reasonably broken down into the following 3 categories: Read More
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Genetic Predictions At Birth:
Neurological Disorder - 60% Probability
Manic Depressive - 42% Probability
Attention Deficit Disorder: 89% Probability
Heart Disorder with Early Fatal Potential: 99% Probability
Life Expectancy: 30.2 Years
Guidance Counsellor Hugo Lamar's interview with in-valid pupil Vincent Freeman:
Meeting between Christof and The Foundation Committee:
The not-to-distant future
C: Nothing like this has ever been done. This will change the world forever.
FC: The person selected will never find out their whole reality is a lie? Read More
What if you could access your brains full potential, rather than just the 10 or so percent we use now?
The 10% thing is of course a myth, so I'll rephrase the question, what if you could be the best that you possibly could be?
What if all that was required to make this happen was 1 pill (taken daily) called NZT? Read More
Scott Pilgrim vs The World synopsis in 14 words:
Scott fighting six boys and one girl to get the chance to date Ramona.
Scott is playing bass with his band Sex Bob-Omb when he's attacked by evil ex No 1 - Matthew Patel.
A first level baddie in every way he is quickly despatched and our hero gets some coins. Read More
The last time I bought a CD was in early 2015, Sun Structures by Temples. I was in London for a few days and I made a point to visit Rough Trade, the big and famous record shop just off of Brick Lane in the east end of London.
Sun Structures was their choice for best album of 2014, a very good endorsement, and they had a ‘deluxe’ 3-CD copy available, including bonus material, with solid and gorgeous packaging.
Why a CD, when we’re regularly going on about vinyl? There is room in the world for both, and as I’m a sensible traveller, space in my small carry on luggage is extremely limited. I wanted to own that album, and I wanted to have a memento from Rough Trade, so the CD was a good idea. Read More
A number of years ago I used to enjoy writing screenplays.
I wrote about sci-fi mainly, but if I considered a topic interesting enough I just went for it. It's safe to say I was no Allan Loeb but it was always a fun pastime for me.
But what does it actually take to translate your work from page to screen?
A good number of things obviously but maybe top of the list is the ability to quieten that voice inside you saying "it's not good enough".
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Bottom line is you won't know if you don't try. Read More
I started reading this series of books over 16 years ago and to date I have read around 25 of these wonderful novels.
When this idea was first launched by Millennium, the goal was simply to bring important books back to print.
I would say they have comfortably achieved that objective because the quality and scope of published works within this collection is nothing short of staggering. Read More
Amelie is a film that brings a smile to my face. Our heroine puts her own personal issues to the side, spending her time and giving her energy to making other peoples lives better. She doesn’t even want recognition or a reward. Suspicious? Don’t be, she’s just a nice person.
Where am I going with this? Yesterday, completely out of the blue, I was given a surprise, new music for my collection. The music isn’t new, a ‘Best Of’ Pixies -- a gorgeous double album, yellow vinyl -- but new to me, and a band I could do with knowing a bit more about. Read More
On tour between 2014-2018, this is a gaming event that offers something for everyone. Curated by the ACMI, this exhibition features over 100 playable games from the past and present, and is simply the best day out you'll ever have.
I was fortunate enough to visit the exhibit when it came to The National Museum of Scotland in 2015 and though I had an idea of what was in store, nothing prepared me for this awesomeness.
In brief, the premise is that for a small fee you get to go in and play as many games as you can get round in a two hour period.
So, onto the gaming... Read More
... And you smiled because you knew. - William Shakespeare
The story of Tiffany and Pat falling in love in Silver Linings Playbook is more complex, but ultimately still comes down to love at (more or less) first sight.
Pat has just been released from hospital after being treated for bipolar disorder when he meets (through friends) Tiffany. She's a young widow with depression and problems of her own and the two quickly click.
They grow close and spend a lot of time together, but despite Tiffany's regular suggestions of casual sex, Pat always politely declines as he is trying to win back his ex Nikki. Read More
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell have changed your life.
This first happened in 1981's Escape from New York. This was when the world was introduced to the baddest of bad asses, Snake (call me Snake) Plissken.
The eye patch wearing mercenary sent into the maximum security prison that Manhattan has been converted into, in order to save the President of the USA. It's a thrilling ride full of conspiracy, quips, shady governments and Donald (Halloween) Pleasance. Read More
Am I a "Vinyl Fiend"? I'm not sure, but I'm slowly but surely adding to my collection.
This weekend saw the purchase of the beautiful new album "Second Love" by Emmy the Great.
I've been after this for a while, so it was nice to finally get it back home, and last night it got its debut... Read More