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Fantastic Man on his return to London, Music

Fantastic Man on his return to London

Mic Newman AKA Fantastic Man hails from Melbourne in Australia, but relocated to Europe a few years ago – starting off in London before heading to Berlin, where he is currently based. He returns to London this coming Sunday for a daytime party called Virtue, so I caught up with him ahead of the event [...]

By | Music | Monday, 20 October 2014 at 5:01 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Fitzcarraldo Editions, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Fitzcarraldo Editions

Last week I spoke about some plain-looking – but lovely – jacketless hardbacks. This week I’m still on the minimalist tip, thanks to these first offerings from new publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. They are paperback, not hardback, though the word is misleading: this is a lovely, slightly textured card, with the jacket flaps folding back almost [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 17 October 2014 at 12:42 pm

A Guy Called Gerald on technology and live performance, Music

A Guy Called Gerald on technology and live performance

A Guy Called Gerald has been making music since the mid-eighties, and his ethos has always been to utilise technological advances in his music-making and performance wherever possible – embracing the ethos behind techno music from the very beginning. He is currently working with Native Instruments on their Traktor DJ application, which can be used [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 16 October 2014 at 5:15 pm

Children’s books for October: Meg and Mog, The Demon Dentist and The Whispering Skull, Arts

Children’s books for October: Meg and Mog, The Demon Dentist and The Whispering Skull

I couldn’t resist going for a Hallowe’en theme with this months’ children’s book recommendations. I’ve settled on these three by Helen Nicoll, David Walliams and Jonathan Stroud, but please feel free to make your own spooky children’s book suggestions in the comments below, or tweet me @RebeccaDavies__

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Meg and Mog
Meg [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 16 October 2014 at 5:08 pm

The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”, Music

The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”

With their new album, Rented World, The Menzingers had the unenviable task of following up an underground punk classic, 2012s On The Impossible Past. They succeeded, not only in delivering an album stuffed to the gills with fantastic Americana-tinged punk anthems, but also in furthering their songwriting ability and expanding their sound. Remfry Dedman sat [...]

By | Music | Friday, 10 October 2014 at 2:37 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Slightly Foxed and Notting Hill Editions, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Slightly Foxed and Notting Hill Editions

This blog is written on the fly, latching onto whatever catches my eye in the world of books, and as such is happily prey to its fashions and fads. Book designers are in the business, among other things, of making books stand out and be noticed, and I’m in the business of noticing books.
That said, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 10 October 2014 at 11:00 am

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens, Arts

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens

Two trends emerged from Sotheby’s auction of contemporary and modern India art in London on October 7, which achieved sales totalling £4.7m ($7.6m). The top lot was Tyeb Mehta’s notable Blue Painting with a bid of £930,000 (£1.12m including buyers’ premium), which was 50% above the lowest estimate.
The first trend is that, in the current [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 6:52 pm

VerseChorusVerse Interview: “Folk and punk music are very much entwined”, Music

VerseChorusVerse Interview: “Folk and punk music are very much entwined”

Tony Wright AKA VerseChorusVerse used to make a hell of a din in jubilant Irish Instrumental Noise-mongers And So I Watch You From Afar. The band made great progress, gaining a rabid fan base and becoming one of the most successful off-kilter musical Irish exports of recent years. But in August 2011, Tony made the [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 5:06 pm

Ryoichi Kurokawa: “Digital art is already classical”, Arts

Ryoichi Kurokawa: “Digital art is already classical”

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa explains why he believes digital art is already classical, and why his future work will be lacking the audiovisual aspect that he is known for.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 4:44 pm

Introducing: This Be The Verse – “For me albums are so important, I passionately believe that the album is not dead.”, Music

Introducing: This Be The Verse – “For me albums are so important, I passionately believe that the album is not dead.”

This Be The Verse have unleashed a powerful and dynamic release in the form of their debut EP, Consequences. Over just three songs and a little over 12 and ½ minutes, the band manage to traverse a wide distinct style of sounds, whilst retaining a sense of their own identity. The EP makes it’s intentions [...]

By | Music | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 5:19 pm

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