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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
The book covers that have been flying around the internet this week have been those of Faber’s new list of ‘Modern Classics’, which will hit the shelves next April. Before then, of course, we have Picador’s own ‘Classics’ list, arriving in January, while we also have recently had a smaller Classics list from Serpent’s Tail [...]
Following an outrageously indulgent two-month break, I am delighted to re-start the children’s book blog with this inspiring and candid interview with one of my favourite Young Adult authors, Leigh Bardugo.
Leigh is the author of the bestselling Grisha Trilogy – Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm and Ruin & Rising – which reached its hotly-anticipated [...]
Check out a video of the band performing Make It Easy as part of their Original Penguin Plugged In Series gig – and find out how they make their own lives less complicated.
After a hectic summer spent touring festivals across the globe, drum ‘n’ bass producer Wilkinson is set for another chart assault with his new single, Dirty Love.
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