Leeds night Back To Basics is proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In light of the anniversary Ralph gave me a list of 20 of his most important tracks from each of his years at Back To Basics, with a brief of summary of why each is so significant.
Hilary Swank attempted a bit of reputation management at the weekend, using Jay Leno’s sofa to issue a fulsome apology for her recent paid appearance at Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th birthday party.
As Ricky Gervais made headlines in October over posting “mong” jokes on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of his contorted face, people were ready and willing to chastise the actor and his new BBC mockumentary Life’s Too Short.
About a year ago to the day I downloaded a mix by techno don Steve Bug recorded live at the Mulletover Halloween party that took place last October. In that mix were a few tracks that caught my ear, one in particular was called Pure Liquid by a man called M A N I K.
This week played out like a modern day version of a story straight from the pages of ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ when Rudy was ‘cursed’ for his wanton ways.
From the brilliantly warped mind of Charlie Brooker comes a darkly comic tale that explores the power of social media.
Stretford Dogs Club is Andy Proctor, a Manchester-based DJ who has crept up over the last year or so with a consistent output of top class deep house mixes and an interesting year-long project which will culminate in an epic 24-hour long mix. After a six-year break from DJing while he promoted a night called Development in his hometown, and running a label by the same name, Andy returned to DJing and has made quite an impression so far. I tracked him down via Twitter and he kindly agreed to an interview and recorded an exclusive mix for me too.
Emerging Directors need nurturing as much as actors and writers in order to make challenging and innovative theatre and yet the only way that they can develop their craft is through mounting productions – which is inevitably costly. Currently, there are few opportunities for theatre directors who lack the necessary exposure and funds to produce their work in a decent-sized venue.
Rise Against are the band who seem to be at the forefront of the political-activism scene in US music. With their influences ranging from natural disasters to bullying in schools, they are a voice that cannot be ignored. On the last day of their tour, drummer Brandon Barnes discussed politics and all things Rise Against.
Now that we’ve slid into December, it only seems appropriate to extend a heartfelt Seasons Greetings! It’s drawing closer to the Christmas festivities (over 3 weeks left by my watch), but in the meantime, we’ve tracked down some seasonal occasions that still manage to be cool, insightful and entertaining. Hip and arty, if you will. Highlights [...]
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