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Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird, Music

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird

I remember hearing ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ being rinsed by all the dubstep DJs back in the mid-2000s. That track was my introduction to Claude VonStroke, a man who has established his label, dirtybird, as a premier house and techno platform. With a great team of artists at its core, the label has gone from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 5:07 pm

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog, Arts

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog

March 2015: books we are excited about
Book-loving children and parents are in for a treat this spring with a plethora of gorgeous new picture books due to be published in March. The proofs that have got us particularly excited in the office this month are Alfie in the Bath by the hugely talented Debi Gliori [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 9 March 2015 at 4:56 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards 2015, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards 2015

Last night was the second Academy of British Cover Design awards, where Britain’s designers applaud what they see as the best work coming out of the country. Split into categories that sometimes overlap, and sometimes sit slightly awkwardly (Women’s fiction – really? Including the Folio Prize-shortlisted Miriam Toews), here are the shortlisted covers for each, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 6 March 2015 at 6:32 pm

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future, Arts

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an over-bearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying other sessions [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 27 February 2015 at 7:22 am

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”, Arts

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”

18th February 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Rolo Tomassi confounding expectations, breaking rules and baffling audiences around the world. One of the UK’s most audacious, fearless, boldest and admirable alternative acts, they’re music is constantly evolving, proving just as difficult to pigeon-hole as it was a decade ago. On the cusp of releasing [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti on Profondo Rosso reaching the big 4-0

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece. But for Claudio Simonetti, the brains behind the film’s iconic soundtrack, it feels like it was just yesterday him and his bandmates were given just ten days to magic something up using just their guitars and harpsichord.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood

This came through the door this week: the proof for the second novel by Benjamin Wood, author of The Bellwether Revivals, which I haven’t read. I’m not entirely sure this new one, which is published in July, is my kind of thing either, but I love the cover, with its two versions of the (exact?) [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 13 February 2015 at 2:10 pm

Ask the Author: Vivian French, Arts

Ask the Author: Vivian French

Vivian French is the hugely popular author of over 200 children’s books, including the Tiara Club and Tales from the Five Kingdoms series as well as non-fiction books such as Caterpillar Butterfly and Growing Frogs. She took some time out from visiting schools in Birmingham as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything is Fine’ Album Stream, Arts

Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything is Fine’ Album Stream

Leeds based riff factory Hawk Eyes have just released their brilliant new album Everything is Fine, their third full-length release, which is available to stream in full below. It sees the band expanding their musical horizons, with a more focused and direct approach to that found on either 2010’s Modern Bodies or 2012’s Ideas.
Speaking to [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 9 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Inside the mind of Ghostly International’s Lord Raja, Music

Inside the mind of Ghostly International’s Lord Raja

Ghostly International’s Lord Raja shares his five favourite tracks – including one by Prince which is near-impossible to find…

By | Music | Friday, 6 February 2015 at 12:15 pm

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