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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

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Modern Classics (and other classics), Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Modern Classics (and other classics)

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 [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 4:59 pm

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Leigh Bardugo, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Leigh Bardugo

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 [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 10:58 am

We Are Scientists’ top 5 life hacks to Make It Easy, Arts

We Are Scientists’ top 5 life hacks to Make It Easy

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.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 29 September 2014 at 4:54 pm

Wilkinson’s recipe for success: chicken goujons and re-releases, Arts

Wilkinson’s recipe for success: chicken goujons and re-releases

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.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 4:41 pm

Five rap metal tracks that Kanye will never beat, Arts

Five rap metal tracks that Kanye will never beat

Kanye West’s new album is ‘heavy metal inspired’. But be realistic Kanz, are you going to be able to come up with anything better than these?

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 12:22 pm

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