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Blueneck: King Nine, Music

Blueneck: King Nine

West Country post rock veterans Blueneck are set to release their fifth album, King Nine via Denovali Records on 10th November. Utilising gentle guitar lines, forlorn vocals, muted horns, soothing piano and mournful strings, King Nine is an album that feels orchestrated rather than merely written. Whilst the music often builds to a crescendo, rarely [...]

By | Music | Monday, 3 November 2014 at 11:00 am

Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream, Arts

Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream

The four members of Axes have been brought together from the far flung corners of Denmark, Iran, Scotland and Essex, to form an almighty amalgamation of schizophrenic punk energy and math rock riffing. After the release of their self-titled debut mini album in 2013, the quartet are back with Glory released through Big Scary Monsters [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 11:05 am

Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45, Music

Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45

Grime MC Solo 45 is currently deep in preparation for his appearance alongside his crew Boy Better Know at this week’s Red Bull Culture Clash. The grime collective will be defending the title, which they won at last year’s event. They’ve got their work cut out with competition from Jamaica’s legendary Stone Love, the A$AP [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 9:55 am

The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”, Arts

The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”

With the release of their third album, There Is Only You, The Xcerts have managed to marry raw emotional lyrics to some of the catchiest choruses of 2014. Available for streaming below, exclusively for The Independent, the album represents a turning point for the band and is quite possibly their strongest release to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the three-piece to discuss contradictions, heart-break and career-defining records.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 27 October 2014 at 11:08 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Collier Books – great paperback design… and some of the worst Narnia covers I’ve seen

This in lieu of a full post, a favourite cover pulled at random from the shelves: This edition of Stendhal’s A Roman Journal, from Collier Books, published in 1961, the year, so the internet tells me, that the imprint was swallowed up into Macmillan.
Which is a shame, as it’s a charming paperback imprint – still [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:18 pm

Pulled Apart By Horses’ European tour diary, Arts

Pulled Apart By Horses’ European tour diary

The Leeds rockers reveal why they think Russell Brand is a good addition to the British political landscape.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 3:09 pm

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

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