Easy Peasy: Ice Tray - Merchandise review

CoverIce cubes come in all different shapes and sizes, some are like broken shards and some are plain boring cubes. But what about perfectly round ice cubes, like little frosted pearls floating in your drink, glistening in the sun and chilling your beverage. Two pea pods are included in the pack and all you have to do is connect the two sides together and close shut. Fill with water through the holes at the top and place in the freezer making sure the holes are facing up. Leave for a few hours and you’re done... [click here...]

 

Gramercy Arms: The Seasons of Love - Review

CoverGramercy Arms is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March. The group is releasing its second full-length record, The Seasons of Love... [click here...]

 

Yves Saint Laurent - DVD review

CoverBorn in 1936, France, Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent would become one of the world's most renowned designers of Haute Couture. Starting as a young designer with Christian Dior, his short and catastrophic national service at the time of the civil war in Algeria would see Yves fired from Dior, seemingly ending his career. However he had already met and fallen in love with Pierre Bergé who although he knew little about fashion was a successful businessman in his own right. With the help of Pierre, Yves set up his own design house... [click here...]

 

Acollective: Pangaea - Music review

CoverRecorded in an old shoe factory, Pangaea is the latest album from Acollective. A priority for the band was to maintain the essence of their environment so everything was recorded live. Amongst the members influences, they cite Sufjan Stevens, Beck, Paul Simon and Radiohead. They also have a love of Dixie Jazz, Japanese Pop and old-school hip-hop to modern-Arab-kitsch. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has meant that Pangaea is quite an unstable album. But let it not be said that it isn’t cohesive... [click here...]

 

Don't Stop Believin' - Blu-ray review

CoverDirected, written and produced by award-winning Filipino-American documentary filmmaker Ramona S Diaz, this film tells the real life rock-n-roll fairytale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from obscurity to become the front man for American rock band, Journey. Fired from his job as a cover band singer in Hong Kong, Pineda had little hope for the future. That was until Journey saw an Internet video of Pineda's band and decided to give him a shot at becoming their new lead singer. This is the incredible rags to rock star story of a man destined for greater things... [click here...]

 

Tusmørke: Riset Bak Speilet - Music review

CoverNorwegian group Tusmörke ("Twilight") is a strange beast. With roots stretching deep into the Scandinavian neo-progressive rock underground of the early nineties. 2014 sees the dark minstrels return with their sophomore album Riset Bak Speilet ("The Birch Behind The Looking Glass"). A 50-minute transmission from the heart of the darkest northern forests, the album channels the spirit of classic British acid folk rock and soaks it in a black witches cauldron... [click here...]

 

The Winery Dogs: Unleashed in Japan - Music

CoverRock trio The Winery Dogs release their live album Unleashed in Japan. It would almost be too easy to call The Winery Dogs just a “supergroup”. Singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen made history with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan played together with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Talas, UFO and many others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the backbone of prog metal icons Dream Theater. But The Winery Dogs are so much more than just a supergroup... [click here...]

 

The White Queen: Television Soundtrack review

CoverSilva Screen Records releases John Lunn's score for the BBC TV adaptation of Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, the first book in her best-selling The Cousins' War trilogy. Set against the backdrop of The War Of The Roses, this riveting story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne was aired in the summer 2013 and has since gatherer a strong worldwide following. The lavish and costly 10 hour series, co-produced by premium US TV cable channel Starz was sold worldwide and a second series is under consideration at present... [click here...]

 

Androcles and the Lion - Music review

CoverBased on George Bernard Shaw’s play, the 1967 television special Androcles and the Lion recounts the story of Androcles, the simple-hearted Christian tailor whose friendship with a lion saves himself and his friends from martyrdom in the Roman Colosseum. Set to music by Richard Rodgers, the cast includes British comedian Norman Wisdom as Androcles, Noël Coward as Caesar and features Ed Ames, John Cullum and Geoffrey Holder... [click here...]

 

The Motown 7s Box - Volume 2 - Music review

CoverUMC's The Motown 7s Box (Volume 2) represents another collection of 14 rare and previously unreleased vinyl gems, with all tracks lovingly restored. As with Volume 1, many of the tracks included here were never released at their time of recording, for a variety of reasons. Some got pushed to one side as albums usually only contained 12 songs and a few more were usually cut at the session - sometimes other Motown artists were given the songs and other versions were released, or it was simply a matter of the tracks being "rejected" at the weekly A+R meeting held with Berry Gordy and his team of songwriters and producers... [click here...]