8:58: 8:58 - Music review

CoverDo you know what time it is? Have you got time? Is the time right, or is it out of joint? And how do you know if it’s time to change? Technology was supposed to free us from the tyranny of time - to emancipate us from the ticking clock, the blinking LCD. But it didn’t quite work out that way. The interconnected world means tighter schedules, endless rolling news, instant communication. What do you do when time renews its mastery...? [click here...]

 

St. Vincent - DVD review

CoverMaggie, a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbour, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine - the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart... [click here...]

 

Cameron Blake: Alone on the World Stage

CoverWriting about current events without coming off cliché, preachy or cynical is a tricky business. During the struggle for civil rights and the protests against Vietnam, the adaptability of the folk genre to political statement came about naturally as masses of young people organized protests and sang songs by the songwriters who voiced their discontent. This topical song movement died fifty years ago. Those who, in the sixties, took to the streets now inhabit the virtual world of social media, sending out their message by way of a photo, tweet or status change. The songwriter with something to say is now forced to outwit the restraints of political correctness and pop culture to be heard above the noise. Cameron Blake’s latest offering, Alone On The World Stage accepts the challenge and succeeds with empathy, intelligence and poetic power... [click here...]

 

The Grubby Mitts: What the World Needs Now

CoverThe Grubby Mitts, hail from Bedford and are led by visual artist Andy Holden alongside long-term collaborators and friends Johnny Parry, Roger Illingworth, James MacDowell and John Blamey. Now in their early thirties, they have been playing together in various line-ups since the age of twelve. What the World Needs Now took eight years to complete, being part-anthology, part debut album; a cornucopia of sounds from the willfully eclectic output of the Grubby Mitts past and present... [click here...]

 

Walking with the Enemy - Soundtrack review

CoverLakeshore Records release Timothy Williams's score to Walking with the Enemy. The film is set in Hungary during the final months of World War II. A young man sets out to find his displaced family by using a stolen Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to reroute his family and others to safety by disrupting the activities of the German occupiers... [click here...]

 

Taylor Locke: Time Stands Still - Music review

CoverTime Stands Still is the debut album from Taylor Locke. It features his new single 'Running Away From Love'. This is the first solo project from the ex-Rooney guitarist and vocalist and, despite its title, the record is a testament to creative momentum and personal growth for Locke. While it's Locke's first release as a true solo artist, it's not your typical singer songwriter fare... [click here...]

 

Texas: Texas 25 (Deluxe Edition) - Music review

CoverScottish chart-toppers Texas celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of their latest album Texas 25, which contains four brand new songs and highlights from the band's greatest hits completely re-recorded and re-worked for 2015 with acclaimed NYC soul outfit Truth & Soul. Texas 25 was a chance for Texas front woman Sharleen Spiteri and band mate Johnny McElhone to hear fan favourites such as 'Black Eyed Boy', 'Halo', 'I Don't Want a Lover', 'Say What You Want', 'Summer Son', and 'The Conversation' with new ears... [click here...]

 

Bob Marley: Easy Skanking in Boston '78

CoverBob Marley’s 70th birthday year (2015) will include a variety of releases and events to commemorate the legend, his work and iconic impact. Over the course of the year, his legacy will be remembered by new releases of rare and unreleased material as well as fan favorite deluxe editions of his most memorable work. The first release will be available on February 17. Easy Skanking in Boston '78, features two historic live shows from Boston’s Music Hall, June 8, 1978. This new and unreleased performance is from the Marley family giving unprecedented access for the first time to their personal material from their private collections and their vaults... [click here...]

 

Tyrannosaurus Rex: My People Were Fair...

CoverOriginally released in 1968, the first Tyrannosaurus Rex album My People Were Fair… positioned the former Mod face and beatnik Marc Bolan right at the heart of the burgeoning underground / hippie subculture. This new 2-CD deluxe edition contains a 2014 remaster plus a host of bonus material. It includes both stereo and mono versions of the original album plus 12 tracks recorded for John Peel’s Top Gear show in 1967 and 1968, all unreleased. Also present are 4 songs from the Joe Boyd sessions, 2 of which are previously unreleased, 7 Tony Visconti home demos of which 5 are previously unreleased and 2 Marc Bolan interviews, also previously unreleased... [click here...]

 

Repentance - Soundtrack review

CoverLakeshore Records release Mark Kilian's score for Repentance. An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter, is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, Angel Sanchez, who delves into Thomas' teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma - action and reaction, against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins... [click here...]