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24 января, 02:34

10 Worst Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time

Led Zeppelin ventured into unknown territory again and again, but the worst Led Zeppelin songs find themselves struggling to find something interesting.

24 января, 02:34

10 Worst Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time

Led Zeppelin ventured into unknown territory again and again, but the worst Led Zeppelin songs find themselves struggling to find something interesting.

23 января, 09:30

Brian Eno: ‘We’ve been in decline for 40 years – Trump is a chance to rethink'

The revered producer has been at the centre of pop since the days of Roxy Music. But don’t ask him about the past – he’s more interested in how to reorder society Brian Eno’s new album is called Reflection, and what better time to reflect on an astonishing career? Or careers. There’s the first incarnation of Eno as the leopardskin-shirted synth-twiddler who overshadowed the more obviously mannered Bryan Ferry in Roxy Music. With his shoulder-length hair and androgynous beauty, there was something otherworldly about Eno. He was as preposterous as he was cool. So cool that, back then, he didn’t bother with a first name.After two wonderfully adventurous albums he left and Roxy became more conventional. There followed a sustained solo career, starting with the more poppy Here Come the Warm Jets, progressing to the defiant obscurity of his ambient albums and on to commercial Eno, the revered producer behind many of the great Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay records. Continue reading...

18 января, 14:30

William Onyeabor, cult Nigerian musician, has died aged 70

The enigmatic electro-funk pioneer, who released nine albums between 1977 and 1985 before distancing himself from music, has died peacefully at homeWilliam Onyeabor, groundbreaking synth funk musician, has died at the age of 70.The Nigerian artist died on 16 January, according to a statement released by David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop. Describing him as “the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer”, the statement explained that Onyeabor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, following a short illness. Continue reading...

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15 января, 12:10

Dunkirk migrant camp 'inhumane and unacceptable' - charity

Care4Calais says migrant camp Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, is in an 'inhumane and unacceptable' condition.

12 января, 18:30

La La Land review – Gosling and Stone sparkle in a gorgeous musical romance

Damien Chazelle’s paean to Los Angeles is funny, romantic and utterly charming, with captivating performances from its two starsIt was a film I couldn’t wait to watch again, and when I did, the epiphany I should have had the first time presented itself. Is Ryan Gosling the new Debbie Reynolds? In Singin’ in the Rain, Reynolds plays Kathy, the would-be stage star who gets a bit hoity-toity with Gene Kelly about favouring legitimate theatre over his silly old movies: then she is hugely embarrassed, on jumping out of a cake at a Hollywood party as part of the entertainment, to see Kelly in the audience grinning cheekily at her.Fast forward 60-odd years to 2017 and Ryan Gosling is Seb, in the comparably gorgeous musical romance La La Land, a struggling jazz musician who has just boorishly refused to accept congratulations on his performance from smart, pretty Mia, played by Emma Stone. Later, at a Hollywood poolside party, she is vastly amused to see super-serious Seb humiliatingly earning a buck as part of an 80s-style cover band, and mischievously calls out a request for A Flock of Seagulls’ I Ran, thus forcing Seb to play the lengthy synth break. Yet the humbling of Seb is more akin to Gene Kelly’s sudden aghast sense that he has gone too far in mocking Reynolds. Continue reading...

11 января, 10:23

David Bowie: Ranking His Albums From Worst to Best

With dozens of albums and hundreds of great songs, we take on the impossible task of ranking David Bowie's entire discography.

05 января, 18:00

Flo Morrissey and Matthew E White: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

On a wildly eclectic set of cover versions – everything from the Velvet Underground to the Bee Gees – the duo warp the originals into something new, strange and wonderfulGentlewoman, Ruby Man is an album born of a moment of serendipity. Virginia-based auteur Matthew E White first encountered 21-year-old London singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey when the first track taken from his 2015 album Fresh Blood was reviewed next to her debut single, Pages of Gold, in this newspaper. Intrigued by the writer comparing her to, as he put it, “all the right people” (Karen Dalton and Jackson C Frank, among others), he sought her out. An email correspondence turned into an appearance together at a Barbican tribute concert for the late Lee Hazlewood, and that duet has now turned into an album’s worth of covers.Given that they started out singing Some Velvet Morning, you might reasonably expect the shadow of Hazlewood and his muse Nancy Sinatra to hang heavy over subsequent proceedings. For one thing, Hazlewood’s lush, heady “cowboy psychedelia” is among the influences on the sound that comes out of Spacebomb – the studio, complete with house band, that White co-founded in 2010. And for another, if you’re going to do an album’s worth of duets, you could do worse than take your cues from the intriguing, witty relationship Hazlewood and Sinatra projected on their late 60s and early 70s collaborations. There’s certainly a vague hint of Nancy and Lee about Gentlewoman, Ruby Man’s opening take on Look at What the Light Did Now (previously a stark and fragile acoustic track by US indie singer-songwriter Kyle Feld, who records as Little Wing) and, especially, the brilliant reimagining of Frank Ocean’s Thinkin Bout You, with the original’s groggy synths replaced by a gorgeous 12-string guitar figure and its yearning, love-lost lyrics recast as a dialogue. You can hear the ghost of Hazlewood’s hangdog persona in White’s morning-after whisper, slipping from bravado to self-doubt in the face of Morrissey’s airy disinterest. But for the most part, the album avoids what you might call conversational duets. Indeed, its version of James Blake’s The Colour in Anything is virtually a solo performance by Morrissey, with White in the background providing spectral, wordless backing vocals. Continue reading...

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04 января, 21:57

Sex, suicide, torture: are arthouse films really so sophisticated? | Catherine Shoard

Despite their image, many of today’s highbrow movies are merely the cinematic equivalent of exploding fireworksNorth Korea is not a regime whose choices one is generally eager to endorse. Yet my sympathies were with that country at the start of the year, when its New Year’s Eve firework display was universally pooh-poohed. What’s with all the flickering, cackled other nations. You call that a spectacle, scoffed Sydney, merrily lighting the fuse on £4m-worth of sparklers.Fireworks can, obviously, be spectacular. Their cultural origins in seventh-century China, where they were intended to scare off evil spirits, are to be respected. And yet an understated display – Pyongyang went for sporadic bangs with synth soundtrack – is not something to dismiss. Rather, one goggles at the hubris elsewhere, where millions in public funds are sent up in smoke; this at a time of spiralling homelessness, massive spending cuts and instructions that we all mug up on first aid lest we fall victim to rather more malevolent blasts. Continue reading...

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03 января, 21:38

Parekh & Singh, the pop princes at the forefront of India's new wave

Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh are making a name for themselves – with not a sitar or tabla in sight. We go to Kolkata to meet the pastel-suited neo-psychedelic duoSomething is buzzing, so Jivraj Singh unplugs a wire from one box and plugs it into another. “Try that?” he says. A note plays, but the buzz can still be heard, and so more wires need to be replugged, until all unwanted scratches of sound vanish. “We spend around 95% of our time trying to eliminate noises,” says Nischay Parekh, sitting behind the synths.Together, they are Parekh & Singh, a dream-pop duo from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. Ocean, the pair’s debut album, features none of the stereotypical sitars and tablas that dominate India’s music scene. Instead guitarist, vocalist and synth-player Parekh and percussionist Singh produce music that sounds distinctly un-Indian, as though it could have been produced in any part of the world. Continue reading...