Toy Story 3 review

It has been a good year for animation. Up took it to a new emotional level with its fable about friendship, love, living-for-the-moment and helping/relying on others. Anyone who didn’t cry in the… Read More

Some photos of swinging Soweto

I arrived in JoBurg yesterday for the Smirnoff Experience South Africa. Today I went to Soweto. Here are some snaps. I found it to be an engaging place filled with people who have very… Read More

Jim Bob and his missing musical mojo

“I don’t know how to deal with new music anymore. I will no doubt change my mind but at the moment I have no desire to make, or rather sell, any new music.”In… Read More

Interview with Fruitbat

London-based musician and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine legend Les Carter (aka, Fruitbat) is currently in Australia with his band, Abdoujaparov. I grabbed a few words with him about the tour and his… Read More

Laneway Festival 2010

The venue may have changed, but the pleasant vibe that Sydney’s most discerning festival crowd has created in previous years remained, and the SCA provided a pretty backdrop as Portland five-piece Hockey got… Read More

Rain galore at Latitude Festival 2009

I’d prefer not to live up to the stereotype of us Brits always talking about the weather but, okay, let’s start by talking about the weather. I’ve never known anything like what was… Read More

Polly Scattergood – Polly Scattergood

More than a few listens in, and I still don’t quite know what to make of Brit School graduate Polly Scattergood’s debut album. Opener I Hate The Way begins with her delivering an… Read More

Temper Trap in Berlin

It was an evening that would, kinda inevitably, end with two stony-faced men dressed in black – one smoking – playing cold, minimalist electronic pomp. This was, after all, Berlin. Before stereotypes took… Read More

Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications

Britpop was a strange spell for music in Blighty. At the time it seemed like a wonderful celebration of a new dawn in the country – unapologetic and exciting. Looking back though, it… Read More

Lily Allen album review

Sometimes, an album comes out of the blue and belies all preconceptions. Alright, Still, Lily Allen’s debut, was one such record. On the surface, a collection of bubblegum pop songs from the daughter… Read More

Kimya Dawson at The Komedia, Brighton

Angelo Spencer was naked at The Komedia. Not literally, of course. The skinny Frenchman was very much clothed, but, due to a lack of a van to carry his kick-drum, high-hat and bass,… Read More

Jeffrey Lewis in Paris

The first noticeable thing about watching support band, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, in the small downstairs room of a venue on the outskirts of Paris,was just how respectful the audience was. There… Read More