In a year where so many of the highlights came from female musicians, there was one standout album…
This mid-point, as we’re heading into the cold… it seems like an ideal time to list a few albums and tracks to keep the wolves of winter at bay.
The fall of Islamic State gives fresh relevance to John Wayne’s classic Western
Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain…
Theoretically, the screen industry should have all the talent at its fingertips to communicate the socio-economic value of what it does. To date, it hasn’t done much to do so.
Is the ‘future of comedy’ really just a TED talk?
Sure, film subsidies may work in practice, but do they work in theory?
Among other things, a year of great break-up albums by female artists…
The story of Margaret Wise Brown…
Two decades after his death, electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott’s influence is still apparent.
A 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis managed to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented.
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Society teaches people that admitting to bad behaviour means accepting punishment and giving up support, which is why most people will try deny it.
Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes was a defence of journalism and of journalists.
I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle.
If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s.
To quote the distinguished Nobel laureate, “Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?”
An obsessive tale of two Westerns
Taking the “guilt” tour in Auckland Art Gallery
It’s getting harder to make a commitment…
David Bowie never endorsed Velvet Goldmine but it has become the ideal tribute film.
Japanese hip-hop, noise music, J-Pop, and a whole lot more besides….
The Sundance TV series Rectify takes the difficulties of faith, forgiveness and family seriously
A collective music based on allegiance to the ‘hood now belongs to remote and isolated solo stars
Some musical journeys in the worlds of white people….
Why David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows is a teenage sensation.
Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Holding aloft a flickering torch for John Darnielle’s older stuff
Niceness can be a career option…