Poetry and music from the film 'Wings of Desire' (Der Himmel uber Berlin)

Poetry and music from the film ‘Wings of Desire’ (Der Himmel uber Berlin)

One of my favourite films of all time is the Wim Wenders film The Wings of Desire known in German as Der Himmel uber Berlin. It won the Best Film at Cannes in 1987. Some of the magic  of this film comes from the music (Nick Cave, U2), the acting (Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin) and…

B4-XVI: Why Renaissance Art and Rappers Are Cut From The Same Cloth

Renaissance Art/Rapper Mashup

In the past I've showcased Scorpion Dagger's Renaissance era GIFs. This takes the classical art mash-up one step further with hilarious results. B4 XVI (Before Sixteen) explores the often overlooked visual and cultural similarities between hip hop poseurs and medieval aristocrats. Hey it's all got to be referenced from somewhere, right? One from the deep…

Album Review: Robohands 'Green'

Album Review: Robohands ‘Green’

In case you have been living under a rock, Robohands is a UK jazz musician whose real name is Andy Baxter. His debut album Green which came out in mid-2018 is superb. With almost zero effort to promote the album, Robohands has grown in underground popularity getting over a million views on his album and…

FIlm Review: Radio On

Film Review: Radio On

The epic post-punk British road movie nobody has ever heard of Made in England in 1979 at the height of post-punk, this is a very unique film. It's like what Joy Division would have looked like if the band's music was made into a film. This is also a unique British film because it's a…

Retro TV Channels from the 70's, 80's and 90's are on the internet for all posterity

Retro TV Channels from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are on the internet for all posterity

Want something a little bit different for your next party? Here's  a novel idea for entertaining guests. A modern browser version of vintage TV channels featuring soaps, ads, comedy, drama, music and even news from particular decades! Find it here The only requirement is that you use a PC for this app rather than a touchscreen…

David Bowie’s Top 100 Favourite Books http://wp.me/p41CQf-3R

David Bowie’s Top 100 Favourite Books

David Bowie is a voracious book reader, reportedly reading at least one book per day. As a part of a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he has lovingly selected his 100 favourite books of all time. According to the exhibition's curator Geoffrey Marsh, Bowie has an ''interest in the life of the…

EP Review:  Notion by Tash Sultana (2016)

EP Review:  Notion by Tash Sultana (2016)

Tash Sultana is the real deal. A genuinely talented and unique Melbourne multi-instrumentalist who made a name for herself the old fashioned way, by busking on the streets of Melbourne (Bourke St mall and Degraves St) and making homemade videos to YouTube. These simple and raw B&W videos of Tash subsequently went viral and gained…

Welcome to Biba: A Legendary Department Store in London's Swinging 60's

Welcome to Big Biba: A Legendary Department Store in London’s Swinging 60’s

Big Biba was an outrageous cornucopia of weird fashion on the London high street in the 60's. Before H&M, Topshop or Harvey Nichols there was Biba. Invented by IT girl of the time, Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki, Biba started out as a mail order store that sold one dress available in one size. Very rapidly it…

Words and Music: Be Nothing - Beach Fossils, Poseidon's airy feather-light grasp

Words and Music: Be Nothing by Beach Fossils & Poseidon’s airy feather-light grasp

Poseidon's airy feather-light grasp I stumbled over the photo that I took many years ago while on the beach in Hel, Poland. I was sitting with people who I considered to be friends at the time. And who I lost contact with completely for the reason of sheer geographical distance and the constant humming reality…

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

In 1989, Depeche Mode came to Detroit to hang out with Derrick May and Juan Atkins. The two early techno pioneers had been mixing the band’s songs into their sets at clubs in Detroit like the Music Institute. So Depeche Mode's David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher ventured from Essex in the UK to…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Henry Rollins and Nick Cave babysitting

Everyone's two favourite nhilists and goth mongers Nick Cave and Henry Rollins contemplate the inevitable futility of procreation, while an uncomfortable infant attempts to crawl away from them. If you love Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds then you will like this review of his Skeleton Tree album and this post about the cult German…

Theatre Review: Jack Charles V The Crown at Auckland Arts Fest

Theatre Review: Jack Charles V The Crown at Auckland Arts Fest

Last night I went to see Jack Charles V The Crown at the Auckland Arts Festival. Jack Charles is an Australian legend. He has traveled from movie sets to state prisons in Australia and run the full gamut of life as child of the stolen generation as well as a gifted Indigenous Australian actor, potter…

Travel: Walks along the Water of Leith, Edinburgh

Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur – Within Me a Lunatic Sings by Sigur Ros

The epic Icelandic band Sigur Ros is one of my all-time favourites. They have the ability to capture all of the melodic, emotional landscapes of my inner life all of the light and dark. Although a lot of their music can be considered emo or depressing to some, it still offers a welcome emotional respite,…

Every Picture Tells a Story: Nico in Paris 1960

Every Picture Tells a Story: Nico in Paris 1960

This photograph was taken by Mark Shaw for LIFE Magazine in 1960. It features elegant couture, art and decadent modernist Parisian interiors. Nico is posing with a pair of dachshunds in the apartment of legendary Parisian interior designer Henry Samuel. Nico was a young model before she became famous. She went on to be the…

Words and Music: Miss Hollywood & Shanghai

Words and Music: Dave Clarke’s World Service & Shanghai

I wrote this poem because I came across an album I hadn't heard in years, it reminded me so much of Shanghai where I lived briefly as a teenager that I had this all rush into my head and I needed to get it out. So here is a memory purge of my time in…

Scotland's Momentous Decision on September 18th

Words and Music: The Disintegration Loops & Edinburgh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjnAE5go9dI [Here is a poem about a place I've been and seen and drunk in, along with some music to match] Edinburgh City of dreams and sloping pagan peaks in a city Gigantic sea-shanty sized voices with looping arr sounds Turbulent winter snow drifts Warming whisky tumblers filled with smoky graceful ease Like a cream…

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

North Atlantic Drift is the experimental from Toronto-based ambient and electronic duo of Brad Deschamps and Mike Abercrombie. North Atlantic Drift were formed in the summer of 2011. The band sound uncannily reminiscent of their name, with a glacial, hynotic, pleasant drone and ambient meanderings into music. This is expansive, atmospheric ambient in the same…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

Asmrion the online generator of positive feelings

Asmrion is an elegant and beautiful ambient sound simulator that's best enjoyed with headphones. It's completely interactive and has a very natural, organic and soothing user experience with subtle buttons to shift up and down volume. It's possible to attune yourself with these app tools to varying states of consciousness, all pleasant, reassuring and relaxing…

Emerging genius no. 5: Hiroshi Yoshimura - Soundscape 1 Surround

Emerging genius Hiroshi Yoshimura – Soundscape 1 Surround

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.5 on the jukebox, Japanese ambient/new age producer Hiroshi Yoshimura's floaty album Soundscape 1 Surround from 1986.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJSuKb8YAYI&t=603s There is something eerily familiar about Hiroshi Yoshimura's 1986 album Soundscape 1 Surround. It's…

<3 The Internet: Radio Garden is the audible heartbeat of towns, cities and nations

Designed by Studio Puckey in collaboration with Moniker. Radio Garden was developed in coordinator with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Radio Garden is one of the internet's most ingenious and surprising apps. It brings together the voices, music and the rhythms of different bustling cities and quiet villages together. All of this is suddenly accessible at the…