Nick Cave's new album: Skeleton Tree and the film 'One More Time With Feeling'

Nick Cave’s new album: Skeleton Tree and the film ‘One More Time With Feeling’

Possibly one of the most  brave and bold things that you could do after the sudden and tragic loss of a son is to create a new album. That's what Nick Cave has done this past week. I saw Nick Cave in Melbourne a few years ago and it was truly the most remarkable concert…

Boring Yet interesting: Drone Music

Drone music doesn't change much in tonality or tempo. The nature of this means that it can confuse some people and attract others. Unlike most other types of music, drone cultivates a unique emotional soundscape that allows people to sink deeply into it. Some drone music is less like a warm fuzzy hug and more…

Krakow Summer Opera Season at Wawel Castle

Krakow Summer Opera Season at Wawel Castle

In the walls of Wawel castle on the night of midsummer, an atmosphere of enchantment abounded. The mauve and violet light of the sky melted into the golden lamps that fell onto the cobble-stone pathways, this skimmed and bounced across gabled iron rooftops of the castle. The light from the opera ballet performance stage shone…

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The Odra river is the lifeblood and backbone of Wrocław. The river stretches from the Baltic sea and snakes past the borders of Germany and Poland through Wrocław. On the banks of the Odra there are countless beautiful bridges, islands, parks, streets, municipal buildings. As the sun set during one of the longest days of…

The lost art and history documentaries of YouTube

The lost art and history documentaries of YouTube

Forget Netflix, YouTube has some incredible vintage documentaries about art and history. Made during the days of  analogue, these docos may seem pixellated and blurry by today's standards. Yet if you persevere, you'll be rewarded with terrific storytelling, great production values and enigmatic and fascinating subject matter. Here for you are some great documentaries about material…

Music Prediction: Onuka are Ukrainian #FutureGarage Dynamite

Music Review: Onuka are Ukrainian Future Garage Dynamite

From what I can gather (by way of Google), Onuka aren't really very well known yet in the Western World. Yet this #FutureHouse #Trap #FutureGarage duo from the Ukraine should be better known because they are quite frankly awesome. In the same glimmering stand alone way that Bjork, Jamie XX or Lorde are truly remarkable…

Vale David Bowie: Goodbye to the Best Part of the 20th Century (Bowie’s Music, Art, Fashion)

Today the world received the most devastating news. David Bowie died at age 69. This news is monumental to anyone who is a lover of avante-garde art and rock music. Anybody who respects and reveres a life lived to its fullest would feel sad about the passing of David Bowie. A man elegant, humble and…

Björk Deconstructs a Television in 1988

Björk Deconstructs a Television in 1988

The impish and magical Björk talks about the analogue wonders of TV in 1988. In her typical bewitching and charming way she manages to lull me into strange sort of melodious half-sleep. What she is actually saying is quite profound, about us being the audience to a medium so absolute it orders us to leave behind our…

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

I love my music fast, furious and energetic. Electronic music of all kinds certainly rocks my boat. It's been a long term companion soundtrack to my life from the late 90's until today and for the foreseeable future. So I happened upon an amazing channel on YouTube the other day, called MA Lite, or Most…

Gig Review: Mark E. Smith of The Fall: A Fly in the Ointment of Music 

Gig Review: Mark E. Smith of The Fall: A Fly in the Ointment of Music 

Forgive me all of you die-hard Fall fans but Mark E Smith is a bit of an annoying idiot if you ask me. Of course – nobody has asked me and nobody gives a shit about what I think, thus why I’m saying something on my own blog about it. After attending a baffling gig…

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

This poster is absolutely priceless, I found it on Reddit.  While there's much to be said for going on an epic journey into the unknown, or gearing up for a massive weekend festival, we are often champing at the bit when we see a line-up for a festival. Yet the reality is, we end up…

Cats Love Species-Specific Music

Cats Love Species-Specific Meowsic

Cats can hear weird things that are beyond our comprehension. Yet what makes their feline eyes narrow in a gesture of sublime enjoyment? Scientists have discovered the catnip track that makes cats contented. The Applied Animal Behaviour Science Journal published a paper in February 2015 which sought to "design sound for the auditory enrichment of nonhuman…

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Back when Daft Punk weren't even molecules in their parent's loins. Before the remake of Tron. Before techno and electro were born - during a weird primeval melting pot phase of experimentation in music, there was a whole canon of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks that pushed the boundaries of ambient, electronic and rock music.…

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

How many artists can rip a sample from one song? The answer is more than ten in the case of Love Sensation by Loretta Holloway. Do me a favour and listen to this song and see how many samples you can pick... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKmw9UrX99s FYI: These songs would be nowhere near as good without Loleatta Holloway's vocals…

Adorning Cassettes - What's The Modern-Day Equivalent?

Music Part 1: The Thrill of The Hunt In the 80’s and 90’s

Art is what you get when you combine sharpies, pencils, cassette tapes, ancient Word Processors and a whole lot of passion for music. Here's Steve Vistaunet's labour of love that will give anybody over the age of 30, fond and sad stabs of nostalgia for times past. Has The Thrill Of Getting Your Hands on…

Climate Change: Four Scenarios and none of them are good

Historic Jukebox: Pink Floyd & Haldor Laxness’ The Clock at Brekkukot

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. They are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text. 3. Daydream.   …