Category: MUSIC

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beabadoobee OUR EXTENDED PLAYbeabadoobee OUR EXTENDED PLAY

beabadoobee Our Extended Play

What’s the point of a fucking rule if it’s not there to be broken, eh? Glad to make an exception for a review of beabadoobee Our Extended Play the new EP from our favourite new singer-songwriter. Anyone who is able to bring guitar pop back with proper big choruses deserves to have her name shouted from the rooftops! And that describes beabadoobee to a T!

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beabadoobee : NEW POWER POP ROCK N’ ROLLbeabadoobee : NEW POWER POP ROCK N’ ROLL

beabadoobee

beabadoobee is the first artist under this fresh continuing series (hopefully) covering young bands/artists making new music that qualifies as Power Pop Rock N’ Roll. Yes, despite our protestations to the contrary, it does seem that there are young people out there still stubbornly utilising guitars, bass, drums (and keyboards) to write and record music. Not a review so much as a discovery feature that will shine a spotlight on deserving bands/artists who produce the kind of music that Power Pop Rock N’ Roll fans of all ages will enjoy and appreciate. 

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MADE YOU LOOK (MOVIE REVIEW)MADE YOU LOOK (MOVIE REVIEW)

Made You Look

Made You Look is an American crime documentary about the largest art fraud in American history set in the super rich, super obsessed and super fast art world of New York. Written and directed by Barry Avrich, Made You Look is an intriguing exploration concerning the dichotomy between the perceived value of art and the twisted narcissistic behaviour wrapped up in the ownership of art pieces.

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YOUR HONOR PART 8 (REVIEW)YOUR HONOR PART 8 (REVIEW)

Your Honor Part 8

Your Honor Part 8 is the latest instalment of a ten-part drama miniseries set in New Orleans. The series is adapted from the Israeli TV series Kvodo. The premise of Your Honor concerns Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston), a judge who has to take drastic action in order to safeguard his son Adam, after the latter kills the scion of a mob boss in a hit-and-run accident.

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BEST GENESIS SONGS (WITH PHIL COLLINS)BEST GENESIS SONGS (WITH PHIL COLLINS)

Best Genesis songs (with Phil Collins)

Best Genesis songs (with Phil Collins) is a listicle idea that has been stuck in my head for a while now. There is a common misconception amongst progressive rock fans that when Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1975, it was all downhill from that point. This perception has hardened against the band especially in the 1980s when Genesis (Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) become a genuine commercial success.

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RENE MAGRITTE : ART IN ROCKRENE MAGRITTE : ART IN ROCK

Pop Art Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. Magritte is one of my favourite artists of all time. He is famous for creating a number of thought-provoking, incongruous images. Rene Magritte depicted ordinary objects in an extraordinary context, the premise of his work being the presentation of things that do not belong together. This unique ability is borne from Rene Magritte’s fecund imagination.

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THE BEST DAVID BOWIE SONGS OF ALL TIMETHE BEST DAVID BOWIE SONGS OF ALL TIME

The Best David Bowie Songs of All Time. Now it does not get more poignant than this one. Bowie’s birthday is 8th January. He would have been 74 years old this year. The fact that he passed away two days later five years ago is still heart-wrenching. It’s no exaggeration to declare that Bowie is one of my favourite artists and his art will certainly live forever.

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MOUNTAIN – NANTUCKET SLEIGHRIDEMOUNTAIN – NANTUCKET SLEIGHRIDE

Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride

We continue our look back at the classic albums of rock lore with Mountain and its 1971 album, Nantucket Sleighride. Mountain was a rock band that formed in 1969 in Long Island, New York and consisted of vocalist/guitarist Leslie West, bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer Corky Laing.

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THE BEST CLASSIC ROCK FILM AND TV SCENESTHE BEST CLASSIC ROCK FILM AND TV SCENES

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit.

When I opined that Classic Rock had lost its relevance and significance in the contemporary music industry, it does not mean that Classic Rock is no longer important. In fact, Classic Rock is a critical asset to film and TV producers as directors utilise Classic Rock to create a vibe in film and TV series that contemporary pop music just cannot replicate. Which brings me to The Best Classic Rock Film and TV Scenes.

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STATION TO STATION (ROCK CLASSICS)STATION TO STATION (ROCK CLASSICS)

Station to Station

Station to Station is the opening track on David Bowie’s classic 1976 album of the same name. Clocking in at over 10 minutes, Station to Station is Bowie’s longest studio recording and is seen as a pivotal landmark in Bowie’s musical development in the 1970s. That decade was a seminal epoch for many influential rock genres and Bowie had his finger on the pulse of most of them!

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THE BEE GEES : HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART (MOVIE REVIEW)THE BEE GEES : HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART (MOVIE REVIEW)

The Bee Gees : How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is a music documentary directed by Frank Marshall about the Gibb Brothers viz. Barry, Robin and Maurice. The documentary basically focuses on the two main eras in which the trio were at their most successful i.e. the late 1960s and a decade later in the late 1970s. There are also cursory examinations of their fallow periods in between and after these phenomenal heights but nothing much in depth.

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ALL RIGHT NOW (ROCK CLASSICS)ALL RIGHT NOW (ROCK CLASSICS)

Free - All Right Now

All Right Now is the ultimate British expression of the blues-rock explosion of the late 1960s and the hard rock movement of the early 1970s. Arguably, All Right Now is also the signature tune of Free, consisting of Paul Rodgers (vocals), Paul Kossoff (guitar), Simon Kirke (drums) and Andy Fraser (bass).

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THE BEST KINKS SONGS OF ALL TIMETHE BEST KINKS SONGS OF ALL TIME

Kinks

Prima facie, an article about THE BEST KINKS SONGS OF ALL TIME would seem like a piece of cake. But the opposite is true. The trick was despairing over the songs I had to omit from THE BEST KINKS SONGS OF ALL TIME. In the end, while twenty tracks seems just about right – not too little and not too much. Which is to me, an indication of how much I value Ray Davies as a songwriter.

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