Review: Swan Lake

My knowledge of ballet begins and ends with an episode of The Goodies where football hooliganism has got so bad that it is banned and all the fans turn to ballet instead. The episode features Wayne Sleep and, nostalgia withstanding, was hilarious and its final scenes contained moments from Swan Lake where ballet hooligans became incensed by the performance.

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Review: Half Waif

I only found Half Waif recently. The song Keep It Out is one of those tracks that appeared in my Spotify Discover playlists which made me stop, listen to it again, then immediately download the album. I was away in New York at the time and hearing her lament the same city while I paced its streets enhanced the experience for me. It was a nice coincidence to find that on the day after my return she was playing in Glasgow at the Glad Cafe. Glasgow is such a fantastic place for gigs. Sure, Edinburgh has comedy, theatre and film but when it comes to music it’s an absolute trash fire. I’m sure this will only get worse as they shut down Leith Depot and replace with some more housing.

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Review: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends – New Worlds

Being the cultural trashfire of a human being that I am it means I am oblivious to major events that I’d love to attend until way after they’ve occurred. Having grown up on a heavy diet of Bill Murray films in my youth to the slightly leaner output of his Wes Anderson offerings I was genuinely delighted to be asked by my editor if I’d like to cover this event. While I am closer in character to Murray’s famous grumpy cynic in Groundhog Day I’d like to think I’m only an ice sculpture away from that facade melting away.

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Review: Hilary Woods – Colt

There’s something wonderful about stumbling across an artist who resonates with your own particular musical taste. I remember in the early nineties when I stumbled across a Mary Beats Jane album that I still love today or took a punt on a weird looking record called Portrait of an American Family by Marilyn Manson simply because it was produced by Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. While not as distinct the opening of Hilary Wood’s Colt already feels iconic to me. Reminiscent of a time that’s passed but familiar; if Twin Peaks was real Hilary Woods would be playing in the Bang Bang Bar. Indeed the song Black Rainbow recalls Lynch vividly, not least because the opening bars echo the famous Badalamenti theme from the show.

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