Despite his youthful appearance and relatively underground status Hamilton Leithauser has been treading the boards of the alternative music scene for a long time now. Benny Profane caught him in action last night and felt the mad urge to scribble this review and send in a photo he took with a potato. With his former cohorts The Walkmen he was the driving song-writing force behind a band that put out some of the most superbly sculpted rock singles of the last 15 years and delivered at least one … Read More
The proliferation of sequels, reboots and franchise films that has dominated the world box-office in recent times is, in Benny Profane’s view, emblematic of a broader backward-looking tendency in the consumer-class these days. Now, here he is to ruin Trainspotting 2… What greater example of today’s over-indulgence in nostalgic cultural tokens could there be than the imminent reformation of Bros – I mean fucking BROS! This fixation with what-went-before has resulted in the resurrection of numerous celluloid zombies such as Vin Diesel’s XXX series, the Star Wars universe and … Read More
Bearing in mind the distinctly frosty nature of the film under review, Brendan Callaghan’s review will be preceded by a seasonally-sensitive message of caution.
In their third take over of our blog, Andy from Little Gem dips into the shop’s fresh record boxes and recommends some prime cuts. You can find Little Gem squirreled away in Basement 18 Kildare St in Dublin 2 Dublin. Drop in and say hello. Check em out on Facebook too. Fovea Hex – Salt Garden 1 (Jennifer Records) Not being very familiar with the music of Clodagh Simonds and Fovea Hex I took a tentative baby step into her world and took a look around. Soft ambient labels abound … Read More
Thirty-five years ago Dublin punk band The Radiators From Space song Television Screen, became the first punk single to make the charts anywhere in the world. With their fourth studio album due on April 30th, Sam McGrath recently caught up with the bands ever stylish, Dublin born Philip Chevron to talk about life, music and his days in The Pogues.
Currently on show in the Droichead Arts Centre is an exhibition of original artworks by Gee Vaucher. Most well known for her covers and record sleeve designs for the band Crass and it’s associated label Crass Records. Thomas McCarthy legs it down memory road.
It’s the season of stockings and lists. The natural occasion to ask this bunch of messers to scribble down their highlights.
The current mess we are in is often explained by an unusual obsession with bricks and mortar rooted in a colonial history. The Irish love to own their own home because those nasty Brits didn’t let us, it’s the spectre of the famine all over again. At best these myths obscure the true reasons behind Ireland’s current economic situation.
Ryan Gosling revisits the character of monosyllabic, simpleton Lars, now transported from the American Midwest to Los Angeles where he has a job as stunt driver/get away driver and a mechanic. He no longer needs to purchase female companionship from the internet, now he just needs to stare at ladies in elevators and ingeniously bribe their offspring with toothpicks to have them forgetting their wedding vows. Drive is a film that raises many questions, why doesn’t he change out of that blood stained jacket? Why is he wearing that … Read More
Here’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary about a major American newspaper trying to find its feet in the digital age. Over the course of a year, Andrew Rossi filmed in the offices of the New York Times; gaining unprecedented access to its daily workings and capturing it at a unique juncture where dailies played a grim race to see who went under first. Season 5 of The Wire constantly springs to mind: it’s a lot of quick talking guys chewing the cud on the ethics of journalism and avoiding redundancy offers.
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