Sunday, 24 March 2019

Reviews on Blank Slate


I've recently joined the Blank Slate team to write album and concert reviews. You can read the first three here, here and here. Next up: Colossal Squid and Dextro at The Cluny this coming Tuesday.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Review of 2018

Music
Rival Consoles: Persona (*****)
Kikagaku Moyo: Masana Temples (****)
Jonny Greenwood: You Were Never Really Here (****)
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto: Glass (****)
The Soft Moon: Criminal (****)
Thom Yorke: Suspiria (****)
Spiritualized: And Nothing Hurt (****)
Suuns: Felt (****)
Johnny Jewel: Themes for Television (****)
Mint Field: Para de las Luces (****)
Grouper: Grid of Points (****)
Perfect Circle: Eat the Elephant (****)
Infinite Music: A Tribute to La Monte Young (****)
Black Label Society: Grimmest Hits (****)
Jon Hopkins: Singularity (****)

Live Music
MONO/ Jo Quail at The Cluny, 04/10 (****)
Mogwai at Northumberland University, 01/02 (****)

Films
Phantom Thread (****)
Roma (****)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (****)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (****)
Avengers: Infinity War (****)
Bad Times at the El Royale (****)
Leave No Trace (****)
I, Tonya (****)
You Were Never Really Here (***)
Annihilation (***)
Suspiria (***)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (**)

Television
Evil Genius: The True Story... (*****)
Making a Murderer: Season 2 (****)
The Staircase (****)
Inside No. 9: Season 4 (****)
The Sinner: Season 2 (****)
The Innocent Man (****)
Louis Theroux: Altered States (***)
A Very British Scandal (***)

Reading
Stefan Zweig: The Post Office Girl (*****)  
Haruki Murakami: Killing Commendatore (*****) 
Iain Banks: Stonemouth (*****)  
Haruki Murakami: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki... (*****) 
Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide... (second reading, *****)  
Stefan Zweig: Beware of Pity (****) 
Philip K. Dick: Flow My Tears... (second reading, ****)  
Haruki Murakami: Norwegian Wood (second reading, ****) 
D.H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (****)  
Mark Frost: Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier (****) 
J.G. Ballard: Super-Cannes (***)  
Francois Mauraic: Therese (***) 
Mark Frost: The Secret History of Twin Peaks (***)  
John Grisham: The Firm (second reading, ***) 
Hunter S. Thompsons: Hell’s Angels (***)  
Philip K. Dick: In Milton Lumky Territory (***) 
Philip K. Dick: Ubik (***)  
Douglas Adams: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (***) 
Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Other Plays (***) 
Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire (***)
Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves (**)