Life Below

  I love it when i come across a new street photographer previously unknown to me. Such a man is Chrisophe Agou, a French photographer based in New York . From 1997 to 2000 he took a series of images from the New York Subway collected in a book called ‘Life Below’. The last time …

The Future is Past

Something has been worrying me. Am I living in a present which has completely given up on the future? Pretty much, according to Simon Reynolds in ‘Retromania’ his superb dissection of western societies current obsession with ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’. The brave new world of the sixties, where unless something was modern and new it simply …

Vampire Weekend: Abhorrent or Excellent?

Like Ariel Pink, Vampire weekend are one of those bands that I would best describe as ‘polarizing’. I’m amazing at the hatred they seem to inspire from people who are not even that aware of modern music. People’s objection seems to be based on the middle-classness of the band members and their appropriation of musical …

People who eat Darkness

For a few years in the nineties I lived in Hong Kong and I can still remember the incredible thrill I got from waking up and realizing ‘I’m living in a different continent!” But I can also remember the sense of distance I had from local people, who even if friendly would only be so …

‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Snore’

    When it comes to writing about spies John Le Carre knows his stuff. So when he raves about the latest adaptation of one his most famous novels ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier spy’ this reviewer was really quite keen to see it. If only I’d contented myself with imagining how could it might be. I’m …

U.F.O. discovered

Just when you thought every last obscure 60’s/70’s pop masterpiece had been rediscovered comes Jim Sullivan’s U.F.O. My favorite reissue of last year, it’s a laid back country rock-ish album that eases it’s way into your affections. However behind it’s mellow vibe, for those who listen carefully, is a world weariness and pain. These are …

Hoodies 1 Aliens 0

Following on from the big South African hit ‘District 9’, that showed you could make a lo-budget special effects sci-fi film as long as you had a story worth investing in, comes ‘Attack the Block’ The basic premise: aliens start beaming down to a tough, inner city London housing estate. Ensue shit fight. Like Shaun …

What’s Danish for sophomore slump?

It pains me to say that as much as I love Lund and her Copenhagen policing colleagues, I have to report that I found the 2nd series of The Killing not a patch on the first. Really the issue is one of originality. You kind of feel you’ve seen the ‘corrupt politicians covering up murder …

Submarine gives me that sinking feeling

One of these days I’m going to see a coming age movie where the protagonist is a burly 6ft beer-drinking rugby player who has a crush on a hot blonde girl who really likes him. They shag like rabbits and live happily ever after. It’s about as likely as hen’s teeth but sooner or later …

Sarah Lund, bitch with a badge.

One of the many things you need to avoid in life apart from steamed broccoli and any show that encourages celebrities to dance, is being the partner of Detective Lund of the Copenhagen police force. It seems everyone around her either ends up dead or fired. This would be fine if she made up for …