A Hidden Life

Right at the death of the year, I’ve seen the best film of 2019. Terence Malick used to be everyone’s favorite director back when he worked away from Hollywood having directed two masterpieces in ‘Badlands’ and ‘Days of Heaven.” Suddenly after a 25 year absence he returned with the excellent Thin Red Line. Then things …

Dubliners

Legendary street photographer, Martin Parr, described Eamonn Doyle’s photos as the best he’d seen in years. It’s hard not to agree with that statement. Taken on the streets of Dublin, they are graphic and raw and like all good examples of the genre hint at the lives of their subjects. A book featuring a sample …

California Trip

Dennis Stock is most famous for a shot he took of James Dean walking through Times Square in the fifties but there is lot more to him as the book California Trip shows. Covering every thing from the hippie lifestyle to rock concerts, Stock captures the feeling of California during en epoch making era.

There's No Place Like Home

For some reason, I’ve never seen E.T. Until this week, when I got a chance to see it on a big screen courtesy of Noah Bambauch who chose it as one of his favorite films This might seem like an odd choice for the director of Marriage Story, but E.T. is also, in part, a …

Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka’s new self titled album is probably my favorite release of the year. It’s production has a slightly early seventies feeling and is packed with hooks and choruses that would be effective in any era. In short, it’s the sort of album you can put on and leave on

Say Nothing

As we come to end of year lists I can’t say there were too many books that blew me away. That is perhaps not the best phrase to use about a book on the IRA but that is effectively what the book ‘Say Nothing’ did to this reader. Written by Patrick Radden O’Keefe it told …

Thanks for the Songs

This year has ended with a nice surprise. The release of a posthumous Leonard cohen record released and produced by his son under instructions from his father. It’s a really beautiful piece of work that comes in a shade under 30 minutes. Personally, i am huge fan of the short album. i dont see any …

Time for Peace is Now

Kanye West’s recent gospel album has thrown a bit of heat on the genre and ‘Time for Peace is Now’ a compilation of old school religious music recently received the honor of being best reissue on Pitchfork. This track is one I have been playing repeatedly, while marveling at how incredible it is that the …

Old Fellas

At three and half hours Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman might be called epic but for the entirely personal and character driven storyline, which drills down onto the films main subjects, hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa ( Al Pacino) and mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci.) The lives lived by men …

Natalia Lafourcade

I went to see David Byrne do an interview at The New Yorker Festival and got to ask him a question, which was, ‘What album or artist that many people don’t know would you recommend?’ His answer was the Mexican singer Natalie Lafourcade. It was great reco. These tracks are from her album ‘Musas’