Song by Song

For the last two and a half years Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay have set themselves the task of doing a podcast on each and every Tom Waits song in chronological order, starting with the songs on his debut album ‘Closing Time.’ This herculean feat cannot be done alone, so during the series Martin …

Robin de Puy

Born in 1986, Robin de Puy grew up in her parents’ family hotel in the small village in South Holland. She graduated from the Fotoacademie Rotterdam in 2009 and in 2013, she received the Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize for a shot of fellow photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn; in 2015 she took a 10,000km road trip across …

Women on the Verge

French author Leila Slimane brings new life to the literary thriller with a distinctly feminist take on the genre. In her novel ‘Adele’ there are echos of much older French novels such as ‘Madame Bovary’ and ‘Therese Desqueyroux’ in her depiction of an unhappily married woman who can not quite understand the source of her …

Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint was a mystic, spiritualist and an abstract artist who more or less invented the form. Yet it is only in the last few years that her work has started to enter the public consciousness. In part because she never displayed her pictures in her lifetime and when she died in 1944 gave …

African Ambiance

Nouvelle Ambiance revisits 80’s Paris to tell the musical tale of African music made in the French capital. The compilation is full of sunny upbeat grooves, superbly played with that addictive quality that means many of the tracks quickly get under your skin making it the sort of album that you’ll be playing ten years …

Shoplifters of the World Unite

What constitutes a family? That is the question at the heart of that poignant and heartwarming Japanese film ‘Shoplifting.’ As its title suggests, it features a makeshift family who makes ends meet by petty criminality. I say makeshift as the connections between them are not blood ties as such. The grandmother is not actually the …

Hell Fyre

If you want to see a documentary about sheer and utter twats displaying their natural twattishness, you have to watch Fyre. It’s about a supposed music festival in the Bahamas for the super-rich, organized by scam artist Billy McFarland, that became one of the biggest shit-shows in history. Already the subject of two documentaries it …

Love in a Cold Climate

In Pawel Pawlikowski’s film ‘Cold War’ it’s tough being true to yourself as a musician in Communist Poland. Not only do you have to sing Polish folk songs and tributes to the glorious revolution but you also have a hard time living with the one you love. The films two main characters composer and pianist …

Seymour reads the Constitution

Brad Mehldau is one of the greatest exponents of jazz piano in the world and has released a new album ‘Seymour Reads the Constitution’ with his regular trio that shows the power of beautifully played well-interpreted songs, whether they be by Paul McCartney or Frederick Loewe.

Patrick Melrose

A couple of years ago I saw the author Edward St. Aubyn interviewed at the New Yorker Festival. He came across as shy and self-deprecating with a wicked sense of humor, and if you had never read anything by him, the kind of English gent who might write Evelyn Waugh-ish satires of the upper classes. …