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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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. …

Just a Phase

Mildlife are an Australian outfit that produce synth infused jazz/funk that reminds me of something like the Jan Hammer Group at times. Their new EP/mini-album is appropriately enough called ‘Phase II,’ but the one I’m currently listening to is the 2017 release ‘Phase.’ Here’s a sample.

First Reformed

Written by the man behind the Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is a tense look at a man slowly unraveling as his faith comes undone. Reverend Toller ( Ethan Hawke) plays a preacher who is nursing a tragedy, the death of his son and the consequent disintegration of his marriage. When he is called …

Fates & Furies

A poignant collection of western tales courtesy of the Cohen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is perhaps the perhaps the most original piece of television Netflix has ever commissioned. Taking the classic western tropes such as gunslingers, wagon trains, Native American tribes, outlaws and gnarly gold prospectors they twist the genre in a way …