All hail the Childqueen

National Sawdust is a new venue in Williamsburg that feels like a small studio. This helps when seeing acts that have a quite an intimate sound. Kadhja Bonet is a case point. The daughter of an opera singer, her music is full of subtle and beautiful harmonies, which her all-female band enhanced. Tracks like Joy …

Broken Politics

When someone you used to like back in the day comes back with a new album there’s always the worry that they’re going to ruin their legacy with some horror show of a record. Thankfully, Neneh Cherry has emerged with a peach. Her new album ‘Broken Politics’ is superb from first to last. With Four Tet …

Monrovia, Indiana

The latest by famed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman focuses on the small midwestern town of Monrovia in Indiana. In a little under 2 and a half hours, we are introduced to every aspect of town life from local council meetings about fire hydrants to Masonic ceremonies to high school musical rehearsals. All the while Wiseman …

Norm MacDonald has a Show.

Norm MacDonald is one of the funniest men alive ( listen to his album Me doing Stand Up for some irrefutable evidence ) Netflix has seen fit to give him his own chat show, and the results are as unconventional and hilarious as we could hope for. Guess such as Letterman and Drew Barrymore are …

Heaven on Earth

There seems to be a bit of jazz revival going on at the moment. In America Kamasi Washington is crossing over into the pop/rock world while in London for the last few years there’s been a growing number of Jazz artists like Bill Laurance, Matthew Halsall, Jacob Collier, Moses Boyd, and Shabaka Hutchings. Here is …

Capitan, My Capitan

Let me start by saying that I am afraid of heights. Looking out of a tenth story window can make me feel a little queasy. For that reason, and many others, the idea of climbing a mountain without ropes has never really appealed to me. Alex Honnold is made of sterner stuff. He’s chosen this …

The Girl from Chickasaw County

I’m a signed up member of the Bobbi Gentry Fanclub and it seems I’m not alone as there is now a box set of her work that has just been released entitled The Girl from Chickasaw  County.  If that’s too much Gentry for you, I recommend the album ‘Touch ’em with love’ or failingly that …

Alex Prager

Alex Prager creates strange and fabulous images that look as if they might have been culled from some cult classic film of the sixties. This year there’s a collection of her work featuring some of her most famous and enduring work.

Evelyn Hofer

Evelyn Hofer is a photographer best known for her work in the fities and sixties including these wonderful images from a reissued collection of her New York photos. As an adopted son of the city, I love her take on Gotham.