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January 2017
 
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Heartbreaker - L'arnacoeur : Film
IFC Films releasedFrench filmmaker Pascal Chaumeil's filmHeartbreaker(L'arnacoeur) starring Romain Duris and the glorious and natural Vanessa Paradis, (partner of revered 1990’s actor Johnny Depp, the lucky lad). The story takes place in the second smallest country in the world, Monaco and centers around Alex, his sister, and her...
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Banksy - Exit through the gift shop : Film
The British graffiti artist Banksy is renowned for producing iconic street art and fiercely guarding his identity to avoid prosecution. Merge took a look at Banksy's Can Festival back in 2008. Now back in front of the camera in thisdocu... mocumentary - Exit through the gift shop. Little surprise then, that in this latest film he was unw...
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Midlake - The Courage of Others : CD
Midlake’s third album, the Courage of Others, is both similar and yet evolved from their previous, the Trials of Van Occupanther. It is similar in the way the songs have been written, with the main vocal and lush harmonies taking the centre stage of each track, as well as in the lyrics themselves. It is different because they have done away w...
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Hot Chip - One Life Stand : CD
Santa Clause isn’t real, old people smell funny and Hot Chip’s new album isn’t as good as the last one. In my non-certified and non-internationally recognized position as guy who thinks he knows things about music, it’s my opinion that this album will pass by without anyone even noticing it. The first three tracks are so...
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A Mountain of One - Institute of Joy : CD
If Kevin Spacey and the drug dealing kid from next door were looking for something else to smoke to other than Pink Floyd in American Beauty, A Mountain of One would have been a pretty good choice. But much like Pink Floyd, there’s a line where the music goes from a stoner’s delight, to just way too much like your Dad’s daggy CD...
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CD: Echo & The Bunnymen - The Fountain
Echo & The Bunnymen is a strange choice to headline Laneway. Theirs is not a recent reunion (like Pavement or The Pixies); they’ve been active since frontman Ian McCullough returned in 1997. Their 21st century claim to fame is to have ‘The Killing Moon’ adorn the opening sequences of cult film Donnie Darko, but then, it wasn&r...
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DJ Sanchez - Back in the Mix : CD
Saying that Hip Hop’s dead, means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But when you’ve got a DJ who almost exclusively mixes and remixes ‘golden-era’ tracks, you kinda realise just how shit a lot of the genre is today. With notable exceptions like Mos Def’s The Ecstatic, 2009 was a pretty run-of-the-mill year ...
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CD: Alice Russell - A Pot of Gold Remixes
There have been some great remixes released in the last six months. A-Trak’s remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Heads Will Roll’, Classixxx’s version of ‘Lisztomania’ by Phoenix, and my favourite, The XX’s reworked ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine. The great thing about all ...
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Book: The Imperfectionists - A Novel in Stories
Sometimes it is easy to forget that behind the media there are actually real people with real lives outside (or sometimes not outside) of the newsroom. To us they exist simply as a byline or a voice detailing figures and facts. Yet in the same way that newspaper articles give us tiny snippets of current affairs, former journalist Tom Rachman’...
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DVD: 2012
There’s this one bit of 2012 that you have definitely seen even if you haven’t been near a cinema in ten years: all of Los Angeles falls into a giant hole. Buildings shudder and then collapse in glassy clouds, trains fly off elevated tracks to crash into skidding buses, and roaring lava seeping up from beneath the Earth’s crust sw...
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