Archive for February, 2011

Spotify Sunday

When guitars get fuzzy

When guitars get fuzzy

  I love the sound of fuzz guitar: proper fuzz, that is, not ‘overdrive’. I used to hate it – its big, square, brick wall of noise felt really crude – but I grew to love it, probably because I noticed it appearing on my favourite records. Initially, this was [...]

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Spotify Sunday

Fill Your Ears

Fill Your Ears

Hickory Wind – The Byrds The Byrds were never better than during the spell Gram Parsons was present. Sweetheart of the Rodeo is a near-faultless album and‘Hickory Wind’ perhaps its standout track. Boulder to Birmingham – Emmylou Harris You could cheerfully pick any number of Emmylou songs but her tribute [...]

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Great Scenes: ‘Fill your hands ….!’

Great Scenes: ‘Fill your hands ….!’

Lecturing on – or even just talking about – films, there often come moments when one wants to pause the picture and speak for hours about a particular lighting choice, sound effect,actor’s gesture or director’s flourish. And there are other moments when one simply wants to press ‘play’ and say, [...]

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The Geezer’s Tale 

The Geezer’s Tale 

The most popular British soaps, like EastEnders and Corrie, have always followed working class life – whereas our American cousins have always preferred to follow the exploits of the superrich in shows like Dallas and Dynasty. The same is true of our respective hip-hop cultures. American hip-hop is about leaving [...]

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Why I love Westerns

Why I love Westerns

  A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born,” the Wild West was still – just about – in living memory. And a little British Asian girl growing up in 70s suburbiacould [...]

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