Monthly Archives: November 2009

Actor Cage Turns On The Bright Lights

Hollywood heartthrob Nicolas Cage was an unlikely guest of honour as the city of Bath turned on their Christmas lights. Having apparently owned properties in and around the Somerset area for many years, Cage was invited to the event by a neighbour after she posted a letter through his door. The star thrilled thousands gathered to watch, joining in with the festivities and thanking the gathered crowd for their kindness and generocity.

It’s always nice to see a star pleasing the people. It’s also nice to see Nicolas Cage still so sought after. You have to wonder though, would so many have turned out if it was a new movie launch….Unfortunately, I doubt it.

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NME Shockwaves Announce First Batch Of Shows

The annual month of NME Shockwaves shows have been announced for February 2o1o, with Miike Snow and Hadouken! two of the top names involved. The remaining slots will be taken by Simian Mobile Disco, Yeasayer, Girls and New Young Pony Club.

The shows will run up to the annual NME Awards held at the 02 Academy Brixton from the 24th, with more acts to be announced at a later date.

Miike Snow , London Scala – (Feb) 2nd

Hadouken!, London Scala – 3rd

Simian Mobile Disco, matter – 2oth

New Young Pony Club, Islington Academy – 22nd

Yeasayer, London Heaven – 23rd

Girls, London Scala – 23rd

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Late Of The Pier To Release New Track

British synth peddlers Late Of The Pier are set to release a new track next month. Entitled “Blueberry”, it will be released initially as a download on December 12th, with a 12 – inch vinyl version to follow in February. The later release will also come with “Best In The Class”, an additional track.

It will be their first release since their much applauded debut album Fantasty Black Channel in 2008.

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Muse Rumoured For Glastonbury

British rock trio Muse are rumoured to fill one of the two remaining headline slots at next year’s Glastonbury festival. With one place already given to U2 organisers are no doubt trying to make amends, and the Devonshire lads are one of the favourites.

Having previously headlined in 2004 their name will no doubt please many festival goers, with other options including ancient rockers The Rolling Stones. The line up is sure to be special whatever the outcome, with the festival celebrating it’s 4oth Anniversary and the June event

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A Worthy Reminder

I know it’s a very old film but I’ve recently seen The Killing Fields (1984), and what an absolutely stunning film it is. Based on a true story about a journalist in Cambodia during the Vietnam War, it tells the shocking truth of the American governments disregard for human life, and the subsequent tyrannical rule under the Khmer Rouge and their leader Pol Pot.

With the war spilling over into neighbouring Cambodia, American Sydney Schandberg (Sam Waterstone) and his native accomplice Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) set about reporting the truth of the American government’s disregard for human life. Featuring a heart – renching storyline and some truly stunning performances, it is a film that not only conveys important meanings but entertains as well.

From a personal point of view, a film that paints journalists as compassionate, ethical people is inspiring to watch, as they are rather few and far between. Yet regardless of your profession, it is a poignant tale that will be enjoyed by all.

The Killing Fields is available on dvd now.

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Tip Top Hip Hop

Ok, my apologies for the rather ropey title, I thought It’d be amusing….no? Oh ok then.

Anyway, I’d like to give a mention to P.O.S. With a truly eclectic background, Stefon Alexander began life as a punk rock musician, playing in bands under several guises before finding a love for hip hop. Now onto his fifth studio album Never Better, Alexander has retained much of his punk influences to complete a unique sound. Touching on heartfelt topics and with a voice of great accomplishment his latest feat is undoubtedly his best, and will hopefully take his name to the heights it deserves.

The title track from his latest album, here is the magnificent “Never Better”

Latest album Never Better is out now

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Jay – Z To Play 2010 BRIT Awards

Hip Hop extraordinaire and all round superstar Jay – Z has been confirmed to play next year’s BRIT Awards. The rapper is due to perform a medley of his biggest hits, with a surprised duet reportedly in the pipeline. Fingers have been pointed at Colplay’s Chris Martin, friend Alicia Keys and even his lovely missus Beyonce as possible collaborators, but it is sure to remain a secret until the event.

Robbie Williams is also a confirmed guest, with the singer set to pick up an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award to close the ceremony.

The event will take place at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre on February 16th 2010.

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