Jonathan Lethem wrote his book, The Fortress Of Solitude, very loosely about his childhood growing up in Brooklyn as a young comic book obsessive. It pulls in themes of race, street art, childhood dynamics, the seeming endlessness of urban street life and lots of music and comic book references. It’s no coincidence that the two [...]
This is a recent documentary about my longtime obsession, Jean Michel Basquiat, made by his friend Tamra Davis, who knew him well enough to film him at the time working and in conversation. Footage of Jean Michel Basquiat is, sadly, rather rare, so I savour every second of this documentary. Check out the trailer, some [...]
This is a brand new project from Silver Spring by Jazz bassist, Daniel Barbiero, and reed and wind player, Jimmy Ghaphery. All the pieces are recorded in one take and totally improvised, ranging from hard-edged full-on improvised blasts, to reflective bowed bass and flute. This is some of the best improvised music I’ve heard in [...]
Will Ever Pray is the debut album by Doomed Bird Of Providence, which is the project of Australian musician Mark Kluzek, telling tales of sea faring, stories of mutiny, and horrific piracy in Australian waters back in colonial times. Dark, nautical tales, the furthest away from sea shanties you could ever hope to get. Brutally [...]
A fantastic band from the south of England, fronted by two brothers Rich and Mik Hanscomb, Junkboy are now four records in and have evolved into this beautiful, slightly eccentric mix of West Coast summery psyche-folk and slightly shoe-gazy post-rock. For fans of Van Dyke Parks, Os Mutantes or XTC.
This is a new gallery set up and run by Ukrainian-born, London-based cityscape artist, Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska, here in my part of London, Walthamstow. The borough has a long history of supporting the arts, and the Tokarska Gallery is a beautiful addition to the arts scene here in E17. We also had the extreme honour of [...]
Japan’s best kept musical secret, Shiina Ringo has been around since the late 90s and is regarded as a major star in Japan. The closest Western parallel you could draw would be Bjork, her music is endlessly interesting to me. The added veneer of cultural disconnection makes her art a puzzle sometimes, which is very [...]