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Friday, Oct 5, 2012
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Neil Davidge was the producer and co-composer of the last three Massive Attack albums and now he turns his considerable talents to the gaming world by scoring the Halo 4 video game.

Neil Davidge was the producer and co-composer of the last three Massive Attack albums and now he turns his considerable talents to the gaming world by scoring the Halo 4 video game. The soundtrack will release October 22nd via The End Records and features music that is massive and grand with soaring crescendos and painterly in execution with waves of sound illustrating another world. The project involved the additional work of some of the electronic music world’s leading lights, including Gui Boratto, DJ Skee & THX, Hundred Waters, Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan, Caspa, Apocalyptica, and more.


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Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012

Ah, Twitter. Even the most internet-saturated among us still resist its siren call, its promise of 140-character wit and wisdom. Sure, it might be the most profound waste of time of our age, but it has nonetheless brought out of the woodwork some pretty damn funny people. And when the funny comes in the form of a comic book superhero music critic, well… I hate to tell you this, but you might just have to break down and get a Twitter account.  Just a sampling of the gems…


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Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011
Who’s Better, Who’s Best?: Tom Baker, that’s WHO and he’s back.

Good news everyone – he’s back! Tom Baker in a NEW Doctor Who story! Mike Yates (Richard Franklin) of UNIT returns to be re-united with ‘the living ghost’ the best Doctor ever! AND – even better news for our American friends – it’s on the radio. The first episode broadcast was 13th December, and the five-parter will be available on the BBC Radio 4 Extra iPlayer.


In deepest Sussex Yates encounters his old friend after answering a mysterious advertisement. Radio allows us to believe that Baker is, as the characters assert, exactly as he was in the 1970s. When his voice sets up the episode and the old theme tune kicks in, I felt transported! Talk about time travel.


The first episode sets things up very well and both actors carry things off with a sense of great melodramatic splendour. It is a cross between sci-fi and Victorian ghost stories – the best combination for Christmas.


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Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011
Vincent Moon and Warp Films launch Kickstarter campaign for new ATP Festival Short Film Project.

Is Vincent Moon one of the busiest directors in the music industry right now? What’s certain is that he’s one of the most unique. After recent work on DVDs for Arcade Fire and R.E.M., and alongside his normal work on Le Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows, as well as his nomadic existence travelling around the world for his Petites Planetes project, he has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new ATP film project.


ATP (or All Tomorrow’s Parties) is one of the most unique festivals in the UK, set in a holiday camp with weekends of music curated by people such as Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Vincent Gallo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Matt Groening in the past. Vincent has been a regular at the festival, filming lots of fan’s eye view footage of proceedings.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Is there such a thing as a highbrow viral video? We'll Never Know the Difference.

On Thursday of last week I received one of those emails that usually cause me to wince. A colleague had sent me a link to a YouTube video that he wanted me to watch. I was all set to hate it because it was going to be political, or about 2012, or have some kitten frolicking in a cardboard box. But, since I knew he would ask me about it later I clicked on the link. Apparently I did the same thing as almost three quarter of a million people have since.


I will freely confess that initially I thought my associate had sent me the wrong link. The video, made by a fan of the indie music group Bad Lamps, had a bunch of close up shots of what seemed to be TV or movie actresses that looked like they were pulled from some VHS tape circa 1987. I didn’t understand what the big deal was until I started reading the comments. Those hadn’t been actresses I was watching. They were adult film stars.


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