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Isle Of White Festival 2009: Day One

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The Isle Of Wight Festival 2009 kicked of last night with a racous headline set from veteran Essex boys the Prodigy. In a set that featured a potent mix of new and old material   with highlights featuring a burning rendition of Voodoo People and the mini aural revolution of Firestarter alongside Invaders Must Die that showcases that Liam Howletts men have no intentions of resting on their laurels just yet.
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Written by Jonathan

June 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Live, Reviews

Dinosuar Jr – J Mascis Interview

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The notion of interviewing Dinosaur Jr founder and mainstay J Mascis is always adaunting one. Famously reticent in interview Mascis comes across as an otherworldly and aloof professor, reluctant to communicate verbally what he could so easily impart with a simple solo or feedback squall. However, in person, hunched over a west London hotel couch, though never bordering on chatty Mascis is engaging, witty and warm. As well he should be, for life is good for Mascis at the moment, the original line up of Dinosaur Jr are about to drop ‘Farm’ their second album since reforming for ‘Beyond’, they have signed to new home Jagjaguwar and Mascis is also a new father. Though for now he seems far more interested in iPhone apps.

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Written by Jonathan

June 13, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Looking For Eric

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Looking For Eric
Dir: Ken Loach
Star: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop, Gerard Kearns
Cert: 15

It’s easy to forget. It’s easy to let the passage of time quell raw emotion into a fuzzy haze. Modern football has a short memory, superstars are quickly replaced, transfer records based daily and wages plucked from the sky. So it was a genuine surprise that one of the by products of seeing clips of Eric Cantona in his strutting, karate tinged pomp in Ken Loach’s new surrealist drama Looking For Eric was to experience the onset of genuine goosebumps inspired not just by football clips from the last millenia, but by clips of a Manchester United player!
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Festival Preview: Hove Festival

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Hove3Hove Festivalen 2009
22-25 June 2009
Hove, Norway
Headliners: The Killers, Slipknot, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand

There can be little doubt that Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Sharing the kind of breathtaking geography of other global extremities such as New Zealand, it’s glacial fjords and 24/7 summers lend it an otherworldly vibe.

Into this already stunning setting the Hove Festival thrusts the very best of world musical talent onto an intoxicating Norweigan coastline for 4 days of music, nature, beaches and camping every June. Like many european festivals it boasts an incredible line up of bands that it’s increasingly hard and costly to see in the UK, with this years line up offering the perfect excuse to take the week off work and get yourselves up to the good north.
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Stag & Dagger: Round Up

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My lord, festival season is coming thick and fast already this year, and with Camden Crawl, Great Escape, turning Point and various other flashes of pre summer brilliance setting the standard high it is with a sense of delirious expectation that a night roaming Shoreditch courtesy of Stag & Dagger ganders into view. Fortunately those sensational chaps in their booking machines at Vice, and Adventures In the Beetroot Field know their music and have assembled a staggering line up that is bound to cause numerous heart attacks and spontaneous indie boy combustions as people try and master the simply impossible task of seeing every hot band on offer over the course of one manic evening.
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Rock A Rolla: Issue 20

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New issue of Rock A Rolla, for whom I am lucky to scribe, is in the shops now, you should check it out for the following reasons!
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Hitchcock: Matt Droog interview

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Those of you who attended Gatecrasher in 2008 may recall the strange sight of a menacing Clockwork Orange inspired ringleader galavanting about the stage in a maroon suit acting like a disgruntled mime who had spent the day shooting speedballs whilst being poked with a stick. Spitting avant garde riffs over ludicrously pulverising beats Hitchcock took the festival by storm despite many in the crowd having no clue who they were watching.
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Written by Jonathan

May 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm