Archive for April, 2013

Neon Neon’s ‘Praxis Makes Perfect’ show set to debut at National Theatre Wales

Posted in Music, Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by dc

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I’ve been listening to the new Neon Neon album Praxis Makes Perfect for the first time tonight, and I’m pleased to say it’s another absolute treat.

2008’s Stainless Style album acted as a musical biography of car manufacturer, John DeLorean, and now Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) have decided to turn their attention to the life of Italian publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

The results are no less thrilling and certainly make you want to find out more about Feltrinelli‘s fascinating life (Wikipedia is not enough).

The 80’s synth magic is still present (one review I read described the sound as Kraftwerk meets Hall & Oates – which I thought was rather lovely, if gently misleading) and if anything, the album sounds even more cohesive than Stainless Style. I want to say it’s got a beautiful air of sonic cinema about it, but that might be bordering on the pretentious.

Anyway, from this Thursday (2nd) to this Sunday (5th) Neon Neon are performing the album in its entirety at National Theatre Wales in Cardiff. The show is billed as, “an immersive gig imagining the life of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the millionaire Italian communist at the heart of many of the most extraordinary events of the twentieth century.”

Neon Neon have put together the show in collaboration with playwright Tim Price and director Wils Wilson – and you can find out more here.

El-P + Killer Mike = Run The Jewels

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by dc

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Killer Mike‘s, El-P produced, R.A.P. Music was my favourite hip-hop albums of last year. It was equal to the sum of its parts – and that’s saying something.

So, the news that the two hip-hop behemoths are joining forces yet again, this time as Run The Jewels, is a top bit of news. Even better is the fact that they’ll be releasing a free to download album this June via Fools Gold.

Here’s the first taster. Get It is a top quality head nodder of a tune (you’ll have an aching neck in the morning after this one) – check it out below (and download it for free too!):

New Discovery – Salvia Plath

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by dc

Slacker-psych-folk anyone?

Step forward drug-pun loving, Salvia Plath, also known as Baltimore-based musician, film maker and artist Michael Collins.

His gloriously slack and lovely new single, House of Leaves is taken from his forthcoming album, The Bardo Story, which is set for release on the 8th July.

Argument destroyer

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by dc

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Pacific Rim – ‘Wondercon’ trailer

Posted in Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by dc

The following Pacific Rim trailer was originally intended for only WonderCon (which took place in Anaheim, California late last month) but due to overwhelming demand Warner Bros Pictures decided to share it earlier today on YouTube – enjoy:

Pacific Rim is released in UK cinemas on the 12th July.

Chance The Rapper – Smoke Again ft. Ab-Soul – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by dc

Smoke Again is taken from Chance The Rapper‘s new Acid Rap mixtape which is available as a free download tomorrow.

Cool Peter Gronquist sculpture

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by dc

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Check out more of American artist Peter Gronquist‘s sculptures here.