Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A few happy words with artist Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister is best known in the art world (and real world) for his explorative graphic design work. He’s has worked on projects ranging from the commercial, the cultural, and some which have allowed him to cross over into other industries, perhaps most notably, with his album cover designs for Lou Reed and the Rolling Stones.
 The New York based Austrian recently embarked upon arguably one of his most interesting projects yet, one which would ask serious questions about the human condition and methods in which we all partake to achieve happiness.

By Ray Jackson      Thursday, 22 March 2012 2:59 PM

Famous for being famous: Boris Johnson may be the best-known politician in Britain but running on his record could hurt his re-election

He’s the first celebrity politician of the modern age. Known not only by his first name but by his very silhouette, Boris Johnson understands the power and significance of celebrity better than any other political figure in Britain today.

Whether he’s knocking bouffants with Barbara Windsor, or straddling a “Boris bike” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, it is always Boris who manages to steal the star role.
And like other modern celebrities, Boris understands that fame no longer requires the famous to actually do anything. For the modern celebrity, fame itself is both the means and the ends.

By Adam Bienkov     Monday, 7 November 2011 9:55 AM

Woolwich woes: what if you threw a riot and nobody saw?

Many London districts hit by riots got lovebombed afterwards – but one got the big stick from its council instead. Welcome to Woolwich, a beaten-up, beaten-down place that’s not likely to feature in any “new Hoxton” lists soon.

By Darryl Chamberlain     Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:06 AM

Boris Johnson in 'The Mystery of the Missing Mayor'

As the whole world watched on in horror as criminal hordes wrecked London for three straight nights, the Mayor was nowhere to be seen. But whilst Boris Johnson was missing presumed holidaying, his re-election campaign was still fully present and correct.

By Adam Bienkov     Tuesday, 13 September 2011 10:22 AM

Diary: Toby Bull, Tender Age Records

Drop/Dead’s Flicker has entered and stayed very much within my field of vision this past month. It throws up, firstly, the...

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By Darren Atwater     Friday, 13 May 2011 7:37 PM

Tom Jenkins talks to the wave pictures on the eve of their UK tour

David Tattershall has jitters. Is it to do with the impending royal nuptials? “I can’t stand the royal family actually,” he says, “not that I wish them any ill of course”. Perhaps it’s the lengthy cross-country drive he and his band The Wave Pictures have just completed, en route to their first ever gig on the Emerald Isle at Galway’s Roisin Dubh, or the fact that as we talk Tattershall is overlooking a beer can infested canal opposite tonight’s venue. Whatever: within the nerves, the excitable, slightly quivering timbre of his voice suggests a man whose creative juices are flowing; a man who’s ready, with his two closest companions, for this two month jaunt around the UK, converting audiences to his cause.

By Tom Jenkins      Friday, 13 May 2011 7:33 PM

New Band: The Sandwitches

The San Francisco garage scene is one of the most fecund in music right now, with bands such as The Fresh & Onlys and Sonny & The Sunsets...

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By Odhran O’Donoghue     Friday, 13 May 2011 7:23 PM

The light and the dark of David Thomas Broughton

One day back in 2005, David Thomas Broughton went down to Wrangthorn Church in Leeds, set up his equipment, and recorded some music. “I had had these songs already, so I had an idea of what I was going to do,” he recalls. “The engineer just pressed record, I played, and then he pressed stop. The only thing we did after that was change some of the levels of the different microphones, which were situated at different positions around the hall. No overdubs.”

By Jonathan Fisher     Friday, 13 May 2011 7:17 PM

Random Interview: Vic - Market Trader, Deptford Market

Deptford Market on a Saturday morning is a thriving bastion of old-timey market chaos. The air is full of shouting, arguing, laughing and confusion as people pick through piles of strange china ornaments, odd shoes and every conceivable electrical appliance that has been surpassed by modern invention since electricity began. It is untainted by trendy craft stalls and free from overpriced tourist tat, instead it is full of pure and glorious junk. Junk that it is exciting and rewarding to search through; books, odd paintings, records, furniture, TVs, clothes, old newspapers, hats and the slightly depressing china set your mum had when you were five. Approaching market trader Vic, I admit to being a bit nervous, but soon found a softness behind her hardy exterior.

By Kaf Blamire     Friday, 13 May 2011 7:00 PM

I’m a young male who is interested in birds—what’s wrong with me?

Something strange is happening to me, and I’m a little bit scared.
It all started a couple of weeks ago as I walked with a friend along Regent’s Canal. The scene was thick with portents, as in a dream. A strong wind from a clear blue sky, dead cherry blossom decaying beneath our feet. The empty carcass of a Number 8 bus on Roman Rd, taken out of service before the end of its route. I should have guessed that a part of me was about to die.

Then it happened.

By Mike Pollitt     Friday, 13 May 2011 6:53 PM

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