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Song of the Week: On a Mission - Gabriella Cilmi PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 00:00
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By Stephanie King

When I first saw the video for Gabriella Cilmi’s On a Mission, I thought it would be funny (ha) to write a post on this embarrassing excuse for a pop song. This disgustingly infectious track has now polluted my head for one long, tawdry week and so it is with immense relief that I expel this track from my iPod never to be heard again.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2010 22:46
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Bollywood and the Mumbai mafia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 07:00
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Amitabh Bachchan in DonBy Priyal Sanghavi

The Mumbai mafia is an integral part of Mumbai culture. It started in 1940 when Afghan gang lords opened whorehouses exclusively for the ruling British. Soon their activities included smuggling, extortion and contract killing. The mafia kept up with the changing city, rapidly establishing a hold over it with much blood spilt in the process.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 16:25
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Song of the Week: Round and Round - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:21
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By Stephanie King

Nah nah nah nah, Nah nah nah nah! Ariel Pink’s Round and Round grooves into being with squelchy synths and a decadent disco sound worthy of a Studio 54 mirrorball while channelling the richness of My Cherie Amour. But this is no party track. As with everything Ariel Pink does, something is off kilter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:35
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Song of the Week: Good Intentions Paving Co - Joanna Newsom PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:02
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By Stephanie King

Opening with a solo piano that seesaws gently between chords, there is something deliciously schizophrenic about Joanna Newsom’s Good Intentions Paving Co.

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Song of the Week: Do You Mind - The xx PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:38
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By Stephanie King

On Tuesday 2nd March The xx played a gorgeous, accomplished gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, building an atmosphere of hushed intimacy in which their debut album was joined by some of their Youtube-friendly cover versions. Do You Mind was the spine-tingling highlight.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 02:10
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Song of the Week: The Sound of Love - Husky Rescue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 13:02
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Husky RescueBy Stephanie King

Finnish five-piece Husky Rescue make the kind of ambient pop music capable of teleporting you to a land of snow and ice, fresh spruce forests and eye-watering sunshine. As the cold winds push us into spring, Husky Rescue’s The Sound of Love will ripple through your headphones like a chilling breath of Nordic air.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 13:32
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Song of the Week: Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:00
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Marina and the DiamondsBy Stephanie King

The first time I heard this song I thought it was one of the ugliest rackets I’d heard in a long time. It sounded like Love Music Angel Baby-era Gwen Stefani stripped of its haute-couture edge and replaced with the sales rack at New Look.

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Pakistan - the visual culture PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 08:06
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By Huma Yusuf

Pakistanis are hungry for visual representations of their own culture. What else explains the success of designer Maheen Khan’s truck art-inspired Gulabo line, the wildfire popularity of reproductions of Lollywood posters, and the prevalence of new art that grapples with Pakistani standards such as the passport stamp or Jinnah’s portrait?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 08:20
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Song of the Week: Stylo - Gorillaz PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 02:42
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GorillazBy Stephanie King

The name of Gorillaz’ forthcoming album Plastic Beach provides clues to what Stylo has to offer – a sci-fi hybrid of the synthetic, the contaminated, the superficial and the beautiful. It’s got the sort of smooth, mid-tempo electro-groove that brings to mind car adverts and shopping centres; slick, mechanised and hygienically inhuman. It’s precisely the kind of uber-cool detached pop you’d expect a cartoon band to make.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 13:57
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