New towns

I have been looking at some old films about new towns. I am always fascinated by these films. Their unflinching optimism is striking. Was the hope matched by the reality? Probably not. From 1948, this is Charley in New Town. Even better is this beaming appraisal of newly-built Stevanage, made in 1959. I particularly love […]

Be kind and rewind

It’s been a lean few years for new artists in electronic music. Aside from dubstep, which went down the shitter pretty quickly, there hasn’t been much to get excited about. The IDM glory days are long gone. But one artist definitely bucking the trend is VHS Head. Emerging seemingly from nowhere in 2009, he has […]

Look Around You is ten years old

Look Around You is a hilarious pastiche of programmes for schools, public information films, and 1970s television in general. Made by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, it is beautifully made and packed with silly jokes. It’s one of my all-time favourite comedy programmes. This is the final episode, Brain. There is also this film, Birds […]

My top five albums of 2011

5. Sigur Rós — Inni After a three year hiatus following the release of Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, Sigur Rós have emerged with… an album of old material. Well, in fairness, it is the first serious attempt at a live album (although Hvarf / Heim had already sort of settled that need in […]