sun 05/07/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

Thomas H Green

Apart from Simon Reynolds paying tribute in Rip It Up And Start Again, his definitive history of post-punk – notably to the demented experimentalism of ATV’s second album Vibing Up The Senile Man – there has been little extended acknowledgement of these definitive Seventies originals. Frontman Mark Perry pops up regularly as a talking head on programmes about punk, but the focus is always, not unreasonably, the year-long run of his famous fanzine Sniffin’ Glue. As so often, this is not quite as...

DVD: The Man with the Golden Arm

Kieron Tyler

When The Man with the Golden Arm was released in British cinemas in January 1956, it was given an “X” certificate by the then British Board of Film Censors (BBFC), which excluded those under 16 from seeing it. Cuts were made to scenes showing the details of drug preparation to obtain that category, and it hit screens at 114 minutes. Some violence was excised, too. A 119-minute version was first seen on home video in 1992 with a “15” certificate. Its last home video release in 2007 shared both...

CD: Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light

Barney Harsent

The first thing that hits you is the voice. Simultaneously full and fragile; assured, but with a distinctive, backnote graze that runs along it like...

DVD: It Follows

Nick Hasted

This is an unusually humane horror film, made more chilling by its warmth towards its characters. After a brief prologue of inexplicable, bone-...

CD: Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self

Guy Oddy

Trembling Bells appear to be resolutely stuck in 1969 – a time when hippiedom’s tastes turned from groovy Paisley Pattern to dreary brown corduroy....

CD: Satoshi Tomiie - New Day

Joe Muggs

Democratised opulence from veteran Japanese house producer

CD: Robert Glasper – Covered

Matthew Wright

New material gets vintage jazz treatment as Glasper marks ten years at Blue Note

DVD: Force Majeure

Kieron Tyler

Swedish depiction of the collapse of male character will make you squirm

CD: Rickie Lee Jones - The Other Side of Desire

Jasper Rees

The singer-songwriter is no longer blocked, apart from in her sinuses

CD: Richard Thompson - Still

Mark Kidel

Old folk-rocker still going strong

DVD: On Yer Bike - A History of Cycling on Film

Graham Rickson

British cycling captured on film, from 1899 to 1983

CD: Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Plenty to love on hotly-tipped Londoners' debut

CD: Kurt Elling – Passion World

Matthew Wright

Jazz singer's technical mastery under-utilised on lukewarm global songs

CD: The Parrots - Weed For The Parrots

Thomas H Green

Spanish garage band prove a refreshing tonic with a chaotic, carefree mini-album

CD: The LaFontaines - Class

Thomas H Green

Debut from rising Scottish rockers aims at big arena rock with mixed results

CD: The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703 AD

Barney Harsent

Alex Patterson and Thomas Fehlmann prove, once again, that space is the place

DVD: Forty Guns

Graham Fuller

Barbara Stanwyck cracks her whip in Sam Fuller's Tombstone power-struggle rethink

DVD: Selma

Ellin Stein

An inspirational look at the fight for civil rights in 60s America and its eloquent leader

CD: Arthur Russell - Corn

Joe Muggs

The multidisciplinary bohemian's unreleased music remains a rich seam

CD: Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Sex, similes and spoken word on Norwegian oddball's third album

DVD: Home from Home

Nick Hasted

A satisfying, surprising addition to the Heimat saga

CD: Giorgio Moroder - Déjà vu

Thomas H Green

Astonishingly awful return from the disco-synth legend

CD: Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields

Peter Quinn

A stunning new collection from the acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader

CD: José Padilla - So Many Colours

Barney Harsent

The sunset soundtracker creates an album of bits that will have you in pieces

DVD: The Dancing Years, The Rat

Kieron Tyler

A pair of enjoyably escapist film adaptations of Ivor Novello stage vehicles

CD: Melody Gardot – Currency of Man

Matthew Wright

Undoubtedly charismatic, but less can also be more in the special effects department

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Mothmen

Kieron Tyler

Loopy north-African and dub-influenced Mancunian post-punk resurfaces


Russ Coffey

Intriguing collaboration proves rewarding, if, occasionally, a little arch

CD: Muse - Drones

Barney Harsent

Muse return to a more familiar landscape – a paranoid dystopian nightmare


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CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

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