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New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: How to be Eccentric - The Essential Richard Massingham

Graham Rickson

Improbably described by the French archivist and critic Henri Langlois as “the greatest technician and the greatest poet of British cinema”, it seems incredible that Richard Massingham isn't better known. A doctor by training, his first shorts were made in the early 1930s as a weekend hobby, and he began shooting promotional and training films to make a living. Twenty two of them are collected here: they’re all highly watchable, the best combining rare technical skill with sardonic humour....

CD: Vetiver – Complete Strangers

Kieron Tyler

The listless Complete Strangers drifts by in such a haze that it’s impossible to maintain any concentration on it after the first 10 minutes or so. When it ends, after 43 minutes and 10 songs, awareness that it’s finished only comes when whatever else has been focussed on instead comes to an end. Appropriately, for Vetiver’s mainstay Andy Cabic, it seems his attention has been elsewhere too since the release of 2011’s The Errant Charm. The Complete Strangers press release says he has been “...

CD: The Maccabees - Marks to Prove It

Lisa-Marie Ferla

That I’ve tended to lump The Maccabees in with a certain brand of mid-Noughties landfill lad-rock is my problem, not theirs; not least because the...

CD: Joss Stone – Water For Your Soul

Matthew Wright

To some critics, Joss Stone manages her career with the authenticity and conviction of her accent at the 2007 Brit Award ceremony. Yet with seven...

DVD: While We're Young

Ellin Stein

As Noah Baumbach moves into his forties, his youthful archness is becoming increasingly tempered with a wry melancholy. It adds depth and piquancy to...

CD: Iron and Wine/ Ben Bridwell - Sing Into My Mouth

Russ Coffey

Odd-couple alt-country collaborators create a thing of understated beauty

CD: Owl & Mouse - Departures

Thomas H Green

Australian sibling band hit home with a set for the broken-hearted

DVD: The Face of an Angel

Kieron Tyler

Michael Winterbottom-directed farrago centring on the Meredith Kercher case

CD: Lautari - Vol 67, 2014 Live

Tim Cumming

Avant-folk riches from the heart of rural Poland

CD: Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Lisa-Marie Ferla

How to follow up a masterpiece by Americana's finest songwriter

CD: Tame Impala - Currents

Barney Harsent

Kevin Parker's anticipated album aims for the stars, but stumbles soon after launch

DVD: Cemetery Without Crosses

Kieron Tyler

Remarkable French take on the Western demands to be seen

CD: Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Guy Oddy

East Midlands duo take a fiery stand against Austerity Britain

CD: The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes

Thomas H Green

Eighth album from dance music perennials rejects notions they're on the wane

DVD: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

David Nice

Mortality and just a touch of mercy in Roy Andersson's version of everyday Swedish life

CD: Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf

Kieron Tyler

Misty, mostly Welsh-language anti-totalitarian concept album

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Love Affair

Kieron Tyler

Mod-inclined soul-pop from the band who disastrously admitted to not playing on their own singles

CD: Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Alt-rockers return with gospel according to saints Nina and Louise

DVD: The Yellow Balloon

Nick Hasted

A 12-year-old loses his way in a threatening Fifties London thriller

CD: The Pretty Things - The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, of Course)

Barney Harsent

Phil May and co find a new lease of life and rich vein of form

CD: Asian Dub Foundation - More Signal More Noise

Guy Oddy

Triumphant return for the East London musical magpies

DVD: Story of My Death

Tom Birchenough

Elliptical Catalan film illuminates hypnotic encounter of sensuality and darkness

CD: Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Kieron Tyler

Doo-wop and honking sax on the musical eccentric’s calling card to a mass audience

CD: Xaos - Chaos

Mark Kidel

Masterful blend of ancient and modern Greek sounds

Reissue CDs Weekly: Sex Pistols

Kieron Tyler

Another outing for the seminal ‘Spunk’ bootleg

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

Thomas H Green

First for 14 years from punk original Mark Perry and band

DVD: The Man with the Golden Arm

Kieron Tyler

Frank Sinatra is tantalised by heroin in the film which changed American cinema

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

Barney Harsent

Loss, leaving and new beginnings dominate a beautiful album from the former Espers singer

DVD: It Follows

Nick Hasted

Teen horror with a kind but chilling heart

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