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New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: T S Eliot - The Search for Happiness

Graham Fuller

“How it went with the women,” Martin Amis’s phrase for what most straight men are likely to contemplate in the evenings of their lives, would have made an ideal alternative subtitle for the 50-minute documentary T S Eliot: The Search for Happiness.

Blu-Ray: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea

Graham Rickson

Jindřich Polák ’s 1963 film Ikarie XB-1 (also available from Second Run) still seems fresh, a cerebral, visually arresting sci-fi which clearly influenced 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Album: Jane Weaver - Flock

Kieron Tyler

Flock ends with “Solarised”, a glorious five-plus minutes excursion into retro-futurist pop with the artistic smarts of Saint Etienne and Stereolab....

Album: Blanck Mass - In Furneaux

Mark Kidel

John Benjamin Power (formerly half of Fuck Buttons) opens his new opus with glittering synth arpeggios – reminiscent of the Seventies electronica of...

Album: Alice Cooper - Detroit Stories

Thomas H Green

A decade ago, Alice Cooper reconnected with his roots. He created a sequel to his 1975 album Welcome to my Nightmare with Bob Ezrin, the producer...

Album: Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains - Banane Bleue

Kieron Tyler

French-born singer-songwriter Frànçois Marry’s soft focus celebration of internationalism

Blu-ray: The Ascent

Tom Birchenough

Rich insights into Larisa Shepitko's final masterpiece in a new Criterion edition

Album: Willie Nelson - That's Life

Liz Thomson

Willie Nelson takes another dip into the great American songbook

Blu-ray: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Graham Rickson

Wes Anderson's tragi-comic European epic returns

Album: Maxïmo Park – Nature Always Wins

Kathryn Reilly

Less political and more introspective: the arty Geordies two decades in

Album: Ghetts - Conflict of Interest

Nick Hasted

Mature redemption songs from a grime master

Album: Mathieu Boogaerts - En Anglais

Tim Cumming

The spirit of Chanson comes to south London

Album: Mogwai - As the Love Continues

Joe Muggs

The Glasgow guitar noise veterans crash into indie Valhalla

DVD/Blu-ray: Mogul Mowgli

Saskia Baron

A powerful performance reminiscent of the young De Niro marks out this quasi-autobiographical tale

Blu-ray: The Last Warning

Graham Fuller

Paul Leni's backstage murder farce is a magicianly tour de force

Album: Tindersticks - Distractions

Guy Oddy

The Midlands’ perpetually disappointed romantics go minimalist

Album: Sia - Music

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop star's movie tie-in misses the mark

Album: The Pretty Reckless - Death By Rock And Roll

Russ Coffey

The New York quartet's latest is bewitching and raw, if not entirely original

Album: slowthai - TYRON

Harry Thorfinn-George

Midlands MC musters juicy moments on hit'n'miss second album

Blu-ray: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Daniel Baksi

Elio Petri's political foray into the Italian absurd

Album: Django Django - Glowing in the Dark

Joe Muggs

A much needed ray of fluorescing festival fun from the indietronic troupers

DVD/Blu-ray: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Nick Hasted

Scorsese and Dylan's smoke and mirrors can't obscure an exhilarating tour

Album: Paul Leary - Born Stupid

Guy Oddy

Butthole Surfer keeps the freak flag flying high

Album: Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight

Nick Hasted

Anthems for an imaginary festival

Album: The Staves - Good Woman

Liz Thomson

The Staveley-Taylors kick over the traces

Album: John Carpenter - Lost Themes III: Alive After Death

Guy Oddy

The film director and soundtrack composer releases his first solo album in five years

DVD/Blu-ray: The Masque of the Red Death

Graham Fuller

Horror is a many-splendoured thing in Roger Corman's 1964 film of Poe's tale

Album: Elephant9 - Arrival Of The New Elders

Kieron Tyler

Norway’s jazz-prog luminaries take their feet off the accelerator pedal

Album: Femi Kuti and Made Kuti - Legacy+

Mark Kidel

Scions of Afro-Beat dynasty deliver the old and new

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