It’s sometimes the case that you don’t appreciate things for what they are, if indeed such things are to be found on your doorstep. I guess music can sometimes be like that, and maybe sometimes in Scotland we take it for granted just how rich, varied and profound the music scene is in the country, […]Read more "HOW ‘THE SAD’ TRAVEL: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TWILIGHT SAD FAN ACROSS THE GLOBE"
The ambitious, long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 film Blade Runner landed upon us last week to much (justified) fanfare and excitement from the film-going community. Denis Vilnueve’s Blade Runner 2049, set 30 years after the first film, is a neo-noir visual feast, a tour-de-force that manifests and develops like a well-aged single […]Read more "REPLICANTS, FLYING MOTORS AND WHISKY: THE SCOTTISH INFLUENCES THAT PERMEATE THE CINEMATIC WORLD OF BLADE RUNNER"
Out of London’s DIY scene has flourished a band in Ulrika Spacek that have engineered a mesmerizing, fuzz-driven, avant rock sound that pierces the skin and cuts deep. Having released debut long play The Album Paranoia (Tough Love Records) in early 2016 to widespread acclaim, the Berlin-born, London-based five piece followed it up this year […]Read more "ULRIKA SPACEK interview: “Doing things ourselves is really the only way we know.”"
In October 2016 the question I’d posed myself on return from a 5 year stint living and working in Spain was answered with one listen of the song Ghost Dance by Tijuana Bibles off their EP Ghost/Dance/Movement. Was there a Glasgow band that i felt could really make waves over in Spain and shake up […]Read more "NO SPAIN, NO GAME: CHASING THE SUN ON TOUR WITH GLASGOW’S TIJUANA BIBLES"
It’s the 31st May 2010 and Real Madrid have just announced the arrival of Jose Mourinho as their new manager. Replacing Chilean Manuel Pellegrini to become Madrid’s 11th coach in the previous seven years, the 47 year old was then the hottest property in world football, having had recently guided his Inter Milan side to […]Read more "FIRST THEY LAUGH AT YOU, THEN THEY COPY YOU – HOW JOSE MOURINHO CAME OUT ON ‘TOP’ WITH THE SPANISH FOOTBALL MEDIA"
“We stumbled upon this festival that was going on in this temple and there was hundreds of people and all these elephants all round it, and a band playing percussion and these massive long horns, playing these two, durational notes, like a drone sound.” So begins a chat – once the tears of jealousy are […]Read more "Happy Meals speak expanded musical and spiritual horizons on new record Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony Volumes IV-VI"
¡¡¡Lombardía, déjate meter un gol, que está arreglaooo…!!! (“Lombardía let one in, it’s been fixed”) So was the infamous cry from Elche delegate, Joaquin Vidal, trying desperately to convince Oviedo goalkeeper Alfredo Álvarez Lombardía to let his side score during their team’s league encounter on the last day of the 1971-1972 season in the Spanish second […]Read more "‘MALETINES’ AND MATCH-FIXING, THE SMITH THAT TEMPERS THE SWORD THAT IS SPANISH FOOTBALL"