David Gedge talks
'The Wedding Present'
It's no secret that I'm a fan of (Anni) Ann Margaret Hogan. From her glorious time with Marc Almond, in Marc and The Mamba's. Through to Kickabye, Anni's first solo album which I bought from Selectadisc Nottingham, on its release all those years ago. Too many glorious projects in-between brought me to Honeysuckle Burials, an exquisite work which truly highlighted Anni's ability to produce incredible music, full of emotion, music that stirs, and which I considered and awarded Phacemag's Album of the year 2020. Ann Margaret Hogan's latest album 'Funeral Cargo' is ....
Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced the launch of Universal Arabic Music (UAM), a newly created label dedicated to discovering, introducing and championing the artists, sounds and rich musical culture of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region to audiences around the world. Republic Records and its parent company UMG founded the new label in partnership with respected music mogul Wassim “SAL” Slaiby. The new label was unveiled today by: Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG; Republic Records Founder and CEO Monte Lipman; and Founder and CEO of SALXCO and XO RECORDS Wassim “SAL” Slaiby, who will serve as Founder and CEO of Universal Arabic Music, effective immediately.
The most important thing for me, when I'm watching, discovering a new drama - on one of the many streaming platforms .... Well surprisingly I have to get involved with the characters immediately. Then I begin to get an understanding of the characters involved in this drama - streamed drama, the kind of drama that's based on a Stephen King Novel- With Stephen King on Production - that's why you can rinse watch tis all day on a rainy Sunday in Crouch End London. - best pp xx
Violent Femmes Los Angeles, CA (April 1st, 2021)-- As The 'Violent Femmes' celebrate their 40th year together, (Los Angeles, CA (April 1st, 2021)--Craft Recordings is pleased to honour the band’s enduring catalog of cult classics with the long out-of-print vinyl reissue of Add It Up (1981–1993). In stores May 21st and available for pre-order today, the popular 1993 collection will also make its return to digital and streaming platforms, while fans can listen to the instant grat track “Add It Up (Live)” now (listen here).
Classically trained on Guitar, Piano and Drums, Los Angeles via Budapest producer Mat Cipher has received great praise for his pop-leaning house productions. Having only released music for the past few years, it's clear that Mat has a definitive and unique sonic palette, which sets him in perfect stead to cultivate a large global following. He spoke to pauliepaul.
Please Watch These Short Films - You can watch Here - Far from being dry, remote echoes of a long-gone age, each poem chosen for the collection feels like it could have been written yesterday. And why shouldn’t they? People are people. Our dreams are nothing new. Our ancestors had the same hopes and fears that we do. And if we can understand this, perhaps it helps to put some of the problems of our modern world into perspective.
Love this, Rachelle Cordova better known by the stage name Reina del Cid, is an American singer-songwriter, based in Los Angeles. Del Cid and her band have released studio albums but I was introduced by a fan who loves the stream the thing they do, and more galore! Also, 'Don't think Twice' is one of my fav songs - off, one of the top three best Dylan albums - shut your mouth - Going to catch up with Reina del Cid for a chat soon - best pauliepaul - peace and love xx
This beautifully shot film is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Baagh Milkha Bhaagh) with Story and Screenplay by Anjum Rajabali. Toofaan is produced by one of India’s most progressive film companies – Excel Entertainment - which created Amazon Prime’s first Indian original, the Emmy nominated Inside Edge, in association with ROMP Pictures. - we like this - Tim Sim Seed x
An intriguing tale of a bed bound girl, struck down by a mystery illness. Unable to even venture downstairs her only contact with the outside world is through her laptop and the webcams of the various people she watches, anonymously. Until, she becomes drawn in to a particular character and begins to share a little. Highly recommended - Frederika Kirsten Debrabant @ PHACEMAG
Charlie talks to pauliepaul - Co. Monaghan singer-songwriter Charles James Livingstone is releasing his debut single as a solo artist after Covid made performing and writing in his band Lowlight Gathering unfeasible for the last year. With a full EP due for release later in the year Livingston is announcing himself as a solo artist with his first single ‘Midnight Moon’, released everywhere March 11th.
Charles Ignatius Sancho was a British abolitionist, writer and composer. Born on a slave ship in the Atlantic, Sancho was sold into slavery in the Spanish colony of New Grenada. - I was moved by this and can't understand why I haven't heard of this incredible man! I - this incredible work is at auction - pp
If you were to ask me how much I love this, well, the answer would be... An Awful Lot! It works on so many levels, leaving aside the genius PR...I don't mind that, I love Land Rover, even though I am writing this at my own expense ... I have to admit, I wasn't aware of Veronica's work, until now! (call yourself a Land Rover fan...) The main thing for me is using such an iconic vehicle to inspire writing. Children writing about adventure, is something we need to promote, to keep this world still turning... Best pp xxx
Talking to the Uk’s, Newcastle Mod band, The Pre - Amps, Very Soon as they follow up their highly acclaimed slice of horn infused soul single, Doesn't Change, with two Byrds inspired tracks perfect for a summer drive. Packed with harmonic echos the Beach Boys and the folk / psyche inflections of The Lovin Spoonful, these musical, golden nuggets are sun drenched slices of pop. Love this - best pp x
Houston-bred rapper, lyricist Yung Pooda solidifies his status as one to watch for 2021 as his viral hit single “Chicken ‘N Grits” featuring Dreamdoll gets to the Top 50 on Mediabase’s Urban and Rhythmic Charts. . The Cool & Dre produced track, and highest debuting record on the radio charts this week, marks Yung Pooda’s second time achieving an entry on the Urban and Rhythmic Charts for his debut single “Repeat Dat” received the same gain last August. - Fran Loves You x
PAPERDEER - We Like PAPERDEER - best pp x - Fortress is the second single from the upcoming album of the Hungarian electronic music band, Paperdeer. This music video carries on with the carefully constructed yet cool electronic beats now accompanied by a female voice. Complex lyricism, inventive visuals, and compassionate storytelling are all parts of this next piece of art.
The live events industry was the first the get shut down and will be one of the last to start up again, a lot of events take months to plan. We have Peter Heath, MD of PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association), who believes: “Today’s announcement that the Reading and Leeds Festival will go ahead this summer gives our industry a slight glimmer of hope."
I get sent a lot of emails, about this and that, but somebody mention 'British Apples and Pears'! The lovely Lily Soutter explains the benefits of pears, in particular to women during pregnancy. If I'm honest what first caught my attention was : British Apple & Pears....Lily explains the nutritional value inside, but I love the fact that we are growing British Apple & Pears! - I don't want to undermine Lily, but surely everyone by now realises the health benefits of eating Apple & Pears? When you do, make sure they're BRITISH APPLE & PEARS! best pp x
'AMEERA' - the alter-ego of British born, vocalist and composer, Gemma Ameera, is known for her unique music, genuine nature and for residing among dense Rainforests in the Shires of Australia. ‘Ameera’ which means princess in Arabic, was a nickname given to Gemma whilst working as a songwriter in Dubai and after learning Arabic and falling in love with Middle Eastern culture, she kept it. For the last 10 years, Ameera has been living and working as a songwriter in Australia, earning herself ‘Best Folk Song’ award at the Australian Independent Music Awards 2013. Ameera uses her experience of toplining for artists and composing music for games, TV and short films to create her own sound
‘He Knows’ is the debut single from Kilkenny based singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Comerford. Having toured the world performing viola in classical ensembles for 14 years, Ali moved back to Kilkenny in 2020 and has recorded her debut album of original folk based but classical influenced songs. - pauliepaul is in love with this - Fran loves you x
PHACEMAG talk to - Award Winning British Actor, Writer and Producer Matthew Postlethwaite Stars In The 2021 Oscar Contender: The Great Artist. Matthew Postlethwaite has been nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award and featured in Variety for his song writing on the track BRAVE. Along with Jon Altham and Pia Toscano. As the first and only nomination in the award shows history to be nominated for Best Original Song for a short film.
Now, five years on from their tragic deaths, a community of talented musicians from Warrington have come together to record a cover of Viola Beach’s single ‘Swings And Waterslides’, and will be released on Friday 12th February 2021. Warrington band Viola Beach were a hotly tipped act set to become the UK’s new favourite indie band. Everything was going their way - sold out gigs, national airplay, an album in the works and their first European tour dates booked. Sadly, on 13th February 2016 while travelling through Sweden, their lives were tragically cut short by a car accident.
Wow! Shot on a shoestring this film is so inspirational! Firstly an incredible incite into the New York underground Music Scene! Secondly be inspired by these film makers! Thanks to this film, thanks to this film...which just inspired me, took me back to New York, real film making, real music in real venues by real people! Real art! Thanks to this film - best pp (love all of this!)
All In Your Head is a one-woman performance based on real accounts of women who’ve experienced domestic violence and coercive control, and will be livestreamed on Sunday 14th February, at 7pm. The show is a pay what you can event, with tickets starting at £0 to be truly accessible to all who need it. - We Like this xx
The Cambridge Film Festival at Home initiative, which is available to everyone throughout the UK, kicked off on 8th January with film critics and broadcasters Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode and their choices for the hugely popular ‘A Film I Love…’ series, which includes a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure for each film screening.
Music Education - We are delighted to announce that yousician, the #1 platform to learn how to play a musical instrument, collaborates with Disney and Pixar to add music from the new release Soul for users to learn in the comfort of their home. Users can learn how to play “Born to Play” and “Bigger Than Us” from the movie’s soundtrack, that features jazz compositions and arrangements from GRAMMY® nominee Jon Batiste. Soul also features an original score by Oscar®-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“The Social Network”).
I Love this! - and Super talented Sharon Azrieli talks to Eoghan Lyng for PHACEMAG - on 'Frankly Sharon' & more, - “I consider that question a huge compliment,” Sharon Azrieli says. “The whole thing was to take people back to Paris, and to the chanteuse. I wanted to channel that sound-especially Edith Piaf-especially on 'Storybook'. As you know, my background is in classical, so this was a very different experience; I think I've found my calling. Gorgeous Piece - best pp x
Brilliant Album - Great Interview - more - Ed Cosens, a Sheffield born songwriter and raconteur, is here to discuss Fortunes Favour, an album he has written outside Reverendand the Maker’s rock oriented universe. Expertly produced, the songs are laced with an emotional sophistication more commonly heard in Lennon’s oeuvre, but with a technical proficiency found an eponymous McCartney album. The comparison isn’t mere window dressing on our part-Cosens has the ability to record a solo album entirely sans autres.
JIU JITSU - Staring Nicolas Cage - Eoghan Lyng talks to Director - Dimitri Logothetis about the ins & outs - "Nick is a consummate professional, and he really honours the filmmaking process. He's actually a consummate artist in that he's one of the few actors that I've ever met who can sit there and talk to you about music going all the way back about four hundred years..."
PHACEMAG THIS TIME IT's ON FILM
pauliepaul on Ice Station Zebra 1968
Directed by John Sturges
Screenplay Alistair MacLean
Michelle Olley talks to Jade Asha about her book ‘Actorpreneur: A Working Actor’s Guide’ Jade has spent the past 15 years coming up through film, theatre and TV - in front and behind the camera. She has her own production company, writes for the screen (big and small), produces, edits, does voice-over work and podcasting - Jade’s earned her stripes in the art wars.
If you were to ask BELAU (Peter Kedves and Krisztian Buzas) about their music, they would say that through their music they were trying to provide a shelter for the modern human - encouraging/representing a path through to individual self-awareness - by making modern and elegant electronic beats with longing lyrics driving towards a solace of mind. Forever inspired by the fundamental elements of nature, especially the infinite sea. That's where they had me....best pp x