Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best of 2012

Untitled_artwork_2012-12-30_(18.57.13-336) The Best of 2012 - Beach House, Fiona Apple, Robert Glasper......

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The Last Two Albums I Bought – Hello Skinny and Hiatus Kaiyote

Hello-Skinny-press-shot-300dpi-640 I told you to go Put Me On It‘s Xmas gig. I wrote a preview and everything. I said it was going to be well off the clangy, crusty chains of the Ghost of Christmas Past. I said Hello Skinny are going to pull off top-drawer shenanigans in the coming year and were definitely worth seeing especially ...

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10 Signs That You’re a Writer

tumblr_ls3wk3LVQg1qfqudho1_500 10 Signs That You’re a Writer via Writability and Writer’s Write You constantly edit. Whether it’s while you’re driving down the street and pass a misspelled sign, or grammatical errors in Facebook posts, you fix errors constantly in your mind—and sometimes not so silently. You’re highly observant. And not only do you notice things all the time, ...

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Swag

gene_kelly_by_gjon_mili3  Gjon Mili – Gene Kelly via TIME Magazine...

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Picasso – Light Drawings

picasso-light-drawings-3 “Picasso’s “light drawings,” were made with a small electric light in a darkened room; in effect, the images vanished as soon as they were created — and yet they still live, six decades later, in Mili’s playful, hypnotic images.” via TIME Magazine...

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Top 5 Songs to End the World

CUBA-MAYAN_CEREMON_2421941b The world has been ending since it began – “payment pending” Nostradamus’s King of Terror wasn’t so clever, Isaac Newton was mistaken and Galileo was forsaken.   “Galileo didn’t make an end of the world prediction” I hear you call. No he did not; yet historically we have a habit of praising the pedantic and imprisoning the ...

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Paved With Gold: A City Symphonic

photo-24-535x400  ”London, for those who want to live and die here, there is no greener grass. No beach under the paving stones. The streets of London are paved with gold.” Check out this gorgeous “lyrical love letter” to London’s youth culture that results from a two year project. The film features words from poet/musician James Massiah, ...

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Poejazzi Recommends – Put Me On It Live @ The Queen’s Head, 22nd December

pmoixmasflyerdigsm Okay, so this is how we are going to do this thing: We are going to recommend something for you to do on the 22nd December. You are not doing anything on 22nd December; we know you’re free, because you are still reading this. Don’t lie to yourself. We both know you’d definitely fancy going ...

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Review – Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting on a Sad Song

Roby-Dwi-Antono-Sleep-Party-People-Album-Cover The problem with dreampop can be that, much like the nocturnal imaginings it presumes to evoke, it drifts past you. Potent and significant one moment, it is forgotten the next – intense emotion falls away into simple amnesia, the drifting melodies and narcoleptic percussion never quite as substantial as you thought it was. Listening to ...

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How To Dress Well – & It Was You

how-to-dress-well-total-loss-608x608 This song = instantaneous love. Check out this soulful dance track and its spirit lifting video that makes normal people look extraordinary. & It Was You is taken from the album Total Loss, an album with the low fi R&B sounds of The Weekend without the misery....

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Sam Berkson – Life in Transit

COVER_BerksonEBOOK-590x906 Along side the likes of Kate Tempest and Salena Godden, Sam Berkson is a stalwart presence on the British poetry scene. If you’ve loved seeing him spit his poetic vitorial on stage down the years then you’ll be excited to know that his debut collection of poems, entitled Life in Transit, has been published by Hackney based Indie publisher ...

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Video of the Week – Toro Y Moi – So Many Details

TORO-y-MOI-SO-MANY-DETAILS-575x575 Chaz Bundick plays the disinterested playboy unfazed by his beautiful life in the new video for So Many Details: the first single from his new album Anything in Return, out January 22 2013.  ...

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Home

Lagos1_thenetng Home is an incurable affliction. It is a lifelong condition for those of us who have left our motherland by will or by force. We are always searching. At 13, I did not understand the permanence of relocation. Surely “we’ll be back soon,” meant weeks or months at the most. Yet one year stretched into ...

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Andy Oliveri – A Heart That Sings Can Never Bleed

955_original “If seeing is believing,” sings Andy Oliveri, “just go and make believe. A heart that sings can never bleed.” In the video for Oliveri’s latest single, A Heart That Sings Can Never Bleed, a spectral woman in white slowly makes her way towards the camera (look closely, gentle reader, and you’ll see it’s Mary Cadbury ...

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“I’ve Seen the Future, and It’s Full of Foals”

Yannis_Philippakis_-_Foals_-_Roskilde_2011 Those were the days…Topman and Nu Rave glow-sticks and trendy gear that didn’t cost half a week’s wages – The summer seemed like a never ending Skins party. “Cassius it’s over, you’re second best.” 2005 – 2008 Saw the explosion of Indie Rave/Nu Rave within the British music scene and the arrival of much home ...

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Brolin – Another Year

tumblr_mex8pzQe0J1r6xivl Singer/Producer Brolin delivers a melancholic and restrained take on the passing of another year with an invitation to new loves, and new things to lose. Another Year is a perfectly awkward R&B track that is so cool, calm and wondrous it literally sounds like snow falling. Another Year is an indulgence in the best part ...

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Artists We’d Love to Book – Tom Odell

68085_497938146904633_1555983033_n Tom Odell has been tipped to be the next Jeff Buckley (we understand the comparisons: he is an intense singer-songwriter, and whilst he doesn’t quite have that sexualised choir voice/scarily vast vocal range that Jeff had, he has ingested some of the spirit of his music), he’s in the pipeline for a Brit’s Critic Choice ...

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London Grammar – Hey Now

artworks-000036055272-7ksz9b-t500x500 Have a listen to Hey Now, a track that occupies the space between Air and The xx  with soaring vocals that contrast emotively against a backdrop of low key and melodic electronica and guitar sounds. The track comes from up and coming trio London Grammar. Watch out for more from this rising trio, we have ...

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Google Tribute Video to 2012 – Zeitgeist 2012

google-zeitgeist-2012 “We searched for firsts…for a choice…for change…for something special…and for inspiration” Google A beautiful and poetic marketing ploy from Google that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside/contemplative about human life or alternatively will make you hurl your computer/phone/fancy communications device out of the window so you can avoid all search capabilities for ...

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Video of the Week – Only Real – Backseat Kissers

backseat_kisses Summer lovin’. What’s not to like? Check out this hazy day in the life from Only Real....

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Bjork – Moon – Kensaye Remix

BJORK FINAL We never pass up an excuse to listen to Bjork and Kensaye’s soulful interpretation of Moon, a track from last year’s multimedia extravaganza: album/app Biophilia made us not regret it. Kensaye adds intense dimensions to the contemplative, meandering track, that escalates and then quietens again, giving it a pop appeal, a sense of immediacy, and ...

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Poejazzi Blog Network Presents…Kevin Pocock

16032_193489697442403_1972229970_n Every writing team needs their Eats, Shoots and Leaves guy/girl. Well, Kevin is ours....

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Katy B & Jessie Ware Crush on Aaliyah

aaliyah memorial 615 apimages The highlight of Katy B’s new EP Danger is a seductive admittance of  her “green envy” of the girl all the coolest girls wanted to be over a garage beat. Jessie Ware 90s-esque vocals are the icing on the cake....

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Rewind – Jai Paul – Jasmine

jaipaul_artistoftheweek1 First of all, where has this boy been? He tantalises us by bringing out two achingly gorgeous tracks over a year apart on XL Recordings (also responsible for Jack White and Sigur Rós) and then nothing? It’s like Jai Paul’s disappeared off the face of the Earth. Is he trippin’? Is he triflin’? If he’s deliberately trying to confuse us then we don’t ...

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Slow Club – Topman Sessions – Never Look Back

SlowClub Oh dear. this is so beautiful. Some songs as so heavy, and not just in a slang way. They sit on your chest and turn you funny, and not in a haha way, at all. Some harmonies do stupid things like bury your head in your hands an cry for no bloody reason whatsoever. Some ...

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Going Out – Shop Front Pop Up Poetry

self-portrait-vincent-van-gogh-1889   “No longer will accidental interaction with poetry be confined to those badly printed copies of Keats on the Jubilee line.” Not So Popular If you missed the last one we’ll be damned if we let you miss this one too. Collective Not So Popular, who are becoming well loved for their championing of young emerging ...

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The Open Mic

bip-collective-logo_red In 2007 I stepped up to my first open mic and let go of a poem that was burning a hole in my throat. The freedom was intoxicating. I threw my words into that room full of people and the boomerang of love that came back was the shot to the heart that began my ...

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Going Out – Out-Spoken

Josh-Osho-L-1.I.F.E.-Review Out-Spoken is the brainchild of justifiably widely loved spoken word artists Anthony Anaxagorou and The Ruby Kid. They’re fantastic performers so we figure you can trust their taste and their Christmas event, on Dec 18, is shaping up to be one of the best poetry/music nights this year. The pretty damn impressive lineup of poetry ...

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Jeanette Winterson – Life in a Mini and Forgiveness

97662456_winterson_225336c In case you missed it , you can watch Alan Yentob’s take on the life of author and poet Jeanette Winterson nearly 30 years after the debut of her seminal work Oranges are Not the Only Fruit on BBC iPlayer. The documentary, Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me, takes a look at her life ever ...

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Falling Over the Deaf – Morals in Music

41Jj+FInYbL._SL500_SS500_ Do we consciously care about lyrical content? The themes we consume? Or is a song just a good song regardless? We take authors, poets, and playwrights syntax seriously. We hiss, heckle and sometimes scoff at an ill-conceived plot, lines that leave us lost, and the non-poetic profanity, a coherent curse “word.” So shouldn’t this also ...

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Talia Randall’s 3 Mile Radius

Talia_Randall_talia-51338569504 I made a discovery. In London there are more chicken shops than there are people , fact… Alright, that’s not strictly true… Out of nowhere, Talia Randall released the intriguing EP 3 Mile Radius through the label Emerging Species. Light, pleasing electronics  rolled up along with live instruments, crafting an assured palette that is by turns gentle ...

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Guest Blog – Philip Levine – Headism, A Journey of Close Shaves

Philip-Levine-Headism-3 Headism started in 2006. I was going bald. Yes; that moment when the normal few loose strands of hair you noticed as a kid don’t seem so normal anymore when your whole pillow case looks like a cat’s been rubbing its body on it. Oh right, I was going bald. What did that mean, hmmm? ...

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Big Boi – She Hates Me

big-boi-vicious-lies-and-rumors-artwork-507x507 We weren’t overly keen on Big Boi’s experimenting with music’s most beloved mystery Jai Paul on Hi Res: the sound ended up being more like an episode of Hoarders than the luscious but minimalist vibe they seemed to be aiming for. We also didn’t love the collaboration with Kelly Rowland on Mama Told Me: it felt contrived ...

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Musa Okwonga/Lemon Anderson – TED Talks

Musa-Okwonga-Poet-and-Sportswriter Two poetry-centric TED Talks. One from broadcaster/journalist/author/musician and well loved UK poet Musa Okwonga and another from a man you may recognise from multiple Spike Lee films, Def Poetry Jam star and American poet Lemon Anderson. Both poets recognise the powerful relationship between lyricism and music, Lemon explores this in his talk Please Don’t Take ...

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Miles Hodges (The Striver’s Row) – Maskless (Beat Club Member Jake Freestyles)

tumblr_mdm8ygvQMT1rijwdgo1_1353129062_cover.png   (Abundant poetry snaps ensue) We love this swag filled poem and how it makes perfectly measured movements between brutality and pensiveness in its exploration of America’s racial history and future from The Striver’s Row poet Miles Hodges. To hear more download from the players below: To see Miles and The Strivers Row live and/or ...

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Raymond Antrobus – Shapes & Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus

312728_10151174415221235_143665538_n Exciting atimes are no longer ahead but have arrived, with the realised possibility of ordering Chill Pill organiser/awesome poet and poetry blogger Raymond Antrobus’s new published collection - Shapes & Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus. The collection is being released by Burning Eye Books, the same leftfield young indie who are on a mission to transfer performance ...

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Saul Williams – The Literary Mix Tape – Review

Saul-Williams-Image “It’s not that I balance those arts out, all the different arts balance me out. So, that there is a certain type of emotion that is more easily accessible through music than poetry… some things are meant to be written, some are meant to be sung, some things are meant to be hummed, some things ...

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Mariah, The Roots & Jimmy Fallon – All I Want for Christmas

8245697421_4c3c3f5c06 They say snow is coming and we’re inclined to believe them cos it’s cold. Really cold. And I know you want to keep telling yourself and everyone who will listen that you’re sick to your chattering teeth of the onslaught of Christmas chat when it’s barely turned December but there’s something about seeing Mariah Carey ...

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Going Out – Twelve Talents

Twelve-Talents   “Success is doing what you love, you don’t have to be famous or make money from it, that’s just a bonus. Success is knowing that everyday you can wake up and do what feels natural so it doesn’t feel like work. In secondary school I wrote poems but I didn’t think they were good. ...

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Going Out – Eyewear Christmas Launch Party

486232_10152292511560521_1257609528_n Eyewear Publishing are celebrating their first birthday as a publisher tonight (Dec 5) at Oxfam Books & Music Shop from 7pm – 9pm. Having already run one of the most comprehensive poetry blogzines in the UK since 2005, we think they deserve some poetry fan love. To celebrate pastures new they are launching two new ...

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Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains – Review

5903 As a shibboleth of middlebrow criticism, ‘show don’t tell’ takes some beating. From undergraduate creative writing courses to the book review pages of the Daily Telegraph, this over-used dictum seeks to enforce upon writers the virtue of weaving exposition into their story, rather than slapping it on with a trowel, like cheap cement. This poses ...

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Poejazzi Blog Network Presents…Bridget Minamore

407029_3441779730267_834574697_n For future reference Bridget Minamore is one of the most important names of her generation of poets to look out for on Newsnight some day. She’ll be the one sitting alongside Bonnie Greer delivering multiple truths with wit, warmth and the empathy she is becoming well known for. Bridget is an unapologetic feminist, she is ...

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Suli Breaks – Why I Hate School But Love Education

emvideo-youtube-onQzMUMkKqM   Controversial or common sense? People are having little cyber arguments all over about this video from the spoken word artist who seems to be recreating the viral affect he achieved with this World Star Hip Hop featured video. This new offering is based on: Paying homage to Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion but Love ...

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Not So Popular – Coming Soon!

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