Jolly New Songs by TRUPA TRUPA

Jolly New Songs by TRUPA TRUPA ‘A cracking album from this fabulous Polish Avant Rock group. Highly recommended and a great follow up to their superb 2015 album ‘Headache’. In fact, I think I like this a bit better. They have their own unique sound, but the easiest elements to nail are the psychedelic feel…

Tom Ripley’s Film Career by K A Laity

The film version of The Talented Mr Ripley from 1999 did a lot to bring some attention back to the works of Patricia Highsmith. By the time of her death in 1995, she had done a lot to drive people away from herself (read Joan Schenkar’s biography to get a vivid picture of the author’s…

Tchao Pantin (So Long, Stooge) by Jim Shaffer

Lambert drinks. He works the night shift as a pompiste at a 24/7 petrol station in a quartier called Belleville in the northeast of Paris. Ensconced in the petrol station’s tiny office, Lambert sits alone and drinks. On his way home from work in the morning, he stops by a bar and drinks. Arriving home,…

Brit Noir Films by Cathi Unsworth

Pic (c) Julian Ibbitson. Brighton Rock (Boulting Brothers, 1947) Hard to imagine now, perhaps, but Richard Attenborough was perfectly capable of personifying evil and the first time he achieved it was in his seemingly effortless depiction of juvenile delinquent Pinkie in the first adaptation of Graham Greene’s peerless seaside noir. Ably abetted by a young…

William Ryan’s Korolev Trilogy by Paul D. Brazill

William Ryan is deservedly getting a great deal of positive attention for his latest novel, A House Of Ghosts, but his first three novels – featuring Captain Alexei Korolev – were also more than somewhat tasty and are well worth checking out. The Holy Thief. The first of the Korolev trilogy, The Holy Thief is…

Holygram – Modern Cults

“There is something incredibly enticing about a band who so seamlessly combines New Wave, post-punk, Krautrock, darkwave, and shoegaze. The result is a heady dose of reverberating ecstasy” – Big Takeover Magazine “Rising post-punk stars” – Post-punk.com “Holygram take us on an intoxicating, spine-tingling ride that is filled with gloom, mystery, and ecstasy. And all you can do is…

Devils on Every Side by Graham Wynd

Most of the time when I think of the 70s I think of it as the most horrible time to be kicking around. Bad hair, bad clothes, arena rock and disco—at least until punk came along and kicked it all to the curb for a while. But then I remember cool things like glam and…

London Noir by Paul D. Brazill

‘London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.’A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So, it’s no great surprise that Britain’s capital city has lent itself to its own particular brand of noir, from the likes of con man Harry Fabian and his fellow…

Stone Me, What A Life! – Tony Hancock by Paul D. Brazill

They say that all small boys are influenced by their big brother’s music collection, and while that may well be true of me, I was also influenced by my family’s taste in other forms of entertainment.  Luckily I grew up in a time when television and radio weren’t as youth focused as they are now…