What price brotherhood? by Tess Makovesky

Recently I drew the curtain on another long-standing favourite TV series, Brotherhood. I’d been watching it, on and off, for several months, downloading episodes from the Sky box sets service whenever I got the chance. And I enjoyed it so much that it feels like saying goodbye to an old friend.  The series focussed on…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: K A LAITY

MUSIC A John Waters Xmas Los Straightjackets Complete Xmas Songbook Squirrel Nut Zippers Xmas Caravan Rockin’ Little Xmas (a GREAT compilation) To Drive the Winter Cold Away – Loreena McKennit Dean Martin Xmas Album Ding Dong – George Harrison Father Christmas – The Kinks December Will Be Magic Again – Kate Bush And of course:…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL HEATLEY

SONGS   Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan   Sounds Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel   Better Than You – Swans   Shook Ones Part II – Mobb Deep   Human Fly – The Cramps   The Days Of Swine And Roses – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult   Bring Da Ruckus –…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: WOODY HAUT

  Though I’ve tried recently to put consumerist tendencies on hold, it’s been a losing battle, as the length of these lists will attest.  SONGS Mose Allison- Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy Bobby Bland- Rockin’ in the Same Old Boat Gus Cannon- Prison Wall Blues Charlie Christian- Seven Come Eleven Ornette Coleman- Ramblin John Coltrane- Giant Steps…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: ELIZABETH YOO

SONGS:   Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra Gangster of Love by Johnny Guitar Watson Machine Gun Kelly by Nancy Sinatra Rags To Riches by Tony Bennett Promised Land by Chuck Berry San Francisco Blues by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Pull My Daisy by David Amram On the Sunny Side of the Street by Dizzy…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: NICK QUANTRILL

This was a regular feature in the New Musical Express back in the ‘80s and I thought I’d revive it. SONGS The Beatles – “Penny Lane” The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks” Buddy Holly – “That’ll Be The Day” TELEVISON The Wire Billions Only Fools and Horses BOOKS John Steinbeck – “The Grapes of Wrath” Cathi…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: RICHARD WALL

Music Charley Patton Rolling Stones up to and including ‘Some Girls’ Blind Willie Johnson Drive By Truckers Joni Mitchell Patty Smith Talking Heads Blind Willie McTell Half Deaf Clatch Half Man Half Biscuit Hank Williams Howling Wolf Furry Lewis Elmore James Son House Mississippi Fred McDowell Television The Young Ones Vic and Bob’s Big Night…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JAMES GENT

SONGS Blimey, where to start? Here’s a semi-random grab bag of tracks that always end up on mixtapes I’ve made for other people. Guaranteed to break the ice at parties: The Quik – Bert’s Apple Crumble The Who – Glow Girl The Monkees – For Pete’s Sake White Noise – Here Come The Fleas Joni…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: RICHARD SANDERSON.

Photo (c)  Kayleigh Shepherd. Music Miles Davis Tufty Swift Van Der Graaf Generator Laura Mvula Joni Mitchell Bob Dylan John Butcher Blind Willie McTell Gil Scott Heron Magma Henry Cowell Judee Sill Ennio Morricone  small group stuff Mike Cooper Derek Bailey Philip Glass up to 1976 Beethoven Laura Nyro Television The Good Place Vic and…