Category Sound & Vision

Jen Gloeckner -Vine-Album Review

Music- Jen Gloeckner – Review ‘Vine’

Is this the Summer album you are looking for? Out of the blue I was invited to review Jen Gloeckner’s new release Vine. Intrigued, I found an artist after my own heart, creating blissed-out ambient electronica. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably not have heard of Jen Gloeckner, yet, but I promise you’ll be […]

Seasons Greetin- A Melancholy Christmas Playlist

I’m one of those people who struggles at Christmas. This holiday period makes me feel sad, nostalgic, lonely and a little lost. Good job Xmas tunes are so cheerful then, eh? Oh wait- What?! If you have Scots heritage you might know that ‘Greetin‘ also means crying. So why don’t you pop on this playlist and join me […]

“See my life in a comic” ~ David Bowie

On one of my least favourite Bowie albums, lives one of my most favourite songs: New Killer Star.  With lyrics of postmodern juxtapositions like “Jesus on dateline”, and post apocalyptic (or simply post 9/11) imagery invoking scars on the skyline. It’s been suggested the song’s title itself is a play on G.W Bush’s mispronunciation of ‘nuclear‘.Fast forward to 2016 when it’s these lyrics […]

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David Bowie Blackstar Design Elements – Free Download for Personal Use

If like me, you are having a hard time getting your head ’round David Bowie’s shocking passing then this just might be the memento for you: Design studio Barnbrook were lucky enough to have worked with Bowie on his last five albums,  producing the controversial art work for The Next Day, and one of my personal favourite covers,  the iconoclastic […]

Bowie is dead, Long live David Bowie

Bowie is Dead, Long Live David Bowie!

The world lost an icon this week, and I lost the closest thing I have to a unicorn, a creature of unimaginable beauty, magic, and wonder that makes your life better simply by touching it. There’s no such thing as a casual Bowie fan, everyone is converted in the end- even if it’s just that one album that you […]

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Rose McGowan Pop Video or Performance art?

Rose McGowan was a late 90’s bombshell. You might remember her as Shannen Doherty’s replacement on Charmed. Lately she’s become a singer with a video to rival Lady Gaga that opens with her quoting Rutger Hauer’s famous speech from Bladerunner…. Say What now??? Click here to see the video for Rose’s debut song ‘RM486’ Who is this again? Maybe you remember Rose Mc Gowan as […]

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Kate Bush -Before the Dawn- Some thoughts on the gig of a life time

This time last year Kate Bush was just wrapping up her residency at the Hammersmith Eventim (formerly Apollo). Bush had last performed live here in 1979, and as a life long fan I was resigned to the fact I’d never see her. So there was no question when the opportunity arose, last September I went to the gig of a life time- I saw […]

Top 5 Florence and the Machine videos

My Top Five Florence and the Machine Videos

I adore music videos, but its a rare artist these days that makes one I can get excited about. The imagery employed by Florence and the Machine of magic, spiritualism and melancholy always sets my heart a flutter.  Links below to see the videos of my Top 5 Florence & The Machine Videos : Rabbit Heart (Raise it up) This track […]

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Florence and the Machine gig review

Last week I attended Florence and the Machine’s first gig in the European leg of the How Big How Blue How Beautiful tour, and while I puzzled what to wear I created the set list I’d love most to hear: To be fair she played about 75% of my dream set list so I was pretty happy! It was […]

Metroland issues 1 and 2 Covers

Book Review- Metroland by Ricky Miller, Julia Scheele and co.

Metroland is a comic book series written by Ricky Miller, whose non-linear narrative follows main character muso Ricky Stardust and his out of step relationship with the mysterious Jessica Hill. With Julia Scheele providing covers and art for the present day story-line, Rebecca Strickson the past, and Jazz Greenhill illustrating flash forwards(?) Scheele states on her […]

A-is for Amos- Daria Hlazatova

Book Review: A is for Amos, An Illustrated musical A to Z by Daria Hlazatova

I recently discovered  Daria Hlazatova‘s work when Billy Corgan tweeted this glorious image of her’s entitled Daphne Descends inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins song. It’s no secret that I’m a Pumpkins fan, so I had to find out more about this artist whose style sums up Adore era SP, evoking Aubrey Beardsley, gothic Surrealism and the art-deco stylings of Erté. It transpires that Hlazatova […]

Dead Heroes Club- Irish Prog Rock

Welcome to the Club- The Dead Heroes Club!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a gig of the Dead Heroes Club, Ireland’s only Prog Rock Band who happen to hail from my home town Derry. I’m always a little apprehensive about ‘local’ bands but I needn’t have been, as the Dead Heroes Club are deserving of international acclaim. They are also […]

Iggy Pop- Chairman of the Bored

Worth A million in Prizes-My Top 5 Iggy Pop Collaborations

There’s a warm place in my heart for Iggy Pop. An idiot savant of rock, this never aging man-child full of mischievous humor has a baritone that exudes life experience and  pathos. James Newell Osterberg Jr is every bit as iconic as Johnny Cash. His output might be edgier, but he’s as humble and humane as the Man in Black. Iggy is a […]

Five Festive Films

Five Alternative Festive Films

Indulge in some festive movie watching with these off the wall holiday season film recommendations.

U2 Songs of Innocence- a gift or a gaffe?

Am I the only one who was happy to have received U2’s new album for free via itunes? And since when has free music been a crime? While I can hardly claim to be Apple’s biggest fan, I can’t discern whether utter disgust has been in response the ‘breach’ of the sanctity of personal music […]

Billy Corgan- Adore- embroidery portrait

Adore- Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan Hand embroidered portrait

I finally completed my embroidered portrait of Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan. Here it is framed, clocking it at around 25-30 hours worth of stitching. Initially I considered a white frame, but the oval inlay in this black one won as nod to Billy’s  ‘Zero’ motif. A personal work I named ‘Adore’, for the album and for the notions of gothic romance that Billy […]

JP Gaultier Exhibition review

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican London

I was lucky enough to catch ‘From SideWalk to CatWalk the fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier’ exhibition at the Barbican Gallery during a recent  trip to London. Photography was permitted and I wish I’d my ‘big camera’ with me. Turns out the exhibition was simply too good not to attempt to document with my iphone. Check out […]

Game of Thrones exhibition – Belfast

Argh! There is only one more episode of Game of Thrones left and this season has really been hotting up. Will any more of my favourite characters die? And who will be sitting on the Iron Throne this time next year I wonder?! Could it be me?- mwhahaha ha! To help sweeten the blow of […]

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A Hand stitched Clueless Heart Throb- As if!

I confess, I’m a little bit 90’s obsessed. So I had loads of fun with this embroidery piece which allowed me to indulge my 90’s nostalgia while making something my swap partner would get a kick out of. What do you mean you haven’t seen Clueless? As if! Maybe you’ll recognise this guy as Paul Rudd, ( it’s Josh!  Cher’s […]

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Crewel Hope – A non- traditional embroidery installation

For designer maker collective MAK9 ‘s ‘Draw on the Walls’ exhibition I created a non-traditional site specific embroidery for installation.  The themes of my work include an awareness of religious, socioeconomic and gender politics, with embroidery as a traditionally female ‘domestic’ art. The title is inspired by Jacobean embroidery techniques popular during *Lundy’s lifetime. (*Lundy is burned […]

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Bronte Beasties for Gotye

I’m thrilled to share the finished photos of the felt hoop art pieces I created for Gotye, based on the animated video for his song Bronte. I took some photos in the park late one sunny afternoon before packing them off to Australia.I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear they made it ‘down under’ in […]