Consistently treading the line between high art and pop culture, Kanye West’s latest video not only sees him enlisting a Turner Prize and Academy Award winning artist to direct, but going one step beyond and only showing the video in an actual gallery. The Steve McQueen-directed promo – a nine minute stomp between ‘All Day’ and unreleased 'SWISH' cut ‘I Feel Like That’ filmed in a single take in a skuzzy warehouse in Kent’s Chatham Dockyard – is only viewable at Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the moment. No YouTube or Vevo for Mr West, thankyouverymuch. Kanye’s not the only one to enlist an art world luminary to direct a music video, though - here are eight other times big name artists stepped behind the camera for musicians...Read More
"I don't know… I keep coming back to the word technique..." In a pokey pizza place in Hackney, Ian Williams is failing to explain the unclassifiable sound of his band Battles' new album - their first since 2010’s pop-tastic 'Gloss Drop'. Ever since exploding into the big time in 2008 with otherworldly masterpiece ‘Atlas’, after a string of taut, exciting EPs, this is a band who have perplexed and perplexed. But it seems not even Battles can explain Battles.Read More
Check Out These Poignant Fan Art Tributes To The Late Great Ian Curtis On The 35th Anniversary Of 'Closer'
This week, Joy Division’s second and final album ‘Closer’ hit 35. It’s a dark and swirling classic, released two months after the death of frontman Ian Curtis. Marking it, here's some fan-drawn tributes: from mmc1uk’s watercolour painting, which they created to raise awareness of epilepsy – a condition Curtis suffered – to Czech artist Don Mirakl’s kaleidoscopic piece, which perfectly encapsulates the band’s name. Check out these alongside the other great pieces below:Read More
Da Ali G Show excelled when it came to musical guests - but they only lasted for the first series, presumably because coming on the show was seen (accurately, to be honest) as an exercise in ritual humiliation. But! Sacha Baron Cohen managed to trick a fair few musical guests into making appearances on his character's show before people realised this. They are, for the most part, toe-curlingly brilliant. And we have ranked them for you.Read More
Arguably the greatest turn-around in rock ’n’ roll history, AC/DC bounced back from the death of singer Bon Scott, who drank himself to death in a London pub in February 1980, to make the biggest selling hard rock album ever made with new singer Brian Johnson just five months later. Fifty million sales and counting, ‘Back In Black’ is a behemoth of rock - but do you know it inside out? Here’s ten trivia tidbits you may have missed…Read More
American Horror Story might just be the confusing thing to hit TV in decades. Not just because of its ridiculous story lines - intricate and meandering plots that think nothing of throwing aliens, demonic nuns and mad scientists with a line in mutant monsters into the mix all in the space of sixty minutes - but also because of its blend of schlocky B-movie horror and humour with moments of genuine terror and emotion. You never really know whether to laugh or cry or hide under your bed with a cricket bat in fear - and that's kind of what makes it so fiercely watchable.Read More
It's always been a particular bugbear of mine when people describe Morrissey as an unrelenting misery guts, and his records as hopelessly depressing. It's pure nonsense – firstly, because misery loves company just as much as Morrissey loves misery, and there'll always be something comforting about listening to 'How Soon Is Now?' or 'Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me' and knowing that so many other people feel exactly the same way. And secondly, because Morrissey is responsible for some of the most joyous, uplifting songs that I can think of. Not just songs of sly humour ('Girlfriend In A Coma') or isolated lines of life-affirming wonder - the peerless "And if you must go to work tomorrow/ Well if I were you I wouldn't bother/ For there are brighter sides to life, and I should know/ Because I've seen them/ But not very often" from 'Still Ill' for instance - but songs that are positive, and optimistic, and full of hope. Here's eight of the best...Read More