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Dylan Ware – The Infinity Chamber
02 Feb. 2016

Dylan Ware – The Infinity Chamber


 “She gave me head on the bed of my dead grandmamma”.

Kiwi exile in Istanbul Ware’s third album in twelve years takes his furious, frustrated, reflections and infuses them with atmosphere, echo and splashes of welcome barminess.

The concept of mellowing as you get older mercifully flies by Ware as his postmodern seethe snarls through even the gentler tracks on all of his releases. His ire knows the importance of a tune to keep the pill wrapped in though, and Nothing, The Knife and No Honey here certainly are resplendent in them.

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Lit-Rock Now
04 Apr. 2015

Lit-Rock Now


Since the Blair-raped turn of the millennium, British music has seemed like it’s in a seamless, anonymous, tepid, regurgitated stream. That the music produced were bad would be something to talk about, but the rise of Tech, social networking and old fashioned politeness have coincided with music that across the board is all right, not bad, take it or leave it. Long gone are the media-created hypes of Britpop, rave, punk or Beatlemania, and all their cross-bred cousins.

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Rufus Wainwright Live In Istanbul
04 Apr. 2014

Rufus Wainwright Live In Istanbul


Rufus Wainwright skips up from behind the gleaming centre stage grand piano, and declares: ‘Ok, time to talk about my outfit. I’m the Big Gay Sultan!’ – resplendent in calf-length multicolour dreamcoat – and it’s clear that the man is in chipper mood.

Central Istanbul’s Küçükçiftlik Park is tonight covered in billowing burgundy fabric, half the audience seated in the front half of the arena, with the plebs to the back (though no-one’s able to smoke – that job is left to the gusty dry-ice on stage).

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Onur Andıç Interview
02 Feb. 2014

Onur Andıç Interview


Onur Andic (pronounced ‘anditch’) is visionary singer/songwriter for Istanbul’s most exciting new group, Saigon Traffic. Andic spoke to Sean Bw Parker about the Turkish independent music scene, protest music, ponchos, and more

Your trajectory has taken you through such Istanbul indie luminaries as Hard Elastic, Alpaca Approach and now Saigon Traffic. Why all the chopping and changing?

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What Did Lou Reed Ever Do For You?
10 Oct. 2013

What Did Lou Reed Ever Do For You?


I’ve just heard the news that Lou Reed is dead, at 71. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but he underwent a liver transplant in May.

The wires will be abuzz with obituaries, praise, sadness, tales of his adventures with Bowie, Warhol, ‘Metal Machine Music’…

Amidst the tears, never forget Lou Reed’s real legacy: an enemy of cliche, predictability, and any kind of trite sentimentality. For this very valuable contribution to the music world, he should take his place alongside the other Great American Writers (in the sky).

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Belle & Sebastian – The Away Days Live in Istanbul
10 Oct. 2013

Belle & Sebastian – The Away Days Live in Istanbul


If I was wondering how the bookish songwriting genius of Stuart Murdoch and his precise, sometimes twee-sounding twelve – twelve! – piece would go down in Kucukciftlik (‘small farm’, Turkish translation-lovers) Park in the dead centre of Istanbul, I needn’t have worried. The production, setting, sound and organisation were second to none, the stage itself seemingly bigger than the Pyramid at Glastonbury (and a lot less pretentious), with far less corporate branding than other live events in Turkey, replete with ‘live’ chinese food, and unobtrusive, foot-tapping security.

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Prince – The Isolated Funk
10 Oct. 2013

Prince – The Isolated Funk


The artist born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis in 1958 has been fascinating the world for more than thirty years. His most acclaimed works number most of those in his eighties purple-patch, including, ’1999′, ‘Around The World In A Day’, ‘Sign O’ The Times’, ‘Lovesexy’ and ‘Purple Rain’, but beyond this it’s his position within a broader cultural context that most intrigues these days.

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The Teardrop Explodes – Wilder (reissue)
07 Jul. 2013

The Teardrop Explodes – Wilder (reissue)


Julian Cope is a strange fish. After the release of The Teardrop Explodes’ second album ‘Wilder’ is 1981, and after many falling-outs with keyboardist David Balfe (who would later go on to found Food Records and go on to discover Blur), the band, directed by now almost solely by Balfe, scrapped sessions for a legendary, lost third album, and walked out of the band and into ever-increasing Stephen Fry like, very-English eccentricity.

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Deap Vally – Sistrionix
07 Jul. 2013

Deap Vally – Sistrionix


Jack White not got enough balls for you? Josh Homme getting too spacey? I recommend a sharp dose of Deap Vally. From the wrong-footing spelling onwards, Lindsay Troy (vocals and guitar) and Julie Edwards (drums) are a marketing mans dream, a superlative amalgam of Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, Joan Jett and Joni Mitchell – and as ‘classic’ as that sounds, there is enough passion, energy, ire, revenge and integrity on this debut album to rate them as chief flag-wavers for the ‘classic-blues-punk’ movement.

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Solidarity Through Music in Turkey – June 2013
06 Jun. 2013

Solidarity Through Music in Turkey – June 2013


‘I can’t foresee what the effect will be, but it will be huge in the Istanbul music world, just as it will be huge in life, here, in general’ – Cevdet Erek, of legendary Istanbul experimental/math rockers NekropsiSince Monday the 27th of May, protests have been building firstly in the centre of Istanbul, then throughout Turkey – and eventually the world – stemming from the ruling AK (Justice and Development) Party’s plan to raze the last piece of green area, adjoining Taksim Square (the now famous Gezi Park), and replacing it with a shopping centre and Ottoman-style barracks. There are many other environmentally catastrophic plans in the pipeline, including a third bridge over the Bosphorus, and an enormous canal to lie parallel to the strait.

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