Under the dome - Jack White III & Morrissey at the o2

7 December 2014

Magical Morrissey

Rob Jones Jack White Tour Poster Release Details

Having not been to a gig in a long while, I was lucky enough to see Jack White and Morrissey within the space of a week and a half at the 'massive tent' that is the London o2 arena just recently. Both gentlemen reminded me what a treat it is to go and see live music.

Before Jack took to the stage, a dapper looking fellow politely requested that the crowd refrain from taking snaps and filming, as the show would be much better enjoyed when not viewed through a tiny iphone screen.  Hear Hear!  

What followed was a humdinger of a show with Jack singing songs from his albums Blunderbuss and Lazaretto as well as a good few favourites from The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.  Although Mr. White has written a hatful of songs worthy of filling a giant arena, he was keen to make the o2 feel like a small club - 'it's just me and you together'.  After storming through a 26-song setlist, it felt like Jack didn't want the show to end and I for one was with him all the way.

'I am privileged beyond my wildest dreams', good old Morrissey summed up how I felt as he arrived on stage looking almost Elvis-like with his mini-quiff and dressed all in white.  What a pleasure it was to finally get to hear him sing live. His voice is still uniquely beautiful, his lyrics still thought-provoking and no-one else quite writes song titles as Moz does - 'Staircase at the University', 'Neal Cassady Drops Dead' and 'Kick the Bride down the Aisle' are just a few from his latest album World Peace is None of your Business.  So, here's to Morrissey and when his next tour is announced I will be first in line for tickets.

On that note, I shall leave you with some rather fine poster artwork for Messrs. White and Morrissey, here and here.

Little Joys: Elvis, ghost stories & book playlists

16 November 2014

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~ Robert Brault #holidays #quotes
As it's the little things in life that make you happy, I thought I would share some old treasures and new discoveries that have put a smile on my face this week.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal being brilliantly creepy in Nightcrawler
  • Rituals Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oil is deliciously refreshing and relaxing
  • Not my usual cup of tea but I'm enjoying listening to the folky sisters from First Aid Kit 
  • This clip of Elvis having a laugh and singing his heart out.  What a man!
  • Discovering Dahlia fashion boutique in Carnaby Street.  Looking forward to wearing their Florence swing blouse
  • Radio 6 Music presenters have created fantasy playlists to accompany their favourite books. Love this idea.
  • Emerald Street are holding a ghost story competition.  Enter if you dare!

Peaky Blinders

15 November 2014

Постер 1 из 5 из фильма "Острые козырьки" /Peaky Blinders/ (2012)
Oh Peaky Blinders, I shall miss you.

I honestly cannot say enough good things about this epic piece of television.  This series drew me in like a good book, with writing that was always intriguing and never predictable.  The acting, particularly from Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill was immense whilst the dark, rumbling soundtrack perfectly underscored  the action on screen. I actually cheered when series three was announced after the closing credits.  For those that haven't yet encountered the Shelbys and their gang on the lawless streets of 1920's Birmingham, I am so jealous, you are in for one hell of a ride!

There's more info on the Peaky Blinders here on the BBC 2 website.  


Little joys: Desert Island Discs

4 November 2014

floral record player

Last week I had one of those gloriously lazy Sundays where you get cosy with a cup of tea and your laptop and while away the hours getting lost in a stream of blog posts, Pinterest gems and YouTube stuff & nonsense.  

It was on this fateful Sunday that I was to re-discover one of my old favourite pastimes, listening to the humble podcast and to be more specific, the treasure that is Desert Island Discs.  If you are a wiki-fiend (!) like me, you will adore these forty minute interviews where the 'castaways' meander through their life stories, punctuated by their choice of 8 songs which they are allowed to take to their desert island.  The castaways also pick one book and one luxury item to keep them company.  I find it fascinating knowing the music and books that these inspiring people hold dear, as well as hearing a little slice of their life along the way. Continuing what seems to be a bit of a horror and Gothic theme on my blog, the castaway I listened to on Sunday was League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and I am excited to find that J.K. Rowling has also been on Desert Island Discs.  I know what I will be doing on my next lazy Sunday.

The Desert Island Disc archives are here and they go way back from the 1940s until today.  

An evening of Terror and Wonder

29 October 2014

Image of the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination poster

As All Hallow's Eve draws near and The Art of Gothic BBC 4 series comes to a close next week, I thought it would be the perfect time to pay a visit to the British Library for their Terror and Wonder Gothic Imagination exhibition.  It was a shame that Andrew Graham-Dixon wasn't on hand to enthuse about the various books, film-clips, posters and paintings on display.  But seriously, I think the artwork featured above was worth the admission alone and I particularly liked the Hammer horror film posters and the section dedicated to Dracula.  It was also interesting to see how the Gothic genre has evolved and endured over the years. 

Once inside the lovely gift shop, I was suitably inspired to pick up a couple of tales of the macabre.  I opted for an old favourite of mine, Dracula and a new read for me, The Turn of the Screw.  Looking forward to spooking myself with those in the next few days.  

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination is open at the British Library until 20th January 2015.