Film Review: The Thing

Rather than reboot John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of Howard Hawks’s 1951 movie “The Thing From Another World”, Matthijs van Heijningens directorial debut chooses to focus on the events leading up to the start of the first film. By the end of the movie I did have the urge to dive into the nearest vodka – ice – bar. A missed cross marketing opportunity me thinks..

Live Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra XOYO, London

Feauturing jangly, reverb-laden guitar, a minimal but danceable rhythm section and slightly distorted vocals, most of their songs have a simple, but effective formula based around a central melody reinforced by parallel lines.

Smartphone Review: LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D is the Worlds First 3D Phone, some of it’s features are really quite impressive, but is it a phone you would actually buy?

Goldheart Assembly – Linnaeus

Goldheart Assembly are one of my fav bands, their first record was recording in a Steam Railway museum in Norfolk. For the new release they’ve gone for a different approach and used an actual recording studio.

Tech Review: HTC Wildfire S

The HTC Wildfire is powered by Google’s Android operating system and has some nice features. We take a look inside the box.

Hypergallery – Iconic Album Art

There is an exhibition of iconic album art work by Hypergallery at A&D Gallery, in London W1 this week. Featured in the exhibition is cover art from the likes of Peter Corriston, Terry Pastor, John Pasche, Robert Crumb, H R Giger, George Hardie, Trevor Key, Susan Derges, Central Station Studios, Hipgnosis and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Orcs Must Die!

Graphically, it’s got a very nice cartoon-y feel about it. The orcs are your typical ugly, chunky and silly goons, and the mage sports some dashing good looks, and a strong jawline. Imagine if Bruce Campbell was born in Mordor

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare is back with a bang. Developers Sledgehammer team up with Infinity Ward, bringing gaming’s elite together for the third installment of the hugely successful Modern Warfare franchise.

Loney, Dear @ St Pancras Old Church

The heartbreaking, haunting and ultimately redemptive album instantly and urgently caught my heart and caused a lump in my throat on its first play. But to see Loney, Dear perform this live is simply breathtaking and beyond words which is problematic for yours truly trying to review it.

Ian Garland BOTW #12 The Loud

I don’t like to throw the phrase ‘Next Big Thing’ around just casually like some people do, but this time next year you’ll be shouting this band’s name from every rooftop in Britain, and maybe the world.

Tech Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900

Blackberry devices are increasing in popularity among business AND non-business users alike in the UK, Phil Mottershead takes a look at the Bold 9790.