New Music This Week: 02APR12

New Music This Week: 02APR12

This week’s highlights of new music, new bands and gigs. The Track: Van She – Idea of Happiness Aussie electropop band Van She had seemingly dropped off the face of the earth following their last release, a remixes EP, back in 2009. However, if you happened to visit their website recently you’d be greeted by a mysterious video of a hairy man on a sun bed followed by the text “What’s your idea of happiness?” Now they have revealed this teaser video is for their forthcoming second album, ‘Idea of Happiness’. The album is due for release on 9th July...
Review: Pitt Cue Co.

Review: Pitt Cue Co.

Are you a queue addict? Do you need to know about the latest line to join. Do you wonder where it will take you? I’ll give you an address, 1 Newburgh Street. There is an awesome line there, that starts around five thirty tonight and every other night for the foreseeable future (except Sundays). The wonderful whiff of barbecue gives it away, this is Pitt Cue Co. version 2. At the end of the line or the beginning, whichever way you see it, is the start of a meal that feels like a performance, you buy drinks in plastic cups from the pub nearby while you wait, you chat...
New Music This Week: 26MAR12

New Music This Week: 26MAR12

Here are our highlights of new music, new bands and gigs taking place this week.   The Track: Slow Club – The Dog Released 26/03/12   The latest single to be taken from the Sheffield duo’s second album, Paradise.   Links: Website / Facebook You can also download a free Tom Vek remix of The Dog here.   The Album: Blood Red Shoes – In Time to Voices Released 26/03/12   Another British two-piece, Blood Red Shoes return this with their third album, In Time to Voices.   Links: Website / Facebook   The Gig: Laurel...
New Music This Week: 19MAR12

New Music This Week: 19MAR12

Here are our highlights of new music, new bands and gigs taking place this week.   The Track: Beach House – Myth Last week Beach House broke their social-networking silence to reveal a new track, Myth, with a new album Bloom due to be released on 5th May.   Links: Website Facebook   The Album: The Shins – Port of Morrow (Released 20/03/12) Five years since their last album, Wincing the Night Away, James Mercer returns from his Broken Bells side project, with a new-look Shins line-up.   Simple Song by The Shins   The Gig: What:...

Burgers & Wine

The burger hunter hasn’t put down any words for quite a few weeks now. Although many cheeseburgers, bacon doubles and all sorts of combos have been devoured, a new place hasn’t arisen to boast about. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about changing up the humble beer that usually accompanies my burger munching habits for another beverage, one of the grape variety. Drop the beer buster and pick up the wine. Well the folks at Hawksmoor have thrown us a bone. Using two of their exemplary burgers as an example we can try to figure out what to choose. With...
Olympic Breakfast

Olympic Breakfast

You may be baffled about what Hackney Wick has to offer other than a hunking great hub of artistic residents, but with the small matter of this summer’s sporting event a stone’s throw away, Hackney Wick’s diamonds in the industrial rough are soon to take centre stage, and shining brightest is The Counter Café. Housed in the open gallery and creative studios Stour Space, The Counter Café is split across two levels and perched snugly beside the Regent’s canal. Downstairs the mix of theatre style seats and wooden interior is a rough-around-the-edges relaxed space,...
And the dead will rise… Again

And the dead will rise… Again

Zombies are dead, that much is clear, but the metaphor seems to have been rotting for some time with them. Adam Richmond asks why “We had crazy zombies raping human females making hybrid zombiesand stuff, it was just nasty.” Matthijs van Heijningen Jr – director of the still mercifully unreleased The Thing remake* – on the planned Army of the Dead film. He’s to helm the sequel to Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, A sequel to a remake, by a director of a remake. The horror. It should come as no surprise that Snyder’s sticky fingers are all over this...
Hendrick’s unusual month of reverse courtship

Hendrick’s unusual month of revers...

  This is a Sponsored Post It sounds like a cheesy rom com, in fact a quick search on IMDB tells us it is. It's Amy Adams, it's well…. not in our top 4000 films. But it's based on true fact. Every leap year on the 29th February the normal rules of courtship are reversed. That's right folks, a lady may freely propose to a gentleman. But how we hear you cry? Well, Hendricks Gin have some answers as to overcoming the fear of being alone forever and at the same time the fear of commitment. Drink in hand, they will guide you and a...

Review: The Balham Bowls Club

The BBC is how every pub should be. What, you say, like a broadcasting corporation? No, silly, I don’t mean the TV people, I mean the Balham Bowls Club in, er, Balham. The interior of this dream pub is full of chintz and mismatching tables and chairs creating the perfect amount of cosiness for a boozy Sunday in denial of it being work the next day. Teacups, picture frames and other delights decorate the walls, bookcases are stuffed with books and games and the wobbly tables are adorned with candles in old wine bottles. Rather than a forced attempt at kitsch styling that...
Thursday off work? Pub crawl then…

Thursday off work? Pub crawl then…

A special treat for London craft beer-lovers: Welsh brewers Otley Brewery will be launching a new beer brewed in collaboration with beer writer Pete Brown on Thursday, the 9th of February, in four different pubs around London. The beer is a 7.4% Imperial Russian stout dubbed Odessa, flavoured with chocolate and ginger and aged for 9 months in Welsh whisky casks. The launch is a pub crawl led by Nick Otley and Pete Brown to hit all around London, starting with the White Horse in Parsons Green at 1 pm, then moving to The Rake in Borough Market at 3 pm. From there, the...