niallon – Not In Love

Another request, another song totally new to us. Even though I’ve seen Crystal Castles live and would consider myself somewhat of a fan of The Cure, this song had never managed to cross my radar! Once again though the magic of the requests pays off and we now have another track in our repertoire I could easily see getting played again down the line. Approaching the arrangement on this one was interesting, somewhat similar to Far Away in many ways. On the one hand there was a straightforward acoustic “hash it out” type approach on offer but as we dug a bit deeper we found something more substantial. We actually didn’t discover until well after the fact that this was a cover itself, originally released by Platinum Blonde and listening to the original we probably fall more in line with that but that’s to be expected I guess, once we decided to strip away the more electronic elements from it. Continue reading niallon – Not In Love

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Flicks On ‘Flix – Miracle Mile

A ringing phone must be answered. A conceit put forward most famously in Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth but one that is as old as Alexander Graham Bell really. It is also at the heart of this eighties gem, Miracle Mile. Anthony Edwards stars as Harry, just a man living his life in L.A, falling in love with a girl named Julie and discovering the world is ending in seventy minutes. Yes, upon answering a ringing payphone Harry is informed by someone claiming to be a soldier that the clock has begun to tick and nuclear war will break out in seventy minutes.
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Poltergeist Review

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For a horror remake to be successful there are some fundamental requirements. A) It must include the most iconic and effective beats from the original. B) It must remove any of the dead weight that negatively affected the original. C) It must bring something new to the table whilst also not encroaching on the spirit of the original. Few, if any remakes have achieved this, though I will cite Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween (non-theatrical release) and Friday The 13th as being successful endeavours in the above criteria. I am happy, and surprised, to say that I can add Poltergeist to that list. 
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The Night He Came Home

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With the week that’s in it and all that, what better time is there for me to harp on about one of my favourite franchises of all time – Halloween. It should be assumed, should be the norm but spoilers are gonna follow! I was seven years old. Seven years old when I found out what real fear is. Halloween night in 1995, myself, my brother and his friend stayed up late to watch John Carpenter’s original classic, Halloween. Of course as still is the case, Continue reading The Night He Came Home

Live In Concert – Mumford & Sons, Olympia Theatre, 2011

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Midnight in the Olympia has a special place in the hearts of many eighties teens. When Gerry Sinnot took over the venue in 1977 he began this series of concerts that for a while looked unfortunately as though they could fade away. Thankfully gigs like this one came back some years ago to keep the tradition started with acts ranging from The Fleadh Cowboys to John Martin alive and well.

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