Cultural life: Gilles Peterson, DJ
Friday 29 March 2013
I went to a great shop in Crouch End called Audio Gold where I bought a proper old-school hi-fi set-up. It's changed my life... it's like records taste like vintage golden burgundy… whether new or old... from Laura Mvula to Rokia Traoré. I also managed to get Blue Note to dig out an old concert of Donald Byrd (RIP) that they had recorded at Montreux in '73… a historic session featuring the Mizell brothers...
I really enjoyed the French biopic of Claude François called Cloclo that came out. He was like a French Cliff Richard... he wrote “My Way” and only got recognised years later by Frank Sinatra. I also thought Shadow Dancer was a very overlooked movie last year.
All about the new season of Boardwalk Empire… I kind of lost interest in Breaking Bad after Season 3. I saw a couple of episodes of Girls which I thought was quite promising. Whenever a Storyville goes up on iPlayer I'm straight on it. I've been more about podcasts – for football, 5Live's Monday Club has become my favourite.
How Music Works by David Byrne. So glad he's done this guide to his life and thoughts . Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon – I'm loving that...
'Noches Suenos' from Mala in Cuba is out now on Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview is finally screened after weeks of controversy – but reviews are mixed
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food