The Bonus Track: Evan Dando, The Kinks, Warpaint and... Inspiral Carpets?
A sideways look at the world of music
Beautiful and damned
Tarka Cordell was the son of the record producer Denny (“Whiter Shade of Pale” etc) and hung out with (and dated) the “beautiful people”. He wrote a few film scripts and songs, modelled, travelled and lived life to the full until he took committed suicide in April 2008, aged just 41. Now a group of friends, including Lily Allen, have recorded a tribute album of Cordell’s songs (out next month) with all royalties donated to Calm, a charity to prevent male suicide in the UK. It is a fitting tribute and a beautiful record. Hear Evan Dando sing “Lovely New York”
Best remembered for that T-shirt and having Noel Gallagher as their roadie, sorry “guitar technician”, the Inspirals are back and Student Union bars everywhere should take note. Recently signed to Cherry Red Records, the band will release their first album in 20 years in the autumn. Need reminding? Watch the band perform their 1990 hit “This is How it Feels”
What links Ray Davies, Andrea Bocelli, Oasis and Ennio Morricone? It’s the Crouch End Festival Chorus, which has backed all the above and, on Saturday, plays a unique show at London’s Barbican, featuring a world premiere of a new piece by Murray (Dr Who theme) Gold, alongside works by David Bedford and Robert Fripp. Info at barbican.org.uk, and see the choir perform at Glastonbury with Ray Davies
There’s always much talk about the “song of the summer”, but not so much for the winter months. Regardless, here’s my nomination, a spooky slice of Swedish folk from a singer called AnnaMy.
Next week’s biggie
Kevin Harley reviews Warpaint. Watch the band perform the single “Love is to Die”
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Christmas 2014: The three most intriguing celebrity panto appearances
Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
Beyonce '7/11' music video: Star bounces on bed and films daughter Blue Ivy in lo-fi homage to viral video
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track