It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots
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Friday 09 April 2010
Locked into marriage at 14, Hanan Al-Shaykh's mother Kamila pined for the glamour of movies and poetry – and for her true love, the musical, romantic youth Muhammad. In this remarkable leap of imagination and empathy, the Lebanese novelist reverses the usual optic of family memoirs by recreating her mother's headstrong but stardust-sprinkled journey through life.
Friday 19 March 2010
Ever since his school music teacher played his charges The Velvet Underground's "Heroin", Emil Nikolaisen, leader of Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh, has had an affinity for sonic extremity, pushed to the limit on this follow-up to their 2006 debut.
Wednesday 16 December 2009
Friday 04 December 2009
A generously-proportioned five-track EP, Fall Be Kind employs the same loop-based methods as Animal Collective's popular Merriweather Post Pavilion, but here used to create a more crepuscular, aptly autumnal atmosphere.
Tuesday 17 November 2009
Yo La Tengo have a certain way with a song. It can be trundling along nicely but not necessarily grabbing you, when a sound emerges that makes your ears prick up and suddenly all the divergent parts of the music come alive and the song becomes great. In their opening track, "My Heart's Reflection", it's James McNew's rumbling bass; in their second, "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven", it's Ira Kaplan's guitar solo followed by McNew's sweetly pitched backing vocal, that bring their songs into sharp, brilliant focus.
Friday 13 November 2009
Mercury Rev are the kind of group for whom Peel Sessions were originally conceived: an all-channels-open, questing outfit who took the opportunity to reassess old favourites and break virgin territory.
Friday 02 October 2009
Friday 28 August 2009
A medical disciplinary panel will consider today whether to take action against a doctor found to have possessed indecent images of children.
The Barometer: The Mountain Goats; Henry Cowell; Jade Ewen featuring Chipmunk; Lovvers; Atlas Sound; The Very Best
Friday 21 August 2009
Sunday 07 June 2009
You really have to hand it to Sonic Youth: album number 15, with the band's mainstays all in their fifties really is some time for a band to hit their peak.
Friday 05 June 2009
Reissued for the first time outside of their native Iceland, Von is Sigur Rós's 1997 debut.
Sunday 11 January 2009
Accosted by Leslie Crowther in the supermarket aisle and cajoled into doing the taste test, you'd swear that 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' was a Mercury Rev record.
Sunday 14 December 2008
From 1994-1999, nobody wanted to hear American music.
Thursday 27 November 2008
Sigur Ros, Iceland's favourite musical sons, played the first of their two sell-out London gigs at Alexandra Palace last Thursday. The band filled the venerable old pavilion with their panoramic sound to the delight of all present.
Sunday 27 July 2008
For a bunch of wayward hippies there is something completely savage, hypnotic and nocturnal about the psychedelic rumbles of this Houston, Texas-based ensemble.
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