The new-wave synth sounds of George Lewis Jr, aka Twin Shadow, wouldn't have been out of place on the film soundtrack of the Ryan Gosling vehicle (ahem) Drive.
Slice them where you will, any collection of psychoanalysts is as mad as a parliament. Novelty beards, whirling eyes, twitches, deranged clothing, tics, jitters and habits you wouldn't want to go into. But Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was the maddest of the lot. His mainspring theory was that all human ills stemmed from not enough orgasms, and, in particular, not enough proper orgasms, which he plotted on graphs from foreplay to the molten afterglow of WH Auden's "Lullaby" (1940): "Soul and body have no bounds:/ To lovers as they lie upon/ Her tolerant enchanted slope/ In their ordinary swoon."
Peter Zumthor's new Serpentine Pavilion is all well and good for sitting down and looking at flowers for an hour but bedding down for the night is likely to be frowned upon. No matter, from next year, fans of the renowned Swiss architect can enjoy a mini-break at his new holiday home, The Secular Retreat. The glass/ concrete bungalow, Zumthor's first permanent project in the UK, has just been granted planning permission and will nestle among a clump of trees on top of a hill, somewhere between Salcombe and Hallsands in South Devon. "It's very rural. He wanted it to be quite separate," I'm told. "It's got a monastic feel. Like the Pavilion, it looks quite stark from the exterior but inside is a cool haven." The latest in the Living Architecture series, Alain de Botton's brainchild allowing holiday-makers to rent one-off statement homes at an affordable price, Zumthor's design will join MVRDV's silver-tiled Balancing Barn in Aldeburgh and NORD's black beach hut near Romney Marsh, among others. Prices start from £20 per person per night (or £750 for a long weekend) up to £3,000 for a week in peak season.
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Much has been made of Brett Anderson's apparent happiness in the musical "wilderness". After the hedonism of the 1990s (all that energetic, drug-fuelled positioning of himself away from Britpop), the 42-year-old is now very much a solo artist and seems more content for it.
The NME Awards shows dominate the diary throughout February, kicking off tonight with the Gaslight Anthem (pictured) at London's Shepherds Bush Empire (0844 477 2000), and Howling Bells at Islington Academy (0844 477 2000) tomorrow.
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The Icelandic company Vesturport first swung into our attention with an exuberant aerial version of Romeo and Juliet. Created by Gisli Orn Gardarsson and Vikingur Kristjansson and seen here in an English adaptation by David Farr, their latest show could be viewed as the obverse of that. Love is an earthbound musical that celebrates the passion of two people who find love at the end of their lives. Boy meets girl; boy gets girl; girl loses boy – it's a traditional formula; except that in Love, the boy is pushing 80 and turns out to be suffering from Alzheimer's, while the girl is not much younger and meets the man of her dreams when she's dumped by her son for a brief stay in the care home where her new love is vegetating.
They took many by surprise when they joined Africa Express in Liverpool last week. Now Franz Ferdinand tell Elisa Bray they have fallen under the spell of Afrobeat
Re-imagined as a light, versatile jacket, the cardigan has been adopted by a generation that has never even heard of Val Doonican
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