Tim de Lisle
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, July 16th 2014
Our pick of six new songs that you should have on your iPod. Hear a selection on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available (or will be) on iTunes.
How to paint a self-portrait in a few deft strokes.
John Hiatt: Terms of My Surrender
The blues renewed with a sly wit and a soft heart.
Nick Mulvey: Juramidam
Afro-pop-jazz-folk. More fun than it may sound.
Grace Jones: Walking in the Rain
“Nightclubbing” is back, remastered and still resplendent.
Roddy Frame: Into the Sun
From a sparkling new album, a pop gem.
Jenny Lewis (above): Late Bloomerread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
A sunny melody, a voice like spring water, and a lyric that unfolds like a good novella.
For Tim de Lisle, there is only one winner
Tim de Lisle sees a star with 7m album sales looking vulnerable in front of 60,000 people
Elbow have "a palpable sense of togetherness", which takes in the whole crowd too. Tim de Lisle reports
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Tim de Lisle watches Glastonbury kick off with "a microcosm of the music business at the moment"read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Short Read: for her pick of the best rock, Hazel Sheffield highlights the return of Jeff Mangum, a quiet singer-songwriter with a "breathless, reedy wail"read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
The headliners may be hit and miss, but there are gems elsewhere. Hazel Sheffield and Tim de Lisle find diamonds in the mudread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, June 25th 2014
Our pick of six new songs that you should have on your iPod. Hear them on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available at iTunes.
Metronomy: The Upsetter
Sparkling electro-pop, with a lyric that's a love letter to 1992.
Beck: Heart Is a Drum
The album "Morning Phase" is a bit one-paced, but this mellow piano chugger is a gem.
Hurray for the Riff Raff: Good Time Blues
Meet Alynda Lee Segarra, the Latina Emmylou Harris.
Simone Felice: Running Through My Head
As ballads go, this is an epic.
Robert Ellis: Chemical Plant
Country music without the rhinestones.
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry: Johnny and Maryread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Robert Palmer with a sinuous twist.
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, June 11th 2014
Bridging art forms, for many artists, is a bridge too far. The odd pop star, like Damon Albarn, may be brave enough to weave his songs into an opera; a tenor, given a fair wind or a World Cup, may manage a hit single; but it’s a rare bird who flits easily between pop, opera and theatre. Our cover star, Es Devlin, has mastered set design in all three art forms, and raised standards in each one. I first came across her work in the less than promising setting of Coventry City football club, where the reunited Take That were playing on a dank evening in 2008. It was business, not pleasure, until I saw Devlin’s designs. A life-size chainmail elephant was soon advancing towards the centre circle, with four middle-aged boy-band members perched on top, like maharajahs. A drab grey stadium was transformed into a living, breathing children’s book, full of colour and wonder. Devlin had spotted that Take That’s fans, now in their 20s, had fallen for them not as hormonal teenyboppers, but as eight- or nine-year-olds. The designs spoke to the child inside the fan.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, May 26th 2014
Rule one of the great British arts festival: there will be mud. Rule two: there will be courtesy. Hay is, among other things, a very polite scrum. As the rain blows in again from the hills, the queues are long, the walkways packed, the going slow, but the good humour unflagging. It’s like being at a football match where all the fans are neutral.
Jeremy Paxman didn’t get where he is today by erring on the side of politeness. His schtick is to speak truth to power, or at least to lob scornful questions at it on our behalf. It has made him famous and rich, feared by the few and trusted by the many, but has it made him happy? When he announced that he would be quitting “Newsnight” next month after 25 years, Charles Moore wrote a persuasive column in the Telegraph arguing that the BBC’s grand inquisitors end up disillusioned, feeling a contempt for their medium. Coming to Hay in his other capacity as an author, Paxman shows a hint of this by telling a 1,700-strong crowd that he will take questions at the end, but not about “BBC politics or any of that nonsense”.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT