Monday, May 05, 2008

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - live at the Glasgow Academy

Nick Cave is someone I always try to see when he's in town. This was the 3rd Nick Cave concert that I've seen. I may even have wrote about the last Glasgow show that I was at somewhere on this site.

It was a slimmed down version of the Bad Seeds that graced the stage of the Carling Academy tonight. The choir that was present on the Abattoir Blues tour was no longer needed. Instead we had the core 7 man band and they were more than enough.

We had seats in the balcony. I had never been up there before and I enjoyed the experience. The view was good and the sound seemed a bit better. The crowd was varied - old goths, yuppies and indie kids.

The set had a fair bit of the new album as well as some old classics like Tupelo and Deanna. We got Into my Arms and Stagger Lee in the encore as well as a cover of Wanted Man by Johnny Cash. The cries for the Mercy Seat were ignored. They didn't play much from the last album which was a shame but it is a testament to the quality of the Nick Cave songbook that he can put on a great show without playing all the hits.

I bought a Mercy Seat tea-towel for my yuppie flat. It makes me happy. I'll be trying to get tickets again the next time Nick Cave is in town.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

I bought a random CD that My Bloody Valentine fans might like today

I bought a random CD in Avalanche Records today. It's by a band called Japancakes and it is a cover of all of Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. It's ok but not as good as the original. It's a brave attempt and worth hearing but I'm still looking forward to seeing MBV in July.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall - film review

My mate wanted to see this. It's by the same people who made Knocked up and the 40 year old virgin but it's not really as good. It does have a few laughs in it but not as many as their other films.

It's about a guy who gets dumped and how he gets over it. It has Russel Brand in it. It's basically a chick-flick. Don't rush out to see it.

Pathology - film review

I saw this film a couple of weeks back. I have a thing for cheezy medical horror films, being a doctor and that.

This film is about a trainee pathologist who becomes involved with a group of doctors who kill people for kicks. He joins in and it becomes a bit more crazy after that. All the doctors look like supermodels and take crack while still going to work. And they shag each other next to corpses. It's not really like that at my work.

This film is a rip off of Anatomy which is a much better German film. It was kinda funny but probably not for everyone.

In Bruges - film review

I saw something about this film on the BBC2 Culture Show a couple of months back and I made a mental note to catch it. I'm glad that I did. It's the best film that I've seen in ages.

In Bruges is a black comedy that makes you think. Colin Farrell plays a hitman who has made a mistake. He has been sent to Belgium with another hitman to hide out until the fuss dies down. He does not want to be in Belgium. His character is very similar to that of Dougal in the sitcom Father Ted. He has a fascination with dwarves.

Indeed, dwarf abuse is a recurrent theme in this film.

I was pissing myself with laughter for most of this film but it did raise some serious moral questions and it did make me think. What would you do if you had done something unforgivable? Is redemption possible?

This film is funny and serious. You should see it. It also has quality swearing.