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Archive for the month “October, 2014”

Halloween Special : Annie Lennox – Love song for a vampire (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

A DarkAngel compilation…from the best “Dracula” directed by Francis Ford Coppola


The perfect start to Halloween!


Keep up your guard. London will be teeming with vamps over the next few days 😉


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Thursday Duet : Sinead O’Connor & Shane MacGowan – Haunted

The purity of the young Sinead’s voice sits so comfortably beside Shane’s gravelly rasp..  I think they work beautifully together ..


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Wednesday Music : Tanya Lacey sings Mary J. Blige “No More Drama”

“Bristol, UK hailing R&B star on the rise Tanya Lacey invited us to her studio to deliver a powerful performance for SoulCulture TV’s InspiredBy series…. “..


Tanya was great @ Station Sessions / St Pancras International a few years back, 2012 to be precise. A charismatic performer.


Catch up with the latest from Tanya Lacey here


(This one’s for Picto. Who thinks I’m a Drama Queen. Part of the time.)

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Tuesday Music Choice: Natalie Duncan – Devil In Me

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October, two years ago


Natalie did a brilliant set @ Station Sessions/ King’s Cross last Thursday. It must have been difficult for her to perform with such intensity, with the audience standing only a few feet awa, in a  busy train station by daylight, rather than a dedicated, atmospheric music venue …but hey! We really appreciated your stunning performance! The travellers from Paris looked gobsmacked..what a great advert for London for those just arriving @ St Pancras International!  Cool. Very cool.


This recording of Natalie still sounds phenomenal, two years on!

She’s currently on tour and also available for  private functions.


November 2012′, MFLL saw her live at Jazz Voice/ The Barbican , alongside Imelda May and some other rousing , unlikely performers of Jazz, including the wonderful Boy George!  Must catch her love again soon.


To hear Natalie perform in an intimate setting would be so good.

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It was my thirtieth year to heaven 

Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood 
And the mussel pooled and the heron 
Priested shore 
The morning beckon 
With water praying and call of seagull and rook 
And the knock of sailing boats on the net webbed wall 
Myself to set foot 
That second 
In the still sleeping town and set forth. 

My birthday began with the water- 
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name 
Above the farms and the white horses 
And I rose 
In rainy autumn 
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days. 
High tide and the heron dived when I took the road 
Over the border 
And the gates 
Of the town closed as the town awoke. 

A springful of larks in a rolling 
Cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling 
Blackbirds and the sun of October 
On the hill’s shoulder, 
Here were fond climates and sweet singers suddenly 
Come in the morning where I wandered and listened 
To the rain wringing 
Wind blow cold 
In the wood faraway under me. 

Pale rain over the dwindling harbour 
And over the sea wet church the size of a snail 
With its horns through mist and the castle 
Brown as owls 
But all the gardens 
Of spring and summer were blooming in the tall tales 
Beyond the border and under the lark full cloud. 
There could I marvel 
My birthday 
Away but the weather turned around. 

It turned away from the blithe country 
And down the other air and the blue altered sky 
Streamed again a wonder of summer 
With apples 
Pears and red currants 
And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s 
Forgotten mornings when he walked with his mother 
Through the parables 
Of sun light 
And the legends of the green chapels 

And the twice told fields of infancy 
That his tears burned my cheeks and his heart moved in mine. 
These were the woods the river and sea 
Where a boy 
In the listening 
Summertime of the dead whispered the truth of his joy 
To the trees and the stones and the fish in the tide. 
And the mystery 
Sang alive 
Still in the water and singingbirds. 

And there could I marvel my birthday 
Away but the weather turned around. And the true 
Joy of the long dead child sang burning 
In the sun. 
It was my thirtieth 
Year to heaven stood there then in the summer noon 
Though the town below lay leaved with October blood. 
O may my heart’s truth 
Still be sung 
On this high hill in a year’s turning.

Dylan Thomas


27th October 2014

Happy Hundredth Birthday, Dylan Thomas


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Monday Music For A London Life: Hang Massive – Once Again – :: music info and downloads


“A short hang drum duo video filmed on an autumnal morning in the beautiful town of Bath Spa. Hang music by Danny Cudd ( hang playing hedge monkeys ). Played by Danny Cudd and Markus Johansson. Hang is a beautiful instrument handmade in Switzerland.”


It’s Monday! Hang loose! Smile. A lot. It’s sunny here in London Town and it’s good to be alive.

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Fuel present: Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files @ Grimaldi Gavin

“Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files is a selection of photographs of Russian prisoners tattoos collected by Arkady Bronnikov between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s. A senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for over thirty years, part of Bronnikov’s duties involved visiting correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions. It was here that he interviewed, gathered information and photographed convicts and their tattoos, building one of the most comprehensive archives of this phenomenon acquired by FUEL in 2013.


The Bronnikov collection, consisting of 918 images, was made for police use only to further the understanding of the language of these tattoos and to act as an aid in the identification and apprehension of criminals in the field. The photographer’s only consideration was the recording of the body for practical purposes. Unimpeded by artistry, these vernacular photographs present a guileless representation of criminal society. The photographs unintentionally betray their human side disclosing evidence of prisoners’ character: aggressiveness, vulnerability, melancholy, and conceit. Their bodies display an unofficial history, told not just through tattoos, but also in scars and missing digits. Closer inspection only confirms our inability to comprehend the unimaginable lives of this previously unacknowledged caste.


A selection of photographs, alongside official police papers authored by Bronnikov from the Soviet period, will be published by FUEL in two volumes, the first to be released in conjuction with the exhbition in October 2014.”



How to tattoo an eyelid?

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Sunday Choice ~ Jamaican Queens ~ Caitlin

Young Blood From The Motor City Premiere a Kaleidoscopic Video


“Detroit’s dystopian environs are transformed by a psychedelic explosion of color in Jamaican Queens’ new video for “Caitlin.” Local filmmaker Daniel DeMaggio spent the better part of a month adding the swirling, surreal animated visuals to footage shot in one of the city’s many empty spaces. “We created a green screen in a vacant warehouse,” says the group’s vocalist and co-producer Ryan Spencer. “Dan doesn’t have heat at his place, so he stays over at my place when it gets really cold. He’s my favorite artist in the city and when he expressed interest in doing something with us, we jumped on the opportunity.” Spencer wrote “Caitlin” as a ‘secret Santa’ present to comfort his eponymous friend—who also stars in today’s video—after her grandmother was tragically killed. “I think she really liked the gift,” he says. The trio, completed by drummer Ryan Clancy and guitarist, bassist, co-producer and back-up singer Adam Pressley, recently released their debut album Wormfood, which fuses playful indie and “Detroit trap pop,” a synthetic-voiced hybrid of hip-hop, dubstep and other sonic elements currently energizing the city’s fertile underground.”


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Saturday Song: Ben Howard @Pinkpop 2013


great music for the week’s end

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The Marriage of Figaro – Directed by Fiona Shaw | ENO

Book your tickets to see The Marriage of Figaro, one of the greatest comic operas ever written – Directed by Fiona Shaw and performed at the ENO.


If you are in London and you fancy going to this, check out the secret seats. They are a bargain @ £20 or £30 with a glass of decent champagne. London Life  tried this out recently and was allocated middle seats in the Dress Circle. Brilliant view. Excellent evening.


Will be returning to the secret seats for Carmen!

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