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“Doctor Who” – Snowy Spoilers?

If you want to witness the new Tardis interior for yourself, without resorting to vaguely spoilerific images released by the BBC, you definitely shouldn’t click on this link to the SFX story on said topic.

There’s only five days to go, after all, and we’re largely patient adults more than capable of not spoiling our seasonal surprises, are we not?

Oh, Jingle Bells to it!

“The Doctor and Clara/Sitting in a tree…”

Have a look at the Doctor (Matt Smith) and new companion/Dalek hybrid/pan-dimensional woman of mystery Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) giving it major lip-lockage in the name of audience-baiting, out-of-continuity shenanigans for a turkey-stuffed festive audience.

See you on Christmas Day, Doctor, terrifying snowmen and all…


12/19/2012 · 5:34 pm

Sure Shot

Adam Yauch (AKA MCA), born 5 August 1964, died 4 May 2012

“I Want To Say a Little Something That’s Long
The Disrespect To Women Has Got To Be Through
To All The Mothers And Sisters And The
Wives And Friends
I Want To Offer My Love And Respect To The

Sure Shot, Beastie Boys, Ill Communication

Rest in peace, Adam Yauch.  Believe me when I say that this post is hard to write.  The very idea that you’ve been taken from us by cancer is bizarre and doesn’t quite compute.

You went from snotty punk to mature musical icon and filmmaker whilst somehow managing to get cooler as you got older.  That’s quite a trick to pull off.  You were part of a band who were inclusive, innovative and celebratory enough to get even a Grinch like me to shake my ass.  The world is poorer for being robbed of your presence and I have lost an artist who (alongside Public Enemy) introduced me to hip-hop.

Go listen to “Ill Communication” today (or the Beasties cuts of your choice) and revel in how this band never stopped being awesome and always had their own identity.

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05/05/2012 · 11:54 am

Make Mine Metal…


Diabulus In Musica - a most unexpected treat...

Sometimes, a record just sneaks up on you.  Such is the case with Spanish symphonic metallurgists, Diabulus In Musica, whose latest album “The Wanderer” made it into my hyper-nerdy collection of European Metal Bands fronted by three-octave wielding neo-divas after checking out samples on Amazon and iTunes.

It’s a rare band who can win you over via ninety seconds of streamed thrashing and wailing  but this band managed to do it – they’re at the heavier end of the spectrum for this kind of band.  Less akin to the more recently radio-friendly tunes of Within Temptation, more akin to the full-on, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink theatrics of your blissfully unfashionable Euro bands like Xandria or Edenbridge.

Hmm...a symphonic metal band you could happily take home to meet your parents...

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Diabulus In Musica could comfortably slot into a True Metal summer festival like the UK’s Bloodstock or Belgium’s Graspop without too many of your self-appointed taste police questioning their credentials.

You can check out the first single from the album, “Sceneries of Hope”, at YouTube and marvel at the parp-tastic keyboard intro (see if you can beat my record of waiting five seconds before yelling ‘prog!’ at nobody in particular).


04/21/2012 · 1:35 pm