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Girls

BY GREGG LOPEZ / A look back at the groundbreaking HBO programme. Girls tells the story of four friends in their early twenties as they move into the adult world of dinner parties, careers and, [in season two], breakdowns. The show was created by Lena Dunham, a liberal arts graduate who writes, executive produces directs …

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The Americans

I was born in November 1989, just a few days after the fall of the Berlin Wall; the event placed in the popular collective memory as the end of the Cold War. While it took a few more years for the dust to settle and the former Eastern Bloc to establish democratic governments, the removal …

Music

Everybody Wants Respect

Rhiannon Parkinson reflects on the ways in which gender alters meaning and perception in pop songwriting. I generally believe that the gender of a songwriter should not matter. Women write songs which are sung by men, men write songs sung by women, with themes and sentiments often appearing to be universal, or at least gender …

Art Film Music

Long Live the New Flesh

The YBAs always seemed to be in a hurry, as if bound to a gaining clock, and so it’s fitting that the two most significant artists associated with the movement both have major long term exhibitions in London one year shy of the 25th anniversary of Freeze. Hirst has his oft-delayed Tate retrospective, timed to …

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Jeffrey Lewis

A Turn in the Dream Songs Rough Trade The sixth album from Jeffrey Lewis is a record of heartbreak, education and his signature self-deprecating humour. The music might be generally softer than on earlier releases and most live shows, but the songs remain versatile and cleverly constructed. Lewis’s live set usually features the standard guitar, …

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Not OK Computer

As the digital age ushers recorded music into ever more fractured configurations, Rhiannon Parkinson stands up for the time-honoured long- playing album and explains why she believes the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. A recent conversation with a good friend confused and unsettled me. Both self-described music enthusiasts, I assumed we …

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Pastels/ Tenniscoats

Two Sunsets (Geographic) On first listen, this album was nothing short of overwhelming. I was in tears by track three and hooked until the final notes. While the collaboration between Glasgow indie veterans and the Japanese avant-pop duo starts pleasantly but inconspicuously enough, the second, eponymous track offers a real taste of what’s to come: …