Enraged, pleased or indifferent about the BBC’s decision to move The Review Show to a monthly slot on BBC4? CultureKicks’s co-editor Pete Hoskin looked at what it means – and about the future of arts broadcasting in general – in an article for last week’s Spectator. You can read it here.
The new Jake Bugg single ‘Seen it All” was released yesterday. A rare glimmer of hope for British guitar music amongst the mind numbingly dull Public Schoolification of the indie scene. And he’s still only 18.
Bowie’s back! Again! Another single from his forthcoming album The Next Day has been released today, along with a video—starring the great Tilda Swinton—that you can watch above. The song is ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’; a propulsive, soaring comment on celebrity culture. And it’s brilliant.
Speaking of gals we love, Nashville chanteuse Caitlin Rose has her new album—The Stand-In—out this week. One of the CultureKicks co-editors will be reviewing it for The Spectator shortly, but let’s just say… it’s well worth a purchase. And if that brief recommendation isn’t enough by itself, then you can listen to the full thing over at the Rolling Stone website before you buy.
The co-editors of CultureKicks love Jennifer Lawrence even more after she tripped her way onto the Oscars stage last night. It was almost as endearing as the performance which won her the Best Actress statuette, in Silver Linings Playbook – though not quite as elegant. You can, of course, see the full list of winners at the Academy website. Or how about reading Lynn Shepherd’s latest CultureKicks post, on why she’s glad Argo won for Best Picture, even with its historical inaccuracies?
A-wha?! Judge Dredd is gay? Erm, well, we’re not telling. For the full story you’ll have to read Rob Williams’ one-shot tale Closet in the latest issue of 2000AD, from which the above panel is taken. And we’d really recommend that you do – it’s a beautiful piece of work.
Walt Disney does it again. The studio has just made its Oscar-nominated short Paperman available for free online. It was created, apparently, with a “groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques” – but forget about the technology, and just fall for its easy charm.