Track Of The Day – Curxes – ‘Valkyrie’

The Valkyries (Valkyrja -’Chooser of the Slain’) from Old Norse mythology were female handmaidens of Odin who decided the fate of those who would live or die in battle.  They would then gather the souls of the bravest warriors who they deigned deserving of palace in the afterlife.  Not unlike Cheryl Cole on the X factor then? This Norse legend most famously inspired Wagner’s opera ‘Die Walküre’, as well as a slew of dodgy video games, a rather foxy Marvel DC character and were also allegedly Noggin The Nog’s “go to” indie poster girls of their day.  ‘Valkyrie’ was also the title of Hollywood top gun Thomas ‘crazy as a shithouse rat‘ Cruise Mapother IV’s best movie in recent years in which our diminutive pint-sized hero played a one eyed dwarf who attempted to assassinate Hitler using only the power of scientology and an intense stare. It is also the title of Blitz-pop duo Curxes latest offering. …

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J Mascis with new song ‘Wide Awake’ feat. Cat Power – A tender piece of folk music from the artist’s upcoming solo album ‘Tied To A Star.’

Photo by Justin Lapriore Legendary DINOSAUR JR. frontman J MASCIS is about to release his new solo album Tied To A Star on August the 25th via Sub Pop. Today he unveils Wide Awake, a new track from it. …

Source: J Mascis with new song ‘Wide Awake’ feat. Cat Power – A tender piece of folk music from the artist’s upcoming solo album ‘Tied To A Star.’

Hercules and Love Affair premiere ‘My Offence’ video – From oppression to strength – Andy Butler and director Matt Lambert discover the current…

House music producer Andy Butler and his New York-based queer heroes HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR present the official music video for My Offence, the latest single from this year’s new LP The Feast Of The Broken Heart. The colourful clip comes with an interesting concept about the reappropriation of the word ‘cunt.’ It’s especially about a new strength in the NYC gay community to use a word of former oppression in a different way. Butler and director Matt Lambert asked various key figures of the scene about their opinion and the result is both – entertaining and informative. …

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The Great Grand Piano Fund & Classic Gershwin at the OSO

The Old Sorting Office (OSO) arts centre in Barnes, SW London, provides a vibrant and busy community for artists and audiences to gather and interact. The Centre opened in September 2002 and provides a venue for theatre and live performances, art exhibitions, dance classes, music, drama for all ages and abilities, writers’ groups, Yoga, Pilates […]

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Philips Wireless Portable Speaker – BT100B – The Philips BT100 won’t soundtrack a party larger than 10 people, but as an easy compact option to…

It’s been said that ‘It’s a poor musician that blames his instrument’ but if you are into music as much as we are here at NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION, you know to appreciate good versus bad versus ear-scratchingly horrible sound. We’ve all been at shows that are unbalanced, listened to something through low quality headphones or on weak laptop speakers, or possibly been to parties where the music was all treble and no bass. So we jumped at the opportunity to critique something that like our ‘instrument’, in this case a Bluetooth capable portable speaker. …

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