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Exploring Cinema’s Highest Peaks: LGM on ‘Downfall’ (2004)

    Issues with Der Untergang (to use the correct title). One: internet parody (which we won’t mention again). Two: the setting, those final days down the Führerbunker not renowned for gaiety. And three: ghosts – for if there is such a thing as collective psyche (which there isn’t), Germany’s has long been sponsored by … Continue reading

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LGM’s Favourite Albums of 2014, #1 – Morrissey / World Peace…

    <<<LGM’s Favourite Albums of 2014, #10 – #2   Back in the summer I somewhat presumptuously announced my Album of the Year just that little bit early. How to paint oneself into a corner – as Syd Barrett apocryphally did whilst adding stripes to the floorboards during The Madcap Laughs photo-shoot.   And … Continue reading

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LGM’s Favourite Albums of 2014, #10 – #2

    The 2014 Best Of. The relentless march of. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours, etc. Sleaford Mods at #10 in The Guardian’s year-ending; presumably the same Sleaford Mods who, when I announced that I preferred them when they were called Goldie Lookin’ Chain, spent the rest of weekend tweeting me … Continue reading

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Twitter’s Favourite Albums of 2014: The Results.

    The votes are all in. A big slice of gratitude for taking part; 182 albums championed by not far off a hundred of you discerning types – eclecticism married to some fascinating selections; if there’s anything worthwhile to soliciting votes, then laboriously plotting on a spreadsheet like some Eurovision Song Contest without the … Continue reading

What The Animals Do When We’re Not Looking: Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley’s ‘Words and Music’, Reviewed.

  Housekeeping; you have until this Wednesday (Dec-10) to take part in the annual Album of the Year vote that, for reasons I’m far from certain of, I spend December compiling. So far well over 100 discs have been nominated, with two titles running neck and neck as the horses approach the final furlong – … Continue reading

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Exploring Cinema’s Highest Peaks: LGM on ‘Melancholia’ (2011)

    Continuing the occasional series revisiting LGM’s favourite movies. There’ll be ten in all. No order. Simply an excuse to recapture the waves. The heightened sense of engagement, and wonderment, that moment when you settle yourself into the cinema seat with your popcorn or (if you’re me) that generous glass of wine, only to … Continue reading

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Exploring Cinema’s Highest Peaks: LGM on ‘The Shining’ (1980)

    Considering just how much time and effort has been invested discussing, appraising, then reinterpreting this movie, it’s a wonder there’s anything left to say. It’s become part of the lexicon. A trope deployed in popular culture; that cheap series of memes smeared across our shared consciousness. REDRUM, “Here’s Johnny”, the Grady twins, All … Continue reading

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You. Yes, YOU! Now taking votes for your album of 2014

    This time last year I spent far too much time compiling votes for your favourite albums of 2013 (results here: t’was quite the surprise, Nick Cave out-polling John Grant). And so much fun is dicking about in Excel that I’ve decided to repeat the whole endeavour in a 2014 context. A snapshot survey … Continue reading

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Exploring Cinema’s Highest Peaks: LGM on ‘The Apartment’ (1960)

    Beginning an occasional series in which I attempt to explain devotion to my favourite movies. There’ll be ten in all; not necessarily ranked in order, but each demanding repeating viewings from the off. Commencing with Billly Wilder’s 1960 classic…   I feel like C.C. Baxter in Wilder’s ‘Apartment’. That particular arrangement just came … Continue reading

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Behold: A Cavalcade of Pop. Lovely, Shiny Pop…

    Oh, you and your pop sensibilities. Immediate, and disposable, and fun. Because more than any other medium, pop represents singularity. A celebration of being alive, for just that very instant, and no-one need care about the consequences (for whatever they are, we won’t have to face them until the run-out groove).   Pop … Continue reading

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Bedrooms, Not Boardrooms – A Meditation upon Indie Pop

    Last time out on this site, without too much success, we attempted to dig a little deeper into notions of goth. Scratching around for a definition, some route straight through all that dry ice.   Which kind of got me thinking; is it any easier to agree the characteristics of something wider? Indie, … Continue reading

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The Looks and the Lifestyle – Exploring the Sounds of Autumn Goth

    November. Daylight the colour of slate, dark hours to brew a wanton fog, something lurking, just out of sight…   Which is cliché writ large, for sure. As if the world needs a dodgy music blog to start pontificating on how autumn into winter appeals to the darker side of the human psyche. … Continue reading

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LGM vs Black Holes and Revelations. Or why Muse represent the End Time.

    2006. Nominated for a Mercury. #3 in the NME year-end list. #2 in Kerrang!, #2 in Q magazine. And the night does fall, the gravity begins to fail; And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome … Continue reading

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Morrissey: A Definitive Top Ten – Part Two

Previously on LGM – part one is here – we pretty much established that drafting a list of Morrissey’s finest moments is a foolhardy endeavour. We’re dealing with too much subjectivity; you’ll have your favourites, I’ll have mine, and we’ll all be for changing our mind by cocktail hour. Recently you would have spotted me … Continue reading

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Morrissey: A Definitive Top Ten – Part One

  Having pondered some kind of Morrissey Top Ten for a while. Because we talked about it down the pub. Because it sounded like a good idea at the time. Because it’s the music blog easy option; a stock character choice of format in which instinct and reflex are as important as thought, and no-one … Continue reading

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