Category Archives: Music

20,000 Days on Earth

Need a break from the monotony of admin and digital bollocks. Seeing this tonight, with live interview broadcast to selected cinemas near you: Seems interesting, particularly since I considered doing a documentary about #Nick Cave back in 1999, but he was curating Meltdown at the time, so we went for #Alan Moore, another inspiring and […]


Black Sabbath: Still the high priests of heavy

Just saw Black Sabbath live in Amsterdam. Even if you’re not into hard rock/heavy metal, there are a few lessons to be learned here. The Iron Men of Rock blew everybody away tonight, still playing monumental riffs after nearly half a century (!!!). The opening War Pigs (released in 1970 in the midst of Vietnam […]


Warren Zevon – Werewolves in London

Brilliant song, brilliant lines, Werewolf looking for Chow Min in Soho: This track was used in The Color of Money directed by Scorcese, brilliant film about character and skills. If you read his bio on Wikipedia and watch some of his interviews on David Letterman, you get the impression of a truly honest and great […]


Charles Bradley

Good to see there’s still soul like this and real man’s voices instead of whiny little boys hitting the charts: How true these lyrics are unfortunately, how true…


Melanie Fiona

Modern R&B not really my style, but this is tasteful at least, why was this not a massive hit? For all you neglected ladies out there: Considering the peaks in divorce statistics on the day of new video game releases, this song seems apt. Not that it will prompt digital junkies to exchange their plastic […]


The Shadowsnake X-mas shopping list for 2009

Mind-expanding books I’d highly recommend: Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford Then Kodansha International bring out a great range of small hardcovers on Eastern Philosophy and classics: The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson A fascinating account of an artist in the purest sense […]


Addendum on The King of Pop

When I wrote, sordid fallout of plastic surgery, I meant that a number of professional surgeons noted later that they would not have taken Jackson’s money and the ones that did not warn him of the consequences clearly had no ethics. At present there still is no regulation and plastic surgery is now as common […]


The King of Pop is Dead

Been back in London a week now, with again too many projects sailing around me. Was just on a business call to the USA when a friend got a text message on the other side saying somebody had sms-ed him: Michael Jackson is Dead. I said I’d check it later to see if it was […]