Chasing Amy

From the Quick Stop in Clerks to the mall in Mallrats, Kevin Smith finally set his sights beyond small town New Jersey (sort of) in this third film, 1997’s Chasing Amy. Returning somewhat to the indie sensibility of Clerks when compared to the broader style of Mallrats, this sees Smith tackle a slightly different genre... Continue Reading →

Mallrats

After watching Clerks and Clerks 2 in the last couple of weeks, and wanting something reasonably lighthearted after a busy weekend, I thought I’d jump back to Kevin Smith’s direct follow up to his debut, 1995’s Mallrats. Taking us back to small town New Jersey once more there’s a lot here that sees Smith continuing... Continue Reading →

The Interrupters – In The Wild

Four years on from the release of Fight The Good Fight (and following a live album and concert film) Californian ska-punks The Interrupters returned in summer 2022 with their fourth album, In The Wild. While they firmly established their sound a couple of records ago, and let’s be honest the basics of ska-punk haven’t really... Continue Reading →

Clerks 2

Some twelve years after establishing his reputation with the uber-indie movie Clerks, Kevin Smith returned to The Quick Stop and Leonardo, New Jersey in 2006 to catch up with Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randall (Jeff Anderson) for Clerks 2. Starting out with the Quick Stop convenience store being burnt out by a fire as Dante... Continue Reading →

Sick Militia – The Next War

Before you even get to the music from Sick Militia it’s pretty clear what you might be in for on their debut album, The Next War, with song titles like Pray For Death, Horrors Of War, Death Marches and Constant State Of Fear, some particularly brutal artwork and the band being made up of members... Continue Reading →

Volleyball – Kitua Fortune EP

Across 2021 and into 2022 UK indie psyche band Volleyball released a string of singles, along with a run of acclaimed live shows (including two in Guernsey at St. James and the Guernsey Together Festival) that they have now capped off with a debut EP, Kitua Fortune. A slow and wavy instrumental leads us into... Continue Reading →

Clerks (1994)

With a third instalment of Kevin Smith’s series of movies about a pair of guys working in retail due for imminent arrival I thought I’d go back to the 1994 original for the first time in a while and see how Clerks holds up nearly 30 years on from release (though I probably didn’t actually... Continue Reading →

Eloise Fabbri – RAW (live) EP

Last Autumn I was part of a recording session for BBC Introducing with Eloise Fabbri and, around the same time, she said she and her band had been in the studio recording an EP (her first with this ensemble) and that has now been released as RAW (live). From the start of opener Beauty (previously... Continue Reading →

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Recently, when writing about David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, I referenced how it felt like an unlikely companion to Billy Wilder’s 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, and that I should watch it again soon, so now I have. Opening, rather famously (as I guess many things about this film are), with a body floating in the swimming... Continue Reading →

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