Monthly Archives: August 2013

“SMALL MERCIES”

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Evon Brennan – Small Mercies (Red Cliff) Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Evon is surely destined to become a huge star on the back of her Small Mercies album. Born to an Irish mother and African father, she spent some of her childhood …

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“THE SAGA OF MAYFLOWER MAY”

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Marissa Nadler – The Saga Of Mayflower May Reviewed by Steve Rudd   This album certainly won’t be to all tastes, and it’s very unlikely that we’ll hear any of Marissa‘s music in the charts anytime soon. Still, that is no …

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A PERFECT DEMONSTRATION

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Fans of folk who like to voice their opinions can’t go wrong in Mexico. I mean, barely a day goes by without some demonstration or protest taking to the streets, and those in its favour tend to come out in …

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THE NERVE-SHREDDER TO PUEBLA!

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I really couldn’t blame the lady at the ticket counter for giving me such a puzzled look. After all, I’d just asked for a ticket counter instead of a ticket. I was at the main bus station in Oaxaca City, …

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PYRAMID-HUNTING IN MEXICO

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PYRAMID-HUNTING IN MEXICO Should any visitor to Mexico City be in need of a little fresh air or a drastic change of scenery, a visit to Teotihuacan comes highly recommended. Languishing some fifty kilometres north of the city centre, it …

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“THE HOTTEST STATE” & “STARMAN”

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Here are some short and sweet book recommendations in place of the usual fully-fledged reviews, quite simply because I haven’t had time to write up these reviews in more detail. The fact is, there are too many great books, and …

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CITY-LIVING IN SOUTHERN MEXICO

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CITY-LIVING IN SOUTHERN MEXICOWhat’s a non-Spanish-speaking Englishman to do when he arrives in an unfamiliar city in the south of Mexico at the crack of dawn? In my experience, he lumbers over to the nearest beverage vendor whilst pawing in …

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THE GENIUS OF ERIC BOGOSIAN

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The Genius of Eric Bogosian by Steve Rudd   Eric who? Eric Bogosian!What do you mean you’ve never heard of him? Ah, well that’s your loss, ain’t it? Still, there is a chance that you might have seen him and not …

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“DIVISIONS OF DECENCY”

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Scarlet Soho – Divisions of Decency (Human Recordings) Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Right on cue, Scarlet Soho have released an album of breathtaking grandeur. Over the past decade, this Hampshire-based band has built up something of a cult underground following as …

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“SILK DREAMS, TROUBLED ROAD”

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Silk Dreams, Troubled Road by Jonny Bealby Reviewed by Steve Rudd   The third and final travel book in a fascinating and most exhilarating trilogy, this epic account follows Jonny across the mountains of heaven on the Old Silk Road, from Kashgar to …

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