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August 28, 2008

Paul McCartney Makes Worst Decision Since ‘The Frog Chorus’

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Mainly because no other music media has mentioned it, I feel I should bring to light the disgusting move by Paul McCartney to play a concert in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Just what the hell is he thinking? He’s probably the single most respected musician alive on the planet, with a huge amount of influence on, not just musicians and music fans, but on a celebrity obsessed society in general, yet he sees no problem in proposing an idea just as sordid and disrespectful as Queen playing South Africa at the height of apartheid or Morrissey’s want to perform in an Iran where public stonings of women are still commonplace. Powerful artists such as these mentioned are one of the few groups of people who can influence a wide section of the population’s way of thinking, and McCartney choosing to promote such a unashamedly intolerant, self-pitying, war-mongering, Bush loving government as Israel’s is incredulous.

What’s even more unbelievable however is how little reaction such an obscene event is causing amongst the western press. The BBC prides itself on being a fair reporter of events, yet still falters around shaming Israel for what legal, moral and philisophical wrongs they commit on a daily basis. Instead, the only controversy in the story is reserved for the banning of The Beatles from the country in the 1960s for fear they might corrupt the nation’s youth. Such a ridiculous notion has now thankfully been dismissed, but an even more fearful corruption is happening. The realisation of the truth behind the horror stories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where a 21st century apartheid is shamefully accepted, is now under threat.  This is a truth shrouded behind PR stunts and a west-embracing attitude that seeks to dismiss past failures to recognise pop culture and portray an image that can’t help but be appreciated by the common man. It’s a disgrace and the shame of a nation, and McCartney should be smart enough to say no. I just wish John Lennon was here to have a chat with his old friend.

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Oasis – The Shock of the Lightning

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OasisThe Shock of the Lightning

And the wait continues for a single with the immediate impact of Cigarettes and Alcohol or Live Forever.  It may have something of that aggressive progression of their earliest years, but it all amounts to nothing when the result is as dull a dirge as this.  Another disappointment.

3.8/10

Stephen Lynch – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 24/08/08

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Something special.

Something special.

AIDs, Nazis, racism, Catholicism, mocking the disabled and Freebird by Lynyrd Skynryd. It may read like a list of humanity’s greatest disasters, but such controversial subjects fill the set list of Stephen Lynch as he took to stage as one of those incredibly rare feats of culture – a musical comedian whose wit is as honed as his skills at guitar.

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Final Couple Fringe Reviews

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival,Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 12:50 am

And everything can be found at http://edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk/browse.asp?uid=2070271453&cnt=all as well.

Music

Big Band Swing Sensation
That Swing Sensation
It’s a Saturday night and everyone’s in their Sunday best to go to church and enjoy a set of big band classics. The setting does hamper almost all ability to enjoy the music however, with terrible acoustics providing for a distant performance that sees the blast of the brass lost on many. The vocals too are barely audible, though that might have been for the best. Singer, Kenny Patterson, is introduced as “suave and sophisticated”, but is less Frank Sinatra and more Frank McAvennie, with lurid jackets and smarmy smiles. He may have you under his skin, bur he’s more likely to make your skin crawl. There are some fabulous musicians here, but they should stick to instrumentals classy joints.
St. Andrew’s and St. George’s Church, 23 Aug, 7.30pm (9.30pm), £10.00 (£8.00), fpp 142.
eml rating 2/5

Theatre

Lament For The Little Boats
Land and Sea Theatre Company
192 fishermen died in the Eyemouth Disaster of 1881 after a terrible storm wreaked havoc on the east coast. Taking inspiration from a pub dartboard that commemorated each lost boat’s name on its shutters, this is local lad, Harold Purdie’s dramatic tale of that tragic day. With a scene-setting prologue from Prof. David Purdie, the audience come to realise the full peril of the sea. It’s then up to a group fisher lassies to perk things up with some lively traditional singing, before the full tragedy unfolds through a particularly dramatic monologue and choir. It may be muddled in parts, but you’ll leave ruing the full of horror of that day.
Nicolson Square Methodist Church, 25-28 Aug, 7.30pm (8.45pm), £10.00 (£8.00), fpp 210.
eml rating 3/5

The Maybes? – Summertime

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The Maybes?Summertime

It may last as long as the summertime we had up here, but its 3 minutes will see a wonderful blast of Scouse sunshine brighten up the dreichest autumn. Continuing a fine form of flawless singles, it must only be seconds now before The Maybes become certainties for success.

8.9/10

Biffy Clyro – Mountains

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Biffy ClyroMountains

There was a time when Biffy Clyro were an exciting punk band on the Scot rock scene, unafraid to keep to the bare rock instincts to inspire a devoted following. To see them reduced to such uninspired analogies for the sake an undeserved pretension is near unbearable.

3.2/10

Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone

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Glasvegas Daddy’s Gone

A year has passed since its original release, but it’s as tragically brilliant as ever. Tackling all too real subject in such honest, near brutal ways is what sets Glasvegas apart from the Biffys of the world, lost in their vague metaphors and tedious musicianship. Buy it again.

9.6/10

August 23, 2008

Fringe Reviews III

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Even more reviews of Fringe shows, even though it’s pretty much all over now. Oh well. Go to http://edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk/browse.asp?uid=2070271453&cnt=all for more things and stuff.

Music

The Fires of Edinburgh
Nick Keir
Edinburgh is a perfectly lovely city. You only need to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat and gaze down upon its grand landscape to realise its beauty. But an hour of doting songs with basic chords and cringe-worthy lyrics is not a suitable way to celebrate the nation’s capital. Nick Keir would seem to be better than this gig’s worth, having a real emotion in his voice, and a guitar technique that’s solid if not unbelievably impressive. This is sullied though by awkward attempts to get an audience to join in songs they haven’t heard that lyrics where hearts are “on fire” and emotions run deep as “wishing wells”. I can hear the shudders as you read this.
Diverse Attractions, 19 – 23 Aug, 9.25pm (10.25pm), £6.00 (£4.00), fpp 150.
eml rating 2/5 (more…)

August 20, 2008

School of Comedy

I spoke to Will Poulter. He was the most polite 15-year-old I have ever encountered. Here are his words. Also available in Three Weeks week 3 paper or on-line at http://edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk/feature/5305.

Will, being unusually polite for a teenager.

Will, being unusually polite for a teenager.

EML is sent to the back of the class with young star, Will Poulter.

There’s something very heart-warming about interviewing one of the stars of 2008’s Fringe only to be taken aback when he calls his producer ‘Ms.’ But Will Poulter is different from most of his competition at this year’s fringe, being as he is, only 15 years old, and performing with five other teenagers in School of Comedy – a sketch show for adults, performed by teenagers and devised by his drama teacher, Ms… sorry, Laura Lawson. (more…)

Unscrambling Lee

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When I talked with Stewart Lee for a bit in a car on the way to Culross.  He was great.  This is the director’s cut version from Three Weeks which can be picked up at any big Fringe venue, or read on-line at http://edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk/feature/5309.

Stewart Lee looking at something you can only imagine.

Stewart Lee looking at something you can only imagine.

“It’s been 23 years since I first came here, but I still love doing it. I don’t think I could ever miss it now.” Stewart Lee is one the festival’s real veterans. And with both a stand-up show and a play to put on, he’s back, and sure to be as critically acclaimed and big-selling as ever. (more…)

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