Louis Theroux- Transgender Kids TV review

Talented TV documentary filmmaker, Louis Theroux, has taken on some serious topics throughout his career, and now he turns his attention to gender dysphoria. This programme takes a slightly different and more serious approach, as opposed to Weird Weekends which aimed at making viewers chuckle.

See more at- http://www.thegryphon.co.uk/2015/04/louis-theroux-transgender-kids/

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Youth Man – Hill of Knives music review

Bursting with meaningful rage that the light-hearted listener with specific musical taste may find obtuse, Birmingham trio Youth Man are releasing their new, absorbing and intense EP ‘Hill of Knives’ on 27th of April. As with their debut EP, Bad Weather, the band have put in five tracks spanning themes from Western hypocrisy, isolation and tyranny. For so few tracks, this large variety of topics is pleasantly surprising and kept my close attention from start to finish. Thoroughly exciting, Kaila Whyte’s fierce vocals and smack-in-the-face lyrics will drill into your mind and lay there for quite some while after listening.

– See more at: http://glasswerk.co.uk/magazine/review/11046/Youth+Man/#sthash.xqHjpMA2.dpuf

Channel 4’s Coalition- political drama or satirical comedy?

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Channel 4’s Coalition was, of course, entertaining in its own right, presenting the head scratching and tragically funny last days of the 2010 formation of our coalition government. Although entertaining, the programme failed to be precise about the process, just so it could be made more enjoyable. It also produced exaggerated the characters of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, which confused the seriousness of the show. It is a drama which, at times, slides into a satirical comedy…

See more at- http://www.thegryphon.co.uk/2015/04/coalition-political-drama-or-satirical-comedy/

The Air Conditioned Nightmare- Doldrums music review

Preview:

Usually chaos isn’t a positive aspect of an album – however, Doldrums have created an intriguing exception to this rule with The Air Conditioned Nightmare. Inspired by the works of Henry Miller, the music conjured up by Airick Woodhead (who mixes punk rock vocals with DJ produced samples and sounds in place of a guitar truly) does the American writer justice, with his famous quote “nowhere else in the world is the divorce between man and nature so complete”.

– See more at: http://glasswerk.co.uk/magazine/review/11023/Doldrums/#sthash.LuF5ewtd.dpuf

Modest Mouse album review- Strangers to Ourselves

Preview of review:

Modest Mouse have been around for over two decades. Their creation in 1993 spawned a new era for the genre of indie rock, with the band seeing a turning point of success in 2000 with the much loved albums ‘The Moon and Antarctica’ and ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’ in 2007. Following that, their eight year hiatus from the music industry sadly ends on a bum note with their new comeback album ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ with no spark, little to remember, and most importantly, lacking soul and personality – making the album title sadly fitting…

See more at: http://glasswerk.co.uk/magazine/review/11017/Modest+Mouse/

Lower Dens review on Glasswerk.co.uk

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Following on from their second album Noostropics three years ago, Lower Dens, the indie experimental band from Baltimore, have returned with a new LP ‘Escape from Evil’. 

Earning a reputation for their distinct vocals from front woman Jana Hunter, right off the bat the interesting choice of name for the new album creates a sense of ominous anticipation for the music to come. What sort of evil has Hunter gone through and escaped and just what is the title asking us to question?

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SEE MORE OF THE REVIEW AT :

http://glasswerk.co.uk/magazine/review/11011/Lower+Dens/

An Interrailer’s Survival Guide

Seen on: http://www.thegryphon.co.uk/2015/03/an-interrailers-survival-guide/

Like many students, this summer you’re planning to go interrailing. Your friends and family are all telling you different things; what to bring, where to visit and where to avoid. You’ve all heard the great stories people have had during their travels as well as the horror stories. Here I give the advice I wish I’d known before I went last summer.

Set a reasonable budget. I know that it seems best to take the minimum amount possible to ensure you don’t spend too much, but the best thing to do is take a little more than you think you’ll need. Whatever budget you calculate at home will always be nothing compared to your actual expenditure in reality. You don’t want the stress of calling home to ask for more money before a night out in Berlin.

Book hostels in advance for every city you visit. Lots of people do the spontaneous thing where they travel with no bookings and hope to find a hostel with a vacancy somewhere in the city. That’s pretty risky, especially during summer time when hostels are in highest demand. You don’t want to end up sleeping on a bench out in the cold, so book them at least a few weeks before you travel. Strangely, some people I spoke to actually enjoyed sleeping on the benches when they couldn’t find a hostel, but they were certainly in the minority.

Try to avoid going out to the nightclubs that the hostels promote and avoid bar crawls. It may seem like they are giving you a good deal, but the ‘free shots’ and ‘discounted entry fee’ are advertised for a reason. It’s either going to be scam once you’re in there or a terrible atmosphere. We made the mistake of booking a bath party in Budapest promoted by the hostel we stayed in and it was one of the worst night of the trip. We got a discounted entry fee so decided it was a good deal, only to then find out there was a tab limit of £16 and the baths were filled with unidentified fluids and floating condoms.

Search online for the best clubs and ask around before you make plans. It’s also a good idea to see where other groups in the hostel are going too. The bar crawls are also a rip off, on average costing you £10 for what you could do yourselves for free.

Don’t make a travel route that’s too all over the place. No one wants to be travelling for 14 hours every train ride. Pick a route that won’t tire you out and that makes sense from country to country. However, a beautiful scenic route once in a while will reminding you what you’re there for.