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/

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

Preview:

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/

TV review: Drugs live: Cannabis on trial

Seen on: http://www.thegryphon.co.uk/2015/03/drugs-live-cannabis-on-trial-was-boring-and-biased/

Channel 4’s Drug’s Live: Cannabis on Trial attempted to distinguish the difference in the feelings and effects induced by hashish and the reportedly “three times stronger” skunk, which has created much debate in recent years. Millions of people in the UK smoke cannabis every year and it’s an experience many students go through at some point during their time at university.

The show promised a great deal, with star academics such as Professor David Nutt, and charismatic presenters like Christian Jessen all taking part, but it lacked purpose. Its attempt in making a flashy and exciting introduction fell short, with a selection ofconfusing camera shots showing each presenter walking in different directions, followed by a comment from Richard Branson, a completely random choice of celebrity to include in the show. Even he seemed somewhat bemused when Jessen came over and put him in the spotlight. The lab coats and tacky studio layout didn’t help to make the show more interesting either, just undeniably cheesy.

As it continued, the show became increasingly similar to an awkward video a teacher would put on in a science class before half the students fall asleep. The only really enjoyable part of the show was the moment Jon Snow had his famous panic attack in the middle of an MRI scan after smoking skunk. However, presenting what was to happen at the beginning essentially ruined the surprise of it.

One flaw of the television experiment which was never addressed was the fact that being high and being forced to talk about feelings of anxiety would considerably increase these feelings than if, say, the participant was sat listening to music and eating a bag of Doritos. After all, anxiety feeds on loops of thought. This could have been a crucial reason as to why Jon Snow had such a bad reaction; never mind the fact that he took the strongest strain of the drug that there is.

When it came to interviewing ‘real life’ stoners and not fifty-year-old, middle class presenters, they couldn’t have picked a more stereotypical bunch if they tried. It basically consisted of a group of students saying how good cannabis made them feel and how great high sex is. They just seemed happy to have a few moments on television more than anything.

The deluded message that creativity correlates with cannabis use, even though it may have been unintentional, could be inferred incorrectly by some of the audience. Music sounds better to a high listener, that’s agreed. But there’s no proof it makes anyone more creative and this shouldn’t be implied on an ‘informative’ show.

The results provided little new revelations about cannabis. The dramatised promise for a massive discovery came to a flat finding that skunk is in fact worse than the better known, normal strain of cannabis and hash. This created a strong sense of purposelessness and inadequacy; Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial was one hour of television seriously lacking.