CD: Jonas Brothers – ‘A Little Bit Longer’

CD: Jonas Brothers – ‘A Little Bit Longer’

Obviously if you’re already sneering at the idea of Jonas Brothers then this review is not gonna change your mind, it’s not designed to do that. So many people in this country have already decided they hate Nick, Joe and Kevin before they even hear a note – whatever. The fact is that ‘A Little Bit Longer’ is a great great pop record throughout, the brilliant first single ‘Burnin Up’ was just the beginning…

‘Video Girl’ is one of the bitchiest songs you’ll hear this year, the tale of a girl who thinks she’s dating a Jonas after appearing in their video for two seconds, you get the idea from the sneering vocal that there is more than an element of truth to this one. Elsewhere, ‘Shelf’ is a great tale of yearning as is the high tempo but lyrically down ‘Pushin Me Away’.

The highlights are the slower tracks. ‘Cant Have You’ is a heartbreaking tale of missed love and ‘When You Look Me In The Eyes’ will already be familiar to anyone who owns the self-titled album, but it hasn’t lost any of its power. The centrepiece of the record is Nick Jonas’ ‘A Little Bit Longer’, a tale of his struggle with diabetes. It’s a beautiful piano balled that regularly has American audiences in tears. Stunning.

Pop album of the year? No competition.

Perpetually Stuck In Sepia Film

Perpetually Stuck In Sepia Film

Well, what is there to say about Paul Newman? One of the greatest actors ever, choose any period of his career and you’ll encounter classics. And he made a cracking salad dressing too. RIP, sir.

The best tribute to pay is just to pick any of the classics from this list and rediscover some of the best performances of all time. The word ‘legend’ gets thrown around too much these days, but in terms of Hollywood, the word is almost too small to describe Mr Newman.

How’s this for a CV, classics one and all, go discover greatness…

Road To Perdition
The Hudsucker Proxy
Mr And Mrs Bridge
Fat Man And Little Boy
The Color Of Money
The Verdict
The Sting
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Cool Hand Luke
Sweet Bird Of Youth
The Hustler
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Pixar Moves ‘Newt’

Pixar Moves ‘Newt’

Following on from Disney’s exciting announcements this week, it seems there is some shuffling happening in the Pixar world.

With the news that Cars 2 has been pushed up to 2011, questions were raised as to the fate of the two Pixar movies already slated for that year – the first time two Pixar movies would hit in a year, would Cars 2 make it three?

Seems not. Whilst The Bear And The Bow will still premiere in 2011, the other offering Newt has been pushed back to Summer 2012. Newt tells the tale, as you may have guessed from the title, of the last two blue-footed newts on Earth who must mate in order for their kind to exist, the only problem being that they cannot stand each other…

Disney Reveals All

Disney Reveals All

The Walt Disney Company held a lavish reception in Hollywood this week to announce its future slate and there were many surprises unveiled…

Amongst the films we knew about that were being shown off were High School Musical 3, Hannah Montana, The Princess And The Frog, Bolt and Pixar’s Up.

More surprising was the announcement of a new version of The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto. Depp is going to be very busy with the company who also announced he will be starring as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (which will be in 3D) as well as returning as Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4.

In animation, Cars 2 has been moved forward to 2011 and the year before will see the return of Woody The Cowboy in the 3D Toy Story 3.

Add to this Tron 2 and,er, G-Force, a tale of talking gerbils and you have a very busy time in the house of the mouse.

LIVE: Peter Doherty, Bournemouth 24/09/08

LIVE: Peter Doherty, Bournemouth 24/09/08

Naturally we’ve all been here before – Peter announces shows at short notice in strange venues, then turns up late or no shows, it’s all part of the story. Yet, this time it’s different, the gig goes smoothly, Doherty turns up on top form and plays a brilliant set. So sorry if you’re looking for scandal, you’ve come to the wrong place.

How many support acts can one man have? Well, on this evidence a few too many. A dull female singer, an acoustic male who tries to be the British Bright Eyes and does a killer cover of Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer’ and local favourites Betika, who are still just too many cooks spoiling a rather tedious broth. The one to take note of are The Supernovas, who seem set for stardom, despite a distinct lack of originality. They are basically a Libertines/Monkeys/Courteeners hybrid, but their three minute guitar pop songs are spiky enough that you get carried away with them, despite them offering nothing we haven’t heard a million times before.

Peter appears looking smart and straight, accompanied on some tracks by Shambles drummer Adam Ficek and works his merry way through classics from all periods of his career, everything from ‘What A Waster’ to ‘Killamangiro’ gets an airing. Highlights are Libertines favourites ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and a rare outing for the classic ‘You’re My Waterloo’.

This is Doherty on top of his game. We don’t need a Libertines reunion (a great section of the audience don’t seem to know any of the Libs material anyway, but that’s a rant for another day!), we just need Peter to stay on this form and the Albion definitely sails on course.

Come Back To Camden

Come Back To Camden

Next Sunday (28th) sees the ‘Super Sunday’ event taking place in Camden Town. The idea is to bring music fans back to Camden after the fire that ravaged the borough earlier in the year, destroying classic watering hole The Hawley Arms.

The Holloways will headline the event with SixNationState and Nat Jenkins also performing on the top of a canal boat. Other venues including The Monarch, The Lock Tavern and Dingwalls will also feature music throughout the day.

Whilst its obviously a great cause, Camden remains a hotbed of new music every night of the week and chances are you can always catch an up and coming band in Parkway’s The Dublin Castle who are better than The Holloways and you’ll probably spot some Britpop royalty too – just last week we encountered Tommy from Space in there wearing a lovely furry jacket and looking about two foot high. Oh yes, we love Camden.