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Live Review: The Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra

Saturday night was spent in slight reminiscence of school assemblies, although obviously the occasion was infinitely better than any assembly I remember. Johnny Parry and his Chamber Orchestra were playing in Islington Town Hall, a hall just like you forgot school halls were like: chairs brought out especially for the …


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Single Stream: The Grubby Mitts- ‘To a Friend’s House’

We’re all aware that high art can commonly disappear up its own arse. The technically staggering but unnecessarily weighty tome that is Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, the ‘what the fuck’ factor of Tracy Emin’s ‘My Bed’, the abrasiveness  (and sheer wealth) of Merzbow’s noise compositions.

On paper, the music of The Grubby …