Review: Mervyn vs. Dennis

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Mervyn vs. Dennis, a highly entertaining page-turner about real misfits, the weirdness of human relationships and the mysteries of pineapples, is a wild ride. It is consistently funny yet somehow manages to avoid lapsing into awkward, squirm-inducing cringe comedy territory.

Hang the Bastard – Hellfire Reign

According to the short biog on their label’s website, Hang the Bastard “sound like Eyehategod, Electric Wizard and Sabbath learning Slayer riffs whilst listening to Integrity and Ringworm“. Alas, I’ve never listened to Electric Wizard, never heard of Ringworm, am only passingly familiar with Eyehategod and Integrity, and don’t care for Slayer – although I […]

Interzone magazine #231

Apparently I’ve never written about Interzone here on Nostalgia For Infinity, which honestly surprises me a bit as it’s the magazine I’ve been subscribed to longest (about six years now, since Andy Cox took over as editor). It’s the only SF magazine I read regularly, thanks to a mix of factors: its persistently cool design […]

Re/Action magazine #1 (Winter 2010/11)

Re/Action self-describes as a feminist magazine dedicated to reviewing and analysing pop culture, devised as a frustrated response to the inherent assumption in most mass media that its default audience is white, male and hetero. In the words of Homer Simpson: “I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter […]

Ghost Robot Ninja Bear – self-titled EP

It’s been irritating me for weeks: just who does Ghost Robot Ninja Bear vocalist Oscar Albis Rodriguez remind me of? So far I’ve only been able to prod my finger towards the vocal stylings of Propagandhi and No Use For A Name, and neither comparison holds much water. Goddamnit, who is it I’m thinking of? […]

A review of a review of a film I have not seen (Inception, 2010)

It’s so nice to see an intelligent movie for a change. I can enjoy a dumb action flick or a sentimental tear-jerker as much as the next slob, but smart movies seem really rare if you don’t really watch many movies. Critical reaction has been mixed. I like to think that all the people with […]

Victor! Fix the Sun – Person, Place or Thing

I first heard Michigan three-piece Victor! Fix the Sun just a few weeks ago by way of 2007’s Retractable Claws, and this album actually came out late last year, but the two records have impressed me enough that I wanted to write a little about the newest one. If Retractable Claws was reminiscent of Fugazi’s […]

20th Sussex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Here’s something I wrote for a friend’s prototype Brighton boozin’ website. I’ve no idea if his project will ever come to fruition but I enjoyed writing and, er, researching this, so here you go – enjoy. (For other booze-related blogging, why not check out my friend Rachel’s lackadaisical blog Victory Gin? If you do she […]

Victoria & Jacob – With No Certainty 7″

It’s a few months now since I last wrote about London electro-pop duo Victoria & Jacob, and at long last their new single ‘With No Certainty’ has arrived. Almost: it’s out this weekend. I’ve been listening to it quite a bit over the last few months, and the pair’s dreamy melodic pop has dug its […]

French For Cartridge – Oooh! 7″

Who are French For Cartridge, aside from responsible for sickly MS Paint-esque artwork? They’re art-pop duo Catherine Hontz and Henri Vaxby, a pair of European musicians who met at London’s Goldsmiths College. You might know them via the older moniker of Cartridge, a name apparently abandoned after a few line-up changes. And now to abandon […]