Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Coming To Recruit Your Rebel Children..

Mischief Brew is the brainchild of Philly anarcho-folk singer Erik Petersen. They play a dirty mix of folk, punk, jazz, swing and country - it basically sounds like a bunch of alcoholic crust punks playing fast gypsy music and working-class acoustic numbers. Erik's voice ranges from quiet folk singer to a Tom Waits-style gravelly growl and his lyrics cover everything from the invention of the printing press to punks getting over the hill, plus the usual shit about pigs, the state, blah blah. If you ain't heard them, I recommend getting Smash The Windows first before getting the other stuff.

(2003) Bellingham & Philadelphia EP
(2003) Bakenal EP
(2005) Oh Sweet Misery 7"
(2005) Smash The Windows
(2005) Live At Coyle Street Collective Apartment
(2006) Songs From Under The Sink

"New Boy! New Boy!"

Out Of Control is a powerful BBC film that was shown on TV a few years ago. It's a harrowing and ultra-realistic piece of British drama, centred on a 15-year old kid who is thrown into a young offenders institution for robbing a car. Being vulnerable and unable to hide his fear, he is bullied by another inmate eager to assert his authority on the wing. The acting in this short film is really good, and the film does well to explore the relationships between the different characters. In particular, the way it portrays Sam as a fragile product of his environment and not just a vicious bully makes you almost feel some empathy for him.

It's missing the first few minutes but you can watch it on YouTube in six parts.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6


Who the fuck makes these films!?