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Dear Reader – Then Not Now

A top track from a top LP on The Moon

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Dear Reader and Hurray for the Riff Raff on The Moon

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There has been a number of recent new releases from some talented and established female singer-songwriters, including fine new albums from Laura Marling and Valerie June, both previous offenders on The Moon, but I have been most taken by two artists new to the The Moon. Read more »

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Trimdon Grange Explosion on The Moon and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Return to The Moon

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The Moon presents a double whammy of improvised psych-folk from Brexshity Blighty and some microtonality tuned Aussie psych-rock. Both are streamable from any old device via the wonder of Bandcamp. Read more »

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Blur 20 Moonmix

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It is now just over 20 years since Blur released their 5th LP and 1997 now feels like more than just last century, but from another universe entirely. For many, it was a time of hope and a time to look forward to the new millennium, but the year or so before had not been …

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Moon Film Reviews: La La Land, Lion and Jackie and #ABitofTelly: The Young Pope

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) thoroughly enjoyed 'La La Land'. The acting was top notch (especially the sublime Miss Stone and Mr Gosling), their singing was ropey although endearing, and the music and the dancing was lovely. Plus the film ended as it should have: showing us the price we sometimes have to pay …

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Goodbye 2016 and Welcome to 2017…

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In Blighty and the US 2016 was the year of the deplorables or populists or the self-described anti-establishment. Except they are not really all that popular and definitely not anti-establishment. The reactionary wing of the establishment have power in the US, but they will hopefully be constrained by a strong system of checks and balances. …

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Baby Queens – Red light

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A brilliant slice of Super Furry produced TOP POP soul from Wales. Featured on A Best of 2016 on The Moon

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A Best of 2016 on The Moon

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2015 was not a great year politically, but 2016 has managed to Trump it by being simply deplorable. However, like 2015 and despite the loss of some great cultural icons, it has been another good year for culture, especially in film TV and Music. Below is a 107 track playlist of the albums and new …

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A Best of Teenage Fanclub on Spotify on The Moon

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Earlier this year Teenage Fanclub released Here their 10th Album. It is another solid LP and their most stereotypically Teenage Fanclub-like album since Songs From Northern Britain. It is also one of their most consistent, but as their first in 6 years and with three songwriters it ought to be, though Norman Blake did write half …

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Hooton Tennis Club – Statue of the Greatest Woman I Know

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One that is more Coxon than Gallagher. Check out the album on The Moon

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Moon Film Review: A Street Cat Named Bob

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) thinks that if a rainy day puts paid to the planned walk you had hoped to do with a friend visiting from The North you could pass the day in worse ways than seeing 'A street cat named Bob'. Read more »

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Communist Daughter and The Shacks on The Moon

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The good old USA has come up Trumps this week as thanks to The A.V. Club we have two bands new to The Moon. First Up is Communist Daughter from Saint Paul, Minnesota who are named after a song by Neutral Milk Hotel. The A.V. Club describe their sound as "Like a more expansive Grandaddy, only fused to the …

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Springtime Carnivore on The Moon

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Greta Morgan with Katy Goodman.  This is the first LP I have come across for a while that has instantly floated my boat. Springtime Carnivore is the solo incarnation of Greta Morgan. She came to my attention due to the release of Take It, It's Yours – her acoustic punk/new wave covers collaboration with Katy Goodman of La Sera …

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A Long Album About Death on The Moon

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The Divine Comedy recently released another fine record called Foreverland. It is Mr Hannon's most low-key record, with some tracks reminiscent of default mode Sufjan Stevens. It is as unashamedly and achingly middle class as ever, and treads a fine line between the divine and comedy.  As usual for Divine Comedy singles, Catherine the Great is not the …

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A Moon Book Review: Fred Copeman – Reason in Revolt

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The Author.  This is the first Moon book review, and in true Moon style it is long out of print and very hard to get hold of due to being recommended by, occasional moonblogsfromsyb contributor, Paul Mason in the Guardian on 16 July. On that day you could get a second-hand copy for a few …

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Angel Olsen on The Moon

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Another great album of American rock n' roll on The Moon, and another follow-up that is an improvement on the previous and second  LP Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Hi-Five did feature from it on A Best of 2014 on The Moon Read more »

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Slow Club – One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Any More on The Moon

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This is a second Moon post for this duo from Sheffield Sex City in God's Very Own County, EU. Their last LP contained Complete Surrender, the top pop moment of 2014, that in an ideal world would have turned them into international superstars, but we do live in a world that is far from ideal. However, their …

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Hurray For the Riff Raff: Rican Beach

Great video of one of many great tracks on the album on The Moon

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Trimdon Grange Explosion – Christians’ Silver Hell

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At their most Teenage Fanclub like. Check out the album on The Moon

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Moon Film Reviews: Loving, Gold and Hidden Figures

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) went to see 'Loving' with a dear friend. At the end of the film, as we departed the cinema, said dear friend commented, 'it was a bit slow'. To which Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) replied, 'you're being very kind – it was very slow'. And dear readers, …

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Churchillian Ken #TheresaTheAppeaser and Quisling Farage

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Like Churchill in the 1930s, Ken Clark now stands virtually alone in a party dominated by appeasers and is regarded as a veteran nearing the end of his political career.  Both are/were  not infallible with both enjoying success and failure in long political careers. They also became or have become wiser and more moderate with …

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Lana Del Rey – Elvis

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As featured on Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and No Kung Fu now exclusive to The Moon

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Aidan John Moffat – I’m A Rover

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http://ift.tt/2iOTauZ One for Hogmanay and from The Moon album of the year. Check it out on The Moon

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Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Door To Tomorrow

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A top slice of electronic psychedelia. Find more on A Best of 2016 on The Moon

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Teenage Fanclub Some People Try (To Fuck With You)

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A cracking B-Side. Sadly not on A best of Teenage Fanclub on Spotify on The Moon

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) must without delay issue an immediate applauso to Mr David Oyelow for his magnificent performance in 'A United Kingdom'. Applause is also due to those players who took the part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials and their spouses (including Mrs Oyelow). Read more »

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Honeyblood – Ready for the Magic

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A vision of a near future. Check out the album on The Moon

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El Michels Affair feat The Shacks – No Surprise

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No Surprise indeed, as mentioned on The Moon

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Moon Film Review: Queen of Katwe

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) fears that 'Queen of Katwe' will not do as well at the Box Office as it should. That is a great shame because it is a film that should be seen by many, many people. Read more »

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The Divine Comedy – Generation Sex

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A Divine Comedy single that is one of the strongest album tracks. Check out A Long Album About Death on The Moon

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Moon Film Review: Deepwater Horizon

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Now you may not know this, but Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) judges every song by what it might be like if it were sung by Dame Shirley Bassey. Given that, they passed their entire journey to the cinema wondering why it is that the great Dame has not covered any of the songs …

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Lana Del Rey  – Kill Kill

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A Best of Lana Del Rey Part 1 has been updated and expanded on The Moon

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Slow Club – Give Me Some Peace

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The One for the Dame as mentioned The Moon

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Haley Bonar – Called You Queen

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http://ift.tt/2c3BIkn Another great slice of rock n’ roll from her new LP. Check it out on The Moon

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Moon Film Review: The Viceroy’s House

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film – theatre's fallen off) thinks that apart from a) the shocking and appalling miscasting of Hugh Bonneville, b) the shocking and jarring 'Princess Lilibet', and c) the shocking and ludicrous ending to the below stairs love story, 'Viceroy's House' is a very enjoyable and interesting film. Read more »

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Open Water

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A floor filla for your local psych-rock disco. Check out the album on The Moon

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All Your Life Live

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As featured on Damon Albarn Live on The Moon  It is great version of a Beetlebum B-side, check out the original on Blur 20 Moonmix

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Moon Film Reviews: Hacksaw Ridge & Denial

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) thinks that although the 'gore' was in parts to ridiculous as to be almost comical, 'Hacksaw Ridge' is a sensational and important film. They would, in fact, go so far as to say that it is faultless.    Read more »

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Moon Film Reviews: Silence and A Monster Calls

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Mr Garfield with the offending facial and cranial hair.  Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) thinks that some people may say that a state of silence is the best thing to adopt when asked their views about 'Silence'. Although not once boring, it was strangely unmoving, except towards the end when the voice overs almost …

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Will Varley – To Build A Wall

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A song of the year and for the year. From the one album on Groove but not on Spotify etc and so not featured on A Best of 2016 on The Moon

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Peaness – I’m Not Your Problem

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http://ift.tt/2h0OqkT A cracking slice of TOP TOP featured on A Best of 2016 on The Moon

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Teenage Fanclub – Kylie’s Got A Crush On Us

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The original soundcheck recording. Sadly not on A best of Teenage Fanclub on Spotify on The Moon

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Fight the Algoritham and Make Facebook a Bit Less Rubbish

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The offending Water Vole.  The image above of a water vole recently entered my “news” feed on Facebook. It is very cute and it is a great image which made me smile. However, I did not engage with it and despite this, it was at the top of my news feed for days which was annoying …

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Honeyblood and Hooton Tennis Club on The Moon

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This week we have two new albums from Brexity Blighty bands, proving that we can still produce some great rock n' roll despite having a deplorable rate higher than the good old US of A. Both bands are not new to The Moon as they a have featured on previous Moon best ofs, and they …

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Communist Daughter  – Roll A Stone

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A Great American video from a Great American band. Check out the album on The Moon

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Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Ever Fallen in Love

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From Take It, It’s Yours as mentioned on Springtime Carnivore on The Moon

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Moon Film Review: Free State of Jones

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Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) thinks that now is an apposite time to see 'Free State of Jones'. Indeed what better weekend to see it than when scriptwriters everywhere will be rushing to write 'When Mr Trump met Mrs Slocombe'? Read more »

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Billy Bragg – The Battle of Barking

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Song for the day as it is 80 years since The Battle of Cable St No Pasaran! For more Billy check out A Best of Billy Bragg on The Moon

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Angel Olsen -Shut Up Kiss Me

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A top slice of TOP POP. Check out the LP on The Moon

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Moon Film Review: Café Society

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As long-term readers of these reviews will know, Your Cultural Correspondent (Film & Theatre) judges any Woody Allen film by the totem that is Midnight in Paris Read more »

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