kirsty maccoll’s mother continues to fight for justice for kirsty since the singer was killed while swimming in mexico six years ago. click here to find out more.
I cannot tell you how often I am asked to define the word emo. those poor emo kids have finally been discovered by mainstream media. now it’s like riot grrrl all over again. parents should definitely watch this and learn how to avoid those emo pitfalls!
pipas are currently on tour of the two coasts in the usa. see them in los angeles on 24 may (knitting factory with the clientele); brooklyn on 27 may (luna lounge at the pop fest); and manhattan on 8 june (bowery ballroom with the clientele). it is only a matter of time before they are filling stadiums and you will be hearing their music in tv commercials.
photograph: gail o’hara
everything you ever wanted to know (and more?) about stephin merritt’s biological father.
the london club how does it feel to be loved? has hired a few chickfactor type celebs, such as harvey williams and alasdair maclean, to DJ this summer at various venues. see their site for details.
our pal sukhdev sandhu, film critic for the telegraph, is over there watching the new joy division film, among others.
I returned to london from new york on thursday morning and the whole town was talking about eurovision. (well, at least the trio of people I saw on saturday night were). here are some scintillating images for those of us who missed the actual event. sadly our old eurovision reporter roger, who used to actually go to the damn thing every year, moved to san francisco and doesn’t go anymore.
I went to a colin blunstone show at fez many years ago, where he was backed by the local lounge lover cover band, and that was ace. we even snagged an interview with the zombies singer for chickfactor 13 (thank you gaylord!). then in 2005 I tried again and saw the zombies (basically colin and rod argent) playing a selection of songs zombie-esque and otherwise, some of which were fantastic and some of which were not, at the bloomsbury theatre. we laughed, we cried. now the zombies will reunite again, all original members this time, for a 40th anniversary tour. there are two shows (march 7 and 8, 2008! at shepherds bush empire in london), each show is four hours long, and on the sbe website it says odessey & oracle, so perhaps that means they’ll be playing that in its entirety. see you there, if the world still exists in 2008.
through the end of june the national film theatre is celebrating italian filmmaker roberto rossellini, a man so cool he was married to ingrid bergman and had a daughter named isabella, both of whom have more dignity and grace than all of today’s A-list actresses combined.
image: from stromboli