20/01/2017: Front Page: Natalie Portman on progress, presidents and Jackie
Kennedy was a great proponent of civil rights. Trump is taking us backwards... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: News: Kick out the jams
As anyone who has witnessed their sweat-drenched live shows can attest, Vancouver twopiece Japandroids are one of the most exciting guitar bands on the planet. Direct, euphoric and really, really loud, their garage punk combines the psych-tinged lo-fi...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Lost in Showbiz: Lindsay Lohan’s quest for Islam and/or Kettering – she still hasn’t found what she’s looking for
It was the philosophising Greekek Earth-measurer Eratostheneses who said: “Once I have a kid I’m not going to be on Instagram.m. You know, I’ll probably deletete my Instagram and just … I don’t know, w, live life.” Or was it Kylie Jenner? The details...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Lost in Showbiz: Goodbye, Glastonbury. Hello ... the Variety Bazaar!
“Hello, Glastonbury!” Imagine being a pop personality and imagine saying those words. Imagine saying them at the Glastonbury festival for optimum effect, obviously, but imagine saying them anywhere for a frisson of what it must be like to be Thom...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Lost in Showbiz: The Jack that built house
January 1987’s pop charts began cosily enough. A 1957 rock’n’roll staple was No 1 (Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite). Elkie Brooks and the Housemartins sat in the top 10. Then, like a future shock, came Jack Your Body: a track built on a scruffy electronic...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Lost in Showbiz: The ex-addict who helped direct T2
In 1996, Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s seminal junkie classic, was in cinemas and Garry Fraser was back home, living the life of the characters it showed. In fact, he was outdoing them: Fraser, then 19, was so immersed in crime and so far gone on skag,...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Lost in Showbiz: Sunset hip
Ty Segall is 29, but looks younger. He comes across like a relaxed California surfer, with golden hair and a boyish demeanor. He says things are “rad”, that you should only do things “as long as they’re fun”. So far, so slacker. But as the reigning...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews: RONIKA
On her second album, Lose My Cool, the effervescent Nottingham singer mixes 90s R&B and hip-hop with disco synths to put a smile on your face.... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews: The F&M Playlist
Shotgun Spoon Will there be a shared songwriting credit? Because Spoon’s new album features basically a glorious rewrite of Kiss’s I Was Made For Loving You. Are You Julia Michaels Songwriter to the stars goes solo. Issues is her debut single, but...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: Mourning becomes her
Jackie Dir: Pablo Larraín. With: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup. 100 mins. Cert 15 Jackie is a movie varnished with good taste. It moves at an expertly controlled cortege tempo and is almost swooningly overwhelmed by its own...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: Close Relations
Dir: Vitaly Mansky. 110 mins. Cert tbc Vitaly Mansky’s gloomy, sombre and garrulous film is a portrait of his extended family and of the divided nation of Ukraine: it makes an intriguing companion piece to Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan, about the......
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: XXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Dir: DJ Caruso. With: Vin Diesel, Samuel L Jackson, Ruby Rose. 107 mins. Cert: 12A Vin Diesel’s plump-necked action hombre Xander “xXx” Cage has come lumbering back on to the big screen, delivering sleepy zingers in that growly laryngeal voice. Sadly,...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: Lion
Dir: Garth Davis. With: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman. 118 mins. Cert: PG Everyone says that GPS and digital technology are wiping out jeopardy and making storytelling impossible. Well, that is not the case with Lion, the extraordinary true...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: Split
Dir: M Night Shyamalan With: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy. 117 mins. Cert: 15 The traditional response with a new M Night Shyamalan movie is, “Oh no, what’s the twist ending this time?” But Split is more of a featurelength twist: its chief antagonist......
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: Goodfellas
Dir: Martin Scorsese. With: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino. 139 mins. Cert: 18 “Being a gangster was better than being president of the United States!” The rerelease of Martin Scorsese’s brash and brilliant mob masterpiece from......
20/01/2017: Reviews | Film: Ghost in the Shell
Dir: Mamoru Oshii. With: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera. 81 mins. Cert: 15 This year sees the live-action remake, starring Scarlett Johansson, of the 1995 Japanese anime classic Ghost in the Shell; as a curtain-raiser, the original is......
20/01/2017: Reviews | Pop: Down and domestic
Yesterday’s Gone Loyle Carner VIRGIN/EMI Loyle Carner cuts an impressively idiosyncratic figure among the ranks of hotly tipped British rappers. His breakthrough came not with a swaggering, self-aggrandising statement of intent, but a 2014 track...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Pop: THIS WEEK ALEXIS ENJOYED
Demdike Stare: Circulation A limited edition cassette collection of music that fed into Demdike Stare’s recent album Wonderland: a treasure trove of warped old soul tracks, experimental electronics, and jazz melded into a immersive whole....
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Austra
DOMINO In Katie Stelmanis’s dystopia we are an anxious species. The Canadian songwriter and producer’s third album describes a world in which technology alienates us. Its title track – about greed, the “system” and fighting evil with empathy –...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Cherry Glazerr
SECRETLY CANADIAN Fronted by 19-year-old high school graduate Clementine Creevy, Cherry Glazerr have come on hugely since their debut, Haxel Princess. A rejigged lineup and White Stripes producer Joe Chiccarelli have created a more robust sound, which...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Led Bib
RARENOISE Led Bib, the raucous, rockish, saxblasting London quintet that set pundits muttering “punk-jazz” when they barged on to the scene in 2005, have almost quit in recent years – but this triumphant comeback is an allnew mix of powerful...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Courtney Marie Andrews
LOOSE MUSIC Entranced by the myth of the open road, Arizona songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews once spent four days crossing America on a Greyhound bus, and her sixth album, the first to bring her to wide attention, skews heavily towards country...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Tycho
GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL Electronic music Grammy nominations are generally awarded to the year’s least exciting electronic music, and so it proves with this instrumental outfit headed by producer Scott Hansen, whose Epoch is in with a shout for the 2017...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Aurelio
REAL WORLD/STONETREE With its twanging electric guitars, throbbing hand drums and African, Caribbean and Latin influences, the Garafuna people’s paranda music is compelling. Soulful and yearning, these are songs of escaped descendants of African...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Rock & Pop: Menace Beach
MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES Ratworld, the debut album from Leeds sort-of-supergroup Menace Beach, felt particularly beholden to its influences: Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Galaxie 500, et al. Follow-up Lemon Memory sees them expand their horizons. Its title is...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Classical: Zimmermann: Voces Abandonadas
WERGO Discs of Walter Zimmermann’s works seem to come along every few years, providing reminders of what a quietly singular and enigmatic figure he is. Nicolas Hodges’ collection covers Zimmermann’s most recent piano pieces, composed between 2001 and...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Classical: Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
PAN CLASSICS, 2 DISCS For their version of Monteverdi’s volume of liturgical pieces, Marco Mencoboni and his 50-strong Cantar Lontano began with a surviving copy of the original published edition. Plainsong antiphons punctuate the whole sequence of...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Classical: Sacred Duets
SONY Nuria Rial is a Catalan baroque soprano who shapes her lines with an understated finesse that sounds as natural as the wind. That comes across beautifully here, yet the overallall impact is underwhelming. She teamss up with countertenor Valer...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Classical: Eva-Maria Houben: Livres d’Heures
WANDELWEISER Eva-Maria Houben ( born in 1955) is a German composer/organist who epitomises the Wandelweiser aesthetic of sparseness, unwavering quiet and fastidious calm. “Music may exist ‘between’,” she writes. “In my music you will find sounds which...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Classical: Maxwell Davies: Chamber music
NAXOS Rome and Fair Isle, not an obvious pairing, were both inspirations behind late-period Maxwell Davies chamber music. His Piano Trio invokes Shetland tunes and jagged cliffscapes; the Sonata for Violin and Piano imagines a walk through Rome, with...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Television: Stream on
What is it? A chilly Icelandic crime drama; yes, another one. Why you’ll love it: From Baldvin Zophoníasson, one of the directors of the brilliant Trapped, which was shown last year on BBC4, Case follows Gabríela (Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, also...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Television: Pod complex Song Exploder
Consistently first-rate podcast Song Exploder (iTunes) has been cornering artists to explain the story behind their music for three years and the great guests keep on coming. Recently, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich confessed to working in...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Television: The day Bob Dylan popped to Crouch End for tea and Blockbusters
Sky Arts’ new Urban Myths series of comedy dramas has already made waves, although not the sort it would have wanted. They decided, in the end, not to air the one in which Joseph Fiennes plays Michael Jackson, after the outrage it caused, particularly...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Reviews | Television: AND ANOTHER THING
Inauguration options today on BBC1, ITV and Sky at 4pm. Alternatively, there’s snooker on BBC2 ......
20/01/2017: Tv And Radio: Watch this
Tina & Bobby 9pm, ITV The well-played love story continues with ex-Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan in her element as Tina, the ordinary girl who falls for Bobby Moore and gets swept up into the turbulent life of Wagdom. When England win the...... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Tv And Radio: Film of the day
The WondersWonde (3.35am, Sky Cinema Premiere) Maria AlexandraAlexa Lungu and Monica Bellucci star in this charming,charmin award-winning rites-of-passage tale set in an isolate isolated village in rural Italy.... Pubdate:
20/01/2017: Puzzles: Quick crossword
Across 1 Compose a sequence of dance steps (11) 9 Advisable (9) 10 Wicked (3) 11 Issue (5) 13 Appoints to a clerical post (7) 14 Make possible (6) 15 Set aside for a specific purpose (6) 18 Violent windstorm (7) 20 Take a dip (5) 21 Small horse-drawn......
20/01/2017: Puzzles: Kakuro
Hard. Fill in the grid so that each run of squares adds up to the total in the box above or to the left. Use only numbers 1-9, and never use a number more than once per run (a number may recur in the same row, in a separate run). Printable version at......
20/01/2017: Puzzles: Sudoku
Hard. Fill the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1-9. Printable version at theguardian.com/sudoku Stuck? For help call 0906 200 83 83. Calls cost £1.10, plus your phone company’s access charge. Service supplied by ATS.......