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Anaïs Mitchell: ‘Hadestown was larger than life. This album is life-sized’

The singer-songwriter is back with a new album after a decade spent nurturing her award-winning musical. She reflects on white privilege, finding a musical community – and moving back to rural Vermont“Anything that you love can become a trap,” says the singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. She’s talking about the career-defining stage musical Hadestown, an energetic Depression-era retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice which dominated her life for more than a decade.Mitchell first toured it a...
Tags: Music, Country, Culture, Broadway, Indie, Time Magazine, Folk Music, Vermont, Bon Iver, Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, Anais Mitchell, Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell She

Cat Power: ‘To this day I sleep with my bedroom door locked’

After breakups, breakdowns, stalkers and worse, Chan Marshall has rewritten her bleakest lyrics and recorded an album of highly personal covers. ‘We all need sweetness,’ she saysChan Marshall is sitting cross-legged on a bed, crying. It’s a sniffly, unselfconscious kind of crying, tears smudging sooty eyeshadow. Thirty years into her often wayward career as the US singer-songwriter Cat Power, she is crying because in a few weeks’ time she is 50 and she can’t believe she made it, that life turned...
Tags: Music, Women, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Sexual Harassment, Marshall, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Uuuurgh

The Wombats: Fix Yourself, Not the World review – noughties indie returns bigger and brighter

(Awal)The trio repurpose their sound from post-punk to pop-facing with a polished and snappy fifth albumScroll down the Wombats’ Spotify page and you come to the section headed “Fans also like”. It features a selection of their mid-00s contemporaries, fellow strivers in the league of what was cruelly dubbed “landfill indie”: the Pigeon Detectives, the Kooks, the Enemy, Scouting for Girls. As everyone knows, fashion is cyclical and this stuff currently lurks at the foot of fortune’s wheel: old en...
Tags: Music, La, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Nme, Oliver Nelson, The Wombats, Matthew `` Murph, Jacknife Lee, Dan Haggis

Indie Game Platform GameJolt Now Banning All Eroge

Yet another so-called game distribution service has decided to go the way of the prude and dictate what kind of content is allowed on its platform, with GameJolt now apparently outright banning all eroge and/or games with nudity or sex, adult content creators once again being shunned and disrespected. An eroge developer suggested this was […]
Tags: Games, Internet, Censorship, Artists, Indie, Anime, Announcements, Eroge

Little Witch Nobeta’s Heroine Wielding Some Formidable Magic

Pupuya Games have tried to stir up more attention for their “Dark Souls-esque” title Little Witch Nobeta by unleashing another official PV, teasing some of the magical combat and dodging that players will need to master to help protect the adorable witch heroine (and sure to have many disappointed the title isn’t an eroge, where […]
Tags: Games, Trailer, Steam, Indie, Anime, Ps4, Pc Gaming, Moe, Image Gallery, Nintendo Switch, Little Witch Nobeta

Top 10 Most Completed Games of 2021, According to HowLongToBeat

The website known as HowLongToBeat has released a series of lists for the entirety of 2021 to celebrate the end of the year, and one list that might prove particularly fascinating is “Most Completed”, which indicated the titles that weren’t so agonizingly bad, buggy, or incomplete that players were able to finish them. The ranking: […]
Tags: Games, Rankings, Indie, Mario, Anime, Metroid, Resident Evil, NieR

The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-3

Who could be in at No 3 (clue: she’s not an extrovert, except when she is)? We continue to count down one LP per day to the best album of the yearThe best songs of 2021More on the best culture of 2021This list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics – each critic votes for their Top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing. Check in every weekday to see our next picks, and please share your own favourite albums of 2021 in the comments below. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Metal, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs, Dave, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Dance music, Jazz, St Vincent, Mogwai, Low, Gojira, Nick Cave

The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-21

Next in our albums countdown are Greentea Peng’s drowsy flow, Kacey Musgrave’s breakup, Madlib’s new direction and the Coral’s songs for lonely fishermenThe best songs of 2021More on the best culture of 2021By Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura SnapesThis list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics – each critic votes for their Top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing. Check in every weekday to see our next picks, and please share your own favourite albums of 2021 in the comments ...
Tags: Music, Metal, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Dance music, Jazz, St Vincent, Mogwai, Low, Gojira, Floating Points, Madlib

The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-41

Our countdown opens with a list of LPs that includes Gojira’s climate-crisis rally-cry and an uplifting house full-length from US producer Eris DrewThe best songs of 2021More on the best culture of 2021By Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura SnapesThis list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics – each critic votes for their Top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing. Check in every weekday to see our next picks, and please share your own favourite albums of 2021 in the comments below...
Tags: Music, Metal, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Dance music, Jazz, Gojira, Black Country, New Road, Ben Beaumont Thomas, Eris Drew, Eris DrewThe, Laura SnapesThis

‘I wrote it from the perspective of a night light’: How They Might Be Giants made Birdhouse in Your Soul

‘I’m completely happy that we fall within the noble tradition of the one-hit wonder in the UK’ We had played the showcase night at New York’s CBGB, but didn’t stand out, so we tried instead playing alongside performance artists in East Village. People showing up to watch avant garde performance art bought our cassette, and we became part of this groovy little scene of really enthusiastic people. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK, New York, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Giants, Cbgb, East Village People

The 20 best songs of 2021

We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Punk, Indie, Dance music, Bruno Mars, R&B, Electronic Music, Abba, Self Esteem, Bts, The Weeknd, Little Simz

Amyl and the Sniffers review – a blizzard from Oz

Electric Ballroom, LondonChannelling singer Amy Taylor’s rage and joyous abandon, the Australian punk band bring their second album to glorious fighting lifeWe are living through what often feel like end times for genre. If recording studios had windows, rulebooks would be flying out of them constantly, endangering passersby. Crossover smashes such as Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road have been obvious manifestations of this shift. But colouring inside the stylistic lines has been in decline for a while...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Indie, Taylor, Old Town Road, Amyl, Amy Taylor, Electric Ballroom LondonChannelling

‘You can’t cancel me, I’ve got bills to pay!’: music stars on pop’s strange 2021

Laura Mvula, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, Snail Mail, BackRoad Gee, Sigrid and Eris Drew mull over the year’s big stories, from Britney’s freedom to battles over plagiarism and streamingHow did you feel coming into 2021, after the unprecedented bleakness of 2020? Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Dance music, R&B, Electronic Music, Kasabian, Britney, Laura Mvula, Eris Drew, Laura Mvula Kasabian, Serge Pizzorno Snail Mail BackRoad Gee Sigrid

‘It’s repulsive to me’: the bitter feud of indie-rockers the Wrens

Their 2003 album The Meadowlands earned them adulation, but a long-promised followup never arrived. Now their frontman is back as Aeon Station – and his former co-writer is very unhappy…Before taking flight as indie-rock heartbreakers the Wrens, Kevin Whelan and Charles Bissell were an awkward, prickly pair who met at a graduation party in an abandoned house. “I never had any friends or girlfriends,” the affable Whelan, 51, says with a self-effacing laugh from the New Jersey home he shares with ...
Tags: Music, New York, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, New Jersey, Indie, Whelan, Bissell, Charles Bissell, Kevin Whelan

How to maintain an indie feel while expanding into new markets

An independent brokerage looking to expand needs to consider quality over quantity — quality in character, culture and reputation. Here are a few ways to maintain your brokerage’s core mission while taking your business to new heights.
Tags: Service, Radio, Culture, Indie, Agent, Columns, Partnership, Brokerage, Select, Mauricio Umansky, The Agency, Independent Brokerage, Indie Broker Month, Theme-month-202111, Indie culture

Let’s Eat Grandma: ‘How can I view death purely in a negative way when someone I loved is dead?’

Childhood friends who would finish each other’s sentences, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth were growing apart. Then Hollingworth’s boyfriend died aged 22. The pop duo explain what they learned in a devastating yearLet’s Eat Grandma arrive in a cafe after their Guardian photoshoot, looking exactly like a pair of pop stars. Jazzed up in opulent jewel tones and immaculate eyeliner, they are both tall – about 5ft 9in – but the resemblance ends there. Rosa Walton has the plump red curls of a 40s m...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Kate Bush, Electronic Music, Hollingworth, Jenny Hollingworth, Rosa Walton

Sonic Youth’s greatest songs – ranked!

As they release two live albums to benefit abortion support groups, we rate the best of the New York band who collided alt-rock with the avant garde in a thrilling noiseGiven short shrift on release, the reputation of the dense, chaotic, beat poetry-infused NYC Ghosts & Flowers has been burnished at least a little by time. The title track, which slowly builds over seven minutes from hushed intro to cacophonous climax, is the perfect example of the dark, bad-dream power the album wields at its be...
Tags: Music, New York, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Experimental music, Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore

Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows review – beautifully haunting

(Transgressive)One of the most driven artists of the Britpop era, now unbothered by commercial success, is back with a second solo album that drifts along in a melancholy, stoned mistWhen May’s Glastonbury livestream finally creaked into life, it offered viewers an interesting study in contrasts. At 9pm, Coldplay appeared, rolling out the big hits from their 20-year career on an illuminated platform in front of the Pyramid stage, the empty field filled with lights. It was a performance with a di...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Blur, Glastonbury, Dee, Albarn, Fela Kuti, Kronos Quartet

How are indies faring? Get a glimpse into this indie broker-owner’s business

As a Realtor and broker-owner of Boardman Realty, Teresa Boardman has vast experience working in and running an independent brokerage. Here's her take on what it's like to be an indie broker and what the future might look like.
Tags: Opinion, Service, Radio, Indie, Agent, Columns, Indies, Boardman Realty, Brokerage, Select, Teresa Boardman, Indie Brokerage, Indie Broker Month, Theme-month-202111

Festival, festival (and awards)! The Forest in Udine, Thai Pitch in Cannes, honor for Patong Girl

Paul Spurrier, the Bangkok-based British filmmaker who makes Thai films, has been making the rounds of the festival circuit with his new feature The Forest (ป่า), a thriller about a former monk who takes a teaching post at a rural school and becomes involved in a conflict with corrupt local officials.The story also involves the friendship between a mute girl and a mysterious boy who lives in the woods. Those two kids, Wannasa Wintawong and Tanapol Kamkunkam, are first-time actors who lived near...
Tags: Videos, Movies, France, Singapore, Industry, Culture, Thailand, Festivals, Indie, Trailers, Posters, Cannes film festival, Bangkok, Cannes, Forest, Buddhist

Sixth Salaya Doc to open with The Scala

The Thai Film Archive's sixth annual Salaya International Documentary Film Festival  opens at 1pm on Saturday with The Scala, a 50-minute made-for-TV piece by Thai filmmaker Aditya Assarat, who takes his cameras inside Siam Square's imperiled landmark cinema.Although the Scala has been threatened with redevelopment plans for years, the latest word is that it will be in business through 2018, and maybe longer. But Aditya seems resigned to a future without the Scala, and is seemingly bidding it f...
Tags: Facebook, Movies, Justice, Indonesia, Iraq, Industry, Culture, Festivals, Indie, Documentaries, Vietnam, Busan, Bangkok, Siam Square, Scala, Bangkok Art

Freelance wins at Bangkok Critics, KCL Awards

Actor Jason Young from F. Hilaire presents the Best Documentary award for The Songs of Rice to producer Pimpaka Towira and director-cinematographer Uruphong Raksasad. Nation photo by Rachanon Intharagsa  Freelance .. Ham Puay Ham Phak Ham Rak More (ฟรีแลนซ์.. ห้ามป่วย ห้ามพัก ห้ามรักหมอ a.k.a. Heart Attack) is continuing its prize-winning run of Thailand's film and entertainment awards.On Wednesday, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s hard-working comedy-drama took six prizes in Bangkok Critics ...
Tags: Movies, Berlin, Awards, Industry, Culture, Thailand, Indie, Bangkok, Rice, Jason Young, Checkers Every Time, GTH, Wise Kwai, Pan-Asian, Uruphong Raksasad, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Guest post: Pimpaka Towira a double winner in Hong Kong

Pimpaka Towira, second from left, at the HKIFF Awards Gala with, from left, Lam Kam‐po, Anita Piotrowska and Stephen Teo. Keith Barclay is editor of the New Zealand film industry publication Screenz. A sponsored journalist covering Filmart, he offers Wise Kwai's Thai Film Journal tailored coverage of Filmart, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.As the Hong Kong International Film Festival closed, Thai filmmaker Pimpa...
Tags: Hong Kong, Movies, Awards, Industry, Festivals, New Zealand, Indie, Tokyo, Truman, Berlinale, FIPRESCI, Wise Kwai, Pan-Asian, Maha Samut Lae Susaan, Pimpaka, Hong Kong International Film Festival

Bangkok Asean Film Festival review: Manila in the Claws of Light, Bitcoins Heist

The titan of Filipino cinema, Lino Brocka, always focused on the unfairly exploited working class. His gripping 1975 picture, Manila in the Claws of the Light (Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag) is the pulpy story of a young man from a fishing village, who comes to the cruel metropolis to track down his ex-girlfriend Ligaya. She was lured away by a pig-woman, with promises of working in a factory and furthering her education. Yeah, right. We all know how that goes.In rough-and-tumble Manila, he's...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Action, Industry, Culture, Festivals, Indie, Classics, Stunts, Vietnam, Bangkok, Spielberg, Manila, Martin Scorsese, Tony, Dada

Salaya Doc review: The Scala

Note: An encore screening of The Scala has just been added to the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival. It's at noon on Sunday, April 3, at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center."What if we're still doing this when we're 50?""It would be nice to have that kind of job security."That exchange from young downwardly mobile tech professionals in the movie Office Space came to mind as I watched The Scala last weekend, the opening film of the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival. A do...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Industry, Culture, Festivals, Indie, Classics, Documentaries, John Wayne, Bangkok, Film Reviews, Pattaya, Siam, Lido, Siam Square, Scala

Review: Take Me Home

Directed by Kongkiat KomesiriStarring Mario Maurer, Wannarote Sonthichai, Noppachai JayanamaReleased in Thai cinemas on April 13, 2016; rated 15+Wise Kwai's rating: 4/5 The weird culture of Thai high society – entitled families whose perfect, luxurious existences are insulated from the ordinary working-class world – have long been the subject of the often off-putting and alienating films of ML Bhandevanov Devakula, the blue-blooded director of stage and screen who is better known as "Mom Noi" a...
Tags: Videos, Movies, Industry, Culture, Thailand, Indie, Trailers, Mario, Akira Kurosawa, Posters, Film Reviews, Siam, Architectural Digest, Tan, North Star, Noi

Extra Virgin unlocks indies with Distance, Rice Trilogy and Island Funeral

Extra Virgin, the indie production and distribution shingle run by producer-director Pimpaka Towira, has a new initiative with SF cinemas in Thailand, Unlock Indies, a film series that opened last week with the multi-country co-production Distance.Others in the series will be The Rice Trilogy by Uruphong Raksasad and Pimpaka's own latest feature, The Island Funeral.The films are being released in a very limited run. Don't blink, or you will miss them. For example, Distance was initially release...
Tags: Hong Kong, Movies, China, Singapore, Thailand, Festivals, Indie, Tokyo, Posters, Bangkok, Anthony Chen, Chen, Valetta, Chen Bo Lin, Wise Kwai, Pan-Asian

In Thai cinemas: Embracing Khemarat, Keep Scala petition

Three loosely connected stories of romance take place in Embracing Khemarat (อ้อมกอดเขมราฐ, Aom-Kod-Khemarat), set in an idyllic small town in Ubon Ratchathani on the banks of the Mekong.They involve a young female physician who is posted to the local hospital and runs into cute conflict with the owner of a local coffee shop. Other stories have a young Lao immigrant woman who falls for a photographer and a "nerdy girl" who has attracted the eye of a quiet and shy schoolboy rock musician.Among t...
Tags: Videos, Hollywood, Movies, Romance, Industry, Culture, Indie, Trailers, Posters, Bangkok, The Nation, Scala, Ubon Ratchathani, Chulalongkorn University, Wise Kwai, Sammo Hung

I gave FilmDoo a whirl

Finally, we can forget about DVDs. Streaming video is the future for independent films from Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, with new online platforms popping up to offer hard-to-find movies online.Among the new companies is FilmDoo, a U.K.-based video-on-demand (VOD) startup that was launched at the Cannes Film Festival.I recently gave FilmDoo's "bespoke" platform a try, and found it worked just great on the laptop. I imagine it would also work fine on a Smart TV, with a laptop co...
Tags: Movies, Industry, Culture, Thailand, Ireland, Malaysia, Indie, Horizon, Cannes film festival, Bangkok, Vientiane, Wise Kwai, Pan-Asian, Tom Waller, De Warrenne Pictures, William Page

Festival, festival (and awards)! Here be dragons for The Forest; Heart Attack and Grace in NYAFF

The Forest producer David Cluck cradles the Golden Dragon. The Forest, the new thriller from Paul Spurrier, the Bangkok-based British filmmaker who makes Thai films, is continuing to tour the festival circuit, and recently won an award at the Ferrara Film Festival in Italy.Producer David Cluck was in Ferrara, and he picked up the Golden Dragon Award for Best Director for Spurrier. The attractive trophy now occupies a newly installed shelf in Spurrier's Friese-Greene Club in Bangkok. Perha...
Tags: Video, Movies, Awards, Industry, Culture, Thailand, Italy, Festivals, Indie, Trailers, Ratings, Posters, Bangkok, Ferrara, Spurrier, Wise Kwai