14th May - Love is a Mixtape
If I hadn’t been so afraid of having yet another review to write in April (which is when I ready 4/5ths of this novel) then I’d be able to say this was a real page-turner. I’ve always loved memoirs and Rob Sheffield’s bitter sweet account of his first loves; music and his late wife, Renee. Sheffield writes effortlessly, it’s a light-read that touches upon heavy thoughts and feelings from the effect of Kurt Cobain’s suicide on music to Sheffield’s overwhelming grief at his young wife’s death. It is obvious Sheffield is a music journalist -not just because of his vast and eclectic knowledge and tastes that is evident on every page- but because Sheffield can comfortably translate that somewhat indescribable feeling that lyrics and melodies give you into words. This isn’t a story, so much as it is a mixtape in itself. Every chapter begins with a tracklist from an actual mixtape made by or for Sheffield. You’d be hard pressed to read five lines without a reference to seminal artists like Pavement or David Bowie or other ‘obscure’ artists (no doubt someone’s heard of them all…) It’s a little heart warming book, both witty and poignant that shouldn’t be passed up by anyone especially music fans. For anyone that’s made a mixtape, mix-cd, or playlist.
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10th May - That Mitchell and Webb Look (season one)
I’ve lost my glasses and I can’t look at the screen very long without getting a headache cause everything looks fuzzy so I’ll keep this brief.
That Mitchell and Webb Look is incredibly entertaining, classically British and addictive. Its silly just as silly as Morecambe and Wise, as tongue-in-cheek as A Bit of Hugh and Laurie and as quotable as Monty Python.
David Mitchell and Robert Webb famous for their awkward, absurd and obscene comedy sitcom The Peep Show comfortably transition to sketch comedy. It’s simply wonderfully cheap and cheery, light and airy -Which despite being a massive change from Mitchell and Webb’s arguably black comedy sitcom, Peep Show, is almost certainly a welcome one-. An absolute must-see!
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