When he died in 1992 of Aids-related illnesses at the age of 40, Arthur Russell left behind one of the most staggeringly beautiful bodies of songwriting ever – and it is still emerging. This compilation of unreleased tracks from his archive mostly date from the mid-1970s, recalling the country-tinged songwriting collected on 2008’s Love Is Overtaking Me, with a scattering of the lopsided, slightly wacky funk and new wave he scaled up to in the 80s. Russell nerds will be enthralled by curiosities such as Barefoot in New York, a piece of brass-backed stuttering spoken word, and the lusted-for 1985 deep cut You Did It Yourself, which points the way to both the jittery disco of Get Around to It and, further, the haunted aesthetic of World of Echo. Its workaday lyrics, complaining about the ending of a movie (“it just seemed tacked on”), are made strangely mythic by the vaporous new-wave backing. Topics Pop and rock Electronic music Experimental … [Read more...] about Arthur Russell: Iowa Dream review – lopsided, funky and staggeringly beautiful
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Polly Vernon, writer Did it start with Salma Hayek, who explained in a recent interview that she considers herself "on the limit of chubbiness, because I love my food and my wine… it's not the best for fashion, but it's good for my mood"? Or did it start with Lena Dunham, the buzz on whose excellent new series Girls, is somewhat propelled by the fact that Dunham is completely unapologetic in exposing her non-flat belly during the show's sex scenes? Or with Lady Gaga, who last month appeared in public dressed up in a fat suit, and said: "I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am", after gaining nearly two stone in weight. Or much earlier, with the rise and rise of Mad Men's Christina Hendricks's prototype on a new body ideal? Hard to know for sure, but I do think we've reached a tipping point on women and weight. The ultra-thin, size zero, carb-free and constantly worked-out notion of female beauty – the teeny, tiny, sticky one, which has … [Read more...] about Has female body fascism reached a tipping point?
#TRENDING: NEONS Usually autumn-winter style means digging out jumpers in various shades of grey, black and the occasional autumnal mustard or rust, but this year I’m doing the complete opposite. It’s difficult to miss the celebs who are stepping out and about in neon shades. From Kim’s questionable cycling shorts to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s sophisticated suit, this is one trend that will make you stand out from the crowd and I love it. Plus, if like me you want to look extra tanned all year round these fluro shades will help enhance your skin tone. Horray! And no, you don’t have to be as brave as celebs who are going for head to toe fluro. This extra bright shades work perfectly with denim or dark floral prints. So get ready feel inspired by a pack of highlighter pens because as the days get shorter, our wardrobes are going to get brighter. Lime Jumper, £39.99 from ZARA - buy now Orange Shirt, £20 from PrettyLittleThing - buy now … [Read more...] about From celebrity-approved neons to Shania Twain-inspired style…. these are the most stylish pieces you NEED this week
A six-bedroom Essex house has undergone an extreme ten-year transformation to become a haven that can be rented out for lovers of all things pink. Amy Griffith, 43, moved to Essex in 2009 with the sole intention of completely redesigning her Tiptree home. Eaton House Studio now boasts dozens of stylish rooms adorned with flowers, glitter and even unicorns in the garden. Eaton House Studio, in Tiptree, Essex, was designed by California-born artist Amy Griffith, 43. The house now boasts dozens of stylish rooms adorned with flowers, glitter and even unicorns in the garden She spent 10 years designing the luxurious pink residence which is now so popular it has been hired by girl group Little Mix for their Bounce Back video From drab to fab: Ms Griffith bought the house in 2009 with the sole intention of spending her time turning it into a pink-lovers haven Each room has a different inspiration, from the saloon and space-esque kitchen to floral staircases that caught … [Read more...] about Pretty in pink! Artist spends a decade transforming six-bedroom home into a quirky property with floral walls and a UNICORN… that even featured in Little Mix’s Bounce Back music video
The company behind plans for a zip wire in Cardiff Bay has threatened legal action against a hotel, claiming it has breached a "binding contract" to allow it to use its roof. St David's Hotel told local people it never agreed to host the zip line start point, in a letter seen by the BBC.But City Zip said it had written permission from the hotel before it began selling advance tickets.The hotel said it had decided not to progress with the plan. City Zip told BBC Wales that it had worked closely with the hotel and had agreed on commercial payments, operating hours and concerns including noise reduction.It said it had served the hotel, which is part of the Voco chain, "with legal papers"."They requested a longer period to respond, which we granted," said City Zip chief executive Barry Shaverin. City Zip has withdrawn its planning application but said it aimed to re-apply to Cardiff council. Council officials had previously recommended it for approval.The company has already sold tickets … [Read more...] about Cardiff Bay zip wire firm threatens to sue hotel