The Lemon Twigs first album ‘Do Hollywood’ is exploding with precocious talent and already counts Alice Cooper and Elton John amongst its fans. Their musical knowledge and sophistication belies the fact that they are still in their teens, as Noisey puts it “They’re a meticulous team, creating a beautifully baroque psych mélange of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Do Hollywood, is a feast of prog-pop curves, demented fairground refrains, and unexpected time signatures. They excel at lushly harmonised codas—jaunty one minute, forlorn the next—and neatly applied patinas of strings and brass. It’s an ambitious maximalist kind of pop.”
“When the D’Addario brothers talk about their childhood, it seems half their recollections are not memories but rather flashbacks of seeing themselves in home videos. There’s footage of the boys watching Yellow Submarine, the Dave Clarke Five movie, and The Monkees TV show. In one clip Michael sits in front of a keyboard trying to play “Strawberry Fields” (“I just didn’t have the capacity at five years old”). They’d obsessively watch the exhaustive doc The Beatles Anthology. “We know all eight parts and every aspect of their story,” declares Brian. “There’s nothing anyone could tell us about The Beatles that we wouldn’t know.”
“Along with being encyclopedic Beatles nerds, the pair have each mastered bass, keys, guitar, and drums, although onstage they switch off between the latter two instruments, each taking their turn to sing lead. “It’s weird to me that people couldn’t sing or do harmonies because we’ve been doing that since we were really little—our mom and dad taught us to do that,” offers Brian. “There’s a video of us putting our fingers in our ears, gathered around an unplugged mic, doing simple harmonies.”
Tom Sellers has quickly risen through the ranks to become a luminary of the British culinary scene.
Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on ‘a personal journey through food’, has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening.
Jay found the assignment challenging and exciting, “Initially stripping it down to just a hand held camera, a small flash gun and a laptop was quite daunting. No big lighting set ups, no glam squad, no studio… nowhere to hide! And once service began the kitchen erupted into action. It seemed like madness at first but somehow I soon seemed to settle into the chaotic rhythm of it all. The food they served was so delicate and so perfect it seemed hard to believe it was produced by this whirling mass of tattoos and shouting. It actually reminded me a lot of my rave days shooting on dancefloors, move fast, keep your elbows in and go with the flow!”
‘A Kind of Love Story’ has just been published by Orion and is, as they say, in the shops now.
Pip recently had the privilege of photographing the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for Red Magazine in the chambers of City Hall. Sadiq impressed Pip not only as a politician but as a person, as Pip put it, ‘Not only the city’s first ethnic minority mayor and the first Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital, but also a top bloke to hang out with.’
The book tells the story of Gavin’s teenage years in the 1980s, from the time when as a fourteen year old skinhead he first picked up the camera and began to record his world.
“At first, I was just a shy, dreamy kid taking pictures of landscapes and my cat. It was only when Madness and the skinhead thing…the Two Tone thing started that I really began to take lots of pictures.”
He photographed wherever he went, at home, at school, in the streets of the estate where he lived, and whoever he met, his family, friends, girlfriends and in so doing created an extraordinary social document. Its importance has already been widely recognised. For example, the film maker Shane Meadows has acknowledged Gavin’s work and cites it as a visual reference and inspiration for ‘This is England’
“I’m not a skinhead or a punk photographer” says Gavin, “I’m a DIY photographer. Back then I was using a camera without having any real knowledge of what I was doing. So I just did what felt natural, by instinct, by myself. I processed the stuff in the bathroom. That was the point. That still is the point about the work. Doing it for yourself. THAT’S FUCKIN’ PUNK.”
“I didn’t feel my photographs were important but I felt that what was happening around me was unbelievably important and exciting. I was just amazed that we were demonised instead of celebrated,” he told us recently. “I managed to record my journey, which was thousands of kids’ journeys, all kids’ journeys, and that’s what the work shows really. Those relationships. They’re just young teenage kids trying to find their way in life.”
What makes We Were Here 79-89 so exciting is that for the first time Gavin has been a part of the entire creative process and has edited the selection of images himself; this is Gavin’s story told in his own way.
This book is also going to be produced at a higher quality than anything we have seen from Gavin before, presenting these photos in the way that such a legacy deserves.
Since winning Bake Off, the extraordinary Nadiya has had the most incredible year. So remarkable in fact that the Daily Telegraph chose to list her achievements under the title ’10 Inspiring Things Nadiya Hussain has done since winning GBBO. And here they are:
1 Written a cookbook. And it’s not all cakes, it has Asian savouries too!
2 Written a children’s cookbook. It features stories and child friendly recipes and is dedicated to Nadiya’s three children, Musa, Dawud and Maryam. It features photographs of them throughout, is generally rather lovely by all accounts and is out soon.
3 Spoken out about racism. Her comments about how she had come to “expect” racism highlighted just how horrifically ingrained such experiences can become. But she also displayed moving resilience, and a determination to focus on the positive.
“I don’t retaliate. I feel like there’s a dignity in silence, and I feel that if I retaliate to negativity with negativity then we’ve evened out,” she explained. “And I don’t need to even that out, because if somebody’s being negative I need to be the better person.”
4 Landed her own TV show. New two part series The Chronicles of Nadiya starts tonight on BBC One, and will follow the Bake Off winner as she travels to Bangladesh, where her parents were born and where large parts of her extended family still reside. Part cookery show, part travel diary, Chronicles will see Nadiya travel to her family’s village and cook for a relative’s wedding feast.
5 She’s a magazine columnist. She’s writing for The Times Magazine and is planning to revive the swiss roll!
6 She’s been reunited with the woman who taught her to bake. Her secondary school home economics teacher Jean Marshall who got her “hooked” on baking, sparking a passion for traditional British puddings and sponges.
7 She’s baked a birthday cake for the Queen.
8 She’s been named as one of the most influential people in Britain by Debretts.
9 She’s getting remarried so that she can have a party – her first wedding in Bangladesh wasn’t a lot of fun
10 And she’s moving to Milton Keynes! (Not entirely sure that is really inspiring)
And she has been on Desert Island Discs.
Quite a year!
Set in 1920s New York, Bugsy Malone is not your typical gangster story because the musical’s cast is made up entirely of kids. Three sets of under-16s share the seven lead roles, accompanied by a 14-strong ensemble aged between 16 and 22 who perform every night. As you’d expect there are plenty of gangland shootings, but the youthful gangsters wield splurge guns, which shoot custard pie foam instead of bullets. During the shoot Jay was ‘lucky’ enough to experience this first hand, getting ‘pied’ by the cast.
Based on the film of the same name, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and a washed up yet well-meaning boxer named Bugsy Malone. It has been over 10 years since Bugsy Malone was seen on stage and so Lyric have focused on updating the show. For example, director Sean Holmes has decided to let the children sing their own songs. In the film, adult actors’ voices were dubbed over top.
“What’s interesting about the film is that it’s not cute or sentimental,” says Holmes. “It’s really witty and ironic. It values the energies of the kids and it doesn’t patronise them. It felt like the perfect fit for the Lyric.”
Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Music Revival, Bugsy Malone is not to be missed. Closing on September 4th, there is not much time left to see the smash stage hit. Tickets are on sale now for both evening and matinee shows. Get in quick.
‘The plan for the Eat Well campaign,’ according to Scott, ‘was to shoot some lovely bloggers cooking using M&S pre prepared ingredients. Some shoots can provide a real challenge, balancing a film crew with stills for one. But the biggest was shooting a bbq during a tropical monsoon (of sorts) and keeping the whole thing bright, vibrant and sunny in it’s appearance. Keep an eye out in The Times for more images coming soon.’
The Shires, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, are English, formed after Ben posted ‘there must be a country singer out there’ on Facebook and Crissie responded. They have the distinction of being the first British act to be signed by Universal Music Group Nashville, the bastion of country music in the US. They are now the most successful country act the UK has ever had – by a country mile. Their first album ‘Brave’ sold well around the world and they also gathered a shelf full of awards.
This is Pip’s second album shoot with The Shires, he shot the cover of the ‘Brave’ album in a London studio. This time they shot on locations in and around Madrid harnessing the atmosphere and warm dusty light of the Spanish summer. Art direction was by the very great Rob O’Connor at Stylorouge who will be overseeing the design of the project. The album, called ‘My Universe’, will be out in October.
“This time around it was Cocktails at Home, a feature written by the lovely Laura Foster focusing on one spirit at a time to use whilst entertaining guests in your own house. This time around it was all about whisky or as the Americans may know it SCOTCH.”
The shoot took place at Wilton’s Music Hall in the east end of London where Sadie is rehearsing for a new play, Britten in Brooklyn, which opens at the end of August.
Here’s some of the feature by Lynn Barber. “The play actually sounds very interesting. It’s about a period from 1940 to 1941 when Benjamin Britten, WH Auden and Carson McCullers (author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) were all sharing a house in Brooklyn, along with the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Sadie, of course, plays Gypsy. “She’s a great character and has a very sparky wit. She’s known as a showgirl, but there’s this other side to her — she wrote a wonderful memoir and also wrote a bestselling novel during this time called The G-String Murders. But she probably felt a bit in Carson McCullers’s shadow, so there’s this very intense relationship between the two of them. Obviously, I’ve got to work on the accent.””
Read the full article here.
Hair by Shivaughn Murphy
Make up by Sara Menitra
Jay Brooks created the joyously hair raising images for the campaign to promote The Slide, the new thrill ride at the Orbit tower at the QE Olympic Park. It is the ultimate helter-skelter twisting and turning around the tower, dropping 178 meters in 40 seconds. Time Out has already named it as their number one thing to do this year!
Here’s some more stuff about The Slide:
What to expect
Visitors will descend the world’s highest and, at 178m, the world’s longest tunnel slide, as they travel down the UK’s tallest public artwork, they’ll pass through light and dark sections with London’s dramatic skyscape whizzing by!
In the 40-second trip, visitors will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weave their way through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure, including a tight corkscrew section names the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – and end with a 50m straight run back down to earth!
The ArcelorMittal Orbit has been enthralling visitors since the London 2012 Games with it’s spectacular views of the London skyline and we know that you’ll love the new hair-raising slide experience so much that you’ll want to relive it, and you can! For just an additional £5 you can head straight back to the top and calm your nerves with the spectacular London skyline, before taking position and riding the slide once again! To be sure of your repeat descent, you can book an extra slide in advance once you’ve bought your initial combined ticket by calling 0333 800 8099 with your booking reference number.
About the design
The Slide was created by Belgian artist Carsten Höller at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor, designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It is a unique collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists and a major new art installation for London, as well as yet another reason to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – fast becoming London’s most exciting playground!
Pip has shot the ‘cover art’ for ‘Perspective’ the new album from the band Lawson, out on 8th July on Polydor Records. The shoot also provided the images for the two singles ‘Money and ‘Where My Love Goes’ that have come from the album. This is Pip’s second outing with the band, he shot the cover for ‘Chapman Square’ their previous release.
See more of Pip’s music work here.
The nation’s second most famous nonagenarian – she’s the same age as the Queen – is publicising Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in which she revives her TV role as the smart and sceptical mother of the perpetually adolescent and permanently drunk fashion diva Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders).
In the Ab Fab interview she shows an appropriately detachment to modern show biz and its stars and celebrities, some of whom have cameos in the film: Kate Moss is seen quaffing champagne and smoking a fag; Kim Kardashian turns up, as do Harry Styles and Rebel Wilson. Did June get to meet any of them?
‘I haven’t heard of Rebel. I know Kim is a model. I don’t want to name anyone else as they’re supposed to be a surprise.’
What about Vogue cover star Alexa Chung, who is also rumoured to appear?
‘Alexa who?’ she says.
Absolutely extreme styling by Natalie Read.
Ab Fab: The Movie is out on 1st July.
As we said in a previous post, the shoot took place in the Painted Hall of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, which with its gold and mural encrusted walls provided a suitably opulent background. A dozen presenters, including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry, and around one hundred of extras were all clad in period costume featuring fabulous frocks, powdered wigs and acres of brocade.
It was major feat for the costume and hair make up departments to create so many different looks. Though some of them may not have been completely based on history. ‘Have you seen the lady the pink and blue wig? She looks like a lollipop,” asked head make-up designer Wakana Yoshihara. “That was my inspiration!’
The BBC launched their coverage of the Euros 2016, which start on June 10th, with an extravaganza of a ‘marketing trail’ – an ad to you and me – starring their TV presenters robed in 18th Century finery, and Ray Burmiston was commissioned to capture the moment.
The shoot took place in the Painted Hall of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, which with its gold and mural encrusted walls provided a suitably opulent background. The presenters, including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry, and a host of extras were all clad in period costume featuring fabulous frocks, powdered wigs and acres of brocade.
Some of the pundits enjoyed it more than others. Alan Shearer made it clear he wasn’t keen to repeat the experience but Gary Lineker took it in his stride. “I’ve spent 20 years dressing up for Walkers commercials, so I’m kind of used to this strangeness,” he said. While, by general consensus, Rio Ferdinand turned most heads in his outfit, “he can carry anything off,” said Lineker.
In the clip the cast march forth led by the real Euros 2016 trophy unleashing their slogan ‘Liberté, Egalité, Footé!’
Euros 2016, the ‘marketing trail’, and Ray’s pictures will be on your screens throughout June and into July.
Allez les rosbifs!
To see how far artificial intelligence has progressed, the paper set up a series of tests where human experts were pitted against AI in the fields of translation, writing, painting and cooking to see if it could match human creativity.
In the cooking contest, Yotam Ottolenghi was faced with IBM’s chef Watson, a robot, (though we don’t think he’s the one in the pictures) and they were challenged to produce a dish from a random set on ingredients including chicken livers and tequila.
Writer Leo Benedictus gave his verdict on the results.
‘Well, I will say it isn’t horrible. Humans have served me worse. Although in truth the name that IBM’s Chef Watson gives this dish (“Chicken Liver Savoury Sauce”)is about as appetising as it deserves.
To be fair to Chef Watson, and to Guardian Weekend’s own chef-columnist Yotam Ottolenghi, I had set them quite a task. I asked for a dish based on four ingredients that seemed to belong nowhere near each other: chicken livers, Greek yoghurt, wasabi and tequila. They could add whatever else they liked, but those four had to be in the finished dish, which I would cook and eat.
Chef Watson didn’t hesitate, instantly giving me two pasta sauces. Ottolenghi was more circumspect. “When I got the challenge I thought, ‘This is not going to work,’” he tells me. I thought the same. Or at least I thought I would end up eating two dishes that managed to be OK despite their ingredients, rather than because of them. In fact – and you’ll think me a creep, but so what – Ottolenghi’s recipe was a revelation: liver and onion and a tequila reduction, served with an apple, radish, beetroot and chicory slaw, with a wasabi and yoghurt dressing. The dish may make little sense on paper, but I devoured a plateful feeling that every element belonged. (And vinaigrette thickened with yoghurt and wasabi instead of mustard: seriously, give it a try.) Ottolenghi tells me the recipe is just a whisker short of publishable.
The thing is, that dish took him and his team three days to perfect. They were able to taste and discuss flavours, textures, colours, temperatures, in a way that Watson can’t – although there have been“discussions” about adding a feedback mechanism in future, Chef Watson’s lead engineer, Florian Pinel, tells me. “A recipe is such a complex thing it’s difficult for me even to understand how a computer would approach it.”
Verdict: Watson hides the weirdness of the ingredients, but Ottolenghi makes them sing.’
In 2007 Tim was forced to give up his job as a solicitor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Uncertain at first what to do, on a whim he answered an ad in Time Out from a photographer looking for subjects. He went to the photographers studio, the photographs were taken, Tim enjoyed the experience and the Over The Hill project was born.
Tim began to write to photographers and ask if they would take his portrait and since then has had his photograph taken by just short of 400 different photographers, ranging from the most august professionals to the completely amateur. The work is fascinating in its range and variety but it is driven by Tim’s generosity and enthusiasm to make the best possible pictures in every situation. He is open to any idea, will work clothed or naked and as you can see is quite happy in a gorilla suit.
Tim has recently decided to call it a day and end the project. There will, he says, be no more new photographs added after the end of May but we are sure that with such an amazing body of work there will be more shows and exhibitions in the future.
Learn more about ‘Over The Hill’ and the amazing Mr Andrews here.
Congratulations to Scarlet Page‘s old mates and long term clients The Lumineers on topping the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Their second album ‘Cleopatra’ has knocked Kanye West from the number one spot on the US Billboard 200, while in Britain they have out sold Adele in the last week.
The band, who come from Denver Colorado, are touring at the moment and play London’s Brixton Academy on 24th April.
Le Cool, London’s indispensable guide to what’s on and where, has interviewed Gavin Watson ahead of his appearance at Youth Club‘s First Tuesday event at Doomed Gallery in Dalston. First Tuesdays are a monthly event (naturally) with Youth Club hosting a new talk by a photographer alongside a limited edition of Photocopy Club zine. Gavin’s talk is subtitled ‘Time has Creative Power’ and is focused on the way the perception of his images has changed over the years as he tells Le Cool’s Josh Jones in this extract from the interview.
‘Normally I just do it off the cuff because I never expect anyone to fucking turn up! This time I’m going to take it in a certain direction because I usually end up talking about anthropology instead of photography, it tends to get into being a societal talk about the history and movements of people and culture. I’m a bit like, “hold up a minute, I got kicked out of school at 15, what the fuck am I talking about this for?” There’s a photographic story there that very rarely gets told because the power of the images take over from the fact I was really interested in photography and is the great love of my life. I rarely talk about my photographic journey, we end up talking about Skinheads, the history of Skinheads, the history of rave and the culture around that. The reason these photographs exist is because I took them, and I took them because I love photography and knew how to work a camera. I had a moment of clarity the other day that all the Skinhead stuff is my mundane, personal work that I never expected anyone to see. My first real job as a photographer was working for a music paper called Sounds. I spent three or four years photographing all the bands of the mid-80s, from Morrissey to the Pogues, The Proclaimers, Siouxsie and the Banshees – the list goes on. And no one knows that I did it. I forget that I did it! I am a well-rounded photographer – I wasn’t in a bubble of just me and my mates on a Shane Meadows movie set! I was pursuing a career in photography and the Skinheads stuff was just part of the wallpaper of the time, of course two decades later it’s become something totally different. I’ve seen my mundane life become a golden era, it’s become romanticised.’
Read the whole interview here.
Youth Club First Tuesday is at Doomed Gallery on Tuesday 5th April. Details here.
Rebecca Miller photographed Saoirse Ronan and her red carpet stylist Elizabeth Saltzman in London for The Hollywood Reporter. It was part of the magazine’s annual round up of awards season fashion, about who wore what and who styled them and who made it to the THR list of ‘The 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood.’
Elizabeth was ranked this year at number 4 and has in the past dressed Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thuman. She began working with Saoirse, who at 21 has already been nominated for two Oscars, this year and with great success but only after she had faced the challenge of Saoirse’s Irish name.
Saltzman: “My first time meeting Saoirse, I thought, ‘How am I going to say her name? What am I going to do? I’ll just call her ‘babe.’ ” (It’s pronounced “Ser-sha.”)
Ronan: “I’m glad you didn’t — I remember one time I was working with a photographer, and he kept calling me angel, and it really pissed me off.”
Elizabeth goes on to describe the high pressure process of getting the right dress for the Oscars. “We got a lot of pitches, but Francisco Costa just got it” says London-based Saltzman, a former Vanity Fair editor. Because of Ronan’s New York rehearsal schedule for The Crucible, the stylist conducted the fitting at midnight before the Oscars: “Saoirse put on the emerald, and the room stopped — her mom, her aunt, her hairstylist, Adir. … You felt the oooh,” recalls Saltzman. Adds Ronan of her carpet experience this past year: “Everything has felt like me but kind of pushing me out of my comfort zone.”
Rebecca photographed Elizabeth and Saoirse at The Soho Hotel in London and Saoirse’s dresses are by Tom Ford and Christopher Kane.
They started Hemsley + Hemsley 6 years ago as a bespoke service aimed at helping people with their digestion and relationship with food. Since then, they’ve become authors of their international bestselling cookbook The Art of Eating Well and contributors to Vogue.co.uk and The Guardian. They also cook and consult for celebrities and cater for high-profile brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood.
The Hemsley’s approach to food is part of a whole philosophy of life. ‘Our approach to health and wellness is very holistic and inclusive we champion a philosophy which is simple, mindful and intuitive. We steer clear of the ‘quick-fix’ answers which are overly abundant in the health and wellness (and even fashion) industries by teaching a long term lifestyle change. Not only do we champion fats and animal foods but also emphasise the importance of good digestion – explaining everything from the virtues of chewing to the importance of probiotics. Eating well has to be accessible, so we constantly draw on our own experiences of cooking and eating in our busy city lives to make healthy eating approachable and refreshing. For us, food is the root to feeling well but we don’t limit our philosophy there as your lifestyle is vital too. As soon as you look at what you are eating the rest naturally follows – health takes into account mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. We’re big fans of yoga and meditation which we practice everyday. We have inspired many clients to take these up – once they feel and sleep better they look to all areas of their life in a new light.’
Jay shot Hemsley and Hemsley for You Magazine and their second book, Good + Simple, is released in the UK on February 25th.
Westin is based in Huddersfield and produces hi-tech kitchen equipment for a worldwide market. ‘I just think the processes and the look of things in that kind of engineering factory are fascinating.’ said Pip ‘ Especially where they are welding and working with sheets of metal you get these amazing textures and reflections. You close in on things and they become completely abstract but beautiful.’
For the second time in two months, Jay Brooks has photographed Matthew Perry. This time it was for The Times, for its Saturday Magazine accompanying an interview with Matthew timed to coincide with the opening of his play ‘The End of Longing’ in the West End.
Matthew Perry is, of course best known for his role as Chandler Bing in‘Friends’, still the most successful TV sit com of all time with its huge audience figures and apparently eternal repeats. 120 episodes are aired each week in Britain alone. His current project is more of a personal passion, he both wrote and stars in the play, he seems happy to be on a smaller stage and is philosophical about fame.
“I will never have the success I had when I was on Friends; that will never happen again. TV has changed so much that audiences will never be that big again. The Big Bang Theory is the number one sitcom; it gets half what Friends did.” He loves Alan Partridge, was a great fan of The Office and would “love to do something on British television. I am in a situation where I guess I don’t need to work, but I do need to work. I need to be doing something, but I am not interested in fame any more.”
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