Comic | Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons: Secret Service Wenn zwei Großmeister der Comics zusammenkommen, sind die Erwartungen hoch und die Gefahr der Enttäuschung groß. Secret Service von Hitautor Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) und Zeichnerlegende Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) ist für BORIS KUNZ eine ganz nette Geheimagentenkomödie, viel mehr aber auch nicht.
Bittles‘ Magazine JOHN BITTLES started up a blog called ShadowCuts which publishes fiction and various other titbits (submissions always welcome). Read his first story The Nutcracker
Bittles’s Magazine Ah, cassettes! I remember them well! My first forays into the wonderful world of music listening was through tapes with the very first albums I bought being Whitney by Whitney Houston and Licensed to Ill by The Beastie Boys. Yes, even back then I was an eclectic adventurer and overly pretentious to boot! By JOHN BITTLES
Bittles‘ Magazine One of my favourite »Overheard in a Bookshop« moments … Young Girl (with slight accent) – Do you have any books by Jane Eyre? John (with his accent) – Aha, I suspect you mean Charlotte Brontë. Young Girl – No, I mean Jane Eyre. John – We have the book entitled Jane Eyre. Girl – No, I mean the author Jane Eyre. John – Did she, perchance work as a governess, at Thornfield Hall and carry on with the Byronic Mr Rochester? Girl – Don’t know. John – She is often considered ahead of her time due to
Bittles‘ Magazine | Interview As future music historians will no doubt agree, there is a lot of derivative and unimaginative MOR-type music in the world right now. From the pop-dance of Avicii to the wet indie of Bastille there is enough rubbish around to make the average music purist’s ears bleed. What we really need is a record that hits the listener hard, like a well needed slap to the face. That not only alienates your ›nice‹ friends but makes your parents scream »What the fuck is that crap you’re playing? It’s not even music, you know!«
Bittles‘ Magazine Those fallow months of June and July have, over time, become notorious for their lack of key musical releases. It seems that with the onset of the holiday and festival season, record companies are wary of the fact that most people are saving up for overpriced drinks in Ibiza or a muddy field. In light of this most artists seem content to hold their albums back until late August or September in the knowledge that by then we’ll all be sunburnt and craving new sounds. For the music lover though it can make finding new releases during this
Bittles‘ Magazine To end our epic trilogy of interviews we have the extremely talented and funky Ikonika. Now, you know when lazy journalists are writing about female producers they always point out their gender and how hard it is for a woman to succeed in a male-dominated industry? Then when you’ve finished reading the article you find out they haven’t once bothered to mention the actual music? Luckily Ikonika has never had this problem for one simple reason, which is that her music is so good that you simply have to talk about it, discuss it, and show it off
Bittles‘ Magazine | Live Music Mute Records artist Cold Specks first popped her head into our world in May of last year with the release of debut album I Predict a Graceful Expulsion. An enchanting appearance on Jools Holland also went some way towards announcing the presence of this peculiar talent to the world.
Prosa | Charles Dickens: Reisender ohne Gewerbe Wer Dickens sagt, meint so gut wie immer dickbäuchige Romane. Seit Kurzem gibt es aber – wohl zur Feier seines 200. Geburtstags am 7.2.2012 – in der »textura«-Reihe des C.H. Beck Verlages einen schmalen Band mit dem Titel Reisender ohne Gewerbe, in dem die Übersetzerin Melanie Walz sieben journalistische Arbeiten des späten Dickens erstmals auf Deutsch herausgegeben, kommentiert & mit einem aufschlussreichen Nachwort versehen hat. Von WOLFRAM SCHÜTTE