GADGETS: FAIRPHONE

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This is a phone company who are looking to make a difference to the fallout caused by the mobile phone market. At the rate the industry spews out new phones the amount of phones being binned and languishing in drawers at in homes around the world is mind boggling…(its estimated that 90 million handsets lie unused in homes through the UK) Add to that the threat of the toxic substances polluting the environment should they end up in landfill…

Fairphone are sourcing the components for their phones, such as precious metals making sure they are conflict free, fair resources that put people first. They are also a good looking high spec phone:

  • Dragontrail glass: Ultra thin and light; super durable and scratch-resistant
  • Mediatek 6589 chipset: Quad core CPU for faster processing and page loading
  • 16 GB internal memory: For music, movies, apps, games and more
  • qHD display: 4.3 inches of touch-screen goodness
  • Dual front/ rear camera: 8 mp + 1.3 mp for photos and video calls
  • Android OS (4.2 Jelly Bean): Special interface developed by Kwame Corporation (Also open!)

Check out their site for more info HERE

Stir It Up!: Marley Coffee

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Lively up your mornings with this sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan roasted organic coffee. The Marley coffee company was founded by Rohan Marley and his friend Shane Whittle. Not only do they grow in Jamaica they also have partners in Africa and Central America.

The Liverpool Eye are advocates of all things organic, but this company also gives 10% of its profits to the Kicks For Cause Foundation. The Foundation aims to build soccer camps and pitches for children of the coffee producing communities worldwide. The International Labour Organization estimates 250m children work and 120 million work full time. Children, especially in agricultural communities often work to help their families survive with children making up 7-12% of the workforce, more than any other economic sector.

With roasts named after Marley snrs songs such as, One Love and Buffalo Soldier, whats not to like?

Check out the Marley Coffee Site Here

Banksy: The streets of NYC

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Love him or Hate him you cannot deny the impact he has had on the Art world. Do we know his identity yet, do we care? One thing is for certain his influence and peoples interest in his work hasn’t waned one iota.

He is currently using the streets of NYC as his inspiration/canvas..

Check out his latest work HERE

BOOK: HAPPY GRAFFITI

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Graffiti; one mans vandalism is another mans art. The word itself is an Italian word meaning ‘a little scratch’ an extension of ‘graffiare’ meaning to scribble. Personally I can’t get enough of great, intelligent street art. Happy Graffiti brings just that to a perfectly presented book. None of that Coffee Table hernia inducing nonsense.

Put together by Jenny Foulds of the Happy Grafitti website she spent some time capturing all of the lovely images contained within the pages. Her labour of love features art from across the UK with a few pages containing walls of our own fair city…

We highly recommend you take a closer look at both the site and the book.

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Eye to Eye #13 DELTA MAID

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By way of introduction, (for those of you who don’t know Delta Maid)…her style has been described as ‘A singer songwriter packing a hip flask full of Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline and soul-studded country blues.’

Delta hails from Wavertree here in Liverpool. Whether you have heard of her yet or not one thing’s for certain; she is from a long line of Liverpudlian musicians whose songwriting has taken them across the globe. Along the way she has supported Ray Lamontagne, Bryan Ferry, Martha Wainwright, The Coral, Ron Sexsmith and collaborated with Ed Harcourt on ‘Make Up Your Mind’

After her first album ‘Outside Looking In’ (2011)  instead of launching straight into her second she thought she would try writing for other artists. So she headed off to Nashville… The result? Her song ‘Tornado’ was picked up by a group called Little Big Town and went on to become a number one hit in the American Country Charts. Not bad ey….

Not one to rest on her laurels Delta is recording her second album and is back in the UK to play some shows.

Delta kindly answered the following questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

DM: Currently listening to Chris Stapleton’s new record “What Are You Listening To” – have it on repeat….

TLE: How do you describe your sound?

DM: I always think it is difficult to define your own sound because it is constantly evolving so I’m reluctant to put it in a box. Mainly though it is influenced by the gospel, roots, soul and folk genres. At the moment it falls in the acoustic category as I’ve always emanated to a more stripped back sound but I am freely experimenting at the moment!

 

TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing and as a writer…

DM: I think in the beginning (over 10 years ago), being new to writing, I had a more naive approach to it. Sometimes it seemed to flow more natural then just because I didn’t have any outside influences to affect me. Nowadays, since I have written for other people, I have to be in the right head space to write for me as an artist. I have to personally try to avoid writing with too much structure in order to avoid the sterility that it can induce. It’s hard to not get caught up on whether there’s enough hooks or if it is only 3 minutes in length! I just want to write an inspired song with depth and meaning. I would say though positively on the whole my writing has become more polished and dynamic since working with other great writers and being exposed to so many different styles of music.

TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

DM: I have a little basement I go into at home with some crazy ambient lighting and pretend I’m in a bar. I go through my set a couple of times a day before a gig and try not to overdo it so that I’m not going through the motions too much. 

 

TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?

DM: Never take yourself seriously. Nothing more unappealing than an musician/artist who thinks people owe them something and they’re god’s gift…

This Saturday 16th November sees her playing the Songbook Sessions @ The Zanzibar here in Liverpool.

Check out the links below to delve a little deeper…

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Action Packed! Rockabilly Night – Camp and Furnace 16th November

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This Saturday (16th Nov)  Action Packed! brings a refreshing change to Liverpool’s musical vista in the shape of Mike Badgers Rockabilly night. With Camp and Furnace providing the backdrop, Action Packed! promises to be an authentic take on all things rockabilly with DJ Domino Le Broque manning the decks and a great selection of live acts too…including Mike Badger and the Shady Trio, The Twangmasters and The Upsidedown Cats. There are also jive classes by the renowned Diamond Jive Club 7-8pm with the music playing through til 2am…

Mike has written a piece for us containing the highlights of his self confessed Pilgrimage to the spiritual home of Rock and Roll..Memphis. Initially we were going to put it out through the blog but its THAT good we decided to hold it back for the website launch…Mike takes us through his road trip and also provided some great photos of the trip too…so keep your eyes peeled for the article over the coming weeks…

In the meantime gets yourselves along to Action Packed! for a night of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran and a whole lot more..

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Art Turning Left – Tate Liverpool

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This is a multifaceted exhibition that examines how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left wing values.

To wander the rooms and take in works such as Jacques-Louis David – The Death of Marat 1793-4 alongside interactive pieces such as Ruth Ewan’s A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World 2003 (which documents literally every protest song known to man and makes them available for selection…) and David Medalla’s A Stitch in Time 1968 – 72 (which invites you to stitch whatever you wish on to the work while it’s on display)..finds you immersed in a world of counter information, attempts to strip art of elitism and the deliberate anonymity and freedom collaborative artistic endeavors bring.

Taking in 275 works across 7 rooms; this is an impressive exhibition which sets out a project that LJMU PhD student Lynn Wray originally conceived and one which sees the Tate entering a new way in which it presents work within its hallowed walls. This new way seeks to link concurrent strands and themes across the floors of the Tate Liverpool’s white cube space. This is the first exhibition that realises this vision set out by  Francesco Manacorda, artistic director of Tate Liverpool and is deftly executed with the assistance of Eleanor Clayton and the Tate team.

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The themes: Art by the people for the people, activist art and political messages within the works and the aim of removing the notion that art is only for the elite are discussed throughout the exhibition. Questions adorn the walls, Do we need to know who makes art? Can art infiltrate everyday lifeCan art effect everyone?

While Art is unquestionably all around us, the exhibition looks at how artists engage with us and the attempt to step away from the gallery context and use more ‘everyday’ situations to reach a wider audience. For me it is evident in this exhibition that some of the best art is conceived when a passionate belief is used as the catalyst.

P78788 Guerrilla Girls - [no title] 1985-90This exhibition has so many works that deserve to be lingered over and digested,we  recommend that you-

 a) view with friends, because this exhibition invites discourse.

 b) make sure you set aside half a day to take in all the floors and enjoy the Tate as a  whole…

For me the ‘conversation’ continued long after I’d had left the building…This exhibition delves deep and invites the participant to question their views on how art is produced and perceived and then even goes on to challenge notions held by those who are well versed in art history.

At the heart of the Art Turning Left is The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpools contribution to a long term project that explores the usefulness of art. The office has an open booking system allowing visitors, local groups and societies the chance to host talks, activities, debates and discussions. Staffing the office are students from LJMU’s School of Art and Design who will engage the visitors in discussion about the ethos of The Office.

Situated on the ground floor  and programmed in parallel with Art Turning Left is – Palle Nielsen: The Model – A model for a Qualitative Society which documents the utopian project that attempted to create a new form of social interaction by transforming the large exhibition space in Stockholm’s Moderna Museet into a free adventure playground for children in 1968.

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20.000 children took part over the course of the ‘experiment’ using the various climbing ropes, rubber foam diving pools, carnival masks, LP’s and turntables (the soundtrack is perfect…Bob Dylan The Times They Are a-Changin’…English Music for Harpsicord, The Zodiac, Cosmic Sounds)  the children simply ran amok…it remains one of the most ambitious and experimental forms of cultural expression and analysis to date… but is still a relatively unknown episode in the history of radical art.

This is a must see and sets the scene for the rest of the exhibits throughout….

It seems apt that the Art Turning Left is being hosted in Liverpool given its subject matter, as Ken Loach recently stated, ‘If there was a revolution it would start in Liverpool’

For me it seems like a new dawn for Tate Liverpool and I look forward to future exhibitions overseen by Francesco Manacorda and his team.

Art Turning Left runs from 8 November 2013 –  2 February 2014

for more info visit here

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FrEe TICkEtS fOr ThIs: (Oc)cult @ FACT for Halloween 2013|FrEe TiCkEtS fOr ThIs :

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With All Hallows Eve fast approaching we cast our eye over Liverpool’s plethora of events and came across (Oc)cult @FACT.

Now, you can always rely on FACT to break the mould and this event certainly promises to do just that. Forget scary costumes and fake blood Ryan Jordan’s Possession Trance will immerse you in a live performance project exploring the crossover between cybernetics, underground rave music and (oc)cult rituals.

‘High-powered stroboscopic light is used to control home built light-sensitive hardware leading to powerful and synchronised audiovisual output signals. These signals become directly perceptible in the brain and mechanical functioning of the human body leading potentially to audiovisual hallucinations or “mystical” experience. Think Kurt Hentschlager’s Zee meets underground noise rave.’

Not for the faint hearted some might say but when its Halloween who wants wigs and pointy hats?

‘This disembodying performance will then be followed by a special screening of the 1920’s Swedish/Danish gothic horror, Haxan. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath! Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered from the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. We are proud to present this genre-defying “documentary,” with a chilling live soundtrack provided by Bronnt Industries Kapital, the moniker of UK-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell.’

This event will feature strobe lighting and will not be suitable for sufferers of epilepsy.

So to win a pair of tickets for this unique event answer this question:

Who uses Bronnt Industries Kapital as their Moniker?

 Email your answer to us HERE

Or alternatively message us on Facebook or Twitter

Competition closes Midnight Monday 28th and we’ll draw the winners on Tuesday 29th. Event is Wednesday 30th @ 20.00

Good Luck!

David Hockney: Early Reflections.

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76 years 3 months 1 day, Yorkshireman, Conscientious Objector, Draughtsman, Artist. David Hockney is all of these things and more. The Walker not only houses one of the painting’s that Hockney is, arguably, most famous for (Peter getting out of Nick’s pool ’67) but from today until 16 march 2014 it presents a retrospective of the artists early work from ’60 through to ’78. The subject of his work is in no doubt. The turmoil and raw emotion brought out in his work by constraints placed on his sexuality by society is evident. Secret codes, smoke and mirrors and a crush on Cliff Richard play out across his early work. Also included are 12 etchings which look at his admiration for the poet Constantine Petrou Cavafy which shows another side to Hockneys work that some may not be aware of.
Also included are Hockney’s water-themed paintings, particularly those of swimming pools which are among his most renowned.
If you admire Hockneys work already you’ll obviously enjoy this exhibition and if you know the name and that painting go and take a look at the early work of one of England’s greatest living artists.

David Hockney: Early Reflections at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool

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76 years 3 months 1 day, Yorkshireman, Conscientious Objector, Draughtsman, Artist. David Hockney is all of these things and more. The Walker not only houses one of the painting’s that Hockney is, arguably, most famous for (Peter getting out of Nick’s pool ’67) but from today until 16 march 2014 it presents a retrospective of the artists early work from ’60 through to ’78. The subject of his work is in no doubt. The turmoil and raw emotion brought out in his work by constraints placed on his sexuality by society is evident. Secret codes, smoke and mirrors and a crush on Cliff Richard play out across his early work. Also included are 12 etchings which look at his admiration for the poet Constantine Petrou Cavafy which shows another side to Hockneys work that some may not be aware of.
Also included are Hockney’s water-themed paintings, particularly those of swimming pools which are among his most renowned.
If you admire Hockneys work already you’ll obviously enjoy this exhibition and if you know the name and that painting go and take a look at the early work of one of England’s greatest living artists.

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