Music

Daughtry

Who?

One of those bands where, you know, you’ve like… heard some of their songs, but like… you can never remember the name? And FYI, you pronounce it “do-tri”.

What?

Chris Daughtry was a fourth-place finalist in the 5th season of American Idol. Fuel (check ‘em out) fancied him as their new front man, but he signed to a label (19 Entertainment and RCA Records) and formed his own self-titled band instead.

Sounds like…

Fuel: hence why they wanted him to sing for them. Also: 3 Doors Down, Creed, and maybe Nickelback if Chad Kroeger could write decent lyrics. Best tracks include “What I Meant To Say”, “Outta My Head”, “Crawling Back To You” (albeit a slightly cringe-worthy video), and “Losing My Mind”. “What I Want” features a superb performance from Slash.

Where can I listen?

Their latest album is “Break the Spell” (2011). If you’re a hardcore fan you’ll fork out for a plane ticket to the States to see them perform live.

Film

Delicatessen (1991)

Who?

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro working with one of their (and the editor’s) favourite actors: Dominique Pinon.

What?

Black comedy set in post-apocalyptic France where food is in short supply. A local butcher trying to provide food for his tenants advertises for work, turning each “hired hand” into the next meal. After falling for the latest victim (ex-clown Louison),the butcher’s daughter travels down to the sewers to enlist the help of a vegetarian team of French rebels.

Looks like…

Vegetarians are a dab hand at subterfuge.

Where can I watch?

Preferably somewhere far away from your local bûcherie. Unless you speak French, make sure it’s a copy avec beaucoup de subtitles.

 Literature

A Week in December

Who?

Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, Engleby, The Girl at the Lion D’Or).

What?

London, the week before Christmas. Faulks gives himself just seven days to follow the lives of seven characters and piece them together, forcing the group to ‘confront the true nature of the world they inhabit.’

Looks like…

London is full of surprises, as is the man writing about it.

Where can I find it?

There are copies for sale on Amazon going for less than £3 including delivery.

Events

Canterbury @ Sin City

Who?

An unsigned rock band from the South of England and your favourite venue for live music. Plus special guests, Proxies and Straight Lines.

What?

From what we’ve heard they put on a pretty awesome live show, which is what you’d expect from a band that toured with the likes of You Me at Six.

When?

This evening (Friday 27th for those still recovering from last night), doors open at 7pm.

How do I get in?

With the ticket you bought in advance for £7; or the one you’re going to buy on the door for a minimum of £9.

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