15 Favourite Albums of 2015 [Andy]

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Dec 202015


We don’t just watch movies here at An Online Universe. Music is an integral part of my daily life and depending on evolving taste there are always new albums that have an emotional impact in different ways. So, here are 15 albums that I adored in 2015 – containing tracks that have given me much-needed energy, accompanied me on my walks to work, made me happy, and helped me through frustration. If nothing else, I hope this selection brings some awareness to these albums and encourages you to give them a spin if you’re looking for something new to listen to.

Honourable mentions: Wildheart – Miguel, Divers – Joanna Newsom, Undertow – Drenge, Viet Cong – Viet Cong and Why Make Sense? – Hot Chip Continue reading »

Trailer: What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

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Jan 092014

Those who know me/read An Online Universe know how much I obsess about music in film or films about music. I received the trailer for this documentary in my inbox today and I couldn’t help but think, this is my sort of film.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy has invited award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music was shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York and will see its première in movie theatres across the globe on February 17. From February 18, it will be available for free viewing on redbullmusicacademy.com. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. It seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.

“Why am I doing this and what difference does it make?”

Brian Eno

I love listening to artists talk about the creative process, about why they make the art they do and what they hope to achieve. I find it all so inspiring, it’s a window into a different way of thinking about the world. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the film next month when it will be online for free viewing(!!)

Last Days Here

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Jul 282013


Pentagram rocked. The pioneers of doom metal lead an underground music movement in the 70s, before finally releasing a full-length album in the 80s. Throughout this time the only constant band member was  vocalist Bobby Liebling; but decades of drug use and fighting personal demons left Bobby without the tools to successfully chase his dreams. Fast-forward a few decades the 2000s and Bobby still has the same dreams, but the demons remain. Can he turn things around and do something with his talent? Or have the drugs beaten him for good?

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SFF2013: Mistaken for Strangers

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May 282013


The premise is simple. Indie rock band The National have a position for a roadie, and lead singer Matt has a brother he doesn’t see often. So why not have Tom come on the band’s world tour?  Tom (who has always loved making movies) decides to use the opportunity to help out the band while making a documentary film about them. Sounds simple right? Of course it doesn’t quite go to plan. Review of documentary Mistaken for Strangers after the jump.

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