Darren Stockford http://www.darrenstockford.com Music, film, TV, conventions and some other stuff Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:43:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 17484886 Director’s cut: John Carpenter live in London and Brighton, Oct/Nov 2016 http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/11/directors-cut-john-carpenter-live-in-london-and-brighton-octnov-2016/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/11/directors-cut-john-carpenter-live-in-london-and-brighton-octnov-2016/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:01:21 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=7267 As the John Carpenter tour hits the south of England, the forecast is for heavy fog, covert aliens, a haunted car, blood and ice cream, and the coming of the Antichrist.

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Signal to noise: A review of Transmissions From Oblivion by Last Great Dreamers http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/09/signal-to-noise-a-review-of-transmissions-from-oblivion-by-last-great-dreamers/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/09/signal-to-noise-a-review-of-transmissions-from-oblivion-by-last-great-dreamers/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:13:47 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=7092 Two years after a nostalgia-fuelled comeback, Last Great Dreamers are looking to the future with a new 14-track album, Transmissions From Oblivion.

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Expletive completed: Magnificent Bastard by Tommy Hale http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/09/expletive-completed-magnificent-bastard-by-tommy-hale/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/09/expletive-completed-magnificent-bastard-by-tommy-hale/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:05:00 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6966 Tommy Hale returns with an eclectic new album, his first release in nine years. Rock 'n' roll, country, pop, soul and gospel. Out on 30 Sept 2016.

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He scores! Meeting film composer John Scott http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/09/he-scores-meeting-film-composer-john-scott/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/09/he-scores-meeting-film-composer-john-scott/#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:11:47 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6927 As a fan of the lesser-appreciated Kong sequel King Kong Lives, I was chuffed to meet John Scott, the man who composed its score.

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Transmission statement: In the recording studio with Last Great Dreamers, July 2016 http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/07/transmission-statement-in-the-recording-studio-with-last-great-dreamers-july-2016/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/07/transmission-statement-in-the-recording-studio-with-last-great-dreamers-july-2016/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:22:11 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6644 Marc and Slyder chat about Last Great Dreamers' forthcoming album, Transmissions From Oblivion, at Foel Studio, a tranquil residential retreat in the Welsh countryside.

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Simple facts: Case Hardin live at C2C: Country to Country, the O2, London, March 2016 http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/03/simple-facts-case-hardin-live-at-c2c-country-to-country-the-o2-london-march-2016/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2016/03/simple-facts-case-hardin-live-at-c2c-country-to-country-the-o2-london-march-2016/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:41:45 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6490 ‚ÄúThis next song,” says Pete Gow, “is probably the only reason we were invited to play Country to Country.” It’s 11.45am on Sunday 13 March, and I’m in Greenwich, at the O2 – or the Millennium Dome, as I hope history will remember it – for a brief look in on what’s being billed as…

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Maybe it’s the lateness: Tommy Hale talks about his “emotionally difficult” new album http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/12/maybe-its-the-lateness-tommy-hale-talks-about-his-emotionally-difficult-new-album/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/12/maybe-its-the-lateness-tommy-hale-talks-about-his-emotionally-difficult-new-album/#respond Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:08:49 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6267 “It seems I let time slip away…” – Magnificent Bastard by Tommy Hale Time is many things – some prosaic, some poetic. To the young it’s a comfort; to the grieving it’s a healer; to the toiling it’s a currency; to the creative it’s a storyteller. Albert Einstein once said that the separation between past,…

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Shining example: Jonny Kaplan & The Lazy Stars live at the Borderline, London, 18 October 2015 http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/10/shining-example-jonny-kaplan-the-lazy-stars-live-at-the-borderline-london-18-october-2015/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/10/shining-example-jonny-kaplan-the-lazy-stars-live-at-the-borderline-london-18-october-2015/#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:52:33 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6191 You know that a frontman is giving it his all when, after the first song, he confesses to accidentally swallowing his chewing gum. The song is titled Hidden Treasure, and it occurs to me – because I’m a childish sort – that in a day or two that’s exactly what he’ll find on a bathroom…

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Just a chance: Badfinger UK live at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 14 October 2015 http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/10/just-a-chance-badfinger-uk-live-at-the-fairfield-halls-croydon-14-october-2015/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/10/just-a-chance-badfinger-uk-live-at-the-fairfield-halls-croydon-14-october-2015/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:54:21 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=6100 Y’know, I don’t know whether I’ll be able to write this piece. This morning, as part of a hospital outpatients procedure, I was injected with midazolam, a sedative drug whose skill set includes anterograde amnesia – or, as Wikipedia puts it, the “loss of the ability to create new memories”. This evening, I’m sitting in…

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Wide awake in Dreamland: Last Great Dreamers live in Chelmsford, Camden & Bournemouth, April 2015 http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/04/wide-awake-in-dreamland-last-great-dreamers-live-in-chelmsford-camden-bournemouth-april-2015/ http://www.darrenstockford.com/2015/04/wide-awake-in-dreamland-last-great-dreamers-live-in-chelmsford-camden-bournemouth-april-2015/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:35:29 +0000 http://www.darrenstockford.com/?p=5926 I never sleep properly in hotel rooms. If I’m not roused every 10 minutes by a slamming door or laughter from returning merrymakers, I’m kept awake by the hum of something electrical (what is that?) or deep-voiced conversation from an adjacent room. Tonight, as my bloodshot eyes stare at the bedside table, I’m serenaded by…

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