Review Frank Turner @ Barfly, Camden Town, London 06/06/2011

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Frank Turner @ Barfly, London, 06/06/2011

Frank Turner @ Barfly, London, 06/06/2011

Something a journalist should never dare to admit publicly is his own ignorance, but during yesterday’s Frank Turner gig to mark the release of his fourth album England Keep My Bones my lack of knowledge of him, was actually an advantage when it came to the whole evening’s true appreciation.

Let’s immediately say that, while singing, Frank Turner shows one of the purest passions for live events you can find on a rock stage. He’s exhilarating during his speech (mostly based on personal stories) and enchanting when singing. Even from the last row is possible to see clearly the tension of his neck muscles while he screams and ragingly mistreats the six strings of his acoustic guitar.

To be honest it’s impossible to declare Continua a leggere

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Real democracy now hits London

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Since May the 15th a new way of talking about politics and democracy started in Spain and spread all over Europe. London of course isn’t an exception.
This is my interview with Hugo de Armas Estevez, one of the hundreds of guys demanding everyday for a “real democracy now” in front of the Spanish embassy in Belgrave Square.
Enjoy.

Francesco Mandolini

Wake up Italy! report

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Last Sunday London joined the chorus of voices shouting “Stop it!” from Italian and European squares against the trading of the female body perpetrated by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his MPs.

The Popolo Viola London (Purple People), an anti-Berlusconi movement, is the promoter of this demonstration which led to march almost a thousand Italians coming from all over the UK in spite of bad weather conditions, from Whitehall towards the Italian embassy near Bond street.

Just giving a quick look at the posters of the participants of the demonstration their indignation and their distance from the costumes of Mr. Berlusconi, who is now accused of having sex with under age prostitutes (which call him “Papi”), is pretty clear. We’re going from pictures of great Italian women of the past and the present as the actress Anna Magnani, the astrophysicist Margherita Hack or the journalist Milena Gabanelli, to the funny posters “Papi I’m pregnant” or “Arcore=Playboy mansion”.

Students, workers, professional but even teachers and retired people joined the demonstration singing and marching with enthusiasm even if, in some cases, they’ve not been living in Italy for a long long time but they still keep in their hearts the image of the “bel paese” and they cannot stand a mistreating like this.

“The main topics of the demonstration” states the spokesman of Popolo Viola London, Lorenzo Coretti “are the rights of the women and the public demand of the Premier’s resignation from his charge. We exist as a movement in London since the 5th of December 2009 and we’re here, in days like this, to testify our presence and indignation. It will be a constant until this government will be in charge.”

Francesco Mandolini

from Scrubs to London

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Scrubs’ a cappella band The Blanks and his leader Sam Lloyd – as known as Theodore Buckland in the TV show– fulfilled with jokes, laughter and unconventional music the Shepherd’s Bush O2 Empire last Saturday night.
The four men band performed all the songs they sing in TV show Scrubs starting with the cartoon theme “Underdog” going through other classics of their own like “Charles in charge” and a cover of Lazlo Bane’s “Superman” which is Scrubs’ own theme song.
They’ve been joking with the audience all the time pretending an infamous producer named Marty Roudbert was there to judge their exhibition and decide whether signing a contract for them or not (which in the end was signed by a girl from the first row); but also, before performing the song Superman, they made the people believe that Scrubs’ main actor Zach Braff was in the house.
After a couple of other songs like Flashdance’s “Maniac” (which according to them is the best Christmas carrol ever written) and “Somewhere over the rainbow” they ended the show with a touching and intimate version of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” where Sam was accompained by a band member who played the ukulele.
He concluded the evening saying “add us on facebook, ‘cause we need friends!” and inviting everybody upstairs where they were signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans for more then one hour after the show.

Francesco Mandolini