16 October 2014

Call Out // November MixTape Submissions Open on #SRCZ

You might be relieved to know that the #SRCZ MixTape is once again open  and, even better, we’re accepting submissions for the November 2014 MixTape as of, well, right now! 

Following a brief break from the feature, we’re feeling ready to have the best music thrown at us once more, (digitally, of course), and although we normally get all thematic on you, we’re leaving this at Open Submission for a second time. In fact, that’s what we’re gonna call it!

So, if you’re a band/solo artist/musical performance artist/ not a mime please send in your submissions by the deadline below with the following information:

1 – Band/artist name
2 – Song name
3 – Tell a little about yourself and your song.
4 – Your home city/country
5 – Your contact details!
6 - How you found out about the Call Out. 

Please send your submission via a link on SoundCloud only. Attachments will not be accepted!

Remember there will be other chances to submit in the future so don’t be disappointed if you don’t get through this time. That said, we’re all nice here at #SRCZ so don’t worry too much!

If you want to get your music heard by our readers please make sure to submit soon!
Deadline for submissions is Saturday November 8th at Midnight

And remember, we're open to all genres, countries, languages and BPMs! 

Many Thanks,

Team #SRCZ 

MixTape // October 2014 – ‘Open Submission’

So we decided to bring back our humble MixTape feature after a break. With no set theme, no set agenda other than to gather some excellent music we narrowed down the entries to ten songs. Why ten? Well, it’s a lucky number for some. Call it an #SRCZ dozen if you like, or just call it ten songs in a convenient row. Whatever you do decide to call it, grab a beverage, do what you’re doing and enjoy this month’s #SRCZ MixTape…

New Music // Andy Allo – Tongue Tied

Following the well received Prince produced Superconductor album in 2012, Andy Allo is back with a preview of her forthcoming new E.P.in the form of the disconcertingly poppy Tongue Tied. It’s different in sound, of course, but if you just settle back and listen it’s a perfect listen for warming up the colder months.

The lyric video makes a lot more effort than many similar clips to impress, and its rainbow tinted match to the romance themed single itself. Although not as strong as previous funk fuelled single People Pleaser, Tongue Tied is proof that Allo has the musical fortitude to push her own agenda forward.

15 October 2014

Visual Literature // A Journey in Ink & Pen – Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor Enters Comics…

Doctor Who and comics have long been associated, creating a whole world of alternate world’s and storyline’s for the more über of fans to obsess over, argue about and cite as their favourite. Titan comics recently launched two separate Doctor Who comics lines featuring the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the character, and they have predictably been snapped up by fans eager for more from their favourite television show.

But, with a new actor in the role of the Doctor, in the form of Peter Capaldi, the comic world of the show will soon extend to a third title featuring the Twelfth Doctor. The first issue, out in mid October will be as anticipated as the previously well received series featuring former incarnations. The exact story so far remains a mystery but the good news for those diehard fans who enjoy a bit of collecting is that there are a raft of variant covers to indulge in.

There is, however, a cryptic summary to engage with whilst checking out just some of the numerous variant covers from around the world: “Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor whisks Clara Oswald away to a strange and distant world. Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays, followed by a date, if things went well. Instead, she's facing down murderous alien fauna in her best dress, without a clue what the Doctor is searching for, or what is going to try to kill them should they find it! Offering shocks, surprises, and timestream-shaking revelations, don't miss your chance to get on board this amazing ongoing series!

#SRCZ - Culture is Everywhere... 

TV Review // Doctor Who: Series 8, Episode 8, "Mummy On The Orient Express"

Warning: contains spoilers!

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Frank Skinner, David Bamber, John Sessions, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Hanfrey, Christopher Villiers, Foxes

Written by: Jamie Mathieson

Directed by: Peter Wilmshurst

The Story: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) meet up for one last hurrah aboard an Orient Express in space. But something is haunting the train. A horrifying Mummy that can only be seen by those it is about to kill. Once you see the Mummy, you have exactly 66 seconds to live. Can the Doctor defeat an enemy he can’t even see?

The pre-credits sequence for Mummy On The Orient Express is pretty frightening fayre for the viewer as we’re hit straight away with a Mummy-death attack on a 100-year-old lady against an on-screen clock ticking down from 66 seconds. And all of this aboard a beautifully opulent Orient Express in space!

There’s no mercy for old ladies or indeed the viewer in this latest episode. And this theme continues through an awful lot of the next 45 minutes.

Mummy On The Orient Express takes place an indeterminate time after last week’s Kill The Moon episode. Enough time has passed for Clara’s rage to have subdued sufficiently for her to agree to one last trip with the Doctor. With the title it’s got, you’d be forgiven for expecting a nice romp of an episode; what you get here, however, is a more sombre and quite sad affair as Clara struggles with her feelings for the Doctor, while he can’t entirely deal with her emotional response to him. It’s gorgeously scripted by Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson and of course it’s all once again wonderfully acted by Capaldi and Coleman.

But it’s not all sad goodbyes. There’s that Mummy to deal with. Drawing on the best Agatha Christie style puzzle-solving, the Doctor sets out to discover what this Mummy is and how to stop it. And he goes about solving the puzzle in the most brutal and heartless manner imaginable, even for this cold and ambiguous incarnation of our favourite Time Lord from Gallifrey.

Having variously teamed up with Captain Quell (David Bamber), Professor Emile Moorhouse (Christopher Villiers) and engineer Perkins (Frank Skinner - yes that Frank Skinner), the Doctor works through the evidence he finds in order to stop the Mummy (or “The Foretold” as he’s known). Unsparing with those who see The Foretold and who are about to die, the Doctor badgers them for clues as to what they see with no apparent care for the fates of those involved - “What you can see might save the next one”. It’s almost excruciating to watch.

His ruthless approach pays dividends as he discovers that the train’s computer, Gus, has brought together the great minds of the Universe to solve the problem of The Foretold. The gathered experts are akin to the profundity of professors in the “Roses of Success” part of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with their beardy braininess, including the jolly decent Professor Moorhouse, who won’t go down without a fight.

Meanwhile, Clara is locked in a room with a huge sarcophagus and the brittle, fragile Maisie, granddaughter of the Mummy’s first victim. The two are given space enough to talk about the nature of Clara’s relationship with the Doctor in scenes that are breathtakingly shot with a focus on light and dark and the eyes of the women as they talk and try to find a way out.

And the locked room scenes are not the only good thing about Peter Wilmshurt’s direction. The on-screen countdown timers to each death are startling and horrifying as the seconds tick agonisingly away. And there’s an appallingly well-done image of the Mummy’s hand emerging from the Doctor’s face. Murray Gold once again pulls out a cinematic score, which is particularly poignant as Clara and the Doctor discuss the state of their relationship.

It’s worth looking at the supporting cast in Mummy On The Orient Express, who are all particularly good here no matter how long (or short) their screen time and Daisy Beaumont as Maisie is particularly smashing. But the main guest turn, Frank Skinner, deserves some scrutiny.

Skinner is a well-known superfan of Doctor Who, even making a brief cameo as himself in the splendid The Five(ish) Doctors Re-boot episode that was made as part of last year’s 50th anniversary celebrations. However, while Frank Skinner may be a superfan, he is in no-one’s world, a super actor and when we heard of his casting in this episode, we at SRCZ Towers raised a collective eyebrow. The good news is, our fears weren’t completely unfounded and Skinner’s turn as creepy/resourceful engineer Perkins is not actually horrible. The scene at the end of the episode where he leaves the TARDIS, aware of how travelling in it could change a man, you feel for the character and the actor.

Which leads us back to Clara and her last hurrah. By the end of the episode, the Doctor has lied and manipulated and even made Clara an accomplice in his deceit in order to achieve his own ends. Which once again this series begs the question about the nature of the man.  Admitting to Clara that he’d have carried on letting people die in order to solve the mystery of the Mummy, he tells her “Sometimes the only choices you have are bad one, but you still have to choose.”

Clara ponders what this does to a person - the making of impossible choices - as she stops to talk to boyfriend Danny. With a sudden change of heart that leaves you reeling, she’s changed from sad-faced last hurrah girl, to bright and chirpy “Let’s go!” girl. It’s all very sudden and slightly disconcerting, even if it’s more than welcome.

Where this leaves the relationship between our time-travelling pair, we can only wait and see...

Did you spot? A picture of a stick insect in a top hat when the Doctor calls Clara’s phone

Did you also spot? Grammy award-winning singer Foxes singing a rendition of Don’t Stop Me Now at the start of the episode

LOL moment: “Are you my mummy?”

Fan-pleasing moment: A case of jelly babies

Insult of the Week: The Doctor on Clara’s sad smile “It’s like you’re malfunctioning”

Face of the Week: The Doctor’s as Clara tells Danny that she loves him

(Andrea McGuire)

13 October 2014

Music Video // ETCHES – Ice Cream Dream Machine

Eating ice cream has rarely been a threatening action, more the opposite in fact, but this subtly unsettling video from Liverpool band ETCHES certainly makes the case for ice cream cones and even the titular Ice Cream machine to be deeply threatening for no real reason at all.

12 October 2014

News // IDW Comics Announce ‘Millennium’ Mini Series For 2015

Following the revival of Chris Carter’s immensely popular The X Files in comic form for the well received The X Files: Season 10 and other short run release, IDW have announced the return of the series that followed, Millennium, for a limited series in January 2015.

Centering on main character Frank Black, the series was last on air in 1999, when the third and so-far final series concluded ambiguously. A press release from IDW said:

“Following his incredibly popular creation, The X-Files, Chris Carter produced another classic television series, Millennium. Early next year, the story of Frank Black continues in comics with a brand-new series from IDW! Overseen by Carter, this five-issue miniseries will bring the supernatural thriller back to fans! 

With the help of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, psychic consultant Frank Black saved the world from a malevolent and destructive conspiracy. But not all is what it seems as Frank begins to uncover the terrifying return of the Millennium Group! With their eyes now set on Frank’s daughter, Jordan, he’ll be calling upon old friends to again survive the oncoming threat.

Series writer Joe Harris says “Millennium swims in the some of the same waters as The X-Files, but with an entirely different purpose and it asks something entirely unique of its audience when contemplating the forces of good and evil pulling on the series’ troubled protagonist, Frank Black. It’s not just a mystery series, or an X-Files ‘Monster of the Week’-type experience. It’s more meditative than that. Throw in a rich mythology involving an apocalypse-chasing, cult-like organization that stretches back millennia in history and I’m as hooked as the many fans of Chris Carter’s *other* great show remain. *This* is who we are."

#SRCZ. – Culture is Everywhere -- 

10 October 2014

Film Trailer // 'World of Kanako' (渇き) (Tetsuya Nakashima)

The new film from Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima, ‘World of Kanako’ (Japanese:

 渇き) premieres in the UK at the BFI London Film Festival in October. The film stars Koji Yakusho and Nana Komatsu and the trailer shows just what is in store for those who go check out the film:



The film will be released on DVD and Blu Ray by Third Window Films in early 2015.