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iDon’t Choose iTunes


As seen in Pegasus Pages (March 2013).

By Rebecca MacKay

If you were to purchase a DVD in today’s society, I guarantee at least one person would ask, ‘Why?’ Think about when you last bought a movie. And I mean a physical movie, one that you can hold and cuddle and place in the DVD player of your TV. You can’t remember, can you?

Villiers’ Vague Utopia – Spring is Coming

Vague Utopia

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Issy is back with more melodies for the soul to contrast with this miserable weather and get you ready for spring.

What Issy’s Listening to this Week:

Go on a picnic, whip out the tartan blanket, and kick back with your Easter eggs to these tunes:

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Rock On, Ladies


(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013)

I’m going to introduce you to the magical, hard-core front women and all-women bands of Punk and Rock from the past thirty-odd years. Front women are a bit of a novelty in the rock world, even though they aren’t uncommon – they each have an originality that adds a refreshing sound to the genre. You could argue that this is sometimes due to the feminist nature of some of their songs (especially those in the Rebel Grrl movement.) They represented a tough-as-nails approach to living and a mean skill in revving up crowds, which led to huge sex appeal, and a lot of fame. So, here is my short list of the most fantastically badass women to date.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Jazz


By Jenny Laurence

Good day!

And if today isn’t a good day, then I hope to change that with this brief introduction into the sound that is Jazz – the second genre which I’m exploring in my journey through the best music of the 20th Century.

Jazz is a genre that’s hard to define. It has been present for just over 100 years, and developed from the fusion between European and African music over in America. It is arguably one of the most spontaneous genres of music, and truly reveals the type of musician behind the performance. It ranges from Ragtime, right at the beginning of Jazz’s history, through to New Orleans Jazz and the ‘Jazz Age’ in the ‘30s, Bebop in the ‘50s to Smooth Jazz in the ‘80s. However, Jazz can easily be mixed with anything. Jazz musicians and bands are possibly the most frequent users of saxophones, the double bass, trombones, and trumpets, and you will often find Jazz pieces being beautifully played on the bridges of London or in tuxed-up, swish, green-leather restaurants.

HMV and the Destiny of the Humble British High Street


By Jessica Cullimore

On 15th January, 2013, our beloved high street entertainment retailer HMV entered administration.

HMV was founded in 1921 with its first store on London’s Oxford Street. Ever since it has had a firm presence in almost every high street in the UK and this news splashed across the headlines brings uncertainty about the destiny of the humble British High Street.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: ‘70s Discothèque


By Jenny Laurence

In this new weekly feature, I’ll be showcasing some of the best music of the past century. Our first lesson in the School of Sound: ‘70s Disco.

Disco was a genre discovered in the ‘70s as a reaction against the domination of rock music and the stigmatisation for dance music. Its initial audience comprised of African-Americans, Latinos, gay, and psychedelic people, and had influences from funk, Latin, and soul music, with an intense bass guitar presence. However, this great era did not last long. The American-based genre was drowned out by the rock and punk fans who staged a very physical anti-disco protest in the Chicago White Sox Arena in 1979.

Villiers’ Vague Utopia – Chill


By Issy Villiers

Laze, lie, lounge, and relax to these handsome hombres and señoras.

What Issy’s Listening to this Week (18th Jan – 25th Jan)

Artist – Title

Music: Villiers’ Vague Utopia – Music for Muscles


By Issy Villiers

Having been away for a month or so, celebrating the festive season, indulging ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the joyous holiday, having a marvellous time, and possibly eating a little bit too much christmas pudding, the New Year is finally upon us. However, now it’s back to the grindstone as reality calls. One major aspect of the January Blues is a motivation to exercise! This is what has inspired this week’s list of chanty, chirpy, cheeping, and chirruping tunes. 

Rejoice in the gymnasium, gentlewomen!

Einaudi, I likey

Ludovico Einaudi

By Alice Chambers

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

Ludovico Einaudi (b. 23 November, 1955) is an Italian pianist and neoclassical musician. He studied at the Conservatory in Milan and afterwards with Berio. His latest album was distributed in 2004 for Decca.

Music: Villiers’ Vague Utopia – Let’s Party Like it’s the End of Term


By Issy Villiers

For the remaining seven days of term, I’ve compiled an upbeat, melodious array of sweet-sounding dance music, which I believe to be quintessential now that the party season is upon us.

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