Albums of 2014

So, if you’re anything like me, you will have asked Santa to bring you lots of CDs (or iTunes vouchers, you modern maniac) in order to catch up on the year’s best music. Despite trying my hardest, there are a fair few critically lauded long-players that have managed to slip me by, so come Boxing Day I’ll be playing catch-up living inside my Sennheisers.

With just over a week to go until the big day, there’s time to get your orders in if you too are looking for some much-needed new music. In need of inspiration? Here’s one Geek’s choice playlist for the year, covering everything from skewed indie rock (alt-J, Jack White), sumptuous songwriters (Perfume Genius, Tori Amos, Owen Pallett) and lovely ladies (Lana, Lykke and Jenny Lewis).

There’s something here for everyone, and all of it is pretty damn awesome. Happy listening!

2014 music

Trailer Tuesday: Burton’s Big Christmas

Forgive the Will-Ferrell-in-‘Elf’-like enthusiasm for Christmas that will likely takeover this blog in the next couple of weeks, but my sleigh bells are a-tinglin’ as we enter festive season. As well as turkey, trimmings, gifts and gooey family sentiment, movies are of course a staple of the holidays and so I’ll kickstart this Geek’s un-Grinchy approach to Xmas with a trailer of the new movie I’m most excited about this December.

Keep your hobbits. This Boxing Day, it’s all about Burton, Adams and Del Rey. It could only be more delish if smothered in cranberry sauce…

Lana Del Geek

Everyone’s favourite ‘Video Games’-playing chanteuse has teased a short film (ooh-er!) called ‘Tropico’ with an intriguing B/W poster. Coney Island queen Lizzy Grant has described ‘Tropico’ thusly: “a 30 minute film coming to a city near your. Premier dates coming soon.”

Set to a soundtrack of Del Rey songs ‘Body Electric’, ‘Gods & Monsters’ and ‘Bel Air’, it sounds like ‘Tropico’ will pick up where the promo for ‘Ride’ left off, as an extended music video that wears its art on its sleeve and will double as a slightly pretentious but super good-looking short and a showreel for Del Rey’s inevitable Hollywood debut role. Whatever the outcome, this geek be looking forward to learn what Lana’s gonna do with that snake…

Lana Del Rey