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New Music Friday: Daddy - Lime Green Dress

Daddy is James Franco and Tim O'Keefe

Wait, why didn't anyone tell me James Franco is in a band? I'm allowed to like Daddy just because it's his band, right? Well, the good news is that I've given it a listen and it's not bad at all. In fact, it is pretty good and just the right mix of darkness and catchy basslines to cheer up any nostaligic coffin kid.


Daddy is formed by the duo James Franco and Tim O’Keefe. The project began with a book of poetry James wrote called Directing Herbert White: Poems. There is a section in the book inspired by Smiths' songs and loosely based on people James knew in high school. Each poem shares the title of the Smiths' track that inspired it.

When James and Tim got together and discussed the poems and their shared love of the Smiths, they decided to use the poems to create songs for their new album.

The Album

They are releasing a full length album and film entitled Let Me Get What I Want on 18 March 2016 and the first single from the album “On The Sideline” was released in November 2015. This was followed up with "You Are Mine", featuring The Smiths’ Andy Rourke on bass guitar in December. "You Are Mine" has the funkiest Blue Monday-esque bassline ever and you can listen to it below.

The latest single is “Lime Green Dress” and you can watch the very trippy and slightly disturbing video for that below.


New Order, The Smiths, Joy Division




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Meet the Cast: Jason Flemyng's Eat Local (2016)

Jason Flemyng

I have a delicious tidbit of news about a brand new film featuring the cream of the British acting crop. Actor Jason Flemyng is taking up the helm as director of action-packed vampire thriller EAT LOCAL.

Essex boy Sebastian thinks he’s in for a night of passion when he goes home with the ravishing Vanessa, only to discover that he is in fact on the menu. Vanessa’s equally gorgeous friends happen to be a coven of hungry vampires and Sebastian is stuck with them in a remote farmhouse.

The situation goes from bad to worse when the coven discover they have company in the form of Captain Bingham and his band of heavily-armed mercenary vampire hunters. One thing is for sure, somebody has bitten off more than they can chew and they’re in for a bloody feast tonight.

Written by Danny King, EAT LOCAL began filming in Hertfordshire in January and will wrap this month. They are filming on a shoestring budget and Jason had this to say about their progress, “we’re 3 days in to shooting and 50% of what we’re doing is better than I could have imagined and 50% is as good as I could have hoped. Everyone is working really hard with budgets they haven’t seen for 20 years and the actors are working for beer & lunch money”.

That is quite a feat when you consider some of the big names leading this production. Without further ado, let’s meet the cast of Eat Local.

Billy Cook is Sebastian Crockett

Billy Cook

Best known for his role in Traveller, Billy Cook is the son of legendary heartthrob David Essex. A West Ham supporter, he has also featured in Green Street 3: Never Back Down and The Hooligan Factory as well as roles in The Crimson Field and Ripper Street.

It is Sebastian’s appetite for Vanessa that starts this whole mess to begin with.

Eve Myles is Vanessa

Eve Myles

Eve Myles requires no introduction on this site as the star of Torchwood and the hit series Broadchurch.

Vanessa lures the unexpecting Sebastian back to her remote farmhouse to share him with her coven.

Freema Agyeman is Angel

Freema Agyeman

Like Eve Myles, Freema Agyeman needs no introduction to fans of Doctor Who for her role as Martha Jones. She also starred as Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK and Amanita in Sense8.

Freema will play Angel in Eat Local.

Charlie Cox is Henry

Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox starred as Tristan Thorn in Stardust and Jonathan Hellyer Jones in The Theory of Everything but it is his role as Matt Murdock in Daredevil that has everyone talking about him.

Charlie will play Henry in Eat Local.

Robert Portal is Captain Bingham

Robert Portal is Captain Bingham

Best known for his roles in The King’s Speech and The Iron Lady, Robert Portal will star as Captain Bingham, the head of the band of mercenary vampire hunters who arrive at the farmhouse to take out the coven.

Ruth Jones is Mrs Thatcher

Ruth Jones

No stranger to British TV screens, Ruth is best known for her roles as Nessa in Gavin & Stacey and Stella Morris in Stella.

Ruth will play Mrs Thatcher in Eat Local.

Vincent Regan is The Duke

Vincent Regan

Best known for his roles as Karl Matlock in Strike Back and Dion in Atlantis, Vincent stars as The Duke in Eat Local.

Although we don’t know exactly which parts they’ll be playing, Eat Local will also star some other recognisable faces in British film.

Annette Crosbie

Annette Crosbie

Best known for playing Margaret Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, Annette Crosbie has also starred in Calendar Girls and Midsomer Murders.

Mackenzie Crook

Mackenzie Crook

Known around the world for his role as Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Mackenzie is also known for his roles as Gareth Keenan in the original The Office and Orell in Game of Thrones.

Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher

Like Mackenzie Crook, Dexter is so well known for his roles on both film and television that it is difficult to narrow down a handful of roles. He first featured as Babyface in Bugsy Malone and is known for his roles as Spike Thomson in Press Gang, John W. Martin in Band of Brothers and Tony Casemore in Hotel Babylon.

I don’t know about you but I am really looking forward to this one. We’ll keep you posted with more news in the future. In the meantime, you can add Eat Local to your watchlist on IMDb.

Don't Miss: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius at the Science Museum

Leonardo da Vinci Science Museum

London’s Science Museum presents Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, a brand new exhibition opening on 10 February 2016 and running until 4 September 2016. The exhibit will feature an incredible 39 models based on Leonardo’s designs and interpreted in a stunning three-dimensional form. The models, which include flying machines, diving apparatus and weapons, were originally created in Milan in 1952 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s birth.

Leonardo da Vinci The Mechanics of Genius Science Museum

Leonardo da Vinci was an insatiably curious engineer and was inspired by the natural world’s responses to problems such as flight, based on billions of years of evolution. The exhibion will explore the influence of biomimicry in modern-day research and development in the fields of robotics and aeronautics, an area no doubt influenced by Leonardo’s works.

Leonardo da Vinci The Mechanics of Genius

In addition to the models, the exhibition will feature large-scale reproductions of Leonardo’s famous drawings and sketches as well as modern examples of bio-inspired robotics, aviation and materials technology. As we’ve come to expect from the Science Museum, the exhibit is highly educational and will feature 13 Interactive games and 10 multimedia installations.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius

The Science Museum
Exhibition Road
South Kensington

Dates: 10 February to 4 September 2016
Price: £10 / £8 concessions

Note: Tickets for this exhibition will sell out so make sure you book your tickets ahead of time.

All images © EPPDCSI - Ph Levy

New Music Friday: Badlands - Echo


In 1992, All About Eve brought out their Phased EP. It was four ephereal and slightly surreal tracks and I thought it was perfect. A balance of edge and glamour, I would play the EP for hours on repeat and fondly remember those days down the Eve hole. It was never quite matched by anything else the band brought out.

When I first listened to the new Badlands track "Echo", I was quite unexpectly transported back to that time; I never expected to hear music of that calibre again. There is a sense of the disconnected and disassociated in "Echo", an ability to lift yourself out of reality on the waves of the melody. It's like nothing I've heard in years.


Badlands is Catharina Jaunviksna, a songwriter, producer and sound designer based in Sweden. It is the latter part that is most evident in her work - Catharina creates sounds and generates a symphony of moods and emotions, interlaced with a distinctively upbeat synth-pop sound and melodic vocals. Her music has a spacey, dreamy quality and you'd be forgiven for thinking we'd landed back in the midst of late 80s synth-pop or early 90s shoegaze.

The Album

The debut Badlands album Locus will be released in April 2016 and "Echo" is the second single from the album, following "Caramisou" which was released in November 2015.


Recommended if you like Lush, Curve, All About Eve, Cranes



You can buy "Echo" at the Badlands Bandcamp store and check out the lyrics for the track too.


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