G LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE were last summer‘s hot ticket with theirjazz and blues-tinged hip hop stew which prompted the band to coin the term ‘ragmop'. Now less than a year after their debut album. they return with an even better follow up. Coast to Coast Motel. which puts the strong Delta blues influence higher in the mix. G Love's plaintive. white-boy voice- overs are recorded in the lo-fi style of early blues recordings. while the simple drums and bass backing really swings. legendary blues label Okeh. whose artists included Duke Ellington and Bo Diddley. was revived recently with G Love and Special Sauce as the come-back release. This perfectly represents the marriage ofold and new embodied by the band.
(I Lot'c’ and Special Sauce play T/iL’ Garage, Glasgow on Tue I 6 Jan.
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ADRIAN WISZNIEWSKI was commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to paint this triple portrait of the Citizens‘ Theatre‘s three directors Philip Prowse. Giles Havergal and Robert David MacDonald. It‘s currently on display at the Citz. before transferring to its permanent home in the Portrait Gallery next month.
KEN LUM’s diptychs (that’s two- thirds of a triptych, dummy) are based on pictures of ordinary people at work, rest and play, alongside short bursts of semi- ironic texts supplied by the photographer. What does it all mean? See Art preview for details of this show at Stills, Edinburgh.
PROBABLY THE BEST . . .
The List’s at-a-glance guide to the highlights of the fortnight ahead.
I Music: Celtic Connections Dance away Seasonally Affected Depression with a healthy dose of tootin' tunes by the top toe-tapping combos in the country and beyond. From traditional to contemporary music, this event has become a firm favourite and deservedly so. See separate listings. Various venues. Glasgow. until Sunday
I Film: Devil in A Blue Dress Denzel Washington stars in a sexy and stylish film noir set in 40s Los Angeles and based on Walter Mosley's cult novel. Chandler with an undercurrent of
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Film/louse. Edinburgh. fro/n Fri I 2. I Art: Dalziel and Scullion More fascinating installations from this collaborative duo including Winged, projections of factory farming inside a pool of light. and The Gifted Child. a video projection of a synchronised swimmer interspersed with images of real life seascapes. The exhibition raises interesting questions about the environment and how we perceive it. CCA. Glasgow, until Sun 28.
I Music: Oasis They may have lost the Great Singles War of 1995 but the brothers Gallagher whipped Blur's collective ass on the album front. shifting more albums than Elvis ate burgers, probably. If you don't have a ticket already then you can forget it unless you're Liam's mom or are similarly well connected.
Ingliston, Edinburgh, Sun Zl/Mon 22. I Theatre: Travels With My Aunt A revival ofGiles Havergal’s much acclaimed adaptation of the Graham Greene classic taking in England. France, Turkey and Paraguay. Henry Pulling. a retired bank manager, meets his 75-year-old Aunt Augusta who persuades him to accompany her on her travels. Chaos ensues. naturally. Citizens' Theatre. Glasgow, Thurs 25 Jan—le1 I 7 Feb.
I Books: Behind The Scenes At The Museum Edinburgh-based author Kate Atkinson has won the prestigious ‘Whitbread First Novel Award’ for this tale ofa family growing up at the end of the 19th century. Funny. sad and enchanting, the novel sings its own integrity.
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