Listen up: Best new(ish) music

Fall music, playlist, best new music
Like your wardrobe, lip colour and nail polish shade, music is susceptible to seasonal shifts, signaling a natural desire to shake things up.
Where once cheerful summer singalongs were necessary listening, the fall weather is more likely to mean slightly introspective experiences, at least for me. (Best Coast’s California Nights, which came out in May, was the perfect soundtrack to warm evenings but feels incongruous to scarf-and-long-sleeves weather.)
Now that we’re firmly in post-Thanskgiving territory, I thought I’d share what albums are in rotation and promise the perfect aural compliment to a season where it gets dark at 6pm and the mornings only rarely include slivers of sunshine streaming through the blinds.
Plug in and listen up: these are the soundtracks of the season. Continue reading


Oscar Isaac Gets Inside Llewyn Davis



The artist in repose

“Why would anyone beat up a folk singer?”

Bearded, turtleneck-wearing, acoustic-guitar strumming musicians don’t normally inspire fits of rage but filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen used the curious question as a spark for Inside Llewyn Davis, their portrait of a struggling 1960s-era Greenwich Village musician — and it’s clear from the start that Llewyn Davis is no Bob Dylan.

Played by Oscar Isaac (Drive, Robin Hood), Davis is angrier than one might expect, driven by the pursuit of an authentic music career, his guitar the only constant as he traipses around a blustery New York with permanently wet shoes and no winter coat.

The 33-year-old actor was on the phone from New York when we spoke about why the movie reminds him of a folk song, how a camel and Buster Keaton inspired his performance and what it was like singing live on set.

Read the full interview on