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Mick Harvey — Intoxicated Women (Mute)

Photo by Jayne Spruyt

Mick Harvey’s career has played out in peripheral vision, sometimes in the blind spot, yet indispensable to a certain red-lit, black-walled corner of rock. In the Birthday Party, he was the clean-cut guy holding together the vampire, witch doctor and cowboy who fought for the front of the stage. For years he continued with Nick Cave, shaping the muddy alleys of the Bad Seeds sound as Cave provided the specifics. He’s had a similar advisory role in PJ Harvey’s work and others working in the velvet backdrop setting.  

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My top 20 men (In no particular order)

Kris Letang

Jack Donnelly

Tom Hiddleston

Colin Morgan

Sebastian Stan

T.J Thyne

Marc Andre Fleury

Jared Padalecki

Ben Barnes

Andrew Garfield

Jonas Armstrong

Jared Leto

Brendon Urie

Alsmithy (Alex Smith)

Sjin (Paul Sykes)

Gassy mexican (Max Gonzalez)

Marc Andre Grondin

Patrick Sharp

Matthew Gray Gubler

Mathew Baynton


Back Row: Jordan Cole, Georgann White (Bennett), Kristin Zatkoff & Avery Lovejoy

Middle Row: Maureen Kunitz, Veronique Larosee, Kathy Leutner (Crosby) & Kayla Ermold (Dumoulin)

Front Row: Katherine Donnelly (Clendening) & Sandra Pereira (Kessel)


‘Lavender’ Premiere - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Diego Klattenhoff attends the “Lavender” Premiere during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on April 18, 2016 in New York City with Abbie Cornish, Ed Gass-Donnelly, Peyton Kennedy, Sarah Abbott, Lola Flanery, Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi

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2017 BAFTA Awards - Nominations

Best Film
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Manchester By The Sea 

Arrival, Denis Villeneuve
I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
Manchester By The Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford

Leading Actor
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Leading Actress
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl On The Train
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Dev Patel, Lion
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Supporting Actress
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Viola Davis, Fences

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Esben and the Witch — Older Terrors (Season of Mist)

A band adrift, Esben and the Witch are one of those uncommon cases where a combo gets gutsier as their career progresses. Older Terrors follows up A New Nature, a double-length album that sustained tension even as it shed the nuance of their early work. The songs on Nature placed crescendos in odd places, taking cues from 1990s post-rock, but also the cloudy paranoia of doom metal, populated with first-person narrators sinking into abyss. Esben started out in the early 4AD mode, each member exploring tone and echo, half analog and half digital. They’ve been reducing their palette with each release, embracing power trio heft. Their current rapport more than makes up for the drained colors. 

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