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AL­BUM

PLAID – REACHY PRINTS

$16.99 through iTunes

Best known as col­lab­o­ra­tors with Björk, Lon­don elec­tro pi­o­neers Andy Turner and Ed Han­d­ley, aka Plaid, re­turn with more warm and melodic elec­tron­ica, this time with a gen­tle nod to­wards pop. Sin­gle

Tether, is both the stand­out track and an ex­er­cise in digital art – visit tether.plaid.co.uk to see the sin­gle lit­er­ally take shape.

DVD

IN­SIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

$26.98 through JB Hi-Fi

A touch­ing story about a folk singer in Green­wich Vil­lage in the 1960s. Star­ring Os­car Isaac, with Carey Mulligan and Justin Tim­ber­lake in sup­port­ing roles, Llewyn’s mu­sic is mov­ing and beau­ti­ful but he’s just at the end of the first wave of folk and can’t get trac­tion. In one of the fi­nal scenes you see a curly-headed man bent over his gui­tar with the crowd lis­ten­ing, spell­bound. Bob Dy­lan is in town.

BOX SET

DOWN­TON ABBEY – SE­RIES 1-4

$89.98 through JB Hi-Fi

From the rum­blings of World War I to the depths of the Great De­pres­sion. In­cludes the first four se­ries, plus the 2012 Christ­mas spe­cial, of this pe­riod cos­tume drama set on a York­shire coun­try es­tate. It’s the best-loved UK cos­tume drama se­ries since Brideshead – and a plea­sure to re­visit.

TV

MAR­GIN CALL

SBS 1, June 7, 8.30pm

With a line-up that in­cludes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bet­tany and Jeremy Irons it’s lit­tle won­der the New York Times called this thriller set at the start of the GFC “eas­ily the best Wall Street movie ever made”. Loosely based on the fall of Lehman Broth­ers it’s an im­pres­sive de­but for direc­tor J.C. Chan­dor.

VIN­TAGE FILM

A TASTE OF HONEY – 1961

JB-Hi-Fi for $13.99

The first play by Man­cu­nian drama­tist She­lagh De­laney, the screen de­but of Golden Globe-win­ner Rita Tush­ing­ham and an­other su­perb film by direc­tor Tony Richard­son. The tale of a 17-year-old school­girl who falls preg­nant to a sailor then moves in with a gay man, this film is one of the clas­sics of 1960s Bri­tish cin­ema. Pow­er­ful with some laugh-out-loud mo­ments.

VIN­TAGE AL­BUM

THE JE­SUS AND MARY CHAIN – PSY­CHOCANDY – 1985

$9.99 through iTunes

With doc­u­men­tary Beau­ti­ful-Noise – which charts the rise of the highly in­flu­en­tial shoegaze move­ment – about to hit our cine­mas, it’s time to re­visit the al­bum that started it all nearly 30 years ago. The Scot­tish alt-rock­ers turned the gui­tars up to 11 and deftly surfed a tidal wave of feed­back to cre­ate psy­che­delic beauty out of chaos.

BOOK

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

John Green, Pen­guin $19.95

It’s a mod­ern tear jerker, a psy­cho­log­i­cally aware Love Story for a new gen­er­a­tion. Writ­ten by John Green, who worked as a stu­dent chap­lain at a children’s hospi­tal, it’s the fic­tional story of Hazel and Gus, who are ill, and who fall in love. Soon af­ter the book was out, Hol­ly­wood came call­ing and the re­sult, star­ring Shai­lene Wood­ley, opened in cine­mas this week. It’s a touch­ing story of brave young peo­ple try­ing to pro­tect those they love from the sad­ness their ill­ness cre­ates. “Much of my life has been de­voted to try­ing not to cry in front of peo­ple who loved me, so I knew what Au­gus­tus was do­ing,” writes Hazel. It’s a story about young peo­ple who want to leave be­hind more than sad­ness and scars.

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