Graphics by Ella-Mae Earnshaw 

Welcome to the second edition of ON REPEAT, Strand's round-up of all things music for the first half of September. 

NEWS 

1) Vinyl sales outpace CDs for the first time this century 

When was the last time you listened to a CD? Probably a long...

September 16, 2020

As London went dark once lockdown began, one of the many thoughts that raced through my mind was what would happen to cinemas. Much has been written about the government’s lack of support for those struggling in the arts industry. In terms of film, the blow falls heavi...

September 15, 2020

I have always been someone prone to re-watching episodes of Friends for the hundredth time – especially the one where Ross and Rachel take a break, we all know how that ended. When they finally hand over their keys in the penultimate episodes gets to me every time. I’m...

September 14, 2020

Cinema is a place that brings back magic to your life when you have lost it. You fall into the soft red chair, hear the chatter fading away in synchrony with the lights. The sweet popcorn scent fills your nose, you have the urge to eat it all before the film has even s...

September 13, 2020

I am the kind of person that sets aside multiple days of the week to go see a movie at the cinema. Even the process of getting the ticket at the booth and buying myself something warm to drink makes me feel happy and full. As a result of my upbringing, the cinema has a...

September 12, 2020

‘Parasite’ by Bong Joon-ho is a mammoth of cinema. Its intricate eye to detail and multi-layered storytelling led to it becoming the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars — and rightfully so. Upon my first viewing of the movie in a pre-quarantin...

September 11, 2020

Lockdown made us all reconnect with our roots. Driving home from London on the 18th March, my car piled high with boxes of hastily packed belongings, I felt like I was fleeing to safety. My hometown in rural Dorset was a safe haven from the deadly virus rampaging throu...

September 10, 2020

Stanley Kubrick famously claimed that ‘the best education in film is to make one.’ In this rare departure from his infamous cynicism, he was right. But, I imagine, he may have struggled to comprehend the effect Covid would have on the world, let alone the movie industr...

September 9, 2020

As I walked out of a late screening of Little Women by Greta Gerwig at Les 3 Luxembourg, an independent cinema located near Odéon in the Rive Gauche, I never thought that would be the last time I would be able to watch a film in a movie theatre for the upcoming months....

September 8, 2020

I have a habit of repeat watching, and sometimes this is for a purpose I believe to be valid. When people kept praising Call Me By Your Name, I rewatched it to see whether my indifference to it could be changed (it could). When I had a discussion with someone about whe...

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