Welcome to the third in our series of “Rock City Sabbath Suggestions” articles, where each Sunday evening we bring you our current suggested viewing, listening, reading and tipple. We’ll use some of the most common streaming services and online stores for our recommendations, but if you’re not a subscriber to them, I’m sure you’ll find the cultural artefacts in some the more nefarious corners of the internet if you look hard enough!
DOCUMENTARY / CLASSIC ALBUMS: SCREAMADELICA
A sheer joy. This documentary covering the creation of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica is packed with mixing-desk magic and the band gleefully hashing it out to remember the album’s hazy conception. The BBC Four production also features beautiful, poignant, acid-tongued words from the late Andrew Weatherall throughout.
Watch here: YouTube (4 parts)
BOOK / I AM OZZY: OZZY OSBOURNE
Don’t read this book for the prose; read it for the stories. And oh, the stories. The famous dove, bat, and Alamo tales are there, as are more behind the scenes accounts of band in-fighting and tragedy. Ozzy doesn’t hold back on any of his crazy escapades and appears to take an honest look at his life. He cops to lots of bad choices and seems to be at peace with most of them. Very entertaining
Buy here: Hive (or you know where…)
LIVE SHOW / AMY WINEHOUSE: GLASTONBURY 2007
Some pop stars can’t imagine stripping their sets back from all of the theatrics, but all Amy Winehouse needed was that soulful voice. Crooning all of the numbers you know and love, plus less famous deep-cuts, her sound remains flawless and it’s amazing watching as she plays songs more fit for a jazz club than a crowd of thousands like an icon from another era. We were so lucky to have her grace the Rock City stage.
Watch it here: YouTube
ALBUM / TRIVIUM: WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY
This is Trivium’s ninth studio album, and it’s a classy mix of Megadeth and Stone Sour, combining the complex harmonics of the former with the intensity and tunefulness of the latter. You can hear this best on Catastrophist, Bleed Into Me and The Defiant. Trivium have reached a new level of excellence.
DRINK / BREWDOG: PUNK IPA
We’ll spare you the riotous/punk/apocalyptic/hide-your-kids Punk IPA description from Brewdog and instead we’ll just tell you how great this beer is. If you’re a hop-head, this one is for you; it’s made with six different hops and is an incendiary assault on your palate! The flavours and aromas of this IPA are dominated by notes of lychee, tropical fruits, pineapple, and caramel malts. The bitterness is somewhat muted but an assertively dry finish provides the crisp balance needed. Dripping with sweet fruit flavours, this full-flavoured medium-bodied beer is a modern homage to the classic IPA.
Buy here: Brewdog
– Team Rock City x