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NOCTOWN. October ISSUE

4. EDITORS LETTER Editor, Lemarl Freckleton Welcomes you o a new era. One we hope we can share with you for years to come.

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First of all let us pay homage to the king that was prince. Rest in purple. Our music writers are at it again with what’s boiling or baltic. How every you want to look at it. 16. USE PROTECTION Our resident filmster, brings you another colection of films to watch (or not watch) on netflix in our Netflix and chill segment. 18. SPORTS SPORT SPORTS Sam Howlett breaks down just how leicester became a dominant premiership champs. 24. TRIPP This week the bad ass girls of Authentinarary give us their veiws of Paris.


Every other day or so. We as human beings reminisce about our existence on this planet. What we have done here, the tings we have changed and the people that have changed them. Who we are as people and why we did what we did to become that. This magazine was a murky idea at the back of a less than glamorous pub. It wasn’t a life changing decision, it wasn’t the next global peace prize, it was an idea that decided it was good enough for reality. Now we don’t want to tell you what or who, that’s your decision. We want to provide opinions not law. From people who have experienced it. Sport, from sportsmen. Music, from musicians. This magazine was the decision that these things deserved to documented and that print isn’t at all dead, that picking up a piece of paper and digesting the words still has a place in expression. We are such stuff that dreams are made on. We. Are. Noctown. Seize the night Lemarl Freckleton Editor


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Finally this drake album is here. We knew it was going to be a good one but to what extent. drakes-new-album-coming-april-29th01Views was exclusively released on Apple music last night. The third studio album from the recently signed Boy better know rapper takes a nostalgic journey/victory lap through the City that made him. This album is very dependent on the people featuring, but it doesn’t make it a soft album. Actually it is quite the opposite, the features aren’t like usual rap albums. Views provides features that are behind the scene in producers like Kanye

west, Boi1da and 40. Part of the reason we think this may be his best yet. It is a lot different from your usual drake. How shall we put this in a way you’ll understand? You know, not as moist. Previous albums saw drake pour his little heart out about past flings the type that have you Facebooking that girl at 3 am pissed as a fart, asking why she left. Drake is Adele for roadmen. This time around, though we still have those tracks, they aren’t fillers like usual, they are bangers within them selves. Another thing we have noticed in this album is the fact drake singing doesn’t piss us off anymore. Pleasantly surprised if we may add. Obviously they aren’t a scratch on egotistical drake. those will be anthems for the rest of your life. For example, There’s a line in Grammys ‘I would ask you what’s the deal but you aint even got a deal’ Mate, the audacity.


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1. Keep the Family Close 2. 9 3. U With Me? 4. Feel No Ways 5. Hype 6. Weston Road Flows 7. Redemption 8. With You 9. Faithful 10. Still Here 11. Controlla 12. One Dance 13. Grammys 14. Childs Play 15. Pop Style 16. Too Good 17. Summers Over Interlude 18. Fire & Desire 19. Views 20. Hotline Bling (Bonus)


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Untitled Unmastered Kendrick Lamar has just released a new album called Untitled Unmastered and you can’t help but think, maybe this should have come before To pimp a butterfly. But still, it’s stupidly good! Lets be honest, as one of the best rap albums of all time (yes we said ALL TIME). It went over most your heads, you were all used to shit Little Wayne lyrics, and well, shit Little Wayne Albums. Then BLAM just like that Kendrick gives you the truth like that asshole in junior school that told you Father Christmas wasn’t real.

have been years in the making. The collection of untitled performances leading to the release of To pimp a butterfly that somehow we all forgot about? Yes, here they are.

This album triple underlines the brilliance that Kendrick possesses, he is an artist not a musician, and this record explains that more than anything. From the titles to the artwork. They seem lazy, but when you think about it, it is anything but that. Actually when you think about it, the fact that the songs are untitled opens it to a completely new interpretation, even though it This album still strongly holds that truth sounds far-fetched the title restricts concept, Lyricism reigns supreme, but how a song speaks to you. Kendrick for some reason we can’t help but think has recognised that. maybe the world would have been ready for this one. Kendrick seems to The track list is as follows. agree; the first song strongly states untitled 01 l 08.19.2014. “I made to pimp a butterfly for you… I untitled 02 l 06.23.2014. pushed the club to the side for you” untitled 03 l 05.28.2013. Roughly translated to, Mate, I gave you untitled 04 l 08.14.2014. the best thing known to man and you untitled 05 l 09.21.2014. still couldn’t give me the Grammy for untitled 06 l 06.30.2014. best album. untitled 07 l 2014 – 2016 untitled 08 l 09.06.2014. The album comes following a Grammy performance that would easily be reNoctown gives 4.35/5 membered as one of the greatest, a politically motivated sketch that resonated Words by through the black community. Though Will Beech the creation of this album seems to


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DIRTY DISCO CLUB COMING 2017


& Chill Words: Christian Mahon

If you have been a member of Netflix for over 6 months you have probably considered cooking and selling meth, created a shrine to Louis Theroux, vowed to boycott Seaworld and flicked past countless films you half fancy watching but will never get round it. If none of those are ringing a bell you need to get your shit together. As a general rule the list of films you might watch one day will continue to grow as new series are added and more films starring The Rock and Marky Mark arrive. To help you deal with the ‘Maybe’ pile I’m going to flick through Netflix every month In a section we shall call ‘Netflix & chill’ because, why not? and watch films in my own personal ‘Maybe’ pile or films I think no person would ever

watch, to see if they are actually worth watching. First up on the list is Frank. Found in Comedies, Frank is a film about a bloke (Jon) with a passion, and little else, for song-writing who finds himself on stage with the SORONPRFBS after their manager discovers he can play C F and G. Dwelling the obscure fringes of the independent music scene, the SORONPRFBS are led by a music revolutionary, wearing a copy of Frank Sidebottom’s head. (See ‘Panic on the streets of Timperley’). The true genius of Frank is revealed through the film as he guides the band to musical perfection, creating aviaries in the studio, taking inspiration in


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toothbrushes and writing impromptu songs about whatever he chooses. The confidence of the band is present throughout however their brilliance is often masked by the outrageous personalities in the band and the tension Jon’ mediocrity causes between himself and Clara, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s explosive Theremin playing character. We also get to see Jon’s personal twitter and blog updates throughout the film which gives us the chance to see the progression and reception of the band as they journey towards Frank’s most likeable song ever. Taking us on a journey through music, mental health, social networks and the power of the unknown; we laugh through awkward and bizarre, are shocked by the tragic and try to keep up with our own bewilderment throughout. Unexpected laughs and unpredictable characters make this film appeal to a wide group of people, and the intrigue

Michael Fassbender demands as Frank will keep you glued to this. I’ve watched Frank with my parents and younger sister, all of whom laughed throughout but settled on calling it ‘odd’. Fans of cult classics, see Napoleon Dynamite, will enjoy this one and find themselves shouting chinchilla when things get hairy on a night out, no doubt. An easy film to watch but more sombre scenes towards the conclusion and it’s peculiarities would make it a difficult watch on a hangover. If you’re too broke to go out or don’t fancy it, Frank comes in at a mere 95 minutes and would be a perfect watch if you’re tired of typical American comedies with jokes you saw coming last Wednesday. Frank will definitely divide opinion, but if you’re ever going to get working on the long list of ‘Maybe’ films, I’d recommend this one as a good place to start.


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It may not mean a lot to those not obsessed with football but honestly it is kind of big deal. To give it some perspective, it’s sort of like if that Wagner chap had actually won the X Factor. Nobody thought it would happen.

Maybe the Foxes will falter next season (Very likely) and perhaps they will even be relegated as they were widely tipped to be this year, but that doesn’t matter either. Like, who fucking cares?

Aspirations high enough to be in Tim Peake troubling orbit couldn’t have matched Leicester’s triumph. The fiercest of the Foxes’ supporters still probably wouldn’t have dreamt it.

The point is that Leicester city is apart of sporting miracle and conclusive evidence that dreams can in fact come true.

Even Leicester legend Gary Lineker was skeptical, saying he’d present Match of the Day in his cacks if his former team took the title. Now the boys in blue are on top and now Links is expected to present one of the BBC’s flagship programs in his pants. Of course any champions are going to court controversy, over the season there have been dodgy decisions and one – nil wins, but don’t let that take the shine off an incredible story. Let’s leave the analysis to the likes of Jamie Carragher and friends for a moment and just revel in a true miracle. It’s hard to say what happened to cause this or at exactly what stage footie fans across the nation began to realise ‘oh Christ almighty, this is actually happening’ but that doesn’t matter, none of it does because they did it!

It’s enough to make even the bitterest cynic believe anything could happen. Literally anything. Words by Sam Howlett

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It’s more than the city of love, if anything It’s a far better city when you’re not in love.

Tripp: Paris

T here’s something about the way Paris is put together that provides a completely different dimension in the way you’d view architecture. Even coming from one who is well travelled, the gasp of air you are forcibly made to loose becomes a common occurrence when in the capital.

The breath taker: The Musee Louvre The place to eat: Chez Francis The place to drink: Prescription

The beauty of this place is almost certainly reflected in its people, the way they approach daily tasks like a metro commute or the patience they posses when your French isn’t quite up to scratch, is a complete juxtaposition to the ideal created by the British. Say what you must about the French, a visit here would sooner change tor mind. The attitude is best described as hedonistic to the realest sense ‘How I feel is more important’ and not in a selfish sort of way it’s a concept adopted by everyone. If you don’t want to then just don’t. Obviously every city has a dark side, and Paris is no stranger to that. Its struggle with the amount of homeless on its streets is a problem that needs to be addressed, it may be because of the petit nature of the capital, Paris is a small city in terms of capitals. But unavoidable either way, every corner houses poverty in the cracks of its beauty. Now you know the deal, whether it’s spontaneous trips to the Arc de triumph at 5 am, or sitting on the metro outside the opera house, attractions like that are certain Instagram gold, and no matter how clichéd it may seem, there’s a perfect reason. No amount of pictures can describe that feeling you’ll get turning a corner onto Av. des Champs Elysees and being ambivalently surprised. Both an enjoyment, but disgust that this is even possible.

Words + photography: Lemarl Freckleton


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JO COX


Well, let’s be honest this year has been so shit. from the shootings at an Orlando gay bar frequented by the local queer latino community, an insreaseing problem with police brutality to the increasingly likely allegations of child abuse and rape against former Liberal MP Clement Freud. As more information arises from these separate instances, what they have in common is becoming clear: a hateful violence in the face of difference (whether in race, gender or sexuality). With Jo’s accused killer naming himself in court as ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain,’ his dangerously extremist right-wing connections are emerging. This terrorist, has expressed his hateful politics as justification for the murder. As MP for Batley and Spen, it is clear that Jo Cox cared as much about the people in her constituency as she did about people all over the world. Facing horror and terror of violence everyday, Jo tirelessly believed we may all be different but, ‘We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than the things that divide us.’ Like many, the more I learn about Jo Cox MP, the more saddened I become by her loss and the regret I feel at not having known more about her wonderful work and words when she was alive. Ironically, it is only after Jo’s tragic and violent death that much of what she had achieved and worked towards as a humanitarian and a politician, are being widely recognised. Whilst it has been clear over the years that all MPs are exposed to certain level of risk by the very nature of their jobs, in the wake of Jo’s murder there have been calls for a reconsideration of the rhetoric of distain, distrust, and difference which has dominated political conversation. But there is a more unpleasant and under recognised force at play.


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The allegations against Freud, which involve instances of rape and assault at Westminster, demonstrate that sexual violence against women in the political arena is nothing new. But it is rearing it’s ugly head in bold, and threatening new ways on social media. Abuse has blossomed in the internet age, as threats of violence can insidiously creep into our private spaces, our homes, our personal lives. Jo, who was subjected to atrocious abuse online for three months before her death, and her MP colleagues knew this only too well. Only last month Jess Philips MP’s twitter account was overwhelmed with thousands of messages via Twitter contemplating her rape. Lucian Berger MP for Wavertree, was subjected to a barrage of anti-Semitic hate online, including threats of sexual violence. And in 2014 the MP for Wolthamstow, Stella Creasy, was sent an image of a masked knife-man threatening to be the first thing she saw when she woke up. This is a gendered problem: The threat of sexual violence against women, primarily by men. Having campaigned against violence and online abuse against women, Jo Cox knew this all too well. And it’s not just politicians who face misogynistic rape threats online. It’s any woman with a public voice, who challenges the status quo and represents and actively advocates and celebrates diversity. People like Caroline Criado Perez who received abuse for campaigning for women to be featured on our bank notes. Whilst the threats Jo faced before her death were not from the man charged with her murder, her death and Jack’s experience this week expose the true potential of hateful rhetoric. The language of hate, and the imposition and intolerance of difference, is loaded with a violent potential that can and has produced very real, and tragic consequences. Let’s protect those striving for a better us.


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