Putting together an essential Bob Dylan playlist must be one of the most difficult tasks ever. With a career over half-a-century long, full of extreme highs and shameful lows, and featuring thirty-six studio albums plus countless live cuts and bootlegs, it’s virtually impossible to cover all of his work on a single playlist — even if we’re only looking at his major hits and most influential tracks. …


Spoiler alert: he dies at the end.

I was raised a Catholic. Coming from the North of Portugal, it was almost inevitable, even though my parents — having always taught me the importance of questioning everything (which gave me my fair share of problems at school) — never forced religion on me: we’d never go to church (at least during service) and in spite of them having put me in a Catholic school (which was oddly very belief-free, since I even had Hindu girls in my class), it happened mainly due to the quality of the education I would be receiving. …


Oh God, where to start? I’ll just make it plain and simple: Love & Mercy is an amazing movie and I can’t wait to watch it again. The highly-anticipated, much-hyped Brian Wilson biopic deserves every single word of praise it’s getting, for it is an accomplished portrait of the musician’s troubled years and a gorgeous-looking piece of cinema.

Actually, Love & Mercy is not even one movie, it’s two movies that run simultaneously, complementing each other in a symbiotic filmic relationship. These two parallel stories — whose double casting works in a way similar to I’m Not There’s — draw…


Serge Gainsbourg was one of the most revolutionary composers of his time. By mixing several styles that had rarely been combined before (Jazz, Chanson, World music, Bossa Nova, Pop, Prog Rock, Reggae — to name only a few), he created some of last century’s greatest melodies, either for him or for other artists. He wrote for (and sang with) Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, France Gall, and loads of others, and composed several pieces for film soundtracks (including full scores, like Anna and Cannabis), even acting in some of them (Les Chemins de Katmandou, Le Pacha, Mr Freedom).

Constantly…


[this was initially published as a Christmas piece at thefourohfive.com in December 2016]

The year is 2001, it’s Christmas Day and I’m at my aunt and uncle’s feeling slightly under the weather. My cousin — who introduced me to many good things in life (The Ramones, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Ghost World etc) — asks me if I’d be into watching a movie. And from his enviable shelf, Go! appears.

The Doug Liman film, often called “junior Pulp Fiction” mostly due to its three-part non-linear plot, is one of few movies that is thoroughly engaging yet random enough to walk the…


António Variações’ importance is felt not only music-wise, but also through the way he dared to reinvent masculinity-related concepts in a post-dictatorship Portugal, which places him among the likes of Prince and David Bowie.

There is no particular reason for putting this playlist together at this very moment; there are no special rereleases coming out (at least that I’m aware of), it’s not António’s birthday, and 2017 doesn’t mark any special anniversary of his death. The motivation for doing so is then plain and simple: if you don’t know António Variações yet, you definitely should.

Although António was one of the true originals, a breakthrough artist who defied the limits of Portuguese music by reinventing it from the inside and delivering something “between Braga [city in the North of Portugal] and New York,” as…


Colour Green, the 2006 release of German songwriter Sibylle Baier’s 1970s recordings, is more than simply an intimate snapshot of a nearly-forgotten artist

There’s a sort of mistiness that comes with sobriety. Some call it discontent — after all, depression doesn’t quite hit you this way. If you happen to inhabit a body and mind inebriated by pain, you end up giving birth to whole galaxies made of that specific kind of beauty one’d say only emerges from sanctified trance.

But it’s the travelling, it’s always the travelling. It’s the trap we insist on falling into, the running away from the here and the now in a febrile attempt to run away from ourselves. The sense of looking for something we don’t quite…


This is Paris calling, a very precise point in the eye of the hurricane, where the first case of Coronavirus was officially detected in European territory and where everyday rules have been changing at high speed ever since the madness began. …


With most countries taking more or less drastic measures to try and contain the spreading of Coronavirus, we have all been duly informed of the demographics regarding the vulnerability to the infection: those over 65, already suffering from chronic illnesses or with a weakened immune system are being urged to be more vigilant in order to prevent the worst case scenario. …


Back in 2007 acting pope Benedict XVI published a document from the International Theological Commission that became widely publicised due to the misunderstanding that it ended the state of Purgatory. Initially commissioned by his predecessor John Paul II, this document addressed instead an old Church dilemma dating from the Middle Ages concerning the status of infants who died before being baptised — which would eternally trap them in a “limbo”, unable to access eternal life in Heaven due to not having been presented to God yet innocent and pure enough not to descend into Hell either. Though this might seem…

Ana Leorne

Paris-based trilingual music journalist. fingers in other pies include film, psychology, history, politics, social dynamics, gender issues, tarot and astrology.

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