Welcome to Odessa & Tucson, a film and music blog created and written by me, Luke Grundy. I’m a young writer based in London, England and music and film are my lifeblood: the articles on this site reflect not only my constant interest in these twin worlds, but also document my continual search for greater understanding of the mediums.
Why is it called Odessa & Tucson? They are towns in Texas and Arizona respectively, but these names have become bywords which represent film and music for me personally. Odessa is the place where one of my favourite movies – Friday Night Lights – is set, and Tucson is the subject of many a song by one of my favourite bands: a brilliant, and now sadly defunct, alt-country band called Limbeck. With that in mind, the blog is divided into two sections, Odessa covering all things cinematic and Tuscon all things musical.
In addition to this blog, I also regularly contribute to three other arts publications:
I’m a live music reviewer for the arts section of The Independent daily newspaper here in the UK: all of my articles can be found by clicking here, as well as in the print edition of the paper on the days in question.
Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been the Music and Film Editor of Escape Into Life, a brilliant visual arts website based in Chicago, USA, since May 2010. Many of the pieces you read here are cross-published there, as well as a number of original pieces discussing music videos, movie trailers and film shorts in addition to the reviews you can read here at O&T. All of my articles for EIL can be found here.
Finally: all you tweeters can keep up to date with all the updates by following @OdessaTucson – there’s a follow button in the sidebar for your convenience – plus reply to your humble author. It’d be great to hear from any and all readers. Any enquiries too long for 140 characters can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Odessa & Tucson, where taste isn’t a choice, it’s a duty.