When time allows, I bang the drums in a band called (R), and we recently recorded some live demos. Here’s a taster - as the titles suggest, the first one is about drinking, the second one a word of advice to the youth of today. Befitting of a band of middle-aged gits fighting a losing battle against ageing with guitar(R)s, d(R)ums and bee(R).
my top ten albums of 2012
Here we go, my customary end-of-year post… my favourite 10 albums of 2012. In no particular order: Metz - METZ Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind The Men - Open Your Heart Death Grips - The Money Store Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself Sauna Youth - Dreamlands Unsane - Wreck Rolo Tomassi - Astraea Sharon Van Etten - Tramp Swans - The Seer I say “no particular order”, but...
What a great song, from a band I only heard about via a tweet from Pulled Apart By Horses.
my top 2011 shows
Following on from the top albums, a less “scientific” list of my top gigs in 2011. Looking at my Songkick Yearly Report there’s so much good stuff it’s really hard to pick individual shows, but I’m giving it a shot anyway… in no particular order, and quite possibly subject to change depending on current mood, here are some of my most memorable gigs of 2011: ...
my top 2011 albums
Rather than actually thinking about it, this year I’ve just looked at my last.fm scrobbles of albums released in 2011, and let that tell me what my favourite albums were. Most played = favourite, right? Easy… so here goes, without comment, but with Spotify links so you can check them out yourselves: 10. Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me - Touché Amoré 9. Johnny Foreigner vs...
Death Grips - Klink. This is immense, with Black...
Chelsea Market's public Wifi EULA ...
“I promise to refrain from any hanky panky. Or anything that would make anyone get cranky. Anything I do with this connection that is lame, I absolve Chelsea Market, et al, of any blame.” … always makes me smile.
The War On Drugs - Black Water Falls. Can’t...
5 personal Latitude 2011 highlights
Despite the less than perfect weather and plenty of mud, there was lots of excellent music to be had at Latitude this year. Here’s my fairly random 5 personal highlights, although there was a lot more worthy of mention (Eels, Ghostpoet, Gold Panda, Cloud Control just some of them..) I was really looking forward to Grouplove, and they turned out to be my first highlight on Friday. A great...
Today it has to be Dylan: my favourite version of...
Let’s Go Swimming by @allodarlinuk - still...
an american hardcore tape
All Black Everything - My favourite song from the...
What’s He Building In There? We Have A Right...
Enjoying the new Chase & Status album - here’s Hypest Hype
What I Want (The Mummers Vs French Horn Rebellion)...
my top 13 records of 2010
As a little lunchtime distraction, here are my top 13 (don’t know why 13, but seems as good a number as any) records of 2010, in alphabetical order: Allo Darlin’ : Allo Darlin’ Arcade Fire : The Suburbs Beach House : Teen Dream Crystal Castles : Crystal Castles ( II ) Foals : Total Life Forever Gil Scot-Heron : I’m New Here Joanna Newsom :...
Wednesday is new-Sufjan-Stevens-song-day. Lovely.
my Latitude 2010 highlights
Having (briefly) slept on it, here’s my personal quick highlights from this year’s Latitude festival Crystal Castles simply blew me away. If I had to pick one overall performance, this would be the one. Darwin Deez wins hands-down in the feel-good stakes. He walked around in front of the stage before the gig, hugging fans and letting them touch his rather amazing hair. With the...
absolutely brilliant … Tambourine Dream - Pocketknife & Cousin Cole (thx @CharlieGower)
Enjoying The Wave Pictures tonight…
Loving this Roots/Joanna Newsom mashup from the...
AudioBox is a cool service I discovered today, and am putting through its paces now..