Album of the month – September 2017

Wow, September was a really good month for music! It’s been a delight to listen to so many good records. Mary Epworth’s Elytral is...

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

I love Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series, and although I was pleased with the resolution of A Thief’s End I was a bit despondent at...

Album of the month – August 2017

Two-thirds of the way through 2017 and it’s been really interesting so far. Some exceptional music. A lot of terrible music. Ah, okay, not...

Album of the month – July 2017

There is too much restraint out there. I want a band to go all the way. It’s no good taking the listener to the...

Album of the month – June 2017

If your album has “(Deluxe)” in the title on Spotify, that’s a guarantee of mediocrity. I’m going to give you a listen, but it’s...

Lucky

In late 2004 Rebecca and I moved into a flat in Brighton. First on our “to do” list was to adopt a cat. And...

Album of the month – May 2017

This month’s listening got cut short because I went on holiday, but I still managed to fit a lot in. Most releases, you’ll notice,...

Album of the month – April 2017

Well, my new harsh stance has resulted in a dearth of reviewed albums… I’m sorry for that, but there’s so much chaff out there....

Album of the month – March 2017

This is turning out to be really hard work… I hit the 20th of March and thought, “there’s too much trash.” So now I’m...

“Whenever we’re together, we’re drunk by 3pm”

Writing about Stephen Duffy recently reminded me of the time he teamed up with Blur’s Alex James and Elastica’s Justin Welch (plus Alex’s friend...

Cry me a river, Niles (how I pioneered the Rickroll)

Niles Rodgers caused consternation amongst the cultured readers of the Guardian this week by controversially claiming that all Top 40 records were capital compositions....

Mates

This 1994 article features Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon talking about their friendship. It’s from Select magazine, one of the better magazines of the...

Mates

This 1994 article features Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon talking about...