the troubled diary of a David Bowie fan, day 20

30/01/2016

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I am confused, as to the nature of fandom. Read the rest of this entry »


song of the day 4. antlered auntlord

30/01/2016

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Reinforcement, and it feels so good. Read the rest of this entry »


a few notes on various functions of music criticism

28/01/2016

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What do we mean by music journalism?

“A music critic can be enthusiast, communicator, discoverer of new bands, dry academic trying to theorise about everything, conduit between musician and public, complainer about the state of music, agent provocateur, diarist, revolutionary, lightening rod of great ideas, drunken fool, failed musician, aural guerrilla or a combination of all of those” – John Robb, Louder Than War

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the troubled diary of a David Bowie fan, day 17

27/01/2016

David Bowie - Ziggy5

Little has changed. Read the rest of this entry »


song of the day 3. porridge radio

27/01/2016

Memorials of Distinction

Look away. It’s OK. No one will mind.  Read the rest of this entry »


Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions

22/01/2016

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1980s soft rock mix (first draft)

22/01/2016

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Clearly, not all these are from the 1980s. Nor are all of them soft rock, strictly speaking. There is a a fair smattering of New Wave among the bandanas.  Read the rest of this entry »


‘Your friends are a massive bunch of dicks’. Bowie fans and Guardian readers get personal.

21/01/2016

bowie vs frey

I did not expect to have to run a disclaimer first, but perhaps I should have done. Read the rest of this entry »


reasons i am not that sort of bowie fan

19/01/2016

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I am not a racist, but… Read the rest of this entry »


a dozen of my favourite covers of David Bowie songs

17/01/2016

Bowie goldn years

I know I have already written a similar post, but this is far more finely honed. Read the rest of this entry »


reasons I am not a David Bowie fan

16/01/2016

David Bowie - Ziggy4

My new favourite album is Young AmericansRead the rest of this entry »


the troubled diary of a David Bowie fan, day 6

16/01/2016

David Bowie - Ziggy3

Woke up this morning. David Bowie is dead. Read the rest of this entry »


the troubled diary of a David Bowie fan, day 5

15/01/2016

David Bowie - Ziggy2

I know why people keep their headphones on when they are not listening to anything.  Read the rest of this entry »


the troubled diary of a David Bowie fan, day 4

14/01/2016

David Bowie - Ziggy1

Day 4, Thursday

Nothing, just nothing.  Read the rest of this entry »


the troubled diary of a David Bowie fan, day 3

13/01/2016

David Bowie - Ziggy

Day three, Wednesday

Woke up. David is still dead (shock). Starting to believe it could all be a gigantic hoax (bargaining).  Read the rest of this entry »


The next day after in London: a photographic tribute to David Bowie

13/01/2016

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“It was a slightly surreal but moving experience to read and hear the words of ordinary fans rather than celebs and politicians in the media.” Read the rest of this entry »


song of the day 2. Hinds

12/01/2016

hinds

A few fundamentals of rock’n’roll. Read the rest of this entry »


David Bowie and the 7 stages of grief

12/01/2016

David Bowie Hunk Dory

This is how it unfolded for me. Read the rest of this entry »


A tribute to David Bowie (the playlist)

11/01/2016

David Bowie as Aladdin Sane

Blackstar

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The Man Who Changed The World

11/01/2016

David Bowie

My Facebook feed of the last 31 minutes… Read the rest of this entry »


song of the day 1. Jenny Hval

10/01/2016

Jenny Hval Sabbath

The images she dislodges from my mind with this song I am unable to share. Read the rest of this entry »


101 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear – John Lennon’s Rock’N’Roll

07/01/2016

John Lennon Rock'N'Roll

To this day, I am not sure why I was so attracted to Lennon as a surly teen. Read the rest of this entry »


A cut-out-and-keep review of the new David Bowie album

06/01/2016

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Blackstar is a ground-breaker/game-changer/startling reinvention of Bowie’s own oeuvre/legacy/past that never/rarely/occasionally fails to astonish/enlighten/surprise, the sort of album the Thin White Duke/Ziggy Stardust/that bloke who appeared as an extra in Extras has not produced/managed/achieved since the last one/Scary Monsters/Station to StationRead the rest of this entry »


Not so much the Top 200 Albums of All Time, as the Most Depressing Music List of All Time

05/01/2016

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Some observations on the latest attempt by a group of given-up music critics to reinforce the rock canon.  Read the rest of this entry »


Producing music at home – 1. Sugababes

04/01/2016

sugababes

Several years back now, The Flaming Lips came up with this gimmick where their new album could only be properly listened to using four separate CD players.  Read the rest of this entry »