The Goon Sax, live in Brighton (a partial tribute to Chris Cornell)


The Goon Sax


I have never felt very comfortable with my body. Read the rest of this entry »

More great songs. And albums. From 2016.



Not to be confused with the previous post. Read the rest of this entry »

My albums. And songs. Of 2016



I sat in a convivial pub the other night as around me convivial sorts chattered and laughed. I could barely hear a word. Every so often, the sound of what appeared to be a band tuning up threatened to break down even that little of my personal space. I do not need, not REQUIRE an excess of noise. I love music but not when it no longer sounds like music. The first few in this list are walk-homes, and have been played in any number of situations – on the train, on the train, in a car, late at night, for comfort, for company, for challenge, for conversation. Sometimes, even my family has heard them. The rest fade into silence, or a default Anticipation Is So Much Better category where my imagining of their sound is always comforting than the sound itself (assuming I have heard it). Some of these are here because I wholeheartedly approve of them. Some are here as a nod to my lost community. Some are even here because they make me happy. If you still require a rating system, then using the one patented by Scott Creney several years back all of these rate One (out of One). I have provided links to where I wrote about the music in question, if applicable.

Biggest disappointment? Easy. Dexys.
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star ratings in music reviews (0/*****)



I was sent the following questions from a music journalism student at Huddersfield Uni. I thought I would share my answers with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving me a million reasons; what I listen to when I hear a new album


I try to never focus too hard, first listen. Read the rest of this entry »

The greatest performance



“Go on, cry cry, your tears won’t change a thing”. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Bob Dylan songs you should die before you hear



You win. Again. All you bastards with your linear narratives. All you male bastards, writing entire worlds out of existence. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature ; some facts



Bob Dylan winning a Nobel Prize for Literature says nothing about the quality of Dylan’s work and everything about the age, ethnicity and gender of the Nobel Prize for Literature judges. Read the rest of this entry »

I want to write about Tough Tits ; no fucks given and none taken



I recall stories of Earth early on. Read the rest of this entry »

My Guardian (Aus) editor never wrote back. An appreciation of Melbourne band Terry



My Guardian (Aus) editor never wrote back. This is what I wrote. Read the rest of this entry »

R.I.P Eleanor Barooshian. So sorry you were never afforded the respect you deserved



Too angry to type properly. The Cake have given me countless hours of enjoyment, and to see Eleanor and her ladies dismissed so casually, and with such gendered bias… Read the rest of this entry »

turn the amps up! ; some words on Together the People, day 1



We’ve been in the garden, enjoying the sounds of Together the People wafting up to us from Preston Park. Read the rest of this entry »

10 alternative titles for the new Primal Scream album



Chaosmosis suggests a little too much spontaneity, a little too much rock’n’roll freedom for the 11th album from what is essentially 2016’s answer to the worldweary nostalgia of The Soup Dragons, without any decent tunes, or beats. Or ideas. Or visuals. Or vocals. Or production.  Read the rest of this entry »

song of the day 6. frazey ford


frazey ford

That time of night again. Another grey day survived, no judos. Time for one final trawl through the Facebook feed. Read the rest of this entry »

nuw misoc



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I listened to them so you don’t have to – 3. The 1975



Shit year for music. Well-named then.  Read the rest of this entry »

I listened to them so you don’t have to – 2. Elbow



Seems like enough people reacted to the first entry in this series that I can justify a second entry.  Read the rest of this entry »

I listened to them so you don’t have to – 1. The Doors


The Doors

Conventional wisdom has it that distance makes the heart grow fonder.  Read the rest of this entry »

An insta-reaction to The New Yorker’s article on the role of the music critic in the age of the ‘insta release’



Here is the article.

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I admire Wendy James greatly for this…


Wendy James The Price of the Ticket

Not however for the way she still likes to parade her breasts. (Hey! I have nothing against Wendy James’ breasts. In fact, I think it kinda cool the way she remains unashamed of her sexuality. Carry on this way, she could be the next Dr Who.) Read the rest of this entry »

Kendrick Lamar: New Album First Listen


kendrick lamar untitled unmastered

Here is the track-listing. Exciting, huh? Read the rest of this entry »

A rejoinder to Noisey’s entirely pointless ‘is the album review dead’ article



Damn it. I’ve given the game away in the heading. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s what I done tonight. Watching Hinds and an indie boy band in Brighton.



The last draft I wrote here was for a dead person. Read the rest of this entry »

Rock and roll “knowledge” versus clear sexism. Which side are you on?



I am not interested in whether a couple of old dudes turned up to a young dude’s party, and got refused entry. Shit happens. Read the rest of this entry »

tips for conducting a successful interview



More thanks to folk on Facebook: Read the rest of this entry »