SHAME Songs Of Praise

  I don’t really understand this myself, but looking ahead to 2018, it struck me this morning that these days I expect more from pop music (and at the same time, I…

IDLES CHANT

  (The Story So Far)   BRISTOL THEKLA Feb 12th 2016 “Do you know what…?” says the exasperated man on stage staring daggers at his guitarist. “I fucking hate this band.” I…

BACK HOME, BOXED OFF

  Not had much chance to think, let alone write, since getting back from the tour, but a belated and genuine thank you to everyone who came to the Going Deaf For…

GETTING SHIRTY

Emerging bands still use them for petrol money, we buy them for memories: the band T-Shirt is a multi-purpose thing. In the same way that I can’t walk past a record shop…

PROTOMARTYR Relatives in Descent

For me, moments of coincidence, more often than not, take on higher levels of meaning. I need to tell you this because during my first listen to Protomartyr’s ‘Relatives In Descent’, I…

WHAT’S THE GIG IDEA?

      Just before Christmas last year, the venue The Square in Harlow closed its doors, another victim of plans for redevelopment. In the big scheme of things, this might not…

BECK Colours

ALL THRILLER…NO FILLER For a man who’s always struck me as someone who acts like he doesn’t know what day it is, Beck has remained resolutely sharp when it comes to his…

‘ALLEY’ PALLY

I found some old cassettes the other day – mostly promo cassettes which I’d taped over with interviews I did for the NME. At some point, I’m thinking of uploading one or…

TO OUR GREAT….SHAME

A new track from south Londoners SHAME should be online tomorrow. Called ‘Concrete’, it speeds off like a car hurtling through traffic. It makes me think of timelapse footage of Brixton Hill…

TOURING DEAF FOR A LIVING
It was about three years ago, while watching Stuart Maconie in the literary tent at Lattitude – segueing from stories about Morrissey into his days at NME (and coincidentally name checking yours…

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