DEAF: You’re Booked

A hundred years ago, or in real time, in 2000, to celebrate 10 years of The Evening Session on Radio 1, BBC Publishing commissioned a book from me; a rough ride through…

BEST WEST TURNS

I’m walking down 6th Street in Austin, Texas, on Sunday morning at about 11.30 when a rapper called Black Nate Debiase stops me in the street and says “Hey, I got a…

BOX SET GO

So my compilation box set LOST ALTERNATIVES is out today. Nearly a year in the making, spent choosing a list of around 100 songs, then whittling that down, searching for the licence…

SQUID’S IN

I think, given their own referencing of it, that SQUID might quite like the fact that we described them as “baffling” a few weeks ago on the 6Music show. But then “baffling”…

THE CRED POETS SOCIETY

Fontaines DC: The Lexington, London. There is something about the Dublin accent that lends itself quite brilliantly to poetry. And there is something about FONTAINES DC that’s just so thrillingly, instinctively right,…

BOX SET GO

Better late than never? Once more, I promised myself that I’d actually do some writing this year and update the website properly. And once more I got a bit waylaid; this time…

All Is Lost

The week off is virtually over (in the interests of drudgery: didn’t make a doctor’s appointment or fill in the passport renewal form; DID join the local library). DID start writing the…

The End Of The Year As We Know It

This year is just flying by: to the point where we’re already being clattered by the first of the End Of Year Lists (this one being pretty close to home). In case…

25 At 25 (my part in pop’s downfall)

Due to, what I’m assuming is a clerical error, made a junior member of contracts staff, who’s now left to become a CEO of Poundland, it appears I’m still on the BBC…

IDLES Joy As An Act Of Resistance

Joe Talbot, Idles singer, is, as we know, a man who looks like the bloke in your town who gets filthy drunk on a Saturday night and stands in the High Street…

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