CUT TO THE FRINGE

“Don’t miss this show. Saw him in Southampton a few months back, it was incredible. A roller coaster of emotion.” Pat Muldowney. Joiners Arms Southampton AS much as I hate the J-Word…

CAPITAL GOLD

It’s there in the shadows; in the back of our (their?) minds. A not quite tangible feeling of foreboding. A panoramic, filmic shot of granite and ghosts and gloomy clouds gathering over…

HERE’S LOOKING AT U’s KID

There was going to be a deft treatise here on the music-football phenomena that is BANDS FC, coupled possibly with one of my most vivid memories of following Colchester United over nearly…

JOHNNY LLOYD – Next Episode Starts In 15 Seconds

Not being ‘up to speed’ with these sorts of things recently (I’ve had my head buried in a novel called The Circle), I can’t tell you whether Johnny Lloyd’s debut album has…

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…

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