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Beyoncé

A gold leotard, adorned at the back with a huge ribbon tail conspired to make her look like a futuristic Cadbury’s Caramel bunny.”

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May

2014

Given the fortnight she has just had, it would have been understandable if Beyonce Knowles found it difficult to muster the necessary adrenalin for this British leg of her current tour. An arena in Liverpool – one that looks much like any other arena in any other town – must have been little match for the triumphant evening she enjoyed a few nights previously as the MTV Europe Music Awards…

Revisiting Baggy

In any era, it’s the more ersatz, guileless examples of any genre that sum up the times.”

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Jan

2014

In December 1989, after my first term at Lampeter University ended, I returned to the Midlands and caught up with a few old friends. Paul, who used to work at the Virgin Megastore in Birmingham, had just landed a job with The Cartel, a distribution network set up to ensure that indie labels could get their records in shops across the country. I visited him at his new flat near The Cartel’s…

R.E.M
The imperishable genius of Fables Of The Reconstruction

We were incapable of meaning anything, we were too busy trying to survive.”

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Nov

2013

Writing in the liner notes of 2010’s expanded, appended reissue of REM’s third album, Peter Buck alludes to “a certain misapprehension” that has built up around the record. “For some reason,” he ponders, “people have the impression that the members of REM don’t like [it].” If Buck wants to know how that impression came about, he could do a lot worse than scour some of his old press cuttings…

Aztec Camera
Life after Aztec Camera

At school that day, I issued Imtiaz with clear instructions. If he had cords too, he should wear them.”

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Nov

2013

The first time I heard an Aztec Camera song, it wasn’t being performed by Aztec Camera. It was Eddie Holmes, absently singing the chorus of Oblivious as we filed into class on a January morning. Between Eddie’s ability to carry a tune and Roddy Frame’s ability to write one, my interest was piqued enough to ask Eddie what he was singing. In a Birmingham school where the girls had Duran Duran…

The Police

Like being clubbed to death by an English lecturer wielding a rhyming dictionary.”

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Apr

2013

When you have spent the official price of $220 per ticket to see the band that soundtracked your youth, is there any other option but to enjoy yourself? Seemingly not. Twenty-two years after The Police dissolved in a mire of acrimony, their first date of this mammoth reunion tour had all but a handful of the 20,000 fans at this ice hockey stadium standing from the very beginning. Were those…

Atoms For Peace

A unique instrument for which Flying Lotus, Autechre and Four Tet would surely pawn all their hardware.”

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Feb

2013

Lots of records are tainted by compromise, but very few have that term attached to them by the people who worked on them. However, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich had exactly that to say about the debut album by Thom Yorke’s “other band.” It might, of course, have been awkward, were it not for the fact that: (a) Godrich is also…

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SWADDLING SONGS @ THE LEXINGTON
Tue, 26th August 2014 7:30pm - 11:30pm

Once again, I'm delighted to have been asked to help judge the 2014 AIM Awards. As part of the build-up to the ceremony in September, I've been asked to curate an evening of entertainment featuring independently signed artists. The evening will also pay…

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GREEN MAN FESTIVAL @ Glanusk estate, Crickhowell
Fri, 15th August 2014 0:00pm - 0:00am

I'll be popping up in a variety of places at the 2014 Green Man Festival: interviewing a variety of artists; hosting one or two spots on Green Man radio and also the pop quiz alongside Bob Stanley. Always a pleasure.

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