The short list of possible new commissions for 33 1/3's series of slim volumes on classic albums maintains Bob Dylan's surprising under-representation on that list.
Of course, I find it particularly scandalous that they didn't take up my pitch for a study of John Wesley Harding, but I do find it more generally odd that Highway 61 Revisited remains the only one of the…Continue
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm
My high hopes for The Hold Steady's Teeth Dreams have largely been realised - and 2014 has finally delivered some classic songwriting for me to enthuse about.
It's great to have a new record from this band, after about a four year gap. No-one else has quite the same combination of power chords, punch-the-air choruses and (shaggy-dog-) story-telling lyrics. And, on top of the record, they've just been added to the bill for Brighton's Great…Continue
Posted on April 9, 2014 at 1:00pm
Another tremendous year for live music. I was lucky enough to get to about 25 different gigs, as well as two festivals in Canada and the Great Escape here in Brighton. I held off finalising this list until I'd caught Kurt Vile last night, to round off the year.
Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:00am
This has been an interesting process. I started compiling my list a couple of weeks ago in something of a grump, feeling that it had ended up being a somewhat disappointing year – with some of my established favourites not quite hitting former heights and not many new people bursting through, in a way that tickled my rather particular eardrums. Then I went back and re-listened to the year's acquisitions.
After that further reflection, I am happy to tell you that it has been a more…Continue
Posted on December 13, 2013 at 2:00am