It was yet another cracking year for new music, and I consumed as much as possible, making my annual roundup as difficult as ever. To follow my 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 lists, here’s 2014. Let’s get on with it.
This is the fourth end-of-year review I’ve written and as ever it’s a personal reflection that I think I’ll enjoy reading in twenty years or whenever. In a nutshell 2013 was incredible, and the year I pretty much sorted my life out. Most notably I turned 40, and got engaged!
Having summarised my year as both 2010 and 2011 drew to a close, I’m learning to enjoy writing these reviews now. Early worries about being a “show off” or the irrelevance of my experiences to others have worn off, and I see this as a cathartic task that teaches me as much about the coming year as it does reflect on the one just passed. So, here’s my look back at an incredibly busy 2012.
I am an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to photography and video, but I like a challenge. In 2012 I tried to shoot video wherever I went. However, I don’t like carrying around loads of expensive kit, so I constrained myself to only using my iPhone 4S, some carefully chosen apps, and a couple of peripherals. The results were… interesting.
Last month I was thrilled to speak at the Creative Mornings Benefit in Brooklyn, alongside Jason Santa Maria. By way of record, I’ve pulled together videos of both talks plus my slides and a few thoughts in this quick post.
It’s been a busy few months and I’ve barely had any time to write. As a result, a number of things worth journalling have slipped through the net. To satisfy future me when he returns to this archive, here’s a quick overview regarding Fictive Kin, my presentations, New Adventures, and an award!
In 1989, a band changed my life. In 2011 that band unexpectedly reformed, and I didn’t want to be a part of it. This weekend, I saw that band play. On my return home, I find myself writing about why I fell in love, why I became a sceptic, and how I ended up in awe once again.
I love rummaging through old boxes of junk, and uncovering gems. Yesterday, during a particularly determined de-clutter, I found this letter from Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s’ TV show.
I recently got back from a trip to Seattle, where I presented at An Event Apart for the first (and hopefully not the last) time.
Hot news! I’m now a full-time member of Fictive Kin, if you hadn’t already guessed. This is the kind of role I always dreamed about, and it feels like a perfect fit.