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31st December, 2019 / music

2019 in music

How to summarise 2019? So. Much. Good. Music. I’ve struggled to properly evaluate an overwhelming stream of releases, and my charts are still in flux. But, the year-end is nigh, so I must commit.

10th December, 2019 / music

The National with Jenny Lewis

The one where they played near our house and Matt borrowed Geri’s phone! Plus, support from Jenny Lewis and some huge balloons.

27th November, 2019 / technology

Tape loop

If you insist your music arrive only as rented data packets, and consider physical formats an anachronism, then I guess you’re too cool to spool. Me? I’m breaking out the tapes.

10th July, 2019 / music

The National

Setlist and photos from tonight’s incredible show at Castlefield Bowl, Manchester.

18th April, 2019 / music

A special evening with The National at Royal Festival Hall

An intimate, triumphant show from a band rethinking its process and reimagining its voice. New ground is easier to find when you loosen up and let others in.

2nd June, 2018 / music

The National

Plus Broken Social Scene, Warpaint, Future Islands, Cat Power and others. All Points East, Victoria Park, London

31st December, 2017 / music

2017 in music

A fantastic year for music: many of my favourites returned with new albums and heaps of exceptional new artists appeared. We also made it to lots of shows.

27th September, 2017 / music

The National

26th and 27th September, Eventim Apollo, London

12th August, 2017 / music

Haven Festival, Copenhagen

The National, Bon Iver, Beach House, Feist, Iggy Pop, Band of Horses and many more. Refshaleøens, Copenhagen

31st December, 2013 / music

2013 in music

Personally, I considered 2013 to be an incredible year for good music. I was at times overwhelmed and consumed exactly eighteen tonnes of new sounds and bought too much vinyl probably.

31st December, 2010 / music

2010 in music

I used to write frequently about music. Those days of turning sounds into words have slipped by, but I still consume new music as eagerly as ever. Here, for your pleasure, are my top albums, songs, and performances of 2010.

30th June, 2010 / music

Glastonbury Festival 2010

I’m back from my fourth trip to Glastonbury Festival, where I celebrated its 40th anniversary in sweltering heat with 180,000 other lunatics.

31st December, 2007 / music

2007 in music

Simple lists of my top albums and top tracks from an incredible year for music.

5th May, 2007 / music

Music Monthlies May 2007

It’s a bumper Spring issue! Yes, everyone’s least favourite irregular regular column is back, by popular demand (well, several emails and a few CDs through the post).

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