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31st December, 2019

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

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

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.

24th November, 2019

The Twilight Sad

O2 Ritz, Manchester. Our fifth, maybe sixth time seeing these brilliant, noisy, melodic, charming and criminally underappreciated Scots.

14th September, 2019

This searing light, the sun and everything else

We stood before Ian Curtis' earliest handwritten lyrics for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Hurried words and edits; deeply personal poetry the resonance of which its author would never know.

19th July, 2019

Timeline

Redesigning in the open is daunting but encourages progress. Although I'm far from finished, the new timeline is attracting attention, so I've written a little about it.

10th July, 2019

The National

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

27th June, 2019

Conversations with Nick Cave

I’ll admit to being only a casual fan of Nick Cave. After two decades orbiting his work, I’ve reduced him down to a relatively short playlist. And yet, I continue to find him fascinating.

30th May, 2019

Mutant Monster

The Bodega, Nottingham

18th April, 2019

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.

15th April, 2019

A long weekend in Suffolk

We’ve just returned from our first trip to Suffolk, where open landscapes and abundant birdlife take centre stage and everything feels gently connected. The food’s pretty good too.

28th January, 2019

Death Cab For Cutie

Rock City, Nottingham

21st January, 2019

The Twilight Sad

Rough Trade in-store, Nottingham

31st December, 2018

2018 in music

It was a year where music helped contextualise a world weighing heavy, my favourite albums serving as coping mechanisms.

20th November, 2018

Metric

Kentish Town Forum, London

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