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Best Gigs of 2022

Although not without trepidation, the return to regular gig going in 2022 has been nothing short of amazing. From cavernous arenas to cramped basement stages, boat hulls to backstreet cinemas, it’s been a thrill and a deep...

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Best Albums 2022

2022 has been a good year for music and as always I’m truly thankful for all of those musicians putting themselves out there and finding new and glorious ways to express themselves. In no particular order, here’s my...

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best albums 2021

Best Albums 2021

Thank you to all the musicians making music. Never underestimate the importance of what you do to people like me, especially in years like this. Here’s my round-up of the best albums of 2021. R. Seiliog – Ash Dome Ash...

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best albums 2020

Best Albums 2020

Here is the round-up of the music that has provided solace and more in 2020. There’s no rankings as each album in this list came into my life and connected with me at some point over the last 12 months – that...

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Best Gigs of 2019

1. Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Hyde Park, London     2. Lee Fields and the Expressions, Fiddler’s, Aug 14th 3. Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Idles – Downs Festival, Bristol   4. Hailu Mergia, Colston...

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best albums 2019

Best Albums of 2019

Another fantastic year for music, here’s my rundown of the best 30 albums of 2019. 2019 Albums of the Year   1. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains Purple Mountains by Purple Mountains 2. Deerhunter – Why...

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Frog – Count Bateman review

When I was growing up, radios were everywhere. The air I breathed as a child was muggy with the tinny pop hits of the eighties, the staticky singalongs of the seventies, and the saccharine psychedelia of the sixties. You walked...

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Brutalism and Music

Deerhunter released their latest album on a limited edition ‘Brutalist Grey’ vinyl.   Skepta rapped his way through the Barbican Estate in his video for Shutdown.   Damien Jurado featured an abstracted brutalist...

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best albums of 2018

Albums of the Year 2018

1. Damien Jurado – The Horizon Laughed 2. Eric Chenaux – Slowly Paradise 3. R.Seiliog – Megadose 4. The Golden Dregs – Lafayette 5.  Connan Mockasin – Jassbusters   6. Dirty Projectors – Lamp Lit...

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