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Latitude 2013: posh teenagers and amazing drummers

Latitude 2013: posh teenagers and amazing drummers

I worry about the youth of today. Gig etiquette is simply not something that they understand. A case in point: as James Blake took to the stage for his Sunday afternoon slot at Latitude, it was almost as though anyone under the age of 20 had been ‘activated’, and their gormless trudge to the stage […]

A slice of 90s orchestral pop

A slice of 90s orchestral pop

How did this pass me by? It’s 2013, and here I am, about to write about a tune which was released in 1995. But, thanks to you lot, I never even knew about this until last year. Thanks a bunch. As I sat down in January to compile my list of top albums for 2012, […]

Jez Kerr: 'Numb Mouth Eat Waste'... first review!

Jez Kerr: ‘Numb Mouth Eat Waste’… first review!

So, come on then, time to own up. Raise your hand in the air if you’ve been checking out Jez Kerr’s solo material. No? Shame on you, if you haven’t. You’ve missed out on a couple of peaches – two singles to give a taster of what’s in store on Jez’s debut album. At the […]

Lebanese Blonde

Lebanese Blonde

This is why I love BBC 6 Music. It’s not just because they will play William DeVaughn’s ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ followed by Shack’s sublime ‘Comedy’ and ‘Hallelujah’ by the Happy Mondays (three songs played in succession over Christmas which convinced me that the station takes its playlist from my record collection). It’s […]

They still matter

They still matter

My love of BBC 6 Music is no secret. I practically punched the sky when news of the stay of execution broke earlier in the year. It’s a radio station which I feel is almost designed for me. A breakfast show which will play A Certain Ratio, Stevie Wonder, The Who and Led Zeppelin? Yes, […]

BBC 6 Music: make the most of it

BBC 6 Music: make the most of it

I’m not sure that I’ve ever felt so passionate about a radio station. This is a big statement from someone who used to run one (albeit a student station). The news of the potential (likely, even) closure of BBC 6 Music came as a shock to me when it first broke in March this year. […]