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2014: Top ten albums

2014: Top ten albums

I’ve been posting an annual ‘best of’ list for a few years now – this is the fifth run through. I can honestly say that this is the easiest year by far. That isn’t a reflection on the scarcity of good material. Rather, the ten albums listed below stand head and shoulders out there as […]

Being in the right place at the right time didn't help World of Twist

Being in the right place at the right time didn’t help World of Twist

My last post was about The Stone Roses: a Manchester band which left a mark so deep on our cultural landscape that you can probably see it from space. At the other end of the scale, a band which made barely a dent, but one from the same time and same place as The Stone […]

The Charlatans vs Klaxons

The Charlatans vs Klaxons

I’m like a walking anachronism. Consider the evidence: I wear a suit to work – more often than not with a tie. Yes, kids – a tie. I prefer to buy my music in the physical form. Yes, CDs, and that. I can write the sentence ‘they’re like a breath of fresh air, blending guitar-driven […]