I rarely post the media industry articles I write, but in my June column for Mediatel Newsline I take a bit of a detour from discussing media measurement and industry politics to argue that the time is right – from both a broadcasting and a music industry perspective – for the BBC to revive Top Of The Pops as a weekly prime time show. You can read the column here For those of you outside the UK, it was a weekly TV chart show running from the 1964 to 2006 that was the heartbeat of the music industry at its … Continue reading Is it time to revive Top Of The Pops?
From the city that bought you The Wire, my number 19 is ‘Waiting on You’ by Futures Islands. It’s a nice song, with an 80s feel to it, but this performance elevates it to another level. Our second Letterman clip already, this appearance changed their lives. The truly unique dancing, combined with a voice that – after teetering on the brink- finally turns into full Napalm death at 3:10, sent it viral. I have watched it many times and it always brings as big a smile to my face as it does to Mr Letterman’s afterwards. Check out Roy & … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2014: Number 19s – Future Islands, Honeyblood & Cate Le Bon
At the start of the year I would have given you pretty long odds on Beady Eye featuring in my top twenty – I have always … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2013 – Number 13
At number 18 I am going for another instrumental – ‘Says’ by Nils Frahm. Now I know what you’re thinking – nine minutes of a guy … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2013 – Number 18
Six underrated but great Christmas songs to get you in the mood… The Ramones with Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) A lovely video … Continue reading Merry Jingles
Yes, it’s a blog – mainly for friends and family – for me to discuss and wax lyrical about my favourite things: primarily music, art, TV and politics. Here I can share thoughts that are too long for twitter, highlight interesting things I come across, and update on my progress as a fledgling amateur artist and photographer. Continue reading What’s this all about then…