Year: 2022

  • Albums Of The Year 2022

    This year, I had to winnow down from forty-five albums to this final top twenty and it was bloody difficult. I’ve had to leave a load of loveliness off because I know if I keep the list short, more people are likely to check it all out. So, whether the album is at number twenty…

  • Rock City 18/11/22 – 20/12/22

    Pics from end-of-the-year clubbing!

  • Derby EMOM Night 15/12/22

    Here’s a few pics from the recent Derby Electronic Music Open Mic Night at Derby Dubrek. It’s only the second that I’ve been to but I enjoyed it loads and I love that so many acts are on that it keeps everything shaken up. Good point – if you don’t like an act, it’s not…

  • Crimbo Limbo

    For all those wondering, the official UN definition of this timeless, mealless period between Christmas and New Year is: CRIMBO LIMBO Too full of strange cheeses? Sick of chocolate? Eyes scarred from satsuma squirts? CRIMBO LIMBO Time alternately stretching like toffee and compressing like neutronium? Ready to slash the tyres of your Racist Uncle? CRIMBO…

  • RIP Martin Duffy

    I only just found out today that Martin Duffy of Felt, Primal Scream and The Charlatans died on the 18th December. Here’s the blurb I wrote for the debut White Town single: If you’ve listened to anything I’ve done over the three decades, you know how many times I’ve ripped off Duffy. That fucker was…

  • LIFE IN 2022

    LIFE IN 2022 You phone a helpline and have to keep repeating “Give me a human, give me a human” until the automated response parses it. TRULY WE ARE LIVING IN THE FUTURE I mean, not a future I wanted but the future, nonetheless.

  • Why Woke Is A Compliment, Not A Pejorative

    In these times, the people sleepwalking through life, mindlessly swallowing and regurgitating the lies of fascist leaders, have learned to ridicule those who are awake. The #sleepers mock the #woke. It’s not an insult, it’s a badge of intellectual achievement.

  • Bzangy Groink DJing 22/12/22

    This week’s best new track is two very old tracks – A Message To You and Ghost Town by The Specials. Well, it had to be after Terry Hall passed away on the 18th. Way before his time. As a kid, The Specials were everything great about British culture for me; this collision between different…

  • Todd In The Shadows – One Hit Wonderland

    I’m very flattered and honoured that Todd In The Shadows did this feature on Your Woman. I say feature but it’s actually a short documentary, such is the level of research he put in. So much flattery… eeeeEEEeeee 😛

  • Why Billionaires Are All Evil

    If the vast majority of people reading this suddenly became billionaires, you know what we’d do? We’d give it away. Or put it into foundations. Or fund food banks totally. Or gift our entire country free ubiquitous wi-fi. Something constructive. I don’t think any of us would keep it all. Me, I’m old. I would…

  • Und Jetzt, Eine Kleine Schiesse Joken.

    ~ at the band meeting ~ “Look, you just don’t fit in with our whole aesthetic, dude. You don’t get it!” “Fuck you, dude, I don’t get it? Who the fuck writes a song about ‘missing the rain,’ what does that even mean?” “Hey, moron, it’s BLESS THE RAIN, BLESS! And, oh yeah, well who…

  • Frosty Garden December 2022

  • Strangers, Friends, Lovers, Friends, Strangers Again

    I’m 56 now. In my *personal experience* (not trying to universalise this), as one gets older, it becomes perilously easy to lose friends and harder to make new ones. When I was 18 and gigging every other week, I’d just bump into people – boom, MATES. It was fission-like, friend leading to new friends. That…

  • What The Fuck, World?

    Who had fascist coup in Germany pencilled for Crimbo 2022? No? Anyone? Whoever is writing this alternate timeline, you have SUCKED since 2016. How the fuck are you going to retcon Trump, Brexit, Covid? What have you got planned for 2023? * Yellowstone explodes* Aliens and they’re the nasty kind* The Singularity but its core…

  • Powers Of 2

    Was anyone else obsessed with powers of 2 when they were a lil kid, like under 10yo? I remember memorising them all up to 65536 and being really, really happy. It just gave me a deep pleasure, the kind a beautiful sunset gives me now. I tried later to get up to 2147483648 but it…

  • RE-TOOLING SCIENCE FICTION FOR MAXIMAL CONTENT PLACEMENT SYNERGY SCHMYNERGY SEO BLAH BLAH BLAAAAH

    Re-tooling #ScienceFiction to increase #synergy with #DemographicallyOptimised #ContentCreators and other #CapitalistFuckingBullshit Fellow worms, behold: 1. Beyond Lies The Wub Wub Wub 2. Ancillary Wordle 3. I Have No Host But I Must Stream 4. Followers For Algernon 5. “Repent, Harley Quinn!” Said The TikTok Teen 6. Cytween 7. I, Roomba 8. When Robot And Crow…

  • Meet Cute (2022)

    First – this is not a romcom. Well, it’s about as much a romcom as Punch Drunk Love or Eternal Sunshine are. There are funny bits but it’s the baby chickens on Eraserhead’s dinner plate funny. Fundamentally, it’s a science fiction film that uses the mechanism of time travel to explore determinism, identity, existentialism and,…

  • Mastodon Versus Tumblr

    For me, Mastodon has the energy of a really earnest, fun Uni society, probs doing some eco shit or other actually important work. Everyone is more intelligent than me, is a sysadmin or famous writer. Whereas, #Tumblr is just that gif of the chimp pissing into his own mouth and absolutely loving it. Gargle-giggling. This…

  • Gwendoline Christie

    #GwendolineChristie in #Wednesday is ohhhhhh myyyyy… She makes me absolutely melt! #Netflix

  • Billionaires Are Wankers

    I’m watching Titans and you know what suddenly made me sad? We have plenty of billionaires in the real world. And they are all wankers. Imagine what you could do with that power? The positives changes! But we don’t have superheroes like Batman. We have SUPERCLOWNS like petulant child Elon Musk, fucking up millions of…