Category: Infected

  • Addicted To Anxious

  • Infected By London Grammar / High Contrast

    I was never a raver in the proper late ’80s / ’90s sense. That scene was so bound-up with drug culture and since I’m straight edge, a lot of it left me cold. But I have been clubbing since 1982 and in those three+ decades, there have been moments of sublime, hyperreal dance floor epiphany.…

  • Infected By The Story So Far

    This was a slow-burner of an infection, with an incubation time of months. Sneaky TSSF! At the start of the year, I bought The Story So Far’s album, ‘Under Soil And Dirt’ from Emusic. It came out in 2011 and I’d seen a couple of good reviews, plus mates who always have good ears were…

  • Infected By Noah And The Whale

    I liked NATW when I first started hearing them. I DJed their pop breakthrough, ‘Five Year’s Time.’ But I didn’t really like what I’d heard of the new album. I thought ‘Life Goes On’ (can’t be arsed to type in all the full stops) was a weird mix of Paul Young’s ‘Common People’ singingly and…

  • Infected By Everything Everything

    Puppies, you need to read this and this… (Or at least skim them if you already know about basic memetics. Or just can’t be arsed reading a lot.) Well, here’s my latest infection. It’s the song ‘MY KZ, UR BF’ by the band Everything Everything. This time the infection set in over the course of…

  • Infected By Saves The Day

    First, it’d be useful if you read this. Well, it’s happened again. I wasn’t an old-school Saves The Day fan, I only got into them when I heard ‘Freakish,’ which is off their third album, ‘Stay What You Are.’ That was in 2001 and I’m pretty sure I only noticed that song because I saw…

  • Infected By The Shins

    (Please follow this link if you’re not familiar with basic memetic theory.) I’ve just spent the last hour working out the chords to The Shins’ ‘New Slang’ and singing it over and over till I’m a bit hoarse. I think I’ve just had the memetic equivalent of a horrendous fever which has broken tonight. It…