Category Archives: Music

From the vaults: Clean Bandit interview

In my previous life as a journalism MA student, I was given an assignment to interview an up-and-coming music act. I chose Clean Bandit, partly because I knew their cello player a little from school, mostly because I had a … Continue reading

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On the shoulders of giants

I’m not very good at the whole “albums of the year” thing. I only intermittently plug myself into current releases, so always miss a lot of gems and find myself playing catch-up at the end of the year. If there’s … Continue reading

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Musicians and dog whistles

When Dirty Loops put out their Adele cover this week, my Facebook feed was full of it. Actually, my Facebook feed is like a Dirty Loops fan convention. Fair enough, they’re pretty amazing: But it’s not hard to spot which … Continue reading

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If you were snowed in… Here be Map gig vids.

Earlier this month, on a dark and snowy night, I found myself back at Map Studio Café for a gig with my quartet. As well as having a grand time playing, we managed to nab some good audio and video … Continue reading

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I was tired of being drunk…

…so, as part of the post-Christmas detox, I’ve recorded this cover of Joanna Newsom’s tune Jackrabbits. It seems somehow apt for New Year. Lend an ear, why don’t you.

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A Song A Day

A couple of years ago, a friend challenged me to write a song every day for a month. I only lasted a week. But one of my efforts was a reflexive and soppy tune called A Song A Day, which found … Continue reading

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Tom/Thom Waits gets Satisfied

Is Tom Waits the new Thom Yorke? (Or the old Thom Yorke?) Another question-to-which-the-answer-is-no, obviously, but this video for Satisfied, from Waits’s new album Bad As Me, has a distinct Lotus Flower flavour: Perhaps Tom saw all the publicity Garth Jennings’s … Continue reading

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