Guy Garvey’s Six Songs That Represent the U.K.

I’m not a huge fan of the introduction of Ultimate British Mixtape: Guy Garveys Six Songs That Represent the U.K. ((which, of course, is British English for ‘I really think the introduction to this piece is incredibly badly written’)) on the BBC America site, so skip to the meat of the piece for the interesting bits. We asked Garvey […]

The Mighty Boosh: a gorilla’s-eye view

The Observer previews the Mighty Boosh photography exhibition: After a four-year hiatus, comedy’s oddest couple the Mighty Boosh are back – as the stars of an exhibition of photographs taken by their friend and collaborator Dave Brown (aka Bollo the gorilla). The team pick out their favourite pictures and reveal the stories behind them. Worth […]

Festival Number 6

I’m at Festival Number 6 for the next few days. Rather than try to set up some posts in advance to go up automatically while I’m away I thought I’d try and do some on-the-spot blogging. Don’t expect too much as I’m trying to blog using the WordPress iPhone app (which explains why the image […]

Lips that promise fear the worst, tongue so sharp, the bubble burst…

When I first freed myself from the corporate yoke and went freelance I fell into the trap of thinking I had to get out there and get my name known and, you know, ‘network’. Actually, to be fair to myself, I don’t think I was that calculating about it but I definitely made more of […]

Mercury music prize 2013 shortlist

Today the 2013 shortlist for the Mercury music prize was announced: Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’ David Bowie ‘The Next Day’ Disclosure ‘Settle’ Foals ‘Holy Fire’ Jake Bugg ‘Jake Bugg’ James Blake ‘Overgrown’ Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’ Laura Marling ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ Laura Mvula ‘Sing To The Moon’ Rudimental ‘Home’ Savages ‘Silence Yourself’ Villagers ‘Awayland’ There’s […]