Archive of: music

  • Top albums and films of 2016

    Well, the less said about the state of 2016 in general, the better.

    However, it’s been another inspiring year for music and film, so here are my picks of 2016. In no particular order, and as it’s my house I didn’t limit them to ten.



    (If you want to see what I picked when limited to ten films, then you can have a look at my Letterboxd Top Ten for 2016)

    • Arrival
    • Deadpool
    • Zootopia
    • Sing Street
    • Hail, Caesar!
    • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    • The Nice Guys
    • Swiss Army Man
    • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    • Kubo and the Two Strings
    • Midnight Special
    • Captain America: Civil War
    • Jungle Book
  • Oxford Punt listening notes

    Select quotes from this month’s Nightshift so I can work out who I’m seeing at the Oxford Punt tonight

    Purple Turtle

    • 7pm Moogieman & the Masochists (are cleverer than you or us and have songs about the murder of Rosa Luxembourg, astronauts leaving their phones on the moon, and Wolf-Rayet stars)
    • 8pm The Aureate Act (smart enough to realise there’s nothing wrong with teenage musicians declaring a love for Genesis, Pink Floyd and King Crimson)
    • 9pm Being Eugene (purveyors of metalcore of a particularly virulent strain)
    • 10pm Drore (a malevolent, doomy crustcore supergroup)


    • 7.30 Great Western Tears (roadhouse country-blues)
    • 8.15 Slate Hearts (grunge riffage)
    • 9.15 Kanadia (Radiohead/stadium pop)
    • 10.15 STEM (electro duo, Portishead and Sneaker Pimps)


    • 8pm The Beckoning Fair Ones (tightly reined-in rage)
    • 9pm Cherokee (mighty heavy rock songs)
    • 9.45 Crystallite (big ol’ 80s stadium rock and blues given a goodtime grunge kick up the backside)
    • 10.30 Too Many Poets (in-your face gothic rock)

    Turl Street Kitchen

    • 8pm Charlie Leavy (hints of soul, jazz and even funk, Alicia Keys)
    • 9pm Coldredlight (frankly astonishing emo-blues)
    • 10pm Little Red (twist folk music into sublime new shapes, Imagine Nick Cave leading First Aid Kit into the forest to have tea with the Big Bad Wolf)
    • 11pm Crandle (lo-fi cabaret duo armed only with the cheapest Casio keyboard in the shop)

    White Rabbit

    • 8.30 Kancho! (lo-fi, high-octane two-man hardcore assault, At The Drive-In, Shellac)
    • 9.30 These Are Our Demands (taught, Sonic Youth-flavoured rockabilly ruckus)
    • 10.30 Lucy Leave (energetic and lo-fi noise approach, underpinning tigerish Pixies pop with bulldozing Hawkwind basslines)
    • 11.30 Brown Glove (Victorian gothic and dark sexual themes)
  • David Bowie RIP

    Today, listen to “Hunky Dory” and “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

    Tonight, watch “Labyrinth” and “The Man Who Fell To Earth”.

  • Top albums and films of 2015

    Continuing the semi-regular (i.e. not at all regular) list of my favourite films and albums from this year.


    (It’s been a fantastic year for music, and it’s been tricky to narrow this down to ten, so I didn’t)

    In no particular order:


    Again in no particular order:

    • The Force Awakens
    • Ex Machina
    • Whiplash
    • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
    • The Martian
    • Sicario
    • Inside Out
    • Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Superbob
  • Albums of 2013

    In no particular order, my albums of 2013.

  • Music was my refuge

    Music was my refuge (151/365)

    Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

    Maya Angelou


  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

  • Women In Rock

    I just know that Little Fish never sounds safe to me. They sound unhinged, in a good way. When I watch them perform I feel something, and it isn’t just lust for a sexy frontman or pain as an overenthusiastic fan jumps up and down on my foot.

    Miranda‘s inaugural post for Little Fish’s Women in Rock site is the fantastically titled The Sound & The Feeling. It’s all about music, personal history, and the realisation that you’re a part of something bigger.

  • Upular

    Composed using chords, bass notes and vocal samples from the film ‘Up’.

    Hat tip: Denise

  • Beaten


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