Some of my best friends spent the weekend just gone at the Dekmantel Festival, a techno festival in Amsterdam (well ‘electronic and experimental music’ to be strictly accurate, but there was certainly a lot of techno on the bill). Having just bought a house a few months ago I have no money to be jetting off to music festivals, and being honest, I don’t actually like the … Continue reading Can’t Techno More
A minor conundrum arrived in my e-mail inbox today. Pixies are once again touring in the UK this winter, but for a change they’re playing my home town of Leeds. So what’s the conundrum you might ask? My all time favourite band playing in my home town, buying tickets as soon as they go on pre-sale tomorrow is a no-brainer surely? I mean, there are … Continue reading Blog – The Pixies Conundrum
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I recently (or recentlyish) wrote a chapter for a book about Joy Division and today (Ian Curtis’s 60th birthday) is the day the book is finally released. So does that now make me a proper writer? I love writing, obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t spend so many of my precious spare moments writing this blog. I never intended the blog to be … Continue reading Blog – A proper writer?
Back in November I wrote about the Day of The Dead, and grief and loss. It felt like I’d been writing a lot about those subjects in 2015, so as I wrote that piece I made a silent pact with fate. By writing about this one more time, I’m drawing a line under 2015, and 2016 can be a year where I don’t lose anyone … Continue reading My memories of Bowie
Since becoming a parent, I’ve started to feel just a little bit more middle-aged. More mature or responsible might be a more positive spin to put on it, but really I just feel older. Not old, but older. And never have I felt more middle aged than last Saturday night. My wife was on a (rare and well-deserved) night out, and I spent my Saturday … Continue reading Do I Not Like Jazz?