Category Archives: Music

On Joy Division’s Closer & Kraftwerk

It was my birthday yesterday. Happily, I got to spend it with my mum and my sisters, the first time I have seen these three ladies – as well as my stepdad and my sister Ria’s partner Al – since … Continue reading

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Ants To The National: Restart

Hello friend, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Yes, perhaps you can tell that Jo and I have watched Sam Esmail’s brilliant, genuinely unlike any TV show I’ve ever seen, Mr Robot. We’ve even caught up with his follow up, … Continue reading

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Haelos @EartH: Live Review

Jo and I have been waiting to reacquaint ourselves with London’s Hælos for over three years now. We first came across them by accident, arriving early for a TV On The Radio gig at the Roundhouse in August 2015. I … Continue reading

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New Order Live at Ally Pally 091118

I saw New Order at Alexandra Palace on Friday night. I saw New Order at Alexandra Palace on Friday night and, thrillingly, unexpectedly, they played one of my all time favourite New Order songs. More of which, later. It’s difficult … Continue reading

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All My Friends

This is an attempt to try and get back into a more regular rhythm of writing.. It occurred to me, as I ripped through a 1,000 words in an attempt not to describe the Chemical Brothers Ally Pally show so … Continue reading

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The Chemical Brothers live at Ally Pally 051018

I very nearly wasn’t there, you know. Wayne, one of my Leeds mates, had offered me a ticket about six months ago, or whenever they went on sale. I demurred initially, I had listened to a Chemical Brothers record in … Continue reading

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Depeche Mode: Live at London Stadium

I doubted Depeche Mode in my last outing here. Just call me Thomas. Yeah yeah, I know.. Their comeback single, ‘Where’s The Revolution?’ was topical, pointed, angry even. To my ears it was, and remains, a fairly middling piece of … Continue reading

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PJ Harvey live at the Brixton Academy 30/10/16

PJ Harvey’s performance at the Brixton Academy last night cemented my belief that she is England’s greatest living musician. In fact, calling her a musician barely seems to do her justice. At times last night, she appeared to be a … Continue reading

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The National Live at Ally Pally

Cards on table: I wasn’t gonna do a review of this one. If there is a band that has been extensively reviewed and talked about on this blog, it is The National. But then I thought that a night watching … Continue reading

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Hammersmith Apollo, October 26 2013

After 30 years of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, you might think that this most magnificent of groups would be getting a little frayed around the edges. Not so. Earlier this year, the band released what I believe is … Continue reading

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