The Goon Sax – In The Stone28th April 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Music
The Goon Sax broke up in 2022 only six years after forming in their teens in Brisbane, leaving us with three albums and this gorgeous radio performance.
RIP Mark Stewart – The Pop Group (1960-2023)22nd April 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Music
Mark Stewart, who has died, was not past his prime. He was not in his 90s, or 80s, or even his 70s. He was only just into his 60s and he had much more to give.
Gyasi – Baby Blue27th February 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Glam, Music
Is there a Glam revival? If there is – and this would seem to suggest as much – then it’s crept up on me unawares. Rather like that cat Mud sang about. Apparently this video has gone viral, and I can see why: it’s like a pastiche of something from an early 70s Top of the Pops.
Murray F. Lightburn – Once Upon A Time In Montréal27th February 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Jazz, Music
As a longtime fan of The Dears, I’ve always enjoyed the melancholy music and Bowiesque / Morriseyesque / Albarnesque croon of frontman Murray Lightburn. Even so, this is something I never expected from the creator of apocalyptic albums like Degeneration Street and No Cities Left.
RIP Tom Verlaine (1949-2023)29th January 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Music
Tom Verlaine of Television has died, aged 73.
Fucked Up – I Think I Might Be Weird24th January 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Music
This isn’t the best thing the provocatively named Canadian band Fucked Up have ever done. Because that would be when they took part in the self-explanatory Festival of the Fuck Bands in 2008.
There they performed alongside their fellow provocateurs Fuck, Fuck Buttons, Holy Fuck, Fuck The Facts and Starfucker. Where was this festival held, do I hear you ask? Why, there could only be one place… the Austrian village of Fucking.
This is their latest tune, I Think I Might Be Weird. The video, intended as an ode to OCD, is funny, surreal, slightly disturbing – and certainly illustrates the song title.
Fucked Up, who formed in Toronto in 2001 (Canada seems to be home to many, if not most, of the F-word bands), have released close to 100 singles, EPs and albums and are known for live shows lasting up to 12 hours: a long time to listen to grinding guitars and rasping vocals.
They’ve taken the opposite approach for their latest album, One Day, with the whole thing written and recorded in 24 hours, with each band member working remotely while adhering to the rule.
Jesse & Bill – The Line5th January 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Music
Sometimes a song comes out of nowhere and grabs your ear. That happened to me when Guy Garvey played this on the radio just before Christmas.
Cinema – Best of 20221st January 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Film
Dead Sheeran – Midlife In A Small Town1st January 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Music
If there’s a more powerful, pertinent and poignant protest song than Midlife In A Small Town by Dead Sheeran, I’d like to hear it.
Television – Best Of 202224th December 2022 · 2020s, 2022, TV Reviews
Like most of us, I imagine, I spent a lot of time watching the telly over the course of this year. These were my favourites and I think they demonstrate pretty clearly why anyone who wants to “defund the BBC” is an idiot.