Archive:
December 2011

My top five albums of 2011

5. Sigur Rós — Inni After a three year hiatus following the release of Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, Sigur Rós have emerged with… an album of old material. Well, in fairness, it is the first serious attempt at a live album (although Hvarf / Heim had already sort of settled that need in […]

My top ten albums of 2011 (part one)

10. Steve Reich — WTC 9/11 Steve Reich’s piece, about the September 11 terrorist attacks, is similar in concept to the great Different Trains. The piece uses recordings of radio broadcasts made by air traffic controllers and fire officers made at the time of the attacks, moving on to interviews of New York residents talking […]

Cash out

For over ten years now, I have been a big fan of the Radio 5 Live programme Up All Night. Broadcasting between 1am and 5am, Up All Night is a gift to nightowls, students, truck drivers, and anyone else who might find themselves awake at these unsociable hours. One of the real highlights has been […]

My top five singles / EPs of 2011

5. Venetian Snares — Cubist Reggae It’s been a while since I’ve bought any Venetian Snares material, but I was immediately drawn when I heard a clip of the opening track, Ever Apparent All Being Shoulder. One of those times where I hear a piece of music and think, it’s not quite like anything I’ve […]

Ending a madness

A long time ago, I bought Little Things by Hanne Hukkelberg. But I was annoyed. Somehow, I had ordered it in the wrong format. I had bought the vinyl instead of the CD. I have no idea how I managed it. The only other time I ever ordered the wrong format was when I used […]

2011 Formula 1 constructor rankings (part two)

Unfortunately my top five is a bit predictable, but here we go nonetheless. 5. Sauber F1 Team Sauber actually had a worryingly variable season. The start of the season was very promising, with Kamui Kobayashi stringing together seven consecutive impressive points finishes (although the first of these ended in disqualification). The Saubers were noted for […]

The worst gameshow in history?

I have come to discover that Challenge is easily the most dangerous TV channel in existence. I flick through the channels and end up being sucked in to watching gameshows of the past. Part of it is morbid curiosity about programmes that I can’t remember. The other day I saw that 321 was on. I’d […]

On being a dreadful bluffer

One thing I noticed in the Senna film was just how clear Ayrton Senna’s body language often was. The editors probably chose these shots for this very reason. You didn’t need his words. You could see when he was uncomfortable or embarrassed, even if he was pretending otherwise. It reveals so much about Senna that […]

2011 Formula 1 constructor rankings (part one)

See also my driver rankings. 11. Virgin Racing Conventional wisdom suggests that HRT have the slowest car, and perhaps they do. But HRT have always had their back against the wall, and perform regardless. Virgin Racing have, for the second year in succession, finished in last place in the Constructors’ Championship. Often they are slower […]