8-bit Radiohead

Have you heard that brilliant 8-bit / chiptune / computer game cover version of Kid A yet? If not, feast your ears: Radiohead’s Kid A is probably my favourite album. This fresh interpretation breathes new life into the music I have loved so much for over 10 years. This 8-bit version strips the music right […]

Catching up on the 1990s

I have recently discovered that, via the wonder of Amazon, it is possible to get your hands on old albums on CD for quite reasonable prices. It’s very helpful if you don’t live near a Fopp. I’m particularly keen on hoovering up albums from the 1990s. From the age of about nine I was already […]

Jarvis Cocker — Mother, Brother, Lover

I don’t always get on well with song lyrics. All too often, the words to a song sound trite and naff. Their tendency to have to rhyme makes them seem absurd. Usually I find myself thinking, am I supposed to take these words seriously? That is probably one reason why I am normally drawn more towards […]

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 […]