The recent EU referendum result has got me thinking about the future and how we make it better for everyone while looking forwards, not backwards. I’ve written a couple of articles on the topic over on Medium.
Following on from last October’s 10-track, 10-minute-long album, I’ve released some new The Star Fighter Pilot songs. I’m working on a new album, but for now you can get two tracks from the album plus a bonus track on Bandcamp…
Yes, it’s true. I’ve written about the whats and whys over on Medium, but here’s the crux of what I’ll be doing next: “At the start of May, I’ll be joining Tech North to put my time where my mouth is and telling the stories that are currently going untold. I’ll be digging out the … Read More
Every year I mean to write an ‘album of the year’ post, and this year I’ve managed it. The hotly-contested (well, not really) award goes to ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ by John Grant. I never really got into John Grant’s earlier stuff, and the fact it was on Bella Union, a label I associate with … Read More
I don’t really ‘do’ music news but no-one seems to have spotted this, so here I go. Matthew Freidberger, one half of one of my favourite bands ever, The Fiery Furnaces, has quietly released seven new tracks on Bandcamp under the name MR. FRIED BURGER/NEUE FRIEDBERGER OPER/M. Friedberger. It’s a ‘mixtape’ (in the hip-hop sense … Read More
Yay! I’ve finally got around to releasing my new The Star Fighter Pilot EP. It’s free to stream and download. The ‘Dishonourable Indignation’ EP was recorded in February this year. For those who don’t know, I used to record and perform as The Star Fighter Pilot between about 2004 and 2009. I gave up when … Read More
Today I took part in a fun discussion about careers in journalism at the BBC Radio 1 Academy event in Norwich, alongside Newsbeat’s Anna Doble and the NME’s Greg Cochrane. Rick Edwards and Tina Daheley were asking the questions. I was booked on the last direct train back to Manchester and had to dash out of the … Read More