Trish Keenan

I was very sad and shocked to learn that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away earlier today. Discovering the music of Broadcast was an important step in the development of my taste in music. It remains one of my favourite bands. Trish Keenan’s singing mesmerised me. Broadcast’s retro-futuristic style appealed to my then-developing interest in […]

My top ten albums of 2009

10. The Fiery Furnaces — I’m Going Away It wouldn’t be an end-of-year music roundup from me without something related to The Fiery Furnaces appearing on the list. And here it is: I’m Going Away. This is probably the lowest they have appeared in my end-of-year list since I discovered them. Not that I’m Going […]

My top twenty albums of 2009 — part one

It is the end of the year. I like music. That can only mean one thing: a run-down of the music I have bought this year, arranged into vague order of how much I enjoyed them. In this twentieth anniversary year of Warp Records, it has been a stonking year for the label in my […]

Music of 2008: Top ten

10. Stereolab — Chemical Chords This is more or less what you would expect from Stereolab. Fantastically jaunty and slightly idiosyncratic pop songs. This is hardly Stereolab’s best album (and I say that as someone who has only heard three of them), but it is a joy nonetheless. 9. David Byrne and Brian Eno — […]

Seven songs

I have been freshly tagged in a meme by Chris. It’s a seven songs meme. Here are the instructions: “List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. […]