My top ten albums of 2010 (part two)

This is part two of a two-part series. Check out part one. Autechre — Move of Ten Autechre’s second release of the year is officially an EP, but is just as long as its companion album Oversteps. In the case of the second half of this EP, you can certainly hear that these tracks are […]

100,000 scrobbles

Around a year ago I wrote a post that analysed the year’s activity on Last.fm. For those who don’t know, Last.fm is a website that tracks your music listening habits. It produces lovely graphs and churns out recommendations as well as providing tailored radio stations for you to listen to at your leisure. I adore […]

My ten favourite albums of 2006

So here it is at last, my top ten. As always, you’ll have to press play every 30 seconds on the audio clips. 10. Franz Ferdinand — The Fallen / L. Wells Okay, so this isn’t an album, but did you want me to call this post “my ten favourite albums and / or singles […]

Music of 2006 — Eight ace re-releases

Some of this year’s best releases were actually re-releases, compilations or collections of some kind or another. If I had decided to include them in my main list, most of them would have made my top ten of the year. But there’s only so far you can stretch the concept of a ‘2006 release’. So […]

London Sinfonietta — Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters

(NB. You might notice that in the current batch of album reviews I’m writing at the moment, the albums are getting progressively older. Yup, I’m just writing a bunch of reviews that I didn’t have time / energy to write at the time.) At last, a CD of these concerts has been released. Warp Works […]

Tortoise — A Lazarus Taxon

It shouldn’t really be the case that an album of old tracks that never made it onto proper albums is one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. But it is very difficult not to get excited about Tortoise’s music, particularly when most of it comes from the band’s most fertile period. A […]