My top ten albums of 2010 (part one)

Because that’s what you really want to know, isn’t it? It is mid-April, and ever since Christmas you have been on the edge of your seats thinking, what music really got Duncan’s toes tapping in the arbritary selection of 365 days we elect to call “2010”? Well your luck is in, because I am going […]

Warp20 (Box Set)

Warp Records celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year with an extravagant box set, Warp20 (Box Set). Measuring in at 10 inches × 10 inches × 3 inches, it truly is a thing of beauty. Packed in there are five CDs and five 10 inch records, full of Warp goodness old and new. It was not […]

The future of music: pretty boxes

There are only two things in the world that give us absolute total happiness. One is seeing other people fail. The other is unwrapping a newly-bought CD. –Armando Iannucci In the wake of all the upheaval that the recorded music industry is facing, a lot of people have been predicting the death of the CD. […]

Radiohead’s new album due out in ten days!

It seems a bit far-fetched but I don’t think it’s a joke. It looks like a novel approach to releasing an album as well. According to Jonny Greenwood (and he would know), their new album is called In Rainbows and comes out on October the 10th. I’m not sure about the choice you face though. […]

The rebirth of Fopp (and the death of music retail?)

The other day I took my first trip to Fopp since it re-opened. After Fopp’s flopp, HMV bought the name and six of the stores (a far cry from the 120-or-so stores there used to be). HMV probably bought it to stop Gordon Montgomery from making an easy comeback, but they have promised to run […]

Music is so pretty, but it’s the wrong size

The other day I came across another interesting website from Spatial Literacy (you know them, they did that Surname Profiler). With this new website you type in your postcode and it tells you where you fit into ‘e-Society‘ (via Ben Metcalfe). Apparently people in my postcode fall into categories “D : E for entertainment and […]

Excellent

Part 10 of AFX’s eleven-part Analord series arrived this week. Strangely, Analord 10 was the first of the series to be released, but only if you were prepared to pay some silly amount for a binder to hold it in. Now Analord 10 has been re-released as a picture disc. Lovely. The only problem is […]