Resequencing Ram it Down

October 15th, 2014

Ram It Down, Judas Priest’s troubled late-eighties attempt at returning to their heavy metal roots, has always been a difficult album for me to listen to. I recently worked out why. Firstly the sequencing, or song order, is all wrong. Secondly, they missed some of the better songs from the recording sessions off the album […]

My favourite albums of 2010

March 14th, 2011

I have had three albums on heavy rotation since purchasing them last year: Bang goes the Knighthood by The Divine Comedy, Write about love by Belle and Sebastian and The Final Frontier by Iron Maiden. All three demonstrate the kind of song writing craftsmanship that few other bands can achieve this far into their career. […]

Bands I saw at Glastonbury this year

June 28th, 2007

Band (stage they were on) Great! / Poor! Friday The View (pyramid) The Earlies (pyramid) Gorgol Bordello (pyramid) Amy Winehouse (pyramid) Super Furry Animals (other) Great! The Coral (other) The Fratellis (pyramid) Kasabian (pyramid) Great! Arctic Monkeys (pyramid) Saturday The Pipettes (pyramid) Guillemots (pyramid) Lily Allen (pyramid) Great! Paolo Nutini (pyramid) Paul Weller (pyramid) The […]

MP3 / OGG Player with AM and FM Radio

September 18th, 2006

* Not actual design. This is an early prototype design. But it will have all the features and be of the form you see. I’m designing my own MP3 player because I simply cannot find a device that suits my requirements. Namely – an AM radio so I can listen to BBC Radio Five Live! […]

The Life Pursuit by Belle and Sebastian

February 27th, 2006

The Life Pursuit is Belle and Sebastian’s eighth album (counting the faux-soundtrack, Storytelling and last year’s single’s and b-sides collection). It’s amazing to note how prolific they’ve been yet they’re still fairly underrated by the mainstreem. You’re more likely to hear their singles on Radio 2 than 1 and they do make some fairly odd […]

Belle and Sebastian on The Music Show

February 1st, 2006

One of the great features of Sky Digital is the ability to choose between the regional variations of BBC programmes. I often switch from the default of BBC Oxford to BBC South in order to follow the more Southampton specific news offering. Last night at 10pm I was treated to BBC Music Scotland’s The Music […]

Run by Snow Patrol – the perfect song?

November 17th, 2005

After much careful deliberation I have decided that there is no better song than Run by Snow Patrol. Discuss.

Belle and Sebastian, Perth Concert Hall

September 21st, 2005

We took the long treck to Perth, Scotland to see one of my favourite bands, Belle and Sebastian, play the new Perth Concert Hall and it was well worth it. As well as being treated to a couple of new numbers, the band did an on-the-fly cover of Elvis Costello’s Oliver’s Army. They played their […]

Cracking Oasis gig, MK bowl

July 11th, 2005

helen-guy-oasis: This is a photo of Helen and I, rather hammered, at Milton Keynes bowl yesterday. Oasis were very good as were the Coral but the one of other support bands, The Secret Machine, were of the decidedly dodgy shoe-gazing variety. A fantastic day out by all accounts the only grumble being the Oasis set […]

Pink Floyd, Live8, Hyde Park

July 4th, 2005

The one-off reformed Pink Floyd played a blinding set consisting of Breathe and Money from Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here from the album of the same name and Comfortably Numb from The Wall. I almost wept with joy on hearing the opening bars of Breathe. The classic line-up, the classic sound. […]