Catholicon – Central New Writing Night

In October I wrote a short play for Central’s new writing showcase/scratch night thingy – a gig where works-in-progress can be put in front of an audience so the writers can see how they play and fix them, basically. That play is called Catholicon and you can see it here, if you’d like. It’s not quite finished yet (and the… Read more →

On Ladyhawke

LADYHAWKE’S BACK. HURRAH.   This is Ladyhawke in a T-shirt bearing the name of her new album, Wild Things. This is proof that she is back. If you disappeared after the first album because it all went a bit glum rock, come back! As you can see from the definitive yellowness of aforementioned T-shirt, it’s all upbeat again. ‘Sweet Fascination’… Read more →

On Kesha

I’ve been struggling with the right words for this one. It’s taken me a few days. And then as I’m posting this Adele (QUEEN) used her stage at the Brits to show support so it’s about time I said my bit too.   Back at the tail end of 2012, I reviewed Kesha’s Warrior for Drowned in Sound. Most of… Read more →

Some songs I liked in 2016

I didn’t really spend so much time on the music thing in 2015. For starters, I’ve been concentrating on other things. I’ve kind of opted out of the New Music Thing entirely – it’s exhausting, and frankly I’ve always found it a bit of a crapshoot, because launching a new artist is a bit of a crapshoot. And to be… Read more →

On 2015

IT’S MY YEAR-END REVIEW. 2015 has frankly been utterly ridiculous. Obviously the most significant thing of all was Star Wars: The Force Awakens bringing Poe Dameron, Finn and (most importantly) Rey into all of our lives. Also, Oscar Isaac’s face. I think we can all agree on that. Incredibly, though, other stuff has happened… I started doing improv Going into… Read more →