I review albums, films, books and gigs for The Word Magazine, the New Statesman, The Quietus, the Observer and the BBC.
Recently, I’ve written about my favourite album, New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies, for The Guardian online, and reviewed the Big Chill and the Cambridge Folk Festival for the same paper; Fountains Of Wayne’s new LP and two BFI box sets for The Word; Simon Reynolds’ Retromania for the New Statesman; Elbow at Cardiff International Arena for the Observer; Kylie Minogue at the O2 on Radio 2′s In Concert, and also popped up, as I regularly do, on Victoria Derbyshire’s Singles Review on 5 Live.
In the past, I’ve also written long, lovelorn pieces on Suede, Kraftwerk and Saint Etienne reissues for The Quietus, and covered tons of gigs for The Guardian (from The Passion Of Joan Of Arc at Bristol’s Colston Hall, to Carly Simon at BBC Maida Vale) and the New Statesman (from a great night with Dolly Parton, to a far less fun evening with Madonna). I’ve done radio reviews for the New Statesman too – listening to the wireless through the night for one column, and extolling the virtues of The Organist Entertains for another. My book reviews include a trawl through Rob Chapman’s biography of Syd Barrett, Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, and Barry Miles’ hike through the city’s counterculture, London Calling. I can usually be found drowning under a mountain of jiffy bags at home; if you would like to save me, or my envelopes, email me here.