We all know what the best Christmas song is. It’s ‘Fairytale of New York’. There is no debate. That is the best one. However, there is a tendency at Christmas to fall back on the same old songs and the same old bands. Rather than doing that this year, here is an alternative to the normal rabble. The only rule is no covers, and nothing that clogs up all the usual festive playlists at Christmas times. Let’s go…
Bear with me, this is going to get a little emotional…
As I’m an old man who’s life is almost over, Sheffield music festival Tramlines is pretty much all I look forward to most years as I slime my way between fast food outlets and the pub like a tired slug waiting to die. With that cheery sentiment in mind, it was only a matter of time before I succumbed to Tramlines sister festival Outlines.
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Of all the lists produced on this site, this one is the most subjective and changeable. A month ago it could have been completely different and indeed in a months time. That being said I have tried to pick what I consider to be the most interesting, clever or just plain brilliant songs of the last 12 months. Starting with…
2016 has not been the greatest year for music. There have been more heart wrenching deaths than iconic albums released. Away from the ongoing shit storm that is ‘pop’ music (whatever the fuck that means any more), there is still some gold to be found beneath the grime.
After years building a fan base and crafting their sound, South Yorkshire band Alvarez Kings are ready to unleash their debut album on a music scene crying out for a guitar band to do something different. I caught up with singer Simon Thompson at The Leopard Doncaster, on the eve of their first ever headline show.
Day 2 kicked off with a sweet taste of home as my fellow Doncastrians Ginger Tom tackled the Tramlines main stage. Bizarrely, this was my first time seeing Ginger Tom and their breezy brand of indie pop was perfect for a summer festival. Up next were Northern indie rock band Little Comets. The Tyne and Wear band were, for want of a better word, shit. A set weighed down by songs from their most recent album left the crowd restless and even cuts from their first and best album lacked energy and spark. They have essentially become a Paul Simon cover band, and nobody wants that.
2016 has already been a terrible, awful year for the human race but a surprisingly decent one for music, film and TV. Below are the 10 best things of 2016 so far.
DISCLAIMER – As always, I am only one man so there is plenty of stuff I haven’t seen yet, most notably Deadpool and Vinyl. Don’t treat me too harshly.