Video Killed The Radio Star

After a lengthy absence I have picked up my microphone and started radio presenting again.

Wednesday nights on Future Radio I’m currently hosting an hour of shoegazing related tunes for those of you who like your music loud yet understated.

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Music Retrospective

I recently ran a retrospective at work and wanted to try something different relating to music. I found very little online so decided to create my own.

I’m pleased to say it went really well and when the team were presented with the task their faces lit up and were engaged throughout.

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The Second Wave of Shoegaze

Shoegaze is a musical term that is often used these days and if you’re bothering to read this it’s unlikely it’ll need any introduction.

For those of you who are too young to remember it was originally a very short-lived music scene created by the UK press in the early 1990’s which was killed off by the same journalists in 1992. 

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What’s happened to Twitter?

I was a big fan of Twitter when I first joined in 2009, an easy way of getting updates from people I knew or respected without having to search for them. I saw it as a place to find out about ‘things’ like web development or music and I was addicted.

It felt like the old days of the internet in the late 1990s/early 2000s when it seemed people respected each other and shared things for the greater good, that is why the net was invented after all.

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Why do you need content?

…when you’ve got a privacy policy.

There’s a distinct lack of wow factor with most websites since GDPR was introduced… it seems some websites think that’s all you need to know about. Forget any content, just accept our privacy policy!

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The Rolling Stones in London

They may have been going over 50 years but this week I went to see the Rolling Stones at London Stadium, despite them playing regularly it was the first time I’d taken the plunge and it was without doubt one of the most exciting gigs I’ve ever seen.

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6Music Festival 2017

Last night I spent the evening watching clips from the 6Music Festival recorded in Glasgow last month and so I thought I’d better type up a few words about the first night which I attended.

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Steve Jones Lonely Boy review

Following the disappointment of Johnny Marr’s book my expectations for Steve Jones’ autobiography were a little lower. Steve like Johnny Marr was the guitarist in one of the most influential bands of the 20th century, however his story is so very different and a lot more exciting on paper.

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Johnny Marr – Set The Boy Free

As a huge, huge fan of The Smiths throughout my teens I was so excited to see Johnny Marr was going to tell all about his time in the band, so I rushed to order his ‘Set The Boy Free’ book. I was even more excited that I got a copy signed by the man himself.

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Will Carruthus’ Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands

I loved Erik Morse’s Dreamweapon book from 2004 on the story of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized. Although I saw both bands several times each I would never have classified myself an obsessive but when I finally picked up a copy of this book it coincided with Jason Pierce’s Acoustic Mainlines tour which just completely blew me away.

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