2017 – The year in music, books and film

Another year over which means its time to reflect on the last 12 months.


Without question The Other Side of Hope was the film of the year for me, it’s visually stunning, hilarious, moving and left a lasting impression. Very few films are even thought of again once you leave the cinema, but this one reignited my love of cinema. Totally recommended.

The Other Side of Hope film poster

Other notable films I saw this year:
Blade Runner 2049
The Death of Stalin
Bunch of Kunst


I really didn’t expect to like Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me In The Bathroom but this was one book I couldn’t put down and and I found myself listening with fresh ears to a lot of the bands of that era. Whilst LCD Soundsystem were a personal fave in the mid 00s, other bands like The Strokes and Interpol were enjoyable enough but not life changing. This was a time when the music press in the UK hit rock bottom and the internet was the new place to find out about music. A four part documentary based on the book is in the works apparently.

Other notable books of 2017:
Art Sex Music – Cosey Fanni Tutti
Inside New Order – Peter Hook
Live at Brixton Academy – Simon Parkes


And this is where the World Cup photo comes in, my two favourite bands made their first albums in over 20 years. I’d played both Ride and Slowdive albums religiously for so, so many years and even blogged about their solo activities continuously during the wilderness years. The fact that they delivered albums every bit as good as I could have hoped for and then even had top 20 hits when them felt like a total victory. The first Jesus & Mary Chain album in 19 years didn’t disappoint either.

Other notable albums of the year:
Alvvays – Antisocialites
Cigarettes After Sex – Self titled
Wolf Alice – Visions of A Life
Bicep – Self titled
Kelley Lee Owens – Self titled
Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble
Gas – Narkopop
Joe Goddard – Electric Lines


My favourite gig of the year was without question the Friday of the 6music festival in March. Four of my favourite bands playing in one of my favourite venues, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride, Warpaint and Sleaford Mods all played great sets at Glasgow Barrowlands and it really felt like an event. Despite the early morning train to Glasgow being delayed with a power fault and then the train home being cancelled, it still didn’t take the shine off a great event.

Barrowlands by night

Other notable gigs of the year:
Slowdive at The Roundhouse, London
Steve Mason at The Barbican, London
The Flaming Lips at Norwich UEA
Pixies at Cambridge Junction
The Stone Roses at Wembley Stadium


Usually a song that grabs you straight away gets a little tiresome a month or two later, but 6 months later In Undertow by Alvvays still remains an amazing track to me.

Other notable tracks of the year:
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite
Ride – Cali
Hookworms – Negative Space
Susanne Sundfør – The Sound of War
Slowdive – Sugar For The Pill

2018 can’t possibly be as good, can it?

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