Friday Reading S12E03

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things he found on the internet this week. It is now in its twelfth season. Sign up…

Friday Reading S12E02

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things he found on the internet this week. It is now in its twelfth season. Sign up…

Friday Reading S12E01

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things he found on the internet this week. It is now in its twelfth season. Sign up…

A one-line review of every Sparks studio album because I listened to them all during #Sparkstember

It was #Sparkstember, where you listen to one Sparks album a day. Here’s my reckons … 1: Halfnelson/Sparks Halfnelson/Sparks (1971) – Originally recorded and released under the name Halfnelson, and produced by Todd Rundgren, there’s a very strong run of High C, Fletcher Honorama,…

A one-line review of every gig I’ve been to in September 2021

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It’s a monthly series now. Links go to the artist website. Maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll…

UsVsTh3m features in ‘Formats unpacked’

Bless him, Hugh Garry, who I have worked with at Storythings in the past, this week chose one of the UsVsTh3m quizzes as the topic for his regular Formats Unpacked newsletter. He wrote about The North-o-Meter, saying, among other things:…

If you were at all curious as to what I think about the news that Russell T Davies is returning to Doctor Who as showrunner – and frankly who wouldn’t be – then luckily I’ve said it all as part…

I know most of the people subscribed to this blog via the newsletter were subscribed because of my Friday Reading compilation of links, recommended reads and oblique comments, and recently it’s just been all Doctor Who and gig reviews etc….

Richard H Kirk (right) and Stephen Mallinder in 1982.

Terrible news today that Richard H Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire has died. I first got into their stuff with the Code LP in 1987, which I think many people regard as past-their-prime, but for me, with Adrian Sherwood at the…

Spoiler-free review of Sparks and Leos Carax musical Annette

I’ve been to see the Sparks / Leos Carax musical Annette twice now, and here are my spoiler-free reckons … I went for a second time because, essentially, I wasn’t sure if I’d liked it the first time, but then…