The definitive answer to the Fairytale of New York lyric controversy

In 1987, “Fairytale of New York” was beaten to Xmas #1 by Pet Shop Boys with “Always On My Mind”. This was the correct verdict by the British record buying public. Shane MacGowan is reported to have said of this…

m-orchestra at Halloween

You might think that Halloween would be the perfect time to be a musician making spooky haunted electronic music. And you would be right. If you’ve never seen or heard my Fortean electronica, then over the next couple of weeks…

Anneliese Michel

I released a new single on Saturday in all good digital record stores. It is called Anneliese and tells the particularly grim story of a woman, Anneliese Michel, who died in the 1970s. To contemporary eyes it seems most likely…

Unused The Fall ticket for cancelled Koko gig

Mark E Smith

In recent years I always went to The Fall gigs with the assumption that it might be the last time I’d ever see the band. And then suddenly it was. When the news broke of Mark E Smith’s death yesterday,…

“Vinyl revival” stories are the worst fake news stories of all

“Vinyl revival” stories are the worst fake news stories of all

This is a real bugbear of mine, but people keep writing about it, so I’m going to keep moaning about it. There’s another round this week of stories about “the vinyl revivial”, because apparently vinyl sales have out-stripped digital downloads…

Using wearable tech to film YouTube is going to be the new “taping songs off the chart show”

Using wearable tech to film YouTube is going to be the new “taping songs off the chart show”

OK, probably not, but here goes… So I’ve been getting a glimpse of the future of wearable tech because my 5 year old daughter decided to spend her Xmas money on a Vtech watch like this. The main things she…

Kate Bush live was a little like watching the movie of a dearly loved novel

*** WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR KATE BUSH LIVE IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SHOW YET *** I got to see Kate Bush last night. As I said to my wife as we walked towards the venue, “This is something I…