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The Great Escape Festival 2009, Brighton. Day 1.

The Great Escape is an annual music festival held in Brighton. It’s not really like a festival (in the sense of Glastonbury) because it’s not communal: we all go elsewhere to shit, shower and shag*. The City doesn’t really notice The Great Escape is happening. I think of it as an un-festival. All us Great …

2008: My Top Five Favourite Songs

Last year I started what I suspect will become a bit of a tradition. I named my 5 favourite new songs of 2007. I was loose in my definition of new. This year, ‘new’ means new: all but one of the songs was published in 2008. So here you go: my top five new songs …

The Last.FM geeky white boy hit parade

When I was at dConstruct earlier this year (and as I write this I realise that I never published the post I wrote in my papery notebook, which is probably just as well as I wasn’t entirely positive), I was struck by how white it was: there were very few black, asian or ‘other’ (as …

Vampire Weekend: the end of the affair.

On Saturday night I saw Vampire Weekend for the last time. They were as entertainingly dazzling as they have ever been but my giddy schoolgirl obsession has to stop. I’ve seen them live six times this year. They’re undoubtedly my ‘band of the year 2008’. But it’s just different now. Not as innocently exciting as …