The Suburbs

Welcome to my new website and blog. One of the new things that I plan to do here is post a song of the week, every week. As an appropriate way to start, here’s a superb new song, The Suburbs,  from the forthcoming Arcade Fire album. It’s just come out on a white label 12″. Can’t wait to hear the album and see them live again. Note that songs of the week are for promotional purposes and will only be available for a short time, so visit often! Some will be songs that the artists themselves have released to the internet, like this one. Others will be obscurities that have never been released on CD or favourite numbers by artists that I believe deserve wider…

2007 – the sleevenotes

I’ve had some problems with ftp servers recently or I’d have written about graphic novels, my friend Brick (John Clark) and today’s Nottingham visit by Posy Simmonds (as lovely a person as expected) and Bryan Talbot (whose ‘Alice In Sunderland’ is fantastic). Above are a couple of panels from the second page of a two page spread that John and I have done for the third issue of Tripod Magazine, just out, a literary mag that covers Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. You can hear the Tripod podcast and get info on how to obtain the magazine here. The story is called ‘If Shakespeare were alive today’ and the plot concerns Shakespeare and Da Vinci being transported to the near future where they’re forced to work…