Monthly Archives: October 2010

Act of the Apostle by God Help The Girl

To bear the weight of repeated listens requires the song, not the performance, to transcend throwaway pop with a knowing wink of recognition in its direction. ‘Act Of The Apostle’ originally formed part of a duo of songs on Belle and Sebastian’s ‘The Life Pursuit’, but here it is reused to open Stuart Murdoch’s attempt […]

Time by David Bowie

One of the most criminally overlooked songs of all time is, in my opinion, one of Bowie’s finest. He doesn’t even remember recording this album, ‘Aladdin Sane’, which makes this song’s genius even more mystifying. The lyrics seem to be arranged solely for alliteration, but soon a pattern emerges that let’s you into Bowie’s warped […]

Plus Ones by Okkervil River

This exploration into what it is to have, and to subsequently lose, a Plus One packs a lyrical punch that’s easily missed. Your Plus One, aka your companion, your lover (and yes, perhaps your Plus One on a guestlist, probably the source of this title) has been mentioned in songs many times before. But are […]

Taste by Animal Collective

Isimply haven’t stopped listening to ‘Taste’ since it was released almost 2 years ago, and I am still discovering new things about it to obsess over. Thanks to topping the end of year lists, Animal Collective’s 2009 album ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ started to spill over into the mainstream at the start of 2010. Since then […]

Please Release Me - Why Labels Should ‘Forget’ Radio Release Requests

Cee-Lo’s ‘Fuck You’ was an internet sensation on August 20, 2010. Warners cleverly launched the song with a video that just displayed the lyrics , currently sitting on almost 7 million hits. They followed it up a couple of weeks later with the official clip, currently over 10 million views. Then why did it take […]

Why Rupert Murdoch May Not Be Stupid

Rupert Murdoch built Sky on the premise that he’d give people what they already had, but better packaged. The idea that a household would pay £50/​​month for TV, when they already have access to 20 free channels, would have sounded unbelievable in 1990. Now he has a business so large that Government may have to […]