Bonne Année


So it’s 2017, at last.

Let’s not eulogise about 2016 – Bowie, Brexit, Trump, etc. In the grand scheme of things, it was grim.

For me, it was a beige, meh, 6.5/10.

Introspection’s never been my forté. What’s done is done, what’s not done is left to do. We move on.

If I dare tempt fate (and I do), there is cause for positivity in 2017, putting the inexorable march towards Brexit aside.

But first, a quick squizz through 2016 from this mawkish commentator, yours truly.

  • The best thing I listened to last year was White by Weezer, quite possibly the best comeback album of all time and one that should rightly take its place alongside their 1994 classic Blue. It is, quite simply, flawless. If the Beach Boys were at their prolific best in 2016, this is the album they would have written. Honourable mentions include Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not by Dinosaur Jr, Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica, A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead, Music For An Infinite Universe by 65daysofstatic and, of course, Blackstar by David Bowie.
  • The best things I watched last year were Hail, Caesar! and 10 Cloverfield Lane, although that’s just about it for 2016 films I actually saw.

I did some cool things last year, namely:

Et finalement, last year, I did a little round-up of those we sadly lost. This year, well, need I even remind you?

Forza 2017.

Happy New Year


Dawn breaks on another New Year. There’s no real reason I chose this picture taken from our office in Guildford, other than it looks pretty swish.

Anyhoo, Happy New Year everyone. I’m not one for New Year’s introspection. What’s done is done, what’s not done is left to do – ideally well.

These are some 2015 ‘things’.

  • The best thing I listened to last year was My Love Is Cool by Wolf Alice. Honourable mentions include Vulnicura by Björk, The Magic Whip by Blur, The Demon Joke by Mike Vennart, Undertow by Drenge, Kablammo! by Ash, and Born Under Saturn by Django Django.
  • The best thing I watched last year was Mad Max: Fury Road. Honourable mentions include The Martian and The Usual Suspects, which I had somehow neglected to watch until 2015.

Some of the coolest things I did last year were:

  • See three of my favourite bands, Muse, Amplifier and Ash, in tiny venues
  • See a load of other great bands/artists; ASIWYFA, Arcane Roots, Ash (another four times), Baroness, Ben Ottewell (of Gomez), Blur, Faith No More, Gogol Bordello, Marmozets, Metallica, Royal Blood, The Stranglers, Mike Vennart (of Oceansize), Wheatus
  • Go to a really awesome wedding in Finland (and just go to Finland in general)
  • Visit Scotland, climb Ben Nevis, go to the best beer garden ever, get plastered in a folk bar where we met a totally sound guy called Wallace
  • Finally trek but a fraction of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake District, climb Scafell Pike, make a ridiculously abortive effort to climb Helvellyn
  • Visit Munich, drink all the weißbeer, eat all the pork, tour FC Bayern, pay our respects at Dachau
  • Experience a new festival, namely the barmy BoomTown Fair
  • Reported on the Dalai Lama‘s visit to Aldershot
  • Take an exclusive tour of the famous Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldeshot

And a quick mention for some of those sadly lost in 2015:

  • Lemmy (of Motörhead)
  • Wayne Static (of Static-X)
  • Chris Squire (of Yes)
  • Sir Christopher Lee

Over and out. See you in 2016.