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Parlotones FTW

It’s not often that I’m moved to gush. Oh, alright, I’ll be honest. I am frequently moved to gush when it comes to music I love. It’s just that too…

Concert reviews – Twitter style

One of the panellists I listened to at SXSW put a slide up containing the world’s shortest sci-fi novel: “The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There…

Thoughts from Austin

(This is a piece I did for the M&G Podcast this week) I’m in Austin, Texas. Well, that’s true but not absolutely true. I’m at South by Southwest – a…

When Music meets Microsoft

When Music meets Microsoft

Some time back I heard of a group of people on the internet who were spending their time creating graphs of songs titles and lyrics and posting them online –…

Sosaties and roosters: dipping a big toe into Potch

It is either slightly disconcerting or enormously flattering when you arrive at a hotel for the first time and the receptionist greets you by name. In the case of my…

A tale of four tossers

On Wednesday night I went to see Jethro Tull in concert. Not because I’m a fan, but because my wife is and one of my favourite things to do is…