James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

Manchester. So much to answer for. Home, at least spiritually, to some/most/all of the best bands ever to spring forth from the fertile soil of this sceptred isle. Something in the water. Tonight two of the best (the two best?) are sharing the stage. There is no support act. Not really. One is simply appearing [...]

I Dreamed a Dream…James T in the Park, 2014

I Dreamed a Dream…James T in the Park, 2014

YouTube is a wonderful and dangerous space. Hours and hours of learning available to everyone with an internet connection. A tool as revolutionary as the Gutenberg press. Instant access to lectures, presentations, debates and discussions, news and information from around the world and from across the decades. Astonishing. Mainly I use it for watching footage [...]

Let your light so SHINE…

Let your light so SHINE…

"Now That's What I Call Music..." reached its centenary this year. Nobody really cared. In the era of Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and YouTube the compilation album is largely redundant...I'm not sure that anyone other than sales reps and desperate middle-aged children on Father's Day morning actually buys them any longer. I say this, of course, [...]

Living in Extraordinary Times – James (Pre-Review)

Living in Extraordinary Times – James (Pre-Review)

We are one week away from the release of the fifteenth studio album from James. Yup. Fifteenth. Let's put that into some sort of perspective before we go any further. The first of those albums was released in 1986...thirty two years ago. "Stutter" was a fragile, folky, flirtatious call from the fringes of the indie [...]