James – All I’m Saying

James – All I’m Saying

For such a long time I gave my heart to someone I thought understood me. Someone I believed was the same as me. I used to proclaim, loudly and often, of how much I loved him. Can I be honest with you? I think I said it because I didn't know what else to say. [...]

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – 50-41

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – 50-41

My good friend in the Twitterverse @Yellow_Pilgrim sent me a link to an article on Pitchfork that presented their fifty best albums of the Britpop era.  It makes for a fascinating read; carefully curated, well written and with solid reasoning behind each of the choices. It isn't without flaw or failing though. How could it [...]

The Best of 2018…

The Best of 2018…

  After my fellow Britpoppian, @BritpopMemories, shared his views on the highlights of 2018 I thought it only proper that I prove we are not the same person, or the product of some Russian bot farm, as none of you think by providing my own little list of good things from 2018. Are you sitting [...]

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Ad Astra Per Aspera

To the stars through difficulties In the year of two thousand and eighteen a strange, peculiar, wonderful and poorly written thing happened. This. The Mild Mannered Army. Of course the truth, as ever, is not quite as pure or simple as that. The truth is that The Mild Mannered Army started in July of 2014 [...]

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 [...]