2015: Music of the Year

As much as I love music and seeing music being performed live and sharing the music I like with people, it’s finally dawned on me that I actually suck at writing about it. I have no sense of how to describe how something sounds, and my working knowledge of terminology, or coming up with comparisons, or even placing bands or songs into subgenres, is pretty ropey. It’s a pain to write, it’s not entertaining to read, so let’s cut to the chase, and present – largely without comment – my favourite albums released this year.

1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

I will just say something about this, out of all the gigs I saw this year (admittedly not many, but some good stuff at Glastonbury, Future Islands/Beck/The Strokes at Hyde Park, Garbage at Brixton Academy…), Sufjan Stevens at Royal Festival Hall was a highlight. Impeccably performed renditions of the latest album, but when Sufjan finally got chatting with the crowd, what could have been a beautiful but sombre occasion became filled with remarkable levity, cracking jokes, fluffing lines as he got the giggles. And to cap it off, a finale that made full use of the venue’s pipe organ filled the hall with a swirling rumble that felt like a UFO landing. Extraordinary and memorable.

2. Grimes – Art Angels
3. The Dø – Shake Shook Shaken
4. FFS – FFS
5. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense
6. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
7. The Go! Team – The Scene Between
8. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
9. Tame Impala – Currents
10. Lianne La Havas – Blood

And what with a music wrap-up be without one of my Viewing Gum Listening Posts? Largely compiled from my VGLP playlists, this bumper edition will hopefully in the grand tradition offer a little something for everyone. Stream below or click here.



And that’s not all, for in my occasional duty as resident DJ of GamerDisco, I also listen to a lot of chiptune, synthwave, video game remixes, soundtracks and more. And so I also compile a Spotify playlist with some of the best tracks that you might hear at our events. Please enjoy!



Viewing Gum Listening Post #29

The long wait is now over. Here comes VGLP29! Yes, it does seem this blog has simply become a place to post my Spotify playlists – I do have some proper review and feature ideas (plus an annual return of my terrible jokes round-up come the end of October – check my Twitter for a preview). But it’s been a while since last time, and so I have amassed a bumper crop of great new music. It seems the past few weeks have seen an influx of much awaited albums after a bit of a drought over the summer. After a uncertain start, it looks like 2015 will be another fine year.

Stream below or click here to listen buddy!.

  1. De Lux – Oh Man The Future
  2. Battles – Dot Net
  3. SEXWITCH – Helelyos
  4. Foals – What Went Down
  5. Wavves – Way Too Much
  6. Darwin Deez – Right When It Rains
  7. Metric – For Kicks
  8. CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue
  9. RAC, Katie Herzig – 3am
  10. Lianne La Havas – Grow
  11. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  12. Beach House – Space Song
  13. Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm – W
  14. The Chemical Brothers – Radiate

Viewing Gum Listening Post #26

It seems like every post I put up on this blog revolves around a Spotify playlist. What can I say? I’m a busy man, and it’s easier speaking my current mood and interests through the medium of song. Alternatively, I’m a lazy man and this creates the pretense that this is a far more active site than it really is (I promise another feature proper or review soon!). In the meantime, here is VGLP26 and it’s got a little something for everyone. Stream it below, click here to open separately, and just ruddy bloody enjoy yourselves.

  1. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best
  2. Hop Along – Powerful Man
  3. FFS – Piss Off
  4. Citizens! – All I Want Is You
  5. Madeon – OK
  6. Leftfield – Universal Everything
  7. Jamie xx – Gosh
  8. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man
  9. Death Cab for Cutie – Ingenue
  10. Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable
  11. Meanwhile – AAIU
  12. East India Youth – CAROUSEL

Viewing Gum Listening Post #6

Oh man, I’ve been sitting on this for a while! Finally, it’s the sixth edition of the Viewing Gum Listening Post. Hear and now!



  1. David Byrne & St. Vincent – I Should Watch TV
  2. Animal Collective – Today’s Supernatural
  3. Busdriver – Kiss Me Back to Life
  4. Lianne La Havas – Forget
  5. Adrian Younge – Two Hearts Combine
  6. Delicate Steve – Ramona Reborn
  7. Tame Impala – Elephant
  8. Adriano Celentano – Prisencolinensinainciusol
  9. Swans – The Seer Returns
  10. Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy
  11. Sun Airway – Activity 2
  12. The xx – Angels
  13. Sacred Harp – Julie