Category Archives: Music

Glastonbury 2014

I know, Glastonbury is so long ago you can’t even remember it happened. I’ve been planning for over a week to write my traditional Glastonbury-as-experienced-on-the-BBC post, but I found I was just feeling too uninspired. Partly that was down to … Continue reading

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Some belated comments on Eurovision

A Eurovision post, a whole week late? That’s s-l-o-w blogging, even for you, Aethel. I know, I know. It’s a function of the way I like to experience the contest – which is to watch the grand final first, then … Continue reading

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10 songs to explain the 1980s

The Guardian recently posed what it called a ‘Playlist challenge’: to select 10 songs that would ‘explain the 1980s’ to people who were too young to experience them first hand. [Oh, ok, it’s not actually recent at all. The truth … Continue reading

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An unusually sincere post for Commercial Exploitation of Emotional Attachment day

It is traditional (although, actually, it seems I skipped it last year) for me, as a single person, to mark Valentine’s day with a facetious post. A post in which I pretend to be filled with bitter, twisted resentment at … Continue reading

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Review: Pet Shop Boys, Electric

Like Walt Whitman, all great bands contain multitudes. Think of The Beatles: a skiffle band, a rhythm & blues band, a pop band, and a psychedelic rock band all rolled up into one. So it is with the Pet Shop … Continue reading

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Glastonbury: lost in (too much) music

So, another Glastonbury weekend has passed. People have insisted that the unchanging “spirit of Glastonbury” has survived intact for another year, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Grumpy old people hilariously lacking in self-awareness have filled the internet with … Continue reading

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Something borrowed, something old, nothing blue and little new

The world has seemingly gone Daft Punk daft (as it were). Their new album has apparently caused music journalists the world over to experience a collective aural orgasm the likes of which has not been seen since… since… well, since … Continue reading

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Radio 2 listeners’ favourite albums of all time

The BBC’s “album season” (an earlier strand of which led to me counting down my 7 favourite albums of all time in February) reached its juddering climax last Monday, when Radio 2 announced its listeners’ favourite albums of all time–– … Continue reading

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Aethelread’s Great Album Countdown: What, no Pulp?

Yes, that’s right – my series of posts counting down my favourite albums of all time has now entered the afterlife. You’d think that, having told you yesterday that my favourite album of all time was Suede’s Coming Up, today … Continue reading

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Aethelread’s Great Album Countdown #1: Suede, Coming Up

For the past week, I’ve been producing a series of posts counting down my favourite albums of all time, having been inspired to do so by Danny Baker’s Great Album Showdown on BBC4. That process has now reached its shuddering … Continue reading

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