Writing about music is fucking hard, but listening to music is even harder

Pendulum died, and so did my soul. Writing about music is fucking hard. There’s too much of it, and not enough at the same time. To talk of spending your days blissfully writing away about this and that new release (the dream) is bullshit because music writing is stressful.  It’s all-consuming and achingly obsessive by nature; I…

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – in retrospect

By Finn Ewing Arctic Monkeys’ most recent album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is very different to the rest of their material. Think of Arctic Monkeys as a cheeseboard. This cheeseboard consists mostly of cheddar; the cheddar being representative of their work up till now. Alone, this cheddar cheeseboard is good – great, even –…

Une Critique de Pub Avec… Mio Flux – The Asparagus

Where’s good to pub? God knows there are plenty of pubs in London, but which ones are good enough to be comprehensively reviewed by an enthusiast and a musical guest? Well, esteemed reader, let’s find out together along with this week’s guest: Mio Flux.  The Asparagus in Clapham Junction is the venue for our first foray. It’s…

LDN ISSUE 1

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LTW ‘Rough Trade’ review

The name Rough Trade is legendary. Those who created it are even more so; the ultimate tastemakers, they have helped music fans all across the country discover their favourite artists. Whether through the iconic record store or their indie record label, they have spent 40 years playing god with the music world as they determine…

Louder Than Words festival, day 3

9:30am – I wake up and quickly publish the previous day’s report to our very own ldnmagazine.com. The four-cheese pizza I had at 2:00am this morning may have been necessary, but it’s certainly taking its toll now. 10:30am – I meet Abi in the lobby and guzzle down orange juice and a latte before getting…

LTW ‘Like A Gay Icon’ review

The pop diva has been a crucial part of the gay and LGBT+ communities for what feels like forever, though the mystery of exactly why this is, seems to be a matter of opinion. From Madonna to Mariah, Britney to Cher, Gaga to Bowie countless artists have been adopted as gay icons, no matter how…

LTW ‘Ed Sheeran Is Shit’ review (2)

“I do not give a fuck who Ed Sheeran is!” The comic strip come to life Everett True (aka Dr Jerry Thackray) stands before a small audience consisting of music fans, journalists and avid coffee drinkers. Yet, from within his everyman-ish stature booms a voice, wilful and incensed and eagerly proclaiming the words ‘Ed Sheeran…

LTW ‘Ed Sheeran Is Shit’ review (1)

Who let this man in? The famed music critic/journalist/ performer/whatever takes the ‘stage’ (if you can even call a room with 15 people smiling at him politely a stage), spewing poetic abuse by using the names of Ed Sheeran and Bono in vain. True trudges through excerpts of his book, Ed Sheeran Is Shit, covering…

Louder Than Words festival, day 2

10:30am – I arrive in Manchester, the city that saved music (although that title is often attributed to Seattle). This is the home of Joy Division, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Oasis, The Smiths, The Chameleons and New Order, to name the obvious. I am stoked to say the least. 11:00am – My fellow student…