Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, five years on – a future-disco car crash which never stopped flaming

This week Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories turns an incredible five years old. I grappled awkwardly with the record at the time – penning the below review for Time Out – and was both on and off the money. Yes, … Continue reading Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, five years on – a future-disco car crash which never stopped flaming

How Jan Garbarek, Anouar Brahem and a Moroccan (mis-)adventure kick started my lifelong love affair with ECM records

I can distinctly remember the first time I heard the playing of Anouar Brahem, because the circumstances were so cinematically odd. As a wanderlust-struck student, sitting outside a cheap café in Tangier, Morocco – a day after completing a three-week … Continue reading How Jan Garbarek, Anouar Brahem and a Moroccan (mis-)adventure kick started my lifelong love affair with ECM records

Why writing about jazz is maybe just a little bit like ‘dancing about architecture’ – @robgarratt on jazz

The oft-quoted dictum that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – credited variously to sources from Laurie Anderson to Frank Zappa, but attributed by scholars to comedian Martin Mull – is, of course, clap-trap. Words carry meaning more … Continue reading Why writing about jazz is maybe just a little bit like ‘dancing about architecture’ – @robgarratt on jazz

Review: Is multi-media blockbuster “experience” Van Gogh Alive really the future of appreciating the Old Masters?

Is this the future of touring blockbuster art exhibitions? That’s the question which springs to mind strolling the shimmering surfaces of Van Gogh Alive – the perplexing “multimedia exhibition experience” currently touring the world, while presenting precisely zero original works … Continue reading Review: Is multi-media blockbuster “experience” Van Gogh Alive really the future of appreciating the Old Masters?