From the daily archives:

Friday, December 31, 2010

#46: 2010, John Grant, Jesus Hates Faggots

December 31, 2010

For the last Songs To Learn and Sing of 2010, my track of the year. John Grant, formerly lead singer of cult 90s band, The Czars is a gay man who was brought up by strict Baptist parents in Colorado. His debut album the extraordinary, The Queen of Denmark, is full of songs dealing with […]

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In defence of the Nanny State

December 31, 2010

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away – well, Cambridge Circus actually, and it was around 1994 – I was in a pub having a beer with a man who was destined to become a Lib-Dem MP. He didn’t like me very much and was cross examining me about my politics – […]

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George East’s Top 10 Films of 2010

December 31, 2010

I haven’t seen The Social Network which pretty much seems to be the critical film of the year, from Sight and Sound to the NME. I struggled to see how a film about an Ivy League nerd who becomes a billionaire at the age of 24 could have any dramatic interest at all. I cannot […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Ari Up

December 31, 2010

On the 10th anniversary of punk, Radio 1 broadcast a documentary series called ‘From Punk To Present‘. It intoduced me to loads of the second tier punk and post punk bands. That is second tier in the sense of not having had huge chart success or wider popular appeal, rather than in musical quality terms. […]

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