With the release of perhaps the year's best song on 6 Jan, 2014 was off to a flying start. Looking back it didn't disappoint: a clutch of incredible, and incredibly diverse, electronic music took up the majority of my listening for the year, but there were also some great rock albums (many from mature acts turning in impressive performances) to turn up loud.
OK, let's get to it - my 20 favourite albums of the year. Read More
The year in film seemed to start cold and build slowly, but looking back on 2014 as a whole there has been a lot of great work by some of my favourite directors. As P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman are both due in the U.K. within the first two weeks of the new year it looks like 2015 will be off to a flying start. Meanwhile, here are my favourite films of 2014. Read More
This year, largely by virtue of my job, I was lucky enough to get to see quite a bit of excellent theatre. From intimate one-man delivery of a very personal story, to the free-form exploration of a huge open environment, I was witness to some amazing things. Here are a few notes on some of my favourite pieces. Read More
At the end of last year I wrote about how, historically, I’ve exhibited a tendency for not finishing many of the novels I start. I’m happy to say that in 2014 I seemed to be able to shake that habit. Not only have I been completing a much higher percentage of the volumes I crack the spine of, but there have been some sizeable books amongst them - including my white whale.
Here are five of the best novels I read this year. Read More
Walking, running, commuting, ironing - podcasts remain an important part of my media intake. Here are a few notes on shows I'm listening to regularly at the moment. Read More